Honduras Travel Budget: My Experience

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Is it possible to travel in Honduras on a budget? Learn how much it cost me to backpack in Honduras — along with my favorite tips & highlights.


Honduras has a reputation for being dangerous, and it can sometimes live up to that reputation. But that doesn’t necessarily make it dangerous for travelers. While I was there, shocking things did happen. The local news was full of uncensored video of chicken-bus drivers who had been shot for not paying protection money to local gangs, or drug related shootings at public soccer matches.

But just like in other countries (including the USA), these acts are related to gangs & drugs. Someone traveling through the country really has nothing to be afraid of (unless you happen to be involved in the drug smuggling business). I met many friendly people in Honduras, and would happily recommend it to travelers who are looking to get off the beaten tourist path.

I would have liked to spend even more time in the country, but needed to get to a volunteer project in Nicaragua that I was already late for.

Honduras Travel Costs:

Honduras travel budgets can vary greatly. Here is a breakdown of how much money I spent over 3 weeks of travel there.

  • Food & Drink: $194 US (groceries, restaurants, water, alcohol)
  • Accommodation: $362 US (hostels, hotels, camping fees)
  • Transportation: $144 US (buses, taxis, boats)
  • Activities: $246 US (entrance fees, rentals, classes, tours, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous: $29 US (laundry, sundries, souvenirs, visas, etc.)




Budget Notes: My daily average was a bit higher in Honduras than in previous Central American countries, but this was mainly because of a PADI scuba diving course I took. Subtracting the course, my daily average is: $33.48 US


– Slowing down in the sleepy town of Comayagua
Learning to scuba dive on the island of Utila
– Hiking to a plane crash in the jungle


– Getting hassled on the street in Tegucigalpa


– I didn’t get robbed or shot

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Final Thoughts

Yet again I’m learning that places are not as dangerous as people make them out to be. The rumor that a particular country or city is overly dangerous gets passed on from traveler to traveler, without many facts or first hand experience to back it up.

For example, there was a mugging that happened in the Honduran city of La Ceiba while I was there. This sensational piece of news quickly spread throughout the backpacking community. It made the city seem unsafe. But of course, if you think about it logically, there are muggings every day in New York City. But that doesn’t stop school busses loaded with American children from visiting NYC on field trips!

Unreasonable fear is a common problem for people traveling in countries that are not their own.

Additional Examples?

My last trip to Honduras was in 2011. Prices have probably changed a bit since then. We don’t all travel the same way either. So to help you get a better picture, here are a few Honduras travel budgets from others:

Have you ever traveled to Honduras? What did you like or dislike?

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