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Key West, Florida, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Key West?

You should plan to spend around $551 per day on your vacation in Key West. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $385 on meals
  • $51 on local transportation
  • $264 on hotels

A one week trip to Key West for two people costs, on average, $7,715. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Key West cost?

A one week trip to Key West usually costs around $3,858 for one person and $7,715 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Key West on average costs around $7,715 for one person and $15,431 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Key West will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Key West on average costs around $16,533 for one person and $33,066 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Key West has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Key West expensive to visit?

Key West is a very expensive place to visit. Located in the United States of America, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will need to budget for the high prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. When visiting, expect to spend lots of money on food, hotels, tickets, and activities.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Key West is a very expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in North America for its travel costs. There are only a few cities as expensive as Key West in the region, such as Moab.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Key West Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Key West?

The average Key West trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Key West travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $264
Local Transportation 1 $51
Food 2 $385
Entertainment 1 $33
Alcohol 2 $8 - 24
Accommodation Budget in Key West
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Key West is $132. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Key West is $264. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Key West

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Key West based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $350. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Key West
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Key West is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $51 per person, per day, on local transportation in Key West.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Key West
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Rental Cars in Key West
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Key West?

Typical prices for Transportation in Key West are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Key West, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Rental Car for One Day

Food Budget in Key West
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Key West can vary, the average cost of food in Key West is $385 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Key West should cost around $154 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Key West is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Key West
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Key West typically cost an average of $33 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Key West
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  • The average person spends about $16 on alcoholic beverages in Key West per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Key West On a Budget
Key West Key West
Key West is both a city and an island as well as the southern most Florida Key. It is also the southern most city in the continental United States. The island is only about four miles long and one mile wide. The total land mass covers just 4.2 square miles. The most famous street in town is Duval Street, which runs just 1.1 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. There are 14 blocks. The size of the island doubled during the 1950s when many of the salt ponds along the eastern side of the island were filled in.

The island's semi-tropical climate makes it a great travel destination year around. It can be quite hot during the summer months and hurricanes can come unexpectedly during the fall months and wreak havoc on your vacation plans. It's also not unheard of for the weather to be unexpectedly cool during the winter months, although normally it is quite pleasant and comfortable. On occasion temperatures may dip into the 40s, but this is uncommon. Key West is the only city in the continental US that has never had a frost. There is a dry and a wet season to the island. From November through April there is plenty of sunshine and less than 25 percent of the annual rainfall. May through October is the wet season when rain occurs most days, usually in the early morning. Still, Key West is the driest city in Florida.
Key West is a fascinating place to visit as it is both beautiful and fun. One of the most visited sites on the island is the Southernmost Point, which is a marker that claims a spot as the southern most point in the continental United States. If you're looking for a good view of the island head to either the observation tower at the Shipwreck Museum or Key West Lighthouse. Also worth visiting is the Key West AIDS Memorial and Key West City Cemetery. There are any number of state and local parks around the island that are fun to explore. You'll find the best beaches at some of Florida's state parks. Wildlife Rescue of the Florida Keys is a good place to explore. McCoy Indigenous Park is the location where more than 2,000 rehabilitated animals have been released into the wild since 1993. You may find up to 100 animals at the center at any given time. It's free to visit, but donations are accepted.
Key West is divided into Old Town and New Town. Old Town is between White Street and Bertha-First-Palm. This is where you'll find the more historic architecture and compact streets. Within Old Town you'll find the areas of Solares Hill, Duval Street, and Bahama Village.

New Town is everything that isn't included in Old Town. This area has modern shopping centers, grocery stores, strip malls and suburban style development. Smather's Beach, Charterboat Row and East Martello Museum are the areas of most interest to tourists.

Stock Island is also technically a part of the City of Key West. It's an island that is connected to Key West Island by the Cow Key Channel Bridge. On the island you'll find several restaurants, a marina, a public Golf Course, and a botanical garden.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are both fun in the Florida Keys. While some of the coral has been brutalized by the tourist crowds, you can still see some colorful fish and stingrays among other things. If you're not up for either snorkeling or diving, then you can take a glass bottom boat and see many of the fish. There is also no shortage of water sports you can participate in around Key West. You have options ranging from jet skiing, to fishing, or windsurfing.

Another popular activity in the Florida Keys is to take a sunset cruise which can be quite beautiful. Also make sure you head to Mallory Square at sunset when everybody is out and about and there are street performers entertaining the crowds.

A visit to Dry Tortugas is also a must-do activity. I can take a full day (or you can spend the night). You'll need to take a ferry to this very scenic island that has an old fort and some amazing snorkeling opportunities.
Food and Dining
There are a good number of restaurants around Key West that cater to all budget types. Seafood is plentiful and delicious. There are also Cuban restaurants that offer excellent food at affordable prices. Cafes, raw bars, and fine dining restaurants are all centrally located in the Duval Street area.

Key West also offers plenty of bars where you can grab a drink. Some of the most popular include Bourbon Street Pub, Captain Tony's Saloon, Fat Tuesdays, Hog's Breath Saloon, and the Lazy Gecko Bar, among others.

There is an airport on the island, Key West International Airport, which is the easiest way to reach the island. You will likely want to rent a car once you arrive however, as the island is not very walkable and public transportation is almost nonexistent. Parking can be expensive though. You can find free parking in front of the USS Mohawk Museum or at the intersection of Southard Street and Fort Street. It's also possible to rent motor scooters, bicycles or golf carts. Golf carts require standard parking, but scooters and bikes can often be parked on the sidewalk near your destination.

If you want to explore any islands north of Key West then a car is essential. The driving times can be surprisingly long and traffic can be slow moving. Speed limits are often slow making trips longer than you might expect.

There is a bus system for destinations in the immediate vicinity on Key West. The lines are color coded and you can purchase unlimited travel tickets for time periods between 7 days and a month.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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