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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Yellowstone National Park?

You should plan to spend around $147 per day on your vacation in Yellowstone National Park. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $46 on meals
  • $37 on local transportation
  • $148 on hotels

A one week trip to Yellowstone National Park for two people costs, on average, $2,058. 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
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  • 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 Yellowstone National Park cost?

A one week trip to Yellowstone National Park usually costs around $1,029 for one person and $2,058 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Yellowstone National Park on average costs around $2,058 for one person and $4,115 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 Yellowstone National Park will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Yellowstone National Park on average costs around $4,409 for one person and $8,819 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 Yellowstone National Park 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 Yellowstone National Park expensive to visit?

Prices in Yellowstone National Park are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Yellowstone National Park is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Everglades National Park or Cumberland Island National Seashore.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to Yellowstone National Park?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $148
Local Transportation 1 $37
Food 2 $46
Entertainment 1 $34
Alcohol 2 $10 - 29
Accommodation Budget in Yellowstone National Park
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Yellowstone National Park is $74. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Yellowstone National Park is $148. 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 Yellowstone National Park

Looking for a hotel in Yellowstone National Park? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Yellowstone National Park based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $217. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Yellowstone National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Yellowstone National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $37 per person, per day, on local transportation in Yellowstone National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Yellowstone National Park
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Rental Cars in Yellowstone National Park
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Food Budget in Yellowstone National Park
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Yellowstone National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Yellowstone National Park is $46 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Yellowstone National Park should cost around $18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Yellowstone National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Yellowstone National Park
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  • Entertainment and activities in Yellowstone National Park typically cost an average of $34 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.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in Yellowstone National Park
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  • The average person spends about $19 on alcoholic beverages in Yellowstone National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Yellowstone National Park On a Budget
Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park
The world's first national park, Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872. The area is famous for its many geysers, hot springs, and thermal areas. It also has a wide diversity of wildlife and stunning beauty, making it one of the most impressive places you can visit in the United States. The national park takes up an area of about 3,472 square miles and is mostly located within the state of Wyoming. It also touches the states of Idaho and Montana.

If you're planning to stay in the park it is absolutely critical that you make reservations well in advance, as almost all of the lodging fills up, particularly during the peak summer months. The same can be said for the area's campgrounds.

The temperature within the park is highly variable. It's best to prepare for all weather types during your visit. The summer months can be pleasant with temperatures around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Nights can be much cooler, even in the summer. Spring and fall temperatures can range between freezing and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow is not uncommon and night time temperatures can be quite cold. Winter temperatures range from 0 tp 20 degrees Fahrenheit and can drop even colder during the night time hours.
Some of the most famous sights within the park include Yellowstone Lake, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, and Monument Geyser Basin, but there are countless more things to see and do in Yellowstone. The park is famous for its natural beauty and stunning landscape. There are many geothermal features spread throughout the park and it's possible to see more than 300 different geysers. Wildlife that can be seen within the park includes grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk.
Yellowstone NP can be divided into several major regions. Bridge Bay, Fishing Bridge, and Yellowstone Lake are all great areas for boating, fishing, and seeing the parks thermal features. West Thumb and Grant Village are the two villages found on the western side of the lake. They also offer fishing, boating, and hot springs. Old Faithful is perhaps the most famous landmark in the park. It's located near the Old Faithful Inn and is surrounded by geysers and hot springs. Madison is found halfway between Old Faithful and the Norris Geyser basin, and Norris is located south of Mammoth. Mammoth is where you'll find the park headquarters. Tower-Roosevelt is a more rugged area with plenty of wildlife. Canyon Village has impressive natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Because it's so large, you might need a 2-day itinerary to see Yellowstone to make sure that you take it all in.

Yellowstone covers a vast area and there are countless activities that you can enjoy while you're visiting the park. There are some interesting educational programs that are organized by the park service. Stop by the visitor information center on your way into the park and ask for some information. In particular, if you're traveling with children, this can be a fun way to learn about the area's history and geology.

Hiking and wildlife viewing are the most obvious activities within the park. The park information center can provide you with trail maps and suggest trails that are most appropriate for your skill level and interest set.

Other activities within the park include horseback riding, photography, fishing, swimming, and boating.
Food and Dining
You can pick up food supplies in most of the villages throughout the park. There are also snack bars, restaurants and cafeterias in various locations. Prices can be high for the quality of food though, so planning ahead and traveling with your own food is always recommended.

Dining options in the park include dining rooms, cafeterias, and delis in most villages. Dining rooms are upscale restaurants in lodges that usually have breakfast, lunch and dinner available. Cafeterias are a more budget friendly option and usually have sandwiches, wraps, and soup. Delis offer snacks and sandwiches for a relatively cheap price.

While there are a handful of other transportation options within the park, you really do need a private vehicle to fully explore and appreciate Yellowstone National Park (car rental prices here). The area is vast and there is no public transportation near the park. You do have the option to take tours offered by some of the nearby hotels. Xanterra Resorts offers bus tours of the park during the summer months. You can choose between the Lower Loop Tour which covers the southern sections of the park and the Upper Loop Tour which covers the northern portion. There's also a Grand Loop Tour which covers most of the park. There are tours available on a limited basis during the winter months.

Another option that is growing in popularity is to bicycle through the park. You do need to plan ahead to make sure you'll have access to accommodation every night, but this can be a very rewarding way to experience the park.


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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.