Should you visit Albuquerque or Moab?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Albuquerque and Moab. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
Albuquerque is a large city in the middle of the desert, right in the heart of New Mexico. It's the largest city in the state and has a lot to offer visitors. The city has a quaint downtown with a handful of good shops and restaurants. The surrounding area is quite beautiful and every fall the city hosts a famous and spectacular hot air balloon festival.
Moab is the closest town to Arches National Park in Utah's Canyon Country. It is also a popular base for exploring Canyonlands National Park. It's a small town that serves mainly to accommodate tourists to the popular national parks and other surrounding wildlife areas. It has grown dramatically in recent years and has a population of just over 5,000. In town you will find hotels and motels, a handful of restaurants and a few shops where you can stock up on supplies. There's a small museum, the Museum of Moab, and a variety of tour operators in town. You can easily book river rafting trips, jeep expeditions, and tours of the surrounding area. For many, exploring Arches National Park on your own is a more enjoyable and independent experience.
Which city is cheaper, Moab or Albuquerque?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Albuquerque is $72, while the average daily cost in Moab is $124. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Albuquerque and Moab in more detail.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Albuquerque, $50 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Albuquerque, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $25, such as in a hostel.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $164 in Moab For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Albuquerque food costs typically run travelers around $20 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
While meal prices in Moab can vary, the average travelers spends about $30 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Moab should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Moab is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Albuquerque
For Albuquerque, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show - Albuquerque:
Typical Food prices in Moab
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Moab:
Breakfast for Two
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Moab
For Moab, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Sound and Light Show with Dinner:
Moab Dinner Cruise with Sound and Light Show:
Colorado River Sunset Boat Tour with Optional Dinner:
Sunset Jetboat Ride with Dinner on the Colorado River from Moab:
To get around in Albuquerque, the average visitor spends $42 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
To get around in Moab, the average visitor spends $14 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albuquerque
Also for Albuquerque, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) to Albuquerque:
Private Transfer: Albuquerque to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ):
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) to Albuquerque - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) to Albuquerque - Arrival Private Transfer:
Albuquerque to Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) - Departure Private Transfer:
Private Arrival Transfer from Albuquerque Airport (ABQ):
Private Departure Transfer To Albuquerque Airport ABQ:
Albuquerque International Airport One Way Transfer:
In Albuquerque, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $25 per person, per day.
In Moab, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $2.50 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Albuquerque
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Albuquerque.
12pm - Public High Noon History, Legends & Lore Tour - Guided Old Town Stroll:
ABQ NM Film locations Tour, tour your favorite movies/shows filmed in ABQ:
Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure:
Breaking Bad RV Tour, visiting locations from Breaking Bad and Better call Saul:
Breaking Bad RV Virtural Tour:
Georgia on My Mind: Georgia O'keeffe and Ghost Ranch Country Tour:
Guided Bicycle Nature Tour of Albuquerque - Daily:
Mezcla de Culturas A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town:
New Mexico Flavors Tour Of Old Town Albuquerque:
New Mexico Mines, Wild West Towns and Turquoise Trail Tour from Albuquerque:
Private Tour: Albuquerque Full Day:
Private Tour: Albuquerque Half Day:
Typical Entertainment prices in Moab
For Moab, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Slickrock Trail Pass
Tours and Activities in Moab
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Moab.
4 Hours Guided Mountain Biking Tour:
Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab:
Arches National Park Air tour:
Arches National Park Backcountry 4x4 Half-Day Tour:
Arches National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour:
Backcountry Jeep Adventure:
Canyonlands & Arches National Park Air Tour:
Canyonlands Backcountry 4x4 Half-Day Tour:
Canyonlands National Park Air Tour:
Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab:
Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure from Moab:
Colorado River Fisher Towers Full-Day Rafting Adventure:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Moab, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $53.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Albuquerque and Moab, we can see that Moab is more expensive. And not only is Albuquerque much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Albuquerque would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Albuquerque and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Moab would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Moab than you might in Albuquerque.
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