Should you visit Arlington or Tucson?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Arlington or Tucson, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington DC, capital of the United States, Arlington is a city that also has many government sites and monuments that commemorate the nation's past. Two of its most famous features include Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon-the largest office building in the world.
Tucson, Arizona is the second largest city in the state and sits at an elevation of 2,400 feet. It's temperature is slightly milder than Phoenix and it is a pleasant place to visit. Most people arrive in the city by car, but Amtrak does travel through Tucson, as does Greyhound. The area is also served by the Tucson International Airport. Once in the city, you'll likely want to have access to a car, as the city is not very pedestrian friendly and public transportation is very much lacking. Many popular and beautiful sights are also outside of town in the surrounding desert, so having access to a vehicle is paramount if you hope to visit any of the places.
Which city is cheaper, Tucson or Arlington?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Arlington is $211, while the average daily cost in Tucson is $122. 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 Arlington and Tucson in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Arlington can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $105, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $210.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $142 in Tucson For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Food in Arlington costs travelers about $64 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
While meal prices in Tucson can vary, the average travelers spends about $29 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Tucson 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 Tucson is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Arlington's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $39 per person, per day on transportation in Arlington.
To get around in Tucson, the average visitor spends $22 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 Arlington
Also for Arlington, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Washington, DC: Private Airport Transfer: To or From: (DCA) Reagan National:
Washington R. Reagan Airport (DCA) to Washington - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Washington R. Reagan Airport (DCA) to Washington - Arrival Private Transfer:
Washington Airport Transfers: National Airport DCA to Washington in Luxury Van:
Washington Airport Transfers: National Airport DCA to Washington in Luxury SUV:
Washington Airport Transfers: National Airport DCA to Washington in Luxury Car:
Washington Airport Transfers: National Airport DCA to Washington in Business Car:
Washington - Ronald Reagan National Airport One Way Transfer:
Transfer in private minivan from Washington Ronald Reagan Airport to City:
Transfer in private car from Washington Ronald Reagan Airport to Washington City:
Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Ronald R Airport in Washington DC:
Round trip transfer in private car from-to Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tucson
Also for Tucson, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Tucson Intl Airport (TUS) to Tucson Downtown area - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Tucson Intl Airport (TUS) to Tucson Downtown area - Arrival Private Transfer:
Tucson International Airport One Way Transfer:
Tucson Downtown area to Tucson Intl Airport (TUS) - Departure Private Transfer:
Private transfer: Tucson to Tucson Airport (TUS):
Private transfer: Tucson Airport (TUS) to Tucson:
Private Tucson Transfer: Hotel to Airport:
Private Tucson Transfer: Airport to Hotel:
Is it cheaper to fly into Arlington or Tucson?
Prices for flights to both Tucson and Arlington change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Arlington can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $8.50 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
In Tucson, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Arlington
For Arlington, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan:
Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour:
Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Tour - 8ppl Max:
Arlington Cemetery Private Tour:
Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour:
Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max:
Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour:
Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour:
Arlington National Cemetery Private Walking Tour:
Stuck at the Airport Washington DC Tour:
Tasting & Tour:
Tours and Activities in Tucson
For Tucson, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Historic Bike Tour in Tucson:
Mural Bike Tour:
Oasis Tour of Tucson:
Taco Bike Tour:
Tucson Scavenger Hunt Adventure:
Typically, people visiting Arlington spend on average $13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Tucson spend on average $13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Arlington and Tucson, we can see that Arlington is more expensive. And not only is Tucson much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Tucson would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tucson 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 Arlington would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Arlington than you might in Tucson.
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