Should you visit Aspen or Albuquerque?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Aspen and Albuquerque can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Aspen is a famous, and notably expensive travel destination. The town is one of the country's most famous and recognizable ski destinations, and prices can climb high during the ski season. Although still expensive, you can often find better deals during the summer months or shoulder seasons. For visitors who want to enjoy the area's hiking, natural beauty, and charm, these are the times to visit.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Albuquerque or Aspen?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Aspen is $235, while the average daily cost in Albuquerque is $72. 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 Aspen and Albuquerque in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Aspen is $272. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
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.
The price of a meal in Aspen can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $68 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $27 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
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.
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:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $45 per day to get around in Aspen.
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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aspen
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aspen:
Private Transfer: Aspen to Denver International Airport (DEN):
Aspen hotel or address to Denver Airport (DEN) - Departure Private Transfer:
Private Eagle County Regional Airport Transfer to Aspen:
Private Departure Transfer to Aspen Airport (ASE):
Private Arrival Transfer from Aspen Airport (ASE):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albuquerque
Also for Albuquerque, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) to Albuquerque - Arrival Private Transfer:
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) to Albuquerque - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Albuquerque International Airport One Way Transfer:
Albuquerque to Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) - Departure Private Transfer:
Private Arrival Transfer from Albuquerque Airport (ABQ):
Private Departure Transfer To Albuquerque Airport ABQ:
Private Transfer: Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) to Albuquerque:
Private Transfer: Albuquerque to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ):
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $36 per person, per day in Aspen. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
In Albuquerque, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $25 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Aspen
Here are a few actual costs in Aspen for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Aspen's DarkSide Ghost Tour:
Aspen's Past to Present Historic Tour:
Glimpse of Aspen Tour:
Tours and Activities in Albuquerque
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Albuquerque.
Breaking Bad RV Virtural Tour:
Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure:
The Ghost Tour of Old Town on New Mexico's oldest Ghost Walk - Since 2001:
12pm - Public High Noon History, Legends & Lore Tour - Guided Old Town Stroll:
VIP PRIVATE History, Legends & Lore Tour - Guided Old Town Stroll = 10a-2p-4p-6p:
ABQ NM Film locations Tour, tour your favorite movies/shows filmed in ABQ:
Guided Bicycle Nature Tour of Albuquerque - Daily:
Mezcla de Culturas A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town:
Small-Group E-Bike Tour in Albuquerque:
Breaking Bad RV Tour, visiting locations from Breaking Bad and Better call Saul:
New Mexico Flavors Tour Of Old Town Albuquerque:
Private Tour: Albuquerque Half Day:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Aspen may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $16 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aspen and Albuquerque, we can see that Aspen 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 Aspen would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Aspen than you might in Albuquerque.
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