A Travel Price Comparison for United States of America Aspen vs. Moab for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Aspen or Moab?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Aspen and Moab can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Aspen or Moab?

Aspen

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.

Moab

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 place is cheaper, Moab or Aspen?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Aspen is $293, while the average daily cost in Moab is $388. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Aspen and Moab in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aspen $170
    Moab $336
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aspen $340
    Moab $672
Compare Hotels in Aspen and Moab

Looking for a hotel in Aspen or Moab? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Aspen


Hotels in Moab


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Aspen Hotel Prices and Moab Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aspen $56
    Moab $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aspen

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aspen:

  • Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) - Private Transfer Arrival or Departure: $269
  • Aspen hotel or address to Denver Airport (DEN) - Departure Private Transfer: $221

Is it cheaper to fly into Aspen or Moab?

Prices for flights to both Moab and Aspen 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Aspen $85
    Moab $37

Typical Food Prices in Moab

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Moab:


  • Moab Brewery
    $42
  • Breakfast for Two
    $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Moab

For Moab, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show: $99
  • Colorado River Sunset Boat Tour with Optional Dinner: $109

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aspen $45
    Moab $3.13

Tours and Activities in Aspen

Here are a few actual costs in Aspen for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Aspen Puzzling Adventure: $35
  • Aspen's DarkSide Ghost Tour: $40
  • Aspen's Past to Present Historic Tour: $40
  • City Highlights Walking Tour: $40
  • Dark History Ghost-Themed Guided Walking Tour: $40
  • From Past to Present History Walking Tour: $40
  • Highlights of Aspen Tour: $40

Typical Entertainment Prices in Moab

For Moab, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Slickrock Trail Pass
    $5.00

Tours and Activities in Moab

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Moab.

  • La Sal Mountain Loop: Scenic Self-Driving App Tour: $8.99
  • La Sal Mountain Loop Scenic Drive: Half-Day Audio Driving Private Tour : $8.99
  • Full-Day Audio Driving Tour of Arches National Park: $8.99
  • Arches National Park: Driving Tour with Audio Guide: $8.99
  • Canyonlands National Park: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour: $8.99
  • Discover Canyonlands National Park: Full-Day Audio Driving Tour : $8.99
  • Canyonlands National Park Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour: $15
  • La Sal Mountain Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour: $15
  • La Sal Mountain: Scenic Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour: $15
  • Canyonlands National Park Self-Driving Tour: $15
  • Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour: $15
  • Goblin Valley State Park Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour: $17

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aspen $20
    Moab $66


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Aspen and Moab, we can see that Moab is more expensive. And not only is Aspen much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Aspen would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Aspen 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 Aspen.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Aspen Expensive? and Is Moab Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Aspen or Moab?

Aspen has a larger population, and is about 18% larger than the population of Moab. When comparing the sizes of Aspen and Moab, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.