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

Should you visit Aspen or Salt Lake City?

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 Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City?

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.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is the capital city of Utah and one of the largest cities in the southwest region of the US. Salt Lake sits on the border between the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin regions, making it the perfect place for outdoor activities. The city's natural beauty and resources even became the focal point for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake experiences all four seasons, with the most popular times to visit being summer and winter. Summer, June-August, sees little rain and temperatures in the high 80's Fahrenheit. Winter, December-March, has temperatures in the 30's Fahrenheit and gets the perfect amount of snow for winter sports.

Which place is cheaper, Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City is $246. 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 Salt Lake City in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Aspen $170
    Salt Lake City $119
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Aspen $340
    Salt Lake City $238
Compare Hotels in Aspen and Salt Lake City

Looking for a hotel in Aspen or Salt Lake City? 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 Salt Lake City


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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 Salt Lake City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Aspen $56
    Salt Lake City $45

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aspen

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Aspen:

  • Private Departure Transfer to Aspen Airport (ASE): $60
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Aspen Airport (ASE): $60
  • Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) - Private Transfer Arrival or Departure: $269
  • Aspen hotel or address to Denver Airport (DEN) - Departure Private Transfer: $221

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salt Lake City

Also for Salt Lake City, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Salt Lake City Airport SLC to City by Sedan or SUV: $76
  • Departure Private Transfer City to Salt Lake City Airport SLC by Sedan or SUV: $76
  • Private Departure Transfer to Salt Lake City Airport SLC: $36
  • Private Transfer from SLC to Park City UT : $264
  • Private Transfer from SLC to Salt Lake City : $121
  • Private Transfer from Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) to Park City hotel or address: $264
  • Private Transfer from Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) to Salt Lake City : $121
  • Private Transfer: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to Salt Lake City : $108
  • Private Transfer: Salt Lake City to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) : $108
  • Salt Lake Airport (SLC) to Canyons Village - Arrival Transfer: $116
  • Salt Lake Airport (SLC) to Canyons Village - Round-Trip Transfer: $232
  • Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) to Park City - Arrival Private Transfer : $92

Is it cheaper to fly into Aspen or Salt Lake City?

Prices for flights to both Salt Lake City 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
    Salt Lake City $50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salt Lake City

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

  • Salt Lake City : Cooking Classes With a Local Chef: $55

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Aspen $45
    Salt Lake City $28

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

Tours and Activities in Salt Lake City

For Salt Lake City, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Mormon History - Salt Lake Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour: $6.75
  • Mormon History Salt Lake Self-Guided Audio app Walking Tour: $6.75
  • Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour: $9.99
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Salt Lake City by 3Quest Challenge: $10
  • Salt Lake City Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour: $15
  • Utah Jazz Basketball Game Ticket at Delta Center: $15
  • Utah Jazz Basketball Game Ticket: $17
  • Salt Lake City Haunted Old Town Tour: $23
  • Ghosts and True Crime Walking Tour: $26
  • Salt Lake Ghosts and Hauntings Tour By US Ghost Adventures: $30
  • Salt Lake City Puzzling Adventure: $35
  • Salt Lake City Walking Tour: $50

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Aspen $20
    Salt Lake City $17


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

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


Which is Bigger, Aspen or Salt Lake City?

Salt Lake City has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Aspen. When comparing the sizes of Aspen and Salt Lake City, 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.