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

Should you visit Baltimore or Tucson?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Baltimore and Tucson can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Baltimore or Tucson?


Baltimore is a large, industrial city and popular tourist destination in the state of Maryland. It is about an hour outside of Washington, D.C. and is a hub of tourism and entertainment for the area. It has a vibrant nightlife, comfortable climate, and is a great place to visit when you're in the area. The city proper has a population of about 600,000 and the metropolitan area has 2.7 million. Its economy is centered around science, technology, engineering and math and it has many undergraduate and graduate schools including the world renowned Johns Hopkins University.


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 place is cheaper, Tucson or Baltimore?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Baltimore is $184, while the average daily cost in Tucson is $157. 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 Baltimore and Tucson in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Baltimore $93
    Tucson $93
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Baltimore $186
    Tucson $186
Compare Hotels in Baltimore and Tucson

Looking for a hotel in Baltimore or Tucson? 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 Baltimore

Hotels in Tucson

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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: Baltimore Hotel Prices and Tucson Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Baltimore $21
    Tucson $27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Baltimore

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Baltimore:

  • San Francisco Airport to Oakland: Round Trip Private Transfer: $88
  • Private transfer To or Form Bethesda and Ronald Reagan Airport: $174
  • Private transfer To or Form Bethesda and Dulles International Airport: $209
  • Private Transfer from Baltimore Port to Baltimore Airport: $42
  • Private Transfer from Baltimore Cruise Port to Baltimore city: $42
  • Private Transfer from Baltimore City to Baltimore Cruise Port: $42
  • Private Transfer from Baltimore Airport to Baltimore Port: $42
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Baltimore Washington Airport BWI: $56
  • Private Airport Transfer: Baltimore Airport BWI to Washington in Luxury SUV: $190
  • Private Airport Transfer: Baltimore Airport BWI to Washington in Business Car: $136
  • Oakland to San Francisco Airport (SFO)-Departure Private Transfer: $44
  • Departure Private Transfer Baltimore to Baltimore Airport BWI - Business Vehicle: $111

Is it cheaper to fly into Baltimore or Tucson?

Prices for flights to both Tucson and Baltimore 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 Meals for one day
    Baltimore $46
    Tucson $36
Typical Food Prices in Baltimore

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Baltimore:

  • Seafood Dinner (for 2) in Fells Point

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Baltimore

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Baltimore.

  • Inner Harbor Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner: $67
  • Federal Hill Food Tour: $71
  • Little Italy and Jonestown Food Tour: $73
  • Fells Point Food Tour in Baltimore: $74
  • Christmas Eve Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise: $84
  • Christmas Day Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise: $84
  • Baltimore Father's Day Buffet Dinner Cruise : $119
  • Baltimore Buffet Dinner/Dance Cruise of the Inner Harbor: $119
  • Baltimore New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner Cruise: $251

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Baltimore $18
    Tucson $16

Tours and Activities in Baltimore

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

  • Antietam National Battlefield Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Baltimore Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure: $44
  • Baltimore Father's Day Buffet Brunch Cruise Tour: $88
  • Baltimore Ghosts By US Ghost Adventures: $30
  • Baltimore Harbor Tour: $31
  • Baltimore Helicopter Sightseeing Tour: $182
  • Baltimore Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate: $92
  • Baltimore Orioles Baseball Game Ticket at Oriole Park: $19
  • Baltimore Scavenger Hunt Adventure: $21
  • Baltimore Signature Lunch Cruise: $76
  • Baltimore Walking Foodie Tour in Fells Point: $99
  • Baltimore's Cruise ship Tour-shuttle service: $25

Tours and Activities in Tucson

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

  • Saguaro National Park Self Guided Driving Audio Tour: $75

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Baltimore $17
    Tucson $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Baltimore

Also in Baltimore, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Original Fells Point Haunted Pub Tour by Baltimore Ghost Tours: $33
  • Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl: $35
  • Chesapeake Region Wine Tour: $171

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Baltimore and Tucson, we can see that Baltimore 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 Baltimore would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Baltimore than you might in Tucson.

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

Which is Bigger, Baltimore or Tucson?

Baltimore has a larger population, and is about 18% larger than the population of Tucson. When comparing the sizes of Baltimore and Tucson, 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.