A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Big Sur vs. Las Vegas

Should you visit Big Sur or Las Vegas?

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 Big Sur and Las Vegas can help you decide which place is right for you.

Big Sur

Big Sur is the 90-mile stretch of the California Central Coast which runs from the Carmel River in Monterey County south to San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County and 20 miles east into the Santa Lucius Foothills.

However you look at it, California's Central Coast is beautiful and undoubtedly a huge tourist trap. If you're not willing to fork over big bucks for overnight stays on coastal hotels, be prepared ahead of time with your camping gear and get ready to go off the beaten track to avoid crowds as best you can and save your wallet.

While the weather in Central Coast is overall, mild and temperate, between 50 and 70 degrees year-round. The highs and lows during the year are in August and January, respectively, with dry summers and wet winters, making April through October the best times to visit but be warned: there will be crowds.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has long been the gambling capital of the United States. Known as "Sin City," it is a hot spot for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but in recent years it has seen a dramatic increase in weddings and business conferences. It is the largest city in the state of Nevada and one of the most visited and well known cities in the country. It is located in the Mojave Desert in South Nevada and has a very arid climate with very hot and dry summers. The average high in July is 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but as many people like to say "its a dry heat." Winters are cooler and pleasant with highs around 60 degrees Fahrenheits. Snow is very rare but the surrounding mountains are often topped with snow during the winter months.

Which city is cheaper, Las Vegas or Big Sur?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Big Sur is $0.00, while the average daily cost in Las Vegas is $255. 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 Big Sur and Las Vegas in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $264 in Big Sur For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $262 for a double occupancy room in Las Vegas.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Big Sur $132
    Las Vegas $131
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Big Sur $264
    Las Vegas $262

Food

While meal prices in Las Vegas can vary, the average travelers spends about $67 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Las Vegas should cost around $27 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Las Vegas is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Big Sur -
    Las Vegas $67

Typical Food prices in Las Vegas

Some typical examples of dining costs in Las Vegas are as follows:


  • Coffee
    $5.00
  • Deep Fried Twinkie
    $1.07
  • Chocolate Dip Banana
    $1.07
  • Gelato
    $5.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Las Vegas

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

  • Only On The Strip Food Tour: $79
  • The "What The Frog?" Senor Frogs Dinner Package: $80
  • Chinatown Vegan Food Tour: $87
  • Downtown Vegan Food Tour: $87
  • Walking Food Tour of Downtown Las Vegas: $99
  • Evening Walking Food Tour on the Las Vegas Strip: $103
  • Walking Food Tour of the Las Vegas Strip: $103
  • Fremont Street Dinner Tour with Photographer: $129
  • Secret Food Tours Las Vegas: $131
  • Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour by Segway: $149
  • Wild West Sunset Horseback Ride with Dinner from Las Vegas: $150
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Las Vegas: $156

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Las Vegas is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $36 per person, per day, on local transportation in Las Vegas.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Big Sur -
    Las Vegas $36

Typical Local Transportation prices in Las Vegas

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Las Vegas are as follows:


  • 24 Hr Bus Pass
    $15
  • 24 hrs Deuce Bus
    $7.00
  • Taxi from Airport to the Strip
    $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Las Vegas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Las Vegas:

  • Departure Private Transfer Las Vegas to Los Angeles Airport LAX by Minibus: $1,928
  • Departure Private Transfer Las Vegas to Los Angeles Airport LAX by Executive SUV: $1,818
  • Departure Private Transfer Las Vegas to Los Angeles Airport LAX by SUV: $1,653
  • Las Vegas Private Transfer: Mercedes Sprinter Van: $1,300
  • Las Vegas Round Trip Chauffeur Driven Airport Transfer by Executive Sprinter: $200
  • Private Las Vegas Airport to Hotel Luxury Limousine Transfer: $195
  • Private Las Vegas Hotel to Airport Luxury Limousine Transfer: $175
  • Airport Transfer - Round Trip to or from Your Hotel: $165
  • Departure Private Transfers: Las Vegas to Las Vegas Airport LAS in Luxury Car: $163
  • Las Vegas Airport Transfers : Las Vegas to Airport LAS in Luxury Car: $163
  • Arrival Private Transfers: Las Vegas Airport LAS to Las Vegas in Luxury Car: $163
  • Las Vegas Airport Transfers : Airport LAS to Las Vegas in Luxury Car: $163

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Las Vegas typically cost an average of $71 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Big Sur -
    Las Vegas $71

Typical Entertainment prices in Las Vegas

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Las Vegas are as follows:


  • Wedding Chapel
    $139
  • Atomic Testing Museum (two people)
    $12
  • Gondola Ride (4 person)
    $64
  • Monorail Ride
    $5.00
  • NY NY Rollercoaster
    $14
  • Circus Circus Adventure Dome Day Pass
    $26

Tours and Activities in Las Vegas

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Las Vegas are as follows:

  • 1 Hour Private Limo Photo Tour: $343
  • 1-Day Grand Canyon West Rim Sunset Tour: $135
  • 1-Day Hoover Dam - Lake Mead - Oatman Ghost Town Tour: $291
  • 1-Day Tour to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend from Las Vegas: $176
  • 1.5-Hour BLACKOUT: Dining in the Dark Experience in Las Vegas: $81
  • 11 Day Best of the West National Parks Tour Las Vegas to San Francisco: $2,151
  • 15-Day Southwest Grand Circle Tour: $6,000
  • 2 Day Zion and Bryce in depth National Tour Camp or Lodge options: $330
  • 2 Hour Photo Tour by Luxury Rolls Royce: $986
  • 2 Hour Private Limo Photo Tour: $549
  • 2-Day Grand Canyon Tour from Las Vegas: $330
  • 2-Day Private Tour: Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon from Las Vegas: $1,198

Alcohol

The average person spends about $45 on alcoholic beverages in Las Vegas per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Big Sur -
    Las Vegas $45

Sample the Local Flavors in Las Vegas

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Las Vegas:

  • Zombie Burlesque Comedy Musical Show Ticket: $49
  • Zombie Burlesque at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino: $49
  • The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Bar Crawl of Fremont Street: $89
  • Las Vegas Bar Crawl: $90
  • Las Vegas Brewery Tour by Party Bus: $103
  • Bar Crawl On Fremont Street: $260
  • Small Group Pahrump Wine Tasting with Death Valley Sightseeing and Stargazing: $295


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Big Sur and Las Vegas, we can see that Las Vegas is more expensive. And not only is Big Sur much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Big Sur would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Big Sur 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 Las Vegas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Las Vegas than you might in Big Sur.

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