A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Big Sur vs. Salt Lake City

Should you visit Big Sur or Salt Lake City?

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 Salt Lake City 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.

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 city is cheaper, Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City is $173. 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 Salt Lake City 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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $202 in Salt Lake City For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Big Sur $132
    Salt Lake City $101
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Big Sur $264
    Salt Lake City $202

Food

The average traveler spends about $19 per day in Salt Lake City for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Big Sur -
    Salt Lake City $19

Local Transportation

Salt Lake City's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $22 per person, per day on transportation in Salt Lake City.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Big Sur -
    Salt Lake City $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salt Lake City

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

  • Private Transfer: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to Park City: $199
  • Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) to Salt Lake City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $154
  • Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) to Salt Lake City - Arrival Private Transfer: $77
  • Salt Lake City to Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) - Departure Private Transfer: $77
  • 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: $68
  • Transfer from Salt Lake City Airport to Salt Lake City: $62
  • Salt Lake City International Airport One Way Transfer: $48
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Salt Lake City Airport SLC: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer to Salt Lake City Airport SLC: $36

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Salt Lake City can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $16 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Big Sur -
    Salt Lake City $16

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:

  • 3-Hour Guided Tour in Park City or Midway and Heber Areas: $513
  • 4-Day Small Group Tour: Yellowstone and Tetons Camping from Salt Lake City: $695
  • 4-Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton Park Winter Tour for Small Private Group: $1,880
  • 4-Day Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park Private Tour: $1,116
  • 5 Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton Winter Tour - Private Small Group Tour: $2,309
  • 5-Day Utah All-Inclusive Tour from Salt Lake City: $2,256
  • 5-Day Utah Mighty 5 National Parks Limousine Tour from Salt Lake City: $2,500
  • Best of Salt Lake City Including Great Salt Lake Sightseeing Tour: $192
  • Best of Salt Lake City Sightseeing Tour: $125
  • From Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour: $300
  • From Private Canyonlands Off-Road Tour: $300
  • From Private Capitol Reef National Park Tour: $300

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Salt Lake City spend on average $2.50 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Big Sur -
    Salt Lake City $2.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Salt Lake City

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Salt Lake City:

  • Salt Lake City Bar Hunt: Salt Lake City Bar Crawl: $12


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

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