Should you visit Breckenridge or Vail?
Should I visit Breckenridge or Vail? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Breckenridge is a charming ski town that is notable for its quaint downtown area and impressive ski slopes. Most visitors head to Breckenridge to enjoy the winter ski season, so you can expect prices to jump during these times, but Breckenridge also has a lot to offer visitors during the warmer seasons as well. Hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing are all popular activities during these times, and the prices are usually a bit more moderate.
Vail is one of the premier ski resort areas in the United States. Located in central Colorado, Vail is not far from Denver and situated in the heart of the Rockies. Here you'll find a quaint mountain town designed around tourism, especially for the winter, although plenty of visitors come in the warmer months, too.
High-end hotels, condos, and other accommodation options are surrounded by shops and restaurants that are all somewhat expensive compared to other costs in the United States. Because of this, Vail is definitely not considered an “affordable” travel option for many. However, good deals can be found if you look around and do some research.
Which city is cheaper, Vail or Breckenridge?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Breckenridge is $160, while the average daily cost in Vail is $233. 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 Breckenridge and Vail in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $85. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Breckenridge the cost is $170 on average.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $278 in Vail For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $49 per day in Breckenridge 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.
Vail food costs typically run travelers around $60 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
The average price of local transportation around Breckenridge is $15 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Vail than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $16 on transportation in Vail on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Breckenridge
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Breckenridge:
Breckenridge to Denver Airport (DEN) - Departure Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vail
Also for Vail, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Shared Transfer from Vail or Beaver Creek to Denver Downtown:
Private Departure Transfer to Vail Airport EGE:
Private Eagle County Regional Airport Transfer to Beaver Creek:
Private Eagle County Airport Transfer to Vail:
Transfer in private minivan from Vail city to Denver International Airport (DEN):
Private Transfer: Vail to Denver International Airport (DEN):
Private Airport Transfer Service - Vail Hotels to Denver Int'l Airport:
Breckenridge's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $75 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Sightseeing expenses in Vail, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $106 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Breckenridge
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Breckenridge are as follows:
1 hour Axe Throwing experience with a Coach:
Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt: Breckenridge Adventure:
Breckenridge Tours - Ghostly Tales:
Breckenridge Tours - Strange but True:
Listen to a Tour Guide While You Drive between Breckenridge and Denver:
Real Gold Mine Tour with, gold panning and more:
Tours and Activities in Vail
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Vail.
Listen to a Tour Guide While you Drive between Vail & Denver:
2-Hour Small-Group Guided Segway Tour:
Vail Segway Tour from Vail Village:
Dillon Marina & Shopping Tour:
Glenwood Adventure Park Tour:
Fall Leaves Tour from Vail:
Glenwood Hot Springs Tour:
Blackhawk-Central City Casino Tour from Vail:
Aspen Independence Pass Day Tour:
Historic Mining Town Tour:
The average person spends about $6.23 on alcoholic beverages in Breckenridge per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Vail, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $7.83.
Sample the Local Flavors in Breckenridge
Also in Breckenridge, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Fat Bike Beer & Distillery Tour:
Sample the Local Flavors in Vail
Also in Vail, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Vail Valley Brewery & Wine Tour:
Palisade Wine Tour from Vail:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Breckenridge and Vail, we can see that Vail is more expensive. And not only is Breckenridge much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Breckenridge would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Breckenridge 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 Vail would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Vail than you might in Breckenridge.
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