A Travel Price Comparison for United States of America Charlotte vs. El Paso for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Charlotte or El Paso?

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 Charlotte and El Paso can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Charlotte or El Paso?


With a population of almost 800,000, Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina. The city has grown rapidly in recent years and the thriving economy has led to major revitalization efforts in the city's central district. The city is a center for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment within the state. It is the location of the corporate headquarters of Bank of America as well as the east coast operations of Wells Fargo, making it the second largest banking center in the United States. Although Charlotte has never been considered a significant tourist destination, recent efforts to enhance the urban core and develop entertainment venues have begun to appeal to outside visitors.

El Paso

El Paso is a city in west Texas, along the waters of the Rio Grande. Outside the city, Franklin Mountains State Park is home to cacti and desert wildlife like coyotes and golden eagles. The park's Wyler Aerial Tramway ascends to Ranger Peak for views of the city and over to Mexico. El Paso is coming up in the world and starting to make a name for itself. A sleek new hotel has opened downtown, luring locals back to the city’s core for socializing and dining. The new Montecillo entertainment and residential district to the west is booming. The city even has a new baseball team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. And the city’s first microbrewery opened in 2015. Outdoorsy types also have it made here: there’s cycling and hiking in the largest urban park in the US, and the nearby Hueco Tanks State Park is ideal for wintertime rock climbing. Best of all is the hospitality of the locals, which makes this city of nearly 700,000 feel a whole lot smaller.

Which place is cheaper, El Paso or Charlotte?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Charlotte is $191, while the average daily cost in El Paso is $161. 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 Charlotte and El Paso in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Charlotte $118
    El Paso $81
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Charlotte $236
    El Paso $162
Compare Hotels in Charlotte and El Paso

Looking for a hotel in Charlotte or El Paso? 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 Charlotte

Hotels in El Paso

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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: Charlotte Hotel Prices and El Paso Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Charlotte $33
    El Paso $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Charlotte

Also for Charlotte, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer: Charlotte to Charlotte Douglas Airport CLT in Luxury SUV: $164
  • Private Transfer: Charlotte Douglas Airport CLT to Charlotte in Luxury SUV: $164
  • Private One-way Charlotte Airport Transfer To/From Charlotte: $74
  • Private Departure Transfer to Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT): $54
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Charlotte Douglas Airport CLT: $54
  • Departure Transfer: Charlotte to Charlotte Douglas Airport CLT in Business Car: $134
  • Departure Private Transfer Charlotte to Charlotte Douglas Airport CLT by SUV: $168
  • Departure Private Transfer Charlotte to Charlotte Douglas Airport CLT Sedan Car: $125
  • Charlotte Round Trip Chauffeur Driven Airport Transfer by Sedan: $150
  • Charlotte Douglas Int. Airport One-Way Transfer to /from Charlotte: $148
  • Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT): 1-Way Transfer to Charlotte: $99
  • Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT) to Spartanburg - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $298

Hired Cars and Shuttles in El Paso

Also for El Paso, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • El Paso Airport to Truth or Consequences Round Trip Transfer: $243
  • El Paso Airport (ELP) to Truth or Consequences Arrival Transfer: $121
  • El Paso International Airport (ELP) to El Paso - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $82
  • El Paso International Airport (ELP) to El Paso - Arrival Private Transfer : $41
  • El Paso to El Paso International Airport (ELP) - Departure Private Transfer: $41

Is it cheaper to fly into Charlotte or El Paso?

Prices for flights to both El Paso and Charlotte 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
    Charlotte $46
    El Paso $54
Typical Food Prices in Charlotte

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Charlotte:

  • Pizza at Airport
  • Cracker Barrel Lunch (family of 4)

Typical Food Prices in El Paso

For El Paso, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Rudy's BBQ (family of 4)

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Charlotte $43
    El Paso $27

Tours and Activities in Charlotte

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Charlotte.

  • 2 Hours African American History E-Bike Tour in Charlotte: $79
  • 90 Minute Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte: $75
  • Carolina History and Haunts Charlotte Historical Ghost Walking Tour : $25
  • Charlotte Ghost Walking Tour - Smartphone guided audio/gps Tour at your own pace: $6.75
  • Charlotte Ghost Walking Tour: Smartphone Audio & GPS Tour: $6.50
  • Charlotte Haunted Booze and Boos Ghost Walking Tour: $35
  • Charlotte Historic : Queen Bee City Tour: $39
  • Charlotte Historical City Tour: $45
  • Charlotte Hornets Basketball Game Ticket at Spectrum Center: $21
  • Charlotte Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate: $90
  • Charlotte Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour and Game: $25
  • Charlotte's Only Southern Charm Haunted/True Crime Golf Cart Tour: $48

Tours and Activities in El Paso

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

  • Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak Jeep Tour: $105
  • Downtown Historic Walking Tour: $120
  • Sun City Ghost Walking Tour: $26
  • Jeep Tour - Pikes Peak or Bust: $175
  • Sun City Ghosts Haunted Cowboys and Outlaws Tour: $30
  • UTV Adventure Tour / Rental: $249

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Charlotte $20
    El Paso $27

Sample the Local Flavors in Charlotte

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Charlotte:

  • Charlotte Brewery Crawl Tour: $48
  • 3-Hour Brewery Crawl on 7 passenger Cart: $48
  • Original Charlotte Brewery Tour - Craft Beer Experience : $125
  • Charlotte's Food and Brewery Walking Tour in LoSo District: $150
  • Bar Crawl on a Rollin Disco Ball Golf Cart in Charlotte: $240

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

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

Which is Bigger, Charlotte or El Paso?

Charlotte has a larger population, and is about 6% larger than the population of El Paso. When comparing the sizes of Charlotte and El Paso, 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.