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

Should you visit Clearwater or Detroit?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Clearwater and Detroit. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Clearwater or Detroit?

Clearwater

Clearwater is a city in Florida's Tampa Bay area known for its sunny weather and gulf coast beaches. Its most famous beach (Clearwater Beach) is located on a barrier island with white sands and crystal waters - a perfect setting for activities such as fishing, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, dolphin and sunset tours, parasailing, and more.

Detroit

Detroit is the largest city in the Midwestern state of Michigan. Near Downtown, the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts is famed for the Detroit Industry Murals painted by Diego Rivera, and inspired by the city's ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname "Motor City." Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records, whose chart-topping history is on display at their original headquarters, Hitsville U.S.A.

Which place is cheaper, Detroit or Clearwater?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Clearwater is $309, while the average daily cost in Detroit is $133. 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 Clearwater and Detroit in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Clearwater $141
    Detroit $64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Clearwater $282
    Detroit $128
Compare Hotels in Clearwater and Detroit

Looking for a hotel in Clearwater or Detroit? 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 Clearwater


Hotels in Detroit


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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: Clearwater Hotel Prices and Detroit Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Clearwater $221
    Detroit $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Clearwater

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Clearwater:

  • St. Petersburg to St. Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) - Departure Private Transfer: $64
  • St. Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) to St. Petersburg - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $127
  • St. Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) to St. Petersburg - Arrival Private Transfer : $64
  • St. Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) to Clearwater Beach - Arrival Private Transfer: $102
  • St Petersburg to Tampa Airport (TPA) -Departure Private Transfer: $54
  • Private Transfer from St Petersburg Clearwater Airport to St Pete Beach: $70
  • Private Transfer from Clearwater to Tampa Airport: $120
  • Private Airport Transfer to St. Petersburg or Clearwater Beach : $104
  • Pete–Clearwater Airport to Clearwater Beach Round-Trip Transfer: $145
  • From Orlando: Clearwater Beach Day with Transfers and Lunch: $100
  • Clearwater Beach to Tampa Airport (TPA) - Departure Private Transfer: $54
  • Clearwater Beach to St.Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) -Departure Private Transfer: $102

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Detroit

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

  • Private Arrival Transfer from Detroit Airport DTW: $61
  • Private Departure Transfer to Detroit Airport DTW: $61
  • Detroit - Wayne County Airport One Way Transfer : $80
  • Private Departure Transfer - to Detroit Airport (DTW) by SUV: $90
  • Private Arrival Transfer - from Detroit Airport (DTW) by SUV: $90
  • Detroit Airport (DTW) to Detroit City - Arrival Private Transfer: $94
  • Detroit City to Detroit Airport (DTW) - Departure Private Transfer: $94
  • Departure Private Transfer: Detroit to Detroit Airport DTW in Business Car: $100
  • Departure Private Transfer: Detroit to Detroit Airport DTW in Luxury SUV: $131
  • Private Transfer from Detroit (DTW) Airport to Detroit City: $143
  • Private Transfer from Detroit City to Detroit (DTW) Airport: $143
  • Detroit Airport (DTW) to Detroit City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $189

Is it cheaper to fly into Clearwater or Detroit?

Prices for flights to both Detroit and Clearwater 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Clearwater $46
    Detroit $44

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Clearwater

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

  • 2 Hours Beach Bites & Brews Food Tour in Gulfport, Florida: $69

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Detroit

For Detroit, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Fresh Mediterranean Inspired Cooking Class in a Unique Detroit Home: $104

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Clearwater -
    Detroit $21

Tours and Activities in Clearwater

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

  • 1-hour Dolphin Sightseeing Adventure Cruise from Madeira Beach: $28
  • 1.5 Hour Tiki Tour with Open Bar in Clearwater Beach: $49
  • 2 Hour Guided Kayak Tour in Boca Ciega Bay - St. Pete: $55
  • 2 Hour Guided Segway Tour of Downtown St Pete: $59
  • 2 Hour Sunset Cruise in Clearwater, Florida: $35
  • 2 Hour Sunset Kayak Tour: War Veterans Memorial Park: $59
  • 2 Hour Tandem Kayak Tour (Price for 2 People): $110
  • 2 Hours Kayak Eco Tour in Tarpon Springs: $54
  • 2.5 Hour Kayaking with Manatee and History Tour in Tarpon Springs: $58
  • 2.5-Hour Sunset Cruise Tour in St. Petersburg: $67
  • 4-Hour St. Pete Pier to Egmont Key Experience by Ferry: $67
  • 90 Minute Axe Throwing Guided Experience in Clearwater at Hatchet Hangout: $50

Tours and Activities in Detroit

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

  • Spirit and History Self Guided Audio Tour: $6.50
  • Self Guided "Detroit's Spirit and History" Solo Walking Tour: $6.75
  • Detroit Tigers Baseball Game Ticket at Comerica Park: $8.63
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Ann Arbor by Crazy Dash: $10
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure Self-Guided City Game: $10
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Ann Arbor by Wacky Walks: $10
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Windsor by Wacky Walks: $11
  • Ann Arbor Scavenger Hunt: Ann Arbor Adventure: $12
  • Murder Mystery Detective Experience Ann Arbor, MI: $15
  • Experience the season with a scavenger hunt in Ann Arbor with Holly Jolly Hunt: $20
  • Detroit Pistons Basketball Game Ticket: $21
  • Detroit Pistons Basketball Game Ticket at Little Caesars Arena: $21

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Clearwater -
    Detroit $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Clearwater

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Clearwater:

  • The Tour and Wine Tasting Experience at Aspirations Winery: $32


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

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


Which is Bigger, Clearwater or Detroit?

Detroit has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Clearwater. When comparing the sizes of Clearwater and Detroit, 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.


When is the best time to visit Clearwater or Detroit?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Clearwater or Detroit in the Summer?

Both Detroit and Clearwater during the summer are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Clearwater in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Clearwater is a little warmer than Detroit. Typically, the summer temperatures in Clearwater in July average around 82°F (28°C), and Detroit averages at about 74°F (24°C).

In Detroit, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Clearwater. In the summer, Clearwater often gets less sunshine than Detroit. Clearwater gets 265 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Detroit receives 319 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Clearwater. Clearwater usually gets more rain in July than Detroit. Clearwater gets 8.4 inches (214 mm) of rain, while Detroit receives 3.4 inches (85 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Clearwater 82°F (28°C) 
    Detroit 74°F (24°C)

Should I visit Clearwater or Detroit in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Clearwater and Detroit. Most visitors come to Clearwater for the shopping scene during these months.

In October, Clearwater is generally much warmer than Detroit. Daily temperatures in Clearwater average around 75°F (24°C), and Detroit fluctuates around 54°F (12°C).

In Clearwater, it's very sunny this time of the year. Clearwater usually receives more sunshine than Detroit during autumn. Clearwater gets 234 hours of sunny skies, while Detroit receives 172 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Clearwater usually receives more rain than Detroit. Clearwater gets 2.6 inches (65 mm) of rain, while Detroit receives 2.3 inches (58 mm) of rain each month for the autumn. June to November is the hurricane season in Clearwater.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Clearwater 75°F (24°C) 
    Detroit 54°F (12°C)

Should I visit Clearwater or Detroit in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Clearwater as well as Detroit. The winter months attract visitors to Clearwater because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

It's quite cold in Detroit in the winter. Clearwater is much warmer than Detroit in the winter. The daily temperature in Clearwater averages around 60°F (15°C) in January, and Detroit fluctuates around 25°F (-4°C).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Clearwater this time of the year. In the winter, Clearwater often gets more sunshine than Detroit. Clearwater gets 200 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Detroit receives 120 hours of full sun.

Clearwater usually gets more rain in January than Detroit. Clearwater gets 2.3 inches (59 mm) of rain, while Detroit receives 2 inches (50 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Clearwater 60°F (15°C) 
    Detroit 25°F (-4°C)

Should I visit Clearwater or Detroit in the Spring?

Both Detroit and Clearwater are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The beaches are the main draw to Clearwater this time of year.

In the spring, Clearwater is much warmer than Detroit. Typically, the spring temperatures in Clearwater in April average around 71°F (22°C), and Detroit averages at about 49°F (9°C).

It's quite sunny in Detroit. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Clearwater. Clearwater usually receives more sunshine than Detroit during spring. Clearwater gets 299 hours of sunny skies, while Detroit receives 223 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Clearwater usually receives less rain than Detroit. Clearwater gets 2.1 inches (53 mm) of rain, while Detroit receives 3.2 inches (80 mm) of rain each month for the spring. June to November in Clearwater is the hurricane season.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Clearwater 71°F (22°C) 
    Detroit 49°F (9°C)

Typical Weather for Detroit and Clearwater

Clearwater Detroit
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 60°F (15°C) 2.3 inches (59 mm) 25°F (-4°C) 2 inches (50 mm)
Feb 61°F (16°C) 2.9 inches (73 mm) 27°F (-3°C) 2.1 inches (54 mm)
Mar 67°F (19°C) 3.9 inches (99 mm) 37°F (3°C) 2.8 inches (72 mm)
Apr 71°F (22°C) 2.1 inches (53 mm) 49°F (9°C) 3.2 inches (80 mm)
May 77°F (25°C) 2.4 inches (61 mm) 60°F (16°C) 3 inches (76 mm)
Jun 81°F (27°C) 6.5 inches (165 mm) 70°F (21°C) 3.8 inches (97 mm)
Jul 82°F (28°C) 8.4 inches (214 mm) 74°F (24°C) 3.4 inches (85 mm)
Aug 82°F (28°C) 8 inches (203 mm) 73°F (23°C) 3.4 inches (86 mm)
Sep 81°F (27°C) 6.3 inches (161 mm) 65°F (19°C) 3.4 inches (87 mm)
Oct 75°F (24°C) 2.6 inches (65 mm) 54°F (12°C) 2.3 inches (58 mm)
Nov 68°F (20°C) 1.8 inches (45 mm) 43°F (6°C) 3 inches (75 mm)
Dec 62°F (17°C) 2.2 inches (56 mm) 31°F (-1°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)