Should you visit Clearwater or Tucson?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Clearwater and Tucson. 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. So, let's dig into it.
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.
Tucson, Arizona is the second largest city in the state and sits at an elevation of 2,400 feet. It's temperature is slightly milder than Phoenix and it is a pleasant place to visit. Most people arrive in the city by car, but Amtrak does travel through Tucson, as does Greyhound. The area is also served by the Tucson International Airport. Once in the city, you'll likely want to have access to a car, as the city is not very pedestrian friendly and public transportation is very much lacking. Many popular and beautiful sights are also outside of town in the surrounding desert, so having access to a vehicle is paramount if you hope to visit any of the places.
Which city is cheaper, Tucson or Clearwater?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Clearwater is $241, while the average daily cost in Tucson is $122. 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 Clearwater and Tucson in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $208 for a double occupancy room in Clearwater.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $142 in Tucson For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $38 per day in Clearwater 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.
While meal prices in Tucson can vary, the average travelers spends about $29 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Tucson should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Tucson is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
The cost of a taxi ride in Clearwater is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $177 per person, per day, on local transportation in Clearwater.
To get around in Tucson, the average visitor spends $22 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Clearwater
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Clearwater:
St.Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) to Clearwater Beach -Roundtrip Private Transfer:
St. Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) to St. Petersburg - Roundtrip Private Transfer:
St. Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) to St. Petersburg - Arrival Private Transfer:
St. Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) to Clearwater Beach - Arrival Private Transfer:
Private Transfer from Clearwater Beach to Port Canaveral:
Private Transfer from Clearwater Beach to Orlando-Sanford (SFB) Airport:
Private Transfer from Clearwater Beach to Orlando (MCO) Airport:
Clearwater Beach to Tampa Airport (TPA) - Departure Private Transfer:
Clearwater Beach to St.Pete–Clearwater Airport (PIE) -Departure Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tucson
Also for Tucson, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Tucson International Airport One Way Transfer:
Tucson Intl Airport (TUS) to Tucson Downtown area - Arrival Private Transfer:
Tucson Downtown area to Tucson Intl Airport (TUS) - Departure Private Transfer:
Private Tucson Transfer: Hotel to Airport:
Private Tucson Transfer: Airport to Hotel:
Tucson Intl Airport (TUS) to Tucson Downtown area - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Private transfer: Tucson Airport (TUS) to Tucson:
Private transfer: Tucson to Tucson Airport (TUS):
Is it cheaper to fly into Clearwater or Tucson?
Prices for flights to both Tucson 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.
In Tucson, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Clearwater
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Clearwater are as follows:
Adventure Boat in Clearwater Beach:
Beach Cruiser Bicycle:
Boeing 737 Flight Simulator Experience:
Calypso Queen Tropical Party Buffet Cruise:
Clearwater Beach Pier 60 Tour:
Clearwater Daytime Yacht Music Cruise with Optional Dining:
Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour:
Clearwater Encounters with Dolphins Tour:
Clearwater Evening Yacht Cruise with Optional Dining:
Dolphin Adventure at Clearwater Beach:
Dolphin Sightseeing Tour of Clearwater Beach with Free Ice Cream:
Fantastic Helicopter Tour- Tarpon Springs, Clearwater beaches & Caladesi Island:
Tours and Activities in Tucson
For Tucson, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Tucson Scavenger Hunt Adventure:
Oasis Tour of Tucson:
Historic Bike Tour in Tucson:
Mural Bike Tour:
Taco Bike Tour:
Typically, people visiting Tucson spend on average $13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Clearwater and Tucson, we can see that Clearwater is more expensive. And not only is Tucson much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Tucson would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tucson 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 Tucson.
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