Should you visit Columbus or Seattle?
Should I visit Columbus or Seattle? 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.
The capital city of Ohio, Columbus sits at the meeting point of America's Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Appalachia, and the Plains. It is also home of Ohio State University, which is a major financial and economic force in the city. You'll likely need a car to navigate the city, although there is a bus system, COTA, which can take you to some of Columbus' highlights.
Situated on the Puget Sound in the state of Washington, Seattle is the largest city in the United States Pacific Northwest. It's a beautiful city surrounded by the water and mountains and filled with evergreen trees. It's also the home of some famous American institutions including Starbucks Coffee, Amazon, and Microsoft. The population of almost 700,000 continues to grow. As of 2014, the city was considered the fastest growing major city in the United States. The entire metropolitan area has about 3.6 million residents, making it the 15th largest metro area in the US. The natural beauty, growing economy, and educational base give Seattle a youthful vibe that keep the city young and energetic.
Which city is cheaper, Seattle or Columbus?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Columbus is $126, while the average daily cost in Seattle is $156. 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 Columbus and Seattle in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $116 in Columbus For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
A hotel room in Seattle is about $188 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
The average traveler spends about $39 per day in Columbus 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.
The price of a meal in Seattle can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $38 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $15 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Seattle
Some typical examples of dining costs in Seattle are as follows:
Expresso & cookie at Pier 70
Cashews at Pike Place Market
6 Mini Donuts at Pike Place Market
Chinese Lunch in International District (for 2)
Breakfast at Lowel's in Pike Place Market (for 2)
Breakfast at French Cafe (for 2)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Seattle
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Seattle.
Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market- 1 Hour:
Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour:
Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour:
Chef Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market- 2 Hours:
Pacific Northwest-Style Dinner and Pairing in Seattle:
Exclusive: Early-Access Food Tour of Pike Place Market:
Street Theater and Dinner in Seattle's Fremont District:
Seattle Dinner Cruise:
To get around in Columbus, the average visitor spends $40 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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $18 per day to get around in Seattle.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Columbus
Also for Columbus, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Columbus John Glen Airport (CMH) to Columbus - Arrival Private Transfer:
Columbus to Columbus John Glen Airport (CMH) - Departure Private Transfer:
Columbus John Glen Airport (CMH) to Columbus - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Seattle
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Seattle:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Seattle
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Seattle:
Transfer in Private Vehicle from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Seattle Downtown:
Transfer in Private Vehicle from Seattle Downtown to Tacoma Airport:
Transfer in Private Minivan from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Seattle Downtown:
Transfer in Private Minivan from Seattle Downtown to Tacoma Airport:
Seattle to Whistler Private Transfer:
Seattle to Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA) - Departure Private Transfer:
Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA) to Seattle - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA) to Seattle - Arrival Private Transfer:
Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA) to Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA) to Cruise Port - Arrival Private Transfer:
Seattle Roundtrip Chauffeur Driven Airport Transfer by Private Van:
Seattle Roundtrip Chauffeur Driven Airport Transfer by Executive Sedan:
Is it cheaper to fly into Columbus or Seattle?
Prices for flights to both Seattle and Columbus 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 Columbus, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $37 per person, per day.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $12 per person, per day in Seattle. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Columbus
For Columbus, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Unique Scavenger Hunt Experience in Columbus:
Columbus Scavenger Hunt Adventure:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus Ticket:
Tours and Activities in Seattle
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Seattle are as follows:
20-Minute Greater Seattle Scenic Airplane Tour:
3-Day Seattle Olympic+Mount Rainier National Park tour(Seattle departure) APOR3:
3-Hour Seattle City Tour:
4-Hour Seattle City Tour:
5-Day Yellowstone+Grand Teton National Park Tour ( Seattle departure ) SYG5:
A Feast for Foodies Walking Tour In Seattle:
Afternoon 3-Hour Seattle City Tour:
Bainbridge Island Wine and History - Private Luxury Day Tour with Lunch:
Bainbridge Island Wine and History Luxury Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch:
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour:
Best of Mount Rainier National Park from All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour:
Best of Olympic National Park from All-Inclusive Small-Group Day Tour:
Typically, people visiting Columbus spend on average $16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about $13 on alcoholic beverages in Seattle per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Seattle
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Seattle:
Seattle Bar Hunt: Sleepless in Seattle Bar Crawl:
Haunted Seattle Ghost and Pub Walking Tour:
Georgetown Brewery Tour:
Bon Vivant Woodinville Wine Tasting Tour:
Half-Day Coffee, Chocolate, and Wine Tour:
Seattle Coffee, Chocolate and Wine Tour:
Seattle Wine Tour (Hourly):
7-Hour Wenatchee White Water Rafting and Wine Tour:
From Snoqualmie Falls & Woodinville Wine Tasting:
Seattle All-Inclusive: Hike Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Columbus and Seattle, we can see that Seattle is more expensive. And not only is Columbus much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Columbus would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Columbus 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 Seattle would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Seattle than you might in Columbus.
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