A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Dallas vs. Houston

Should you visit Dallas or Houston?

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 Dallas and Houston can help you decide which place is right for you.

Dallas

Located in the north central part of the state, Dallas is a prominent city in Texas and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the United States of America. The business reputation of Dallas rose from its historical status as the center for cotton and oil industries. It was also positioned among numerous railroads.

Houston

The largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States, Houston is a sprawling urban center that has grown from its wealth in the oil industry. Visitors today are drawn to its cultural diversity which has additionally made Houston a foodie destination. Other attractions to Houston include its proximity to NASA's Space Center Houston on the Gulf coast, and its Downtown which features a vibrant museum and arts scene, shopping, and dining.

Which city is cheaper, Houston or Dallas?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dallas is $103, while the average daily cost in Houston is $210. 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 Dallas and Houston in more detail.




Accommodation

Dallas's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $116. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $58.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $226 for a double occupancy room in Houston.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dallas $58
    Houston $113
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dallas $116
    Houston $226


Food

The price of a meal in Dallas can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $28 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $11 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The average traveler spends about $28 per day in Houston 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dallas $28
    Houston $28
Typical Food prices in Dallas

Some typical examples of dining costs in Dallas are as follows:


  • Cowboys Stadium Tour (for 2)
    $55
  • Whataburger Lunch (family of 4)
    $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dallas

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

  • Live from Eggs Benedict Brunch Cooking Class with Bri from MasteChef: $33
  • Live from Eggs Benedict Cooking Class with Bri from MasterChef: $33
  • Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Admission Ticket in Dallas: $73
  • Secret Food Tour of Dallas w/ Private Tour Option: $221
  • Dallas Secret Food Tour: $224

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Houston

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

  • Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access: $65
  • Culinary Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access: $67
  • Downtown Houston Food Tour: $74
  • The Heights Food Tour: $74


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Dallas is $23 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.

The average price of local transportation around Houston is $58 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dallas $23
    Houston $58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dallas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dallas:

  • AT&T Stadium Transfer: $107
  • Arrival Private Transfer Dallas Airport DAL to Addison by Luxury Vehicle: $54
  • Arrival Private Transfer Dallas Airport DAL to Dowtown Dallas by Luxury Vehicle: $49
  • Arrival Private Transfer Dallas Airport DAL to Fort Worth by Luxury Vehicle: $89
  • Arrival Private Transfer Dallas Airport DAL to Plano by Luxury Vehicle: $63
  • DAL - Dallas Love Airport - Ground Transfer to/from Your Hotel: $123
  • DFW - Dallas Fort Worth Airport - Ground Transfer to/from Your Hotel: $123
  • DFW - Dallas Fort Worth Airport - Round Trip Ground Transfer to/from Your Hotel: $245
  • Dallas Airport Transfers : Dallas City to Dallas Airport DFW in Business Car: $100
  • Dallas Airport Transfers : Dallas City to Dallas Airport DFW in Luxury SUV: $128
  • Dallas Airport Transfers : Dallas City to Dallas Airport DFW in Luxury Van: $122
  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) to Dallas - Arrival Private Transfer: $85

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Houston

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Houston:

  • Private Arrival Transfer from Houston William P. Hobby Airport HOU: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer to Houston William P. Hobby Airport HOU: $36
  • Private Airport Transfer: Houston to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Houston George Bush Airport (IAH): $44
  • Private Departure Transfer to Houston George Bush Airport IAH: $44
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Houston George Bush Airport to Houston Downtown: $47
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Houston Downtown to George Bush Airport: $47
  • Transfer in private minivan from Houston George Bush Airport to Houston Downtown: $47
  • Transfer in private minivan from Houston City Center to George Bush Airport: $47
  • Private Airport Transfer: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Houston: $52
  • Private Arrival Transfer from IAH Airport to Johnson Space Center: $61
  • Arrival Private Transfer Houston George Bush Airport IAH to Houston by Sedan Car: $62


Entertainment

Dallas's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $10 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.

Houston's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $11 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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dallas $10
    Houston $11

Tours and Activities in Dallas

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

  • walkSTEM Tour: $18
  • Skip the Line: Marionette Theater Tickets in Dallas: $19
  • Dallas' Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Observation Ticket: $21
  • Dallas Cruizer Tour: $25
  • John F Kennedy Assassination Tour with Sixth Floor Museum: $26
  • Skip the Line: Princess Party Breakfast Show Ticket: $26
  • Dallas City Highlights Tour: $29
  • 75-Minute Small-Group City Highlights Tour: $30
  • Dallas Food and Culture Tour: $36
  • Urban Adventure Quest: Scavenger Hunt in Dallas, Texas: $44
  • JFK Assassination Tour + Oswald's Rooming House: $50
  • The Great Dallas Tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Houston

Here are a few actual costs in Houston for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Ultimate Houston Self-Driving Audio Tour: $8.00
  • Haunted Houston Ghost Walking Tour (All Ages): $21
  • Space Center Houston Admission Ticket: $25
  • Astroville Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston: $26
  • Houston Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $30
  • 3D Printer Factory Tour plus 2 ft Tall Rocket!: $31
  • Houston's Official Hop on-Hop off Tour: $32
  • Houston Hop on-City Tour: 2-Day Pass: $35
  • Hop-on Houston City Tour: $35
  • Astroville Weekend Downtown Houston Tour With Tunnel Access: $35
  • Astroville Rockets Basketball Game Day Tour with Tunnel Access: $36
  • The Escape Game Epic 60-Minute Adventures: $37


Alcohol

The average person spends about $9.82 on alcoholic beverages in Dallas per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Houston may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dallas $9.82
    Houston $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Dallas

Also in Dallas, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Dallas Bar Hunt: Dallas Dynasty Bar Crawl: $12
  • Haunted Dallas Ghost and Pub Walking Tour: $27
  • Party Bike Pub Crawl in Deep Ellum and Downtown Dallas: $55

Sample the Local Flavors in Houston

Also in Houston, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Skip the Line: Distillery Tour Ticket: $21
  • Haunted Houston Ghost and Pub Walking Tour: $27
  • Brewery Pass with Beer Tastings: $29
  • Brewery Tour: $53
  • Astroville Downtown Bar Crawl & Tunnel Access (2 Cocktails Beverages Included): $58
  • Bar Crawl with Tunnel Access and 2 Cocktails: $67
  • 2-Hour Downtown Brewery Tour by Electric Cart: $70
  • SUV St. Arnold Brewery Tour: $487



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

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Dallas vs. Houston Travel Comparison

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