A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Denver vs. Las Vegas

Should you visit Denver or Las Vegas?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Denver or Las Vegas, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Denver

The capital of Colorado, Denver is commonly referred to as "The Mile-High City" because it is at an elevation of 5,280 feet (1,600 meters) above sea level. It also sits where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, giving a beautiful backdrop for this metropolitan city. The city is the largest in the Rocky Mountains with a population of more than 600,000 and nearly 3 million in the metropolitan area. Denver is a cosmopolitan city with cowboy roots. It's cultural scene is thriving, and the outdoor recreation in the area is superb. Denver is a rapidly growing city but with change comes challenges. Urban sprawl is a problem and the city's infrastructure has reached its limits. Still, efforts are in place to maintain the character and personality that Denver is known for.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has long been the gambling capital of the United States. Known as "Sin City," it is a hot spot for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but in recent years it has seen a dramatic increase in weddings and business conferences. It is the largest city in the state of Nevada and one of the most visited and well known cities in the country. It is located in the Mojave Desert in South Nevada and has a very arid climate with very hot and dry summers. The average high in July is 104 degrees Fahrenheit, but as many people like to say "its a dry heat." Winters are cooler and pleasant with highs around 60 degrees Fahrenheits. Snow is very rare but the surrounding mountains are often topped with snow during the winter months.

Which city is cheaper, Las Vegas or Denver?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Denver is $174, while the average daily cost in Las Vegas is $255. 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 Denver and Las Vegas in more detail.




Accommodation

A hotel room in Denver is about $138 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $262 for a double occupancy room in Las Vegas.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Denver $69
    Las Vegas $131
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Denver $138
    Las Vegas $262


Food

The price of a meal in Denver can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $34 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $14 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

While meal prices in Las Vegas can vary, the average travelers spends about $67 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Las Vegas should cost around $27 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Las Vegas is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Denver $34
    Las Vegas $67
Typical Food prices in Denver

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


  • Sushi Dinner (for 2)
    $61

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Denver

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

  • Small-Group Food Tour in Denver: $69
  • Haunted Denver Walking Food Tour: $73
  • The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show - Denver: $77
  • Walking Food Tour - Best of Union Station & LoDo: $79
  • Denver Cooking Classes-Local, seasonal, and hands on menus: $97

Typical Food prices in Las Vegas

Some typical examples of dining costs in Las Vegas are as follows:


  • Coffee
    $5.00
  • Deep Fried Twinkie
    $1.07
  • Chocolate Dip Banana
    $1.07
  • Gelato
    $5.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Las Vegas

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

  • Only On The Strip Food Tour: $79
  • The "What The Frog?" Senor Frogs Dinner Package: $80
  • Chinatown Vegan Food Tour: $87
  • Downtown Vegan Food Tour: $87
  • Walking Food Tour of Downtown Las Vegas: $99
  • Evening Walking Food Tour on the Las Vegas Strip: $103
  • Walking Food Tour of the Las Vegas Strip: $103
  • Fremont Street Dinner Tour with Photographer: $129
  • Secret Food Tours Las Vegas: $131
  • Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour by Segway: $149
  • Wild West Sunset Horseback Ride with Dinner from Las Vegas: $150
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Las Vegas: $156


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Denver is $81 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 cost of a taxi ride in Las Vegas is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $36 per person, per day, on local transportation in Las Vegas.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Denver $81
    Las Vegas $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Denver

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Denver:

  • Private Departure Transfer to Denver Airport (DEN): $46
  • Private Arrival Transfer - from Denver Airport (DEN): $46
  • Private Departure Transfer from Denver City to DEN Denver Airport: $54
  • Private Arrival Transfer from DEN Denver Airport to Denver City: $58
  • Denver Airport (DEN) to Denver hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $68
  • Denver hotel or address to Denver Airport (DEN) - Departure Private Transfer: $68
  • Transfer in Private Car from Denver International Airport (DEN) to Downtown: $72
  • Transfer in Private Car from Denver Downtown to International Airport (DEN): $72
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Denver to Denver International Airport (DEN): $81
  • Private Airport Transfer: Denver International Airport (DEN) to Denver: $81
  • Transfer in private minivan from Denver Downtown to International Airport (DEN): $86
  • Transfer in private minivan from Denver International Airport(DEN) to Downtown: $86

Typical Local Transportation prices in Las Vegas

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Las Vegas are as follows:


  • 24 Hr Bus Pass
    $15
  • 24 hrs Deuce Bus
    $7.00
  • Taxi from Airport to the Strip
    $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Las Vegas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Las Vegas:

  • Las Vegas Shared Airport Transfer to Las Vegas Hotels: $19
  • Private Airport Transfer: McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Las Vegas: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Las Vegas to McCarran International Airport (LAS): $27
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Las Vegas Airport (LAS): $34
  • Private Departure Transfer to Las Vegas Airport (LAS): $34
  • Las Vegas to Los Angeles - One Way Shared Transfer: $45
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Las Vegas McCarran Airport to Las Vegas City: $46
  • Private Departure Transfer from Las Vegas City to Las Vegas McCarran Airport: $47
  • Departure Private Transfer Las Vegas City to Las Vegas Airport by Business Sedan: $48
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Las Vegas Airport to Las Vegas City by Business Sedan: $48
  • Las Vegas Arrival Chauffeur Driven Airport Transfer: $50
  • Las Vegas Departure Chauffeur Driven Airport Transfer: $50


Entertainment

Denver's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $42 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 and activities in Las Vegas typically cost an average of $71 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Denver $42
    Las Vegas $71

Tours and Activities in Denver

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

  • Spokes and Scoops: Explore Denver's top ice cream spots on an audio bicycle tour: $5.20
  • Denver Ghost Hunt: Mile High Ghost Tour: $12
  • Virtual Reality Experiences for Everyone: $21
  • Denver Scavenger Hunt Adventure: $21
  • Haunted Walking Ghost Tour: $21
  • Twilight Ghost Tour: $22
  • Best of Denver Tour: $22
  • Capitol Hill History & Ghost Tour: $22
  • Denver Ghost Tour: $23
  • 1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver: $25
  • Customized Guided Tour: $30
  • Moscow Mule Experience: $32

Typical Entertainment prices in Las Vegas

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Las Vegas are as follows:


  • Wedding Chapel
    $139
  • Atomic Testing Museum (two people)
    $12
  • Gondola Ride (4 person)
    $64
  • Monorail Ride
    $5.00
  • NY NY Rollercoaster
    $14
  • Circus Circus Adventure Dome Day Pass
    $26

Tours and Activities in Las Vegas

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

  • SeaQuest Las Vegas - Single Day Passport Ticket: $13
  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum Admission Ticket: $14
  • Laughlin: Gambling and Shopping Tour from Las Vegas: $14
  • Skip the Line: Springs Preserve in Las Vegas Admission Ticket: $15
  • Haunts and The Mob Las Vegas Walking Tour: $18
  • Axe Throwing Experience in Las Vegas: $20
  • Las Vegas Scavenger Hunt Adventure: $21
  • Skip the Line: Nostalgia Street Rods Museum Ticket and Optional VIP Tour: $21
  • The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket: $21
  • Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis Tickets: $23
  • Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck Ticket: $24
  • Boulder City Historic District Self-Guided Tour from Las Vegas: $25


Alcohol

The average person spends about $4.25 on alcoholic beverages in Denver per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $45 on alcoholic beverages in Las Vegas per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Denver $4.25
    Las Vegas $45

Sample the Local Flavors in Denver

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

  • Haunted Denver Ghost and Pub Walking Tour in Lower Downtown: $26
  • Haunted Denver Ghost and Pub Walking Tour - South Broadway (SoBo): $27
  • 3-Hour Brewery Walking Tour: $49
  • Craft Distillery Bus Tour: $71

Sample the Local Flavors in Las Vegas

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Las Vegas:

  • Zombie Burlesque Comedy Musical Show Ticket: $49
  • Zombie Burlesque at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino: $49
  • The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Bar Crawl of Fremont Street: $89
  • Las Vegas Bar Crawl: $90
  • Las Vegas Brewery Tour by Party Bus: $103
  • Bar Crawl On Fremont Street: $260
  • Small Group Pahrump Wine Tasting with Death Valley Sightseeing and Stargazing: $295



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

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