A Travel Price Comparison for Colorado Durango vs. Pueblo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Durango or Pueblo?

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 Durango and Pueblo. 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: Durango or Pueblo?


Located in the State of Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains, Durango is on the tourist maps because of its historic narrow gauge railroad that connects the city to the town of Silverton. Durango has a population of just over 16,000 and it is only a short distance from the "four corners" area where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado all meet. The landscape surrounding Durango is quite impressive and includes the Animas River Valley, the San Juan Mountains, and some beautiful red sandstone bluffs.


Pueblo is a surprisingly large community in the state of Colorado that has a population of more than 100,000. Many travelers pass through this area if they're heading into the mountain area from the southeast. It's sits along Interstate Highway 25 and is only forty five miles from Colorado Springs. There's a regional airport in the area as well. In town there is a bus service run by the City Of Pueblo Transit. Rides cost $1.00, but it is highly recommended that you have your own vehicle when visiting town.

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Which place is cheaper, Pueblo or Durango?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Durango is $153, while the average daily cost in Pueblo is $284. 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 Durango and Pueblo in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Durango $79
    Pueblo $276
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Durango $158
    Pueblo $552
Compare Hotels in Durango and Pueblo

Looking for a hotel in Durango or Pueblo? 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 Durango

Hotels in Pueblo

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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: Durango Hotel Prices and Pueblo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Durango $27
    Pueblo -

Is it cheaper to fly into Durango or Pueblo?

Prices for flights to both Pueblo and Durango 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 Meals for one day
    Durango $50
    Pueblo $7.64

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Durango $46
    Pueblo -
Typical Entertainment Prices in Durango

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Durango's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Hot Springs (for 2)
  • Tubing (for 2)

Tours and Activities in Durango

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

  • Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Mesa Verde National Park: $13
  • Colorado: Million Dollar Highway Self-Driving Audio Tour: $15
  • Million Dollar Highway Self-Driving Audio Tour: $17
  • Mesa Verde Sunrise Tours: $26
  • Water Tubing Experience in Animas River: $34
  • Durango Puzzling Adventure: $35
  • Scenic Waterfall's & Ghost Town Jeep Tour La Plata's~ 2.5 hours: $84
  • La Plata Canyon Scenic Waterfalls Jeep Tour: $86
  • La Plata Canyon Exclusive Access Jeep Tour: $99
  • La Plata Mountains - Half Day Tour: $100
  • 4 Hours Durango Colorado - Jeep Tour : $102
  • 700 Year Tour - Half Day Mesa Verde Cultural Tour: $108

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Durango $30
    Pueblo -

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

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

Which is Bigger, Durango or Pueblo?

Pueblo has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Durango. When comparing the sizes of Durango and Pueblo, 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.