A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Durango vs. Salt Lake City

Should you visit Durango or Salt Lake City?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Durango and Salt Lake City. 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.

Durango

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.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is the capital city of Utah and one of the largest cities in the southwest region of the US. Salt Lake sits on the border between the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin regions, making it the perfect place for outdoor activities. The city's natural beauty and resources even became the focal point for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake experiences all four seasons, with the most popular times to visit being summer and winter. Summer, June-August, sees little rain and temperatures in the high 80's Fahrenheit. Winter, December-March, has temperatures in the 30's Fahrenheit and gets the perfect amount of snow for winter sports.

Which city is cheaper, Salt Lake City or Durango?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Durango is $49, while the average daily cost in Salt Lake City is $173. 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 Durango and Salt Lake City in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Durango, $42 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Durango, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $21, such as in a hostel.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $202 in Salt Lake City For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Durango $21
    Salt Lake City $101
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Durango $42
    Salt Lake City $202

Food

The average traveler spends about $13 per day in Durango 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 average traveler spends about $19 per day in Salt Lake City 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
    Durango $13
    Salt Lake City $19

Local Transportation

To get around in Durango, the average visitor spends $20 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.

Salt Lake City's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $22 per person, per day on transportation in Salt Lake City.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Durango $20
    Salt Lake City $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salt Lake City

Also for Salt Lake City, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer from Salt Lake City Airport to Salt Lake City: $62
  • Salt Lake City to Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) - Departure Private Transfer: $77
  • Salt Lake City International Airport One Way Transfer: $48
  • Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) to Salt Lake City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $154
  • Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) to Salt Lake City - Arrival Private Transfer: $77
  • Private Transfer: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to Park City: $199
  • Private Departure Transfer to Salt Lake City Airport SLC: $36
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Salt Lake City Airport SLC: $36
  • Departure Private Transfer City to Salt Lake City Airport SLC by Sedan or SUV: $68
  • Arrival Private Transfer Salt Lake City Airport SLC to City by Sedan or SUV: $76

Entertainment

In Durango, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $23 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Salt Lake City can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $16 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Durango $23
    Salt Lake City $16
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)
    $50
  • Tubing (for 2)
    $40

Tours and Activities in Durango

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

  • 12-Zipline Adventure in the San Juan Mountains near Durango: $141
  • Fun Tour by Tuk Tuk around Durango Old Town, Garai and Goiuria: $93
  • Private Full-Day Fishing Experience in San Juan River: $400
  • Private Guided Tour by Tuk Tuk of Durango and Elorrio: $93
  • Private Guided Tour by tuk tuk of Durango and Atxondo: $93
  • Private Tour in Durango and Mendiola by Tuk Tuk: $93
  • Province of Vizcaya Half-Day Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour: $218

Tours and Activities in Salt Lake City

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

  • 3-Hour Guided Tour in Park City or Midway and Heber Areas: $513
  • 4-Day Small Group Tour: Yellowstone and Tetons Camping from Salt Lake City: $695
  • 4-Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton Park Winter Tour for Small Private Group: $1,880
  • 4-Day Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park Private Tour: $1,116
  • 5 Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton Winter Tour - Private Small Group Tour: $2,309
  • 5-Day Utah All-Inclusive Tour from Salt Lake City: $2,256
  • 5-Day Utah Mighty 5 National Parks Limousine Tour from Salt Lake City: $2,500
  • Best of Salt Lake City Including Great Salt Lake Sightseeing Tour: $192
  • Best of Salt Lake City Sightseeing Tour: $125
  • From Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour: $300
  • From Private Canyonlands Off-Road Tour: $300
  • From Private Capitol Reef National Park Tour: $300

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Salt Lake City spend on average $2.50 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Durango -
    Salt Lake City $2.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Salt Lake City

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Salt Lake City:

  • Salt Lake City Bar Hunt: Salt Lake City Bar Crawl: $12


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Durango and Salt Lake City, we can see that Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Salt Lake City than you might in Durango.

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