Should you visit Flagstaff or Albuquerque?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Flagstaff and Albuquerque can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Located in northern Arizona near the San Francisco Peaks mountain range, Flagstaff is a small city surrounded by natural beauty. The city's proximity to a number of popular tourist sights, including Grand Canyon National Park, Oak Creek Canyon, the Arizona Snowbowl, Meteor Crater, and Historic Route 66, make it a common destination for tourists. It lies at an elevation of almost 7,000 feet with nearby areas climbing higher. In large part because of its altitude, the city has a cooler climate than the southern part of Arizona, which is famous for its low lying desert.
Albuquerque is a large city in the middle of the desert, right in the heart of New Mexico. It's the largest city in the state and has a lot to offer visitors. The city has a quaint downtown with a handful of good shops and restaurants. The surrounding area is quite beautiful and every fall the city hosts a famous and spectacular hot air balloon festival.
Which city is cheaper, Albuquerque or Flagstaff?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Flagstaff is $133, while the average daily cost in Albuquerque is $108. 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 Flagstaff and Albuquerque in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Flagstaff is $138. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Albuquerque, $110 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Albuquerque, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $55, such as in a hostel.
Flagstaff food costs typically run travelers around $44 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Albuquerque food costs typically run travelers around $33 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Albuquerque
For Albuquerque, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show - Albuquerque:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $30 per day to get around in Flagstaff.
To get around in Albuquerque, the average visitor spends $29 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albuquerque
Also for Albuquerque, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) to Albuquerque - Arrival Private Transfer:
Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) to Albuquerque - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Albuquerque International Airport One Way Transfer:
Albuquerque to Albuquerque Airport (ABQ) - Departure Private Transfer:
Private Arrival Transfer from Albuquerque Airport (ABQ):
Private Departure Transfer To Albuquerque Airport ABQ:
Private Transfer: Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) to Albuquerque:
Private Transfer: Albuquerque to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ):
Is it cheaper to fly into Flagstaff or Albuquerque?
Prices for flights to both Albuquerque and Flagstaff 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $22 per person, per day in Flagstaff. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
In Albuquerque, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $20 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Flagstaff
Here are a few actual costs in Flagstaff for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Flagstaff:
Antelope Slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Flagstaff:
Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Flagstaff:
Dark Skies Astrophotography Tour:
Flagstaff Adventure Zipline Course:
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course-Adult Course:
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course-Kids Course:
Flagstaff Segway Tour:
Small-Group Haunted City Tour:
From Flagstaff or Sedona: Hopi Lands Cultural Tour & Lunch:
From Grand Canyon National Park Tour:
From Grand Canyon Railroad Full-Day Tour:
Tours and Activities in Albuquerque
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Albuquerque.
Breaking Bad RV Virtural Tour:
Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure:
The Ghost Tour of Old Town on New Mexico's oldest Ghost Walk - Since 2001:
12pm - Public High Noon History, Legends & Lore Tour - Guided Old Town Stroll:
VIP PRIVATE History, Legends & Lore Tour - Guided Old Town Stroll = 10a-2p-4p-6p:
ABQ NM Film locations Tour, tour your favorite movies/shows filmed in ABQ:
Guided Bicycle Nature Tour of Albuquerque - Daily:
Mezcla de Culturas A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town:
Small-Group E-Bike Tour in Albuquerque:
Breaking Bad RV Tour, visiting locations from Breaking Bad and Better call Saul:
New Mexico Flavors Tour Of Old Town Albuquerque:
Private Tour: Albuquerque Half Day:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Flagstaff may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $23 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Albuquerque, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $16.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Flagstaff and Albuquerque, we can see that Flagstaff is more expensive. And not only is Albuquerque much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Albuquerque would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Albuquerque 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 Flagstaff would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Flagstaff than you might in Albuquerque.
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