Should you visit Flagstaff or Reno?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Flagstaff and Reno 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.
In the northwest area of Nevada, Reno sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. After Las Vegas, it's the second most popular tourist destination in the state of Nevada. You'll find some nice resorts, elaborate casinos, nice restaurants and unique opportunities for entertainment throughout the city.
The city, referred to as "The Biggest Little City in the World", has a population of about 235,000. It's part of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area, which has a population of about 440,000.
Reno is located in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The city has a steppe climate with light to moderate snowfall in the winter months. Precipitation is most common during the winter and spring, but the city averages about 300 days of sunshine a year. Average temperatures are 35 degrees Fahrenheit in December and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in July.
Which city is cheaper, Reno 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 Reno is $113. 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 Reno 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.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $86 in Reno For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
The price of a meal in Reno can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $42 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $17 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Reno
For Reno, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Dennys for Breakfast
Sushi DInner (for 2)
In-n-Out Burger (for 3)
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $30 per day to get around in Flagstaff.
Reno'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 $18 per person, per day on transportation in Reno.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Reno
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Reno:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reno
Also for Reno, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Reno to Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) - Departure Private Transfer:
Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) to Reno – Private Arrival Transfer:
Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) to Reno – Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Reno/Tahoe International Airport One Way Transfer:
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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Reno can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $70 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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 Reno
For Reno, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Reno Scavenger Hunt: Reno Adventure:
Culinary & Cultural Reno Tour:
Biking Adventure Tour from Reno:
Truckee River Rafting Tour from Reno:
Winter Horseback Riding Adventure from Reno:
ATV & Snow Mobile Winter Adventures from Reno:
ATV - Tours & Trap Shooting Combo Packages from Reno:
Hot Air Balloon & Snowmobile Adventure:
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.
Typically, people visiting Reno spend on average $10 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Flagstaff and Reno, we can see that Flagstaff is more expensive. And not only is Reno much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Reno would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Reno 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 Reno.
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