A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Idaho vs. Hawaii

Should you visit Idaho or Hawaii?

Should I visit Idaho or Hawaii? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Idaho

Perhaps best known for its "Famous Potatoes," Idaho's true nickname is "The Gem State" and is full of a kind of wild beauty that comes with snow-capped mountains, raging rivers, placid lakes, and dense forests. Agriculture mostly lies in the eastern part of the state, while the wilderness of northern and central Idaho consists of some of the state's greatest natural treasures, dotted with a few cities and college towns.

Hawaii

Located towards the center of the Pacific Ocean and the northeast corner of Polynesia, Hawai'i is the 50th state of the United States of America. It is a major tourist destination for travelers from around the world and as such, its economy is very dependent on the tourist dollar. Historically, the state had strong whaling, sugar and pineapple industries, but today tourism and the military make up a significant part of the economy. The state includes many islands that spread over 1,500 miles, but there are eight main islands which have a diversity of natural beauty and interesting landscapes. The islands offer visitors many impressive features from the beautiful beaches to the lush interior. There is a lot of hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving available throughout the islands. The capital of the state is Honolulu, which is also the largest city. Both Hawaiian and English are spoken throughout.

Which city is cheaper, Hawaii or Idaho?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Idaho is $131, while the average daily cost in Hawaii is $269. 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 Idaho and Hawaii in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $67. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Idaho the cost is $134 on average.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $330 in Hawaii For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Idaho $67
    Hawaii $165
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Idaho $134
    Hawaii $330

Food

The price of a meal in Idaho can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $36 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.

Hawaii food costs typically run travelers around $61 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Idaho $36
    Hawaii $61

Local Transportation

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

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Hawaii than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $29 on transportation in Hawaii on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Idaho $36
    Hawaii $29

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hawaii

Also for Hawaii, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private SUV Transfer on Maui To Wailea: $289
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Maui Kahului Airport to Maui Hotels: $456

Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Idaho typically cost an average of $28 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing expenses in Hawaii, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $31 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Idaho $28
    Hawaii $31

Tours and Activities in Hawaii

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

  • Shore Excursion - Hawaii Volcano Tour: $106
  • Maui Tour : Road to Hana Tour from Lahaina: $179
  • Segway Mamalahoa Tour - 120 Minutes - Rating: MODERATE: $190
  • Maui Private Tour: Adventure With A Local: $332
  • Kalaupapa Discovery Air and Ground Tour- Maui Departure: $425
  • Private Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: $485
  • Private Shore Excursion Tour - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: $685
  • Deluxe Big Island Mercedes Guided Tour to Anywhere: $1,240

Alcohol

The average person spends about $32 on alcoholic beverages in Idaho per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Typically, people visiting Hawaii spend on average $16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Idaho $32
    Hawaii $16


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

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