A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Miami vs. Tampa

Should you visit Miami or Tampa?

Should I visit Miami or Tampa? 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.

Miami

Miami is a popular tourist destination and a modern city in South Florida. It has beautiful white beaches, crystal blue waters, cosmopolitan neighborhoods, impressive shopping, and excellent dining opportunities. It is also a gateway to the Florida Keys, which is another popular destination in South Florida.

Tampa

On the north shore of Tampa Bay, across the water from Saint Peterburg, is the city of Tampa. The city has a population of almost 350,000. The metropolitan area includes Tampa, St. Peterburg, and Clearwater. It has about 2.9 million residents and is the second largest metropolitan area in the state. The city is a popular destination for outdoor activities and in 2008 it was ranked the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes.

Which city is cheaper, Tampa or Miami?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Miami is $164, while the average daily cost in Tampa is $119. 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 Miami and Tampa in more detail.


Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $104. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Miami the cost is $208 on average.

Travelers usually pay around $120 for a double occupancy room in Tampa If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Miami $104
    Tampa $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Miami $209
    Tampa $120


Food

Miami 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.

In Tampa travelers spend around $35 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Miami $33
    Tampa $35
Typical Food prices in Miami

Some typical examples of dining costs in Miami are as follows:


  • Lunch with Drinks (for 2)
    $45
  • David's Cafe Lunch (for 1)
    $16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Miami

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Miami.

  • Little Havana 2-Hour Food Tour: $59
  • South Beach Miami Culinary Walking Tour Lunch or Dinner: $59
  • Taste of Little Havana Food Tour by Bicycle: $69
  • 4th of July Fireworks Cruise & Hard Rock Dinner: $159
  • 4th of July Fireworks from Catamaran & Hard Rock Café Dinner: $159
  • Little Havana Street Food Tours: $61
  • Haitian Cooking Experience: $85
  • Private Little Havana Cuban Food Tour: $99
  • Private VIP Historical Citywide Food Tour: $159


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Miami is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $32 per person, per day, on local transportation in Miami.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Tampa than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $38 on transportation in Tampa on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Miami $32
    Tampa $38
Typical Local Transportation prices in Miami

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Miami are as follows:


  • Car Rental for a Day
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Miami

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Miami:

  • Transfer: Miami Beach to Airport, Port or Palm Beach: $25
  • Miami Private Transfer (Airport to Miami Hotel): $126
  • Miami Airport Private One Way Transfer: $304
  • Transfer from Miami Airport: $25
  • Disney World Full-Day Ticket & Transfer from Miami: $249
  • Miami Airport Private One Way Transfer: $179
  • Universal Studios Ticket & Transfer from Miami: $249
  • Dolphin Mall Miami Shuttle Transfer: Downtown Loop: $20
  • Miami Seaquarium Tickets and Transfer from Miami Beach: $69
  • Hialeah Airport - Private Transfer: $105

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tampa

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

  • Private Departure Transfer - to Tampa Airport (TPA): $28
  • Private Arrival Transfer - from Tampa Airport (TPA): $32
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Tampa to Tampa International Airport (TPA): $44
  • Private Transfer from Tampa Airport to Land O' Lakes Florida: $60
  • Private Airport Transfer: Tampa International Airport (TPA) to Tampa: $61
  • Transfer from Tampa International Airport to Tampa: $75
  • Tampa Airport (TPA) to Tampa hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $82
  • Tampa hotel or address to Tampa Airport (TPA) - Departure Private Transfer: $82
  • Tampa Airport (TPA) to St Petersburg hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $83
  • Tampa Airport (TPA) to Clearwater Beach - Arrival Private Transfer: $83


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Miami typically cost an average of $25 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing expenses in Tampa, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $15 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Miami $25
    Tampa $15

Tours and Activities in Miami

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Miami are as follows:

  • Movie set and star tour: $31
  • Half-Day Secret Spots Bus & Walking Tour: $59
  • Segways at Sunset: Miami Beach Tour: $59
  • Key West Day Tour from Miami by Bus: $69
  • From Full-Day Walking Tour of Key West: $100
  • Miami Helicopter Tour: $342
  • From Florida Everglades Small Group Airboat Tour: $45
  • Miami from Above: 1 Hour Private Air Tour: $170
  • Everglades Tour from Port Miami / Fort Lauderdale: $69
  • Full-Day Tour to Key West: $35

Tours and Activities in Tampa

Here are a few actual costs in Tampa for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Nature Lovers Combo Tour: $136
  • Skip the Line: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay Ticket: $26
  • Tampa Celebrity Homes Boat Tour: $30
  • Tampa History Cruise: $31
  • 1.5-hour Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise from Tampa: $31
  • VIP Ghost Hunters Tour Semi Private: $35
  • Skip the Line: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Admission Ticket: $45
  • Historic Ybor City Food and Drink Walking Tour: $59
  • 2-hour Tiki Boat BYOB Cruise in Tampa: $60
  • Adventure Island Water Park Ticket: $63


Alcohol

The average person spends about $18 on alcoholic beverages in Miami per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $20 on alcoholic beverages in Tampa per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Miami $18
    Tampa $20
Typical Alcohol prices in Miami

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Miami are as follows:


  • Evening at a Bar
    $32

Sample the Local Flavors in Miami

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Miami:

  • Pub Crawl South Beach 3-Hour Tour: $30
  • Miami Beach Rockstar Bar Crawl: $69
  • Making Your Own Gin Distillery Tour and Tasting Experience: $190

Sample the Local Flavors in Tampa

Also in Tampa, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Tampa Bar Hunt: Tampa Takeover Bar Crawl: $12
  • Haunted Tampa Ghost and Pub Walking Tour - Ybor City: $26
  • Private Tampa Brewery Tour - Party Bus: $600



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

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Miami vs. Tampa Travel Comparison

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