A Travel Price Comparison for United States of America Miami vs. Tucson for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Miami or Tucson?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Miami and Tucson can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Miami or Tucson?


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.

Miami is the second most populated city in Florida and the metropolitan area is the most populated in the state with more than 5.4 million people. It's also the 7th largest metro area in the country. The city sits between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades to the west. It covers 110 miles north to south but is a narrow 20 miles east to west.

Miami sits at a low latitude, giving it a subtropical savannah climate. There are two seasons; the warm and dry season between November and April and the hot and wet season between May and October. The coldest months are between December and March when highs are in the upper 70 or low 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The summer months have highs in the upper 80s or 90s and lows in the mid 70s with high humidity.


Tucson, Arizona is the second largest city in the state and sits at an elevation of 2,400 feet. It's temperature is slightly milder than Phoenix and it is a pleasant place to visit. Most people arrive in the city by car, but Amtrak does travel through Tucson, as does Greyhound. The area is also served by the Tucson International Airport. Once in the city, you'll likely want to have access to a car, as the city is not very pedestrian friendly and public transportation is very much lacking. Many popular and beautiful sights are also outside of town in the surrounding desert, so having access to a vehicle is paramount if you hope to visit any of the places.

Which place is cheaper, Tucson or Miami?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Miami is $206, while the average daily cost in Tucson is $157. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Miami and Tucson in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Miami $132
    Tucson $93
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Miami $264
    Tucson $186
Compare Hotels in Miami and Tucson

Looking for a hotel in Miami or Tucson? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Miami

Hotels in Tucson

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Miami Hotel Prices and Tucson Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Miami $38
    Tucson $27
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Miami

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

  • Car Rental for a Day

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Miami

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Miami:

  • Transfers in Miami: $105
  • Transfers from Miami Airport to any Miami and Miami Beach area: $145
  • Transfer from Miami to Florida. View Options: $160
  • Transfer from Miami Hotel or Miami Port to Fort Lauderdale Airport or Hotel: $199
  • Transfer from Miami Airport to Miami Hotel or Port of Miami.: $160
  • Transfer from Miami Airport to Miami Hotel or Miami Port: $160
  • Shared Transfer to Sawgrass Mall by Tour Bus: $49
  • Shared Tour in Miami with Transfer: $170
  • Round Trip Motorcoach Transfer to Key West from Miami: $245
  • Private transfer from Port Miami to Miami Airport or Miami Hotel: $34
  • Private transfer from Miami hotel to Port of Miami: $160
  • Private Transfer: Miami International Airport (MIA) to Miami Beach : $69

Is it cheaper to fly into Miami or Tucson?

Prices for flights to both Tucson and Miami 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Miami $41
    Tucson $36
Typical Food Prices in Miami

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Miami:

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Miami

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

  • Little Havana- Family Friendly Walking Food Tour : $52
  • Cuban Coffee Experience (Cooking, Tasting) Afternoon Tour: $59
  • Little Havana Ultimate Food Tour : $64
  • The Ultimate Little Havana Food Tour: $64
  • South Beach Food Tour: $69
  • Little Havana Street Food Tours: $69
  • A Taste of South Beach Food Tour: $70
  • Taste of Little Havana Food Tour in Miami: $75
  • Little Havana Walking Food Tour: $75
  • Food Tour of Miami's South Beach: $79
  • Wynwood Walls Art District Food Tour: $79
  • South Beach Miami Food & Fun Art Deco Food Tour : $79

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Miami $31
    Tucson $16

Tours and Activities in Miami

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

  • 30 Minute- Ocean Drive Segway Tour: $52
  • Miami Beach Art Deco Tour with Cocktails: $75
  • Miami's Most Authentic Walking Tour of Little Havana: $39
  • South Beach Walking Tour- A Journey through Food and History: $65
  • "Cigar Factory Tour": $35
  • (Copy of) Yacht cruise Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and Sand bar: $711
  • 1 Day Key West Tour from Miami Florida: $175
  • 1 Hour Jet Ski Experience in Miami Beach Florida: $95
  • 1 Hour Lady Buggy Art Tour Experience in Wynwood: $160
  • 1 Hour Star Island Segway Tour: $85
  • 1 Hour Wynwood Street Art Tour: $45
  • 1 Hr Private Sunset Cruise Around Biscayne Bay for up to 6 people: $200

Tours and Activities in Tucson

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

  • Saguaro National Park Self Guided Driving Audio Tour: $75

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Miami $22
    Tucson $16
Typical Alcohol Prices in Miami

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

  • Evening at a Bar

Sample the Local Flavors in Miami

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Miami:

  • Miami Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl: $35
  • Ghosts, Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl: $35
  • Small-Group Brewery Golf Cart Tour of Wynwood with a Local Guide: $59
  • Wynwood Graffiti Brewery Golf Cart Tour: $63
  • Miami Beach Bar Crawl: Art Deco & Neon Lights by Local Historian: $63
  • Miami Beach Bar Crawl: Art Deco & Neon Lights with Historian: $63
  • Wynwood Party Bike Bar Crawl: $64
  • Wynwood Party Bike Bar Crawl: $64
  • Wynwood Bar Crawl: $100

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Miami and Tucson, we can see that Miami is more expensive. And not only is Tucson much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Tucson would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tucson 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 Tucson.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Miami Expensive? and Is Tucson Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Miami or Tucson?

Tucson has a larger population, and is about 36% larger than the population of Miami. When comparing the sizes of Miami and Tucson, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.