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

Should you visit Tucson or Los Angeles?

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 Tucson and Los Angeles can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Tucson or Los Angeles?


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.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California is probably one of the most well known cities in the United States. It is the second most populated metro area in the country with more than 17 million people. The city's diversity is wide reaching, giving it a character that is unique from any other place in the country. LA has many world famous sights and neighborhoods including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and Santa Monica, but there is really so much more to this city.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to United States of America, The Best Wildlife Tours to United States of America, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in United States of America, and The Best Historical Tours in United States of America.

Which place is cheaper, Los Angeles or Tucson?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tucson is $157, while the average daily cost in Los Angeles is $258. 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 Tucson and Los Angeles in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tucson $93
    Los Angeles $140
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tucson $186
    Los Angeles $280
Compare Hotels in Tucson and Los Angeles

Looking for a hotel in Tucson or Los Angeles? 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 Tucson

Hotels in Los Angeles

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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: Tucson Hotel Prices and Los Angeles Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tucson $27
    Los Angeles $42

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Los Angeles

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Los Angeles:

  • Hotel Parking for a Day
  • Taxi to Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Los Angeles

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

  • World Cruise Center to Long Beach - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $119
  • Universal Studios to Long Beach Airport (LGB) - Departure Private Transfer: $80
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Los Angeles HTL-APT (LAX): $141
  • Transfer from Los Angeles airport. Transfer to LAX Airport: $123
  • San Diego Private Transfer To or From Universal Studios/Burbank.: $248
  • Roundtrip transfer in private car Los Angeles Airport (LAX)-Los Angeles Downtown: $100
  • Private transfer from Los Angeles airport LAX to Anheim: $67
  • Private transfer from Anaheim to Los Angeles airport LAX: $67
  • Private Transfers between LAX Airport and Los Angeles: $515
  • Private Transfers between LAX Airport and LA City Center: $96
  • Private Transfer: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Los Angeles : $144
  • Private Transfer: Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to LA City Center: $26

Is it cheaper to fly into Tucson or Los Angeles?

Prices for flights to both Los Angeles and Tucson 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
    Tucson $36
    Los Angeles $60

Typical Food Prices in Los Angeles

For Los Angeles, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Mexican Dinner (family of 4)
  • Burritos for Two
  • Coffee and Danish

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Los Angeles

For Los Angeles, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Venice Beach Food Tour with Tastings: $75
  • Santa Monica Delicious Donut Adventure & Walking Food Tour: $82
  • 3-Hour Secret Food Tour: $87
  • Venice Beach LA Food Tour: $89
  • Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour: $89
  • West Hollywood Food Tour: $89
  • Downtown Food Tour: $89
  • Venice Beach Food Tour: $89
  • LA Venice Beach Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $99
  • Night Cruise in Marina del Rey with Dinner: $124
  • Vegan African Dinner Party in Playa Del Ray: $132
  • Marina del Rey: Mother's Day Brunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise: $134

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tucson $16
    Los Angeles $82

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

Typical Entertainment Prices in Los Angeles

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Los Angeles's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Santa Monica Pier Rides (family of 4)
  • Bowling
  • Hollywood Tour for Two
  • Six Flags for 2

Tours and Activities in Los Angeles

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

  • 2 Hour Celebrity Homes Tour: $175
  • 2-Hour Hollywood Bus Tour: $45
  • 2-Hour Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills Open Bus Tour: $39
  • 2-Hour Shared Celebrities Home Tours in Hollywood: $42
  • 2.5 Hour Fright Sights Tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills: $219
  • 2.5 Hour Private Tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills: $219
  • 2.5-hour Hollywood Chills Tour - Celebrity Scandals and Cemeteries : $219
  • 20 Min Ferrari driving tour in Hollywood: $99
  • 20 Min Lamborghini driving tour in Hollywood: $139
  • 3 Hours Private Photoshoot and Self-Guided Tour in Los Angeles: $287
  • 3-Hour Small Group Tour: Hollywood to Beverly Hills: $65
  • 30 Minute Lamborghini Huracan Spyder Driving Tour in Hollywood: $189

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tucson $16
    Los Angeles $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Los Angeles

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Los Angeles:

  • LA Ghosts Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl: $40
  • Salsa Lesson, Burlesque and Mojitos : $149
  • Salsa Lesson and Burlesque Show: $149
  • Malibu: Vintage VW Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting: $195

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tucson and Los Angeles, we can see that Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Los Angeles 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 Tucson Expensive? and Is Los Angeles Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Tucson or Los Angeles?

Los Angeles has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Tucson. When comparing the sizes of Tucson and Los Angeles, 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.