Is Anchorage Expensive?

Is Anchorage expensive to visit?

Anchorage is a moderately priced destination with an average daily cost of $191. Compared to the rest of North America, which is known to be an expensive region, it is a moderately priced place to visit. It's ranked in the top 50% of cities in North America for its travel costs, comparable to places like Victoria and Washington.



Anchorage, Alaska

How expensive is Anchorage?

On average, visitors spend about $191 per day when visiting Anchorage (U.S. Dollars). Two travelers together would spend an average of $382 per day. Prices vary dramatically by travel style and length of trip, but if you stay at moderately priced hotels, eat at affordable restaurants, and use public transportation when possible, you can expect to stay close to this budget. See more travel costs for Anchorage here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to Anchorage?

A weekend trip to Anchorage costs about $573 per person on average, based on the previous expenses of other travelers. This includes accommodation, sightseeting activities, transportation, food, and nightlife. For two people, a weekend trip costs $1,147.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to Anchorage?

Based on the travel expenses of others, a one week trip to Anchorage costs around $1,338 on average, per person. This includes food, sightseeing, local transportation, accommodation, and nightlife. For two people, a one week trip costs $2,675.

Is it expensive to backpack in Anchorage?

While Anchorage attracts a few backpackers, traveling on a budget can be challenging because there are only a few hostels around town. The average cost of a hostel in Anchorage is $43 per night. The cheapest beds cost about $43 and the most expensive rooms cost around $43. (See hostel prices in Anchorage here.)

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Anchorage.

  • $43 for a dorm bed at Base Camp Anchorage

Are hotels expensive in Anchorage?

Hotel prices in Anchorage are somewhat more affordable compared to hotels in other cities. You can expect to spend about $183 per night for a room on average. There are around 1 five star hotels in the city and they average $162 per night. Three star hotels average $221 a night and two star hotels average $150 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Anchorage
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
5 stars 1 $162
4 stars 3 $246
3 stars 29 $221
2 stars 31 $150
1 star 1 $36
No rating 1 $166

939 W 5th Ave, Anchorage
Overall Rating 8.6
515 W 20th Ave, Anchorage
Overall Rating 9.7

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Anchorage?

Activities and things to do in Anchorage can vary in price depending on the type of activity, length, and location. Below are a number of popular activities to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting. Generally, previous travelers have spent $30 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting, which is less than the country's average of $55.

    • Whitter Cruise Transit Tour to and from Anchorage: $220
    • Guided Tour of Musk Ox Farm & Scenic Drive from Anchorage: $129
    • Advanced Snowshoeing Adventure: $238
    • Downtown Anchorage Tour on 14-Passenger Electric Vehicle: $100
    • Coastal Trail Bike Guided Tour: $120
    • Guided Ebike tour Bird to Gird E Bike Alaska Anchorage Girdwood: $200
    • Year Round Glacier View & Wildlife Anchorage Adventure Tour: $157
    • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Scenic Bike Tour: $139

    Is food expensive in Anchorage?

    Food in Anchorage can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $50 on food per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $58. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    • City of Anchorage SIGHTSEEING & FOOD Tour: $177

    Is transportation expensive in Anchorage?

    Local transportation in Anchorage can vary in price depending on the type of transit used. Generally, other travelers have spent $27 on local transportation per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $46. To save money, take public transit whenever possible, as it will almost always be cheaper than a taxi or private driver.

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