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Big Sur, California, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Big Sur?

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $330 on hotels

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Big Sur cost?

A one week trip to Big Sur usually costs around $0.00 for one person and $0.00 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Big Sur on average costs around $0.00 for one person and $0.00 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Big Sur will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Big Sur on average costs around $0.00 for one person and $0.00 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Big Sur has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Big Sur expensive to visit?

Big Sur is a very affordable place to visit. Located in the United States of America, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Big Sur in depth.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Big Sur is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in North America for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Big Sur.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Big Sur Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Big Sur?

The average Big Sur trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Big Sur travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $330
Accommodation Budget in Big Sur
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Big Sur is $165. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Big Sur is $330. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Big Sur

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Big Sur based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $927. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Big Sur On a Budget
Big Sur Big Sur, California
Big Sur is the 90-mile stretch of the California Central Coast which runs from the Carmel River in Monterey County south to San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County and 20 miles east into the Santa Lucius Foothills.

However you look at it, California's Central Coast is beautiful and undoubtedly a huge tourist trap. If you're not willing to fork over big bucks for overnight stays on coastal hotels, be prepared ahead of time with your camping gear and get ready to go off the beaten track to avoid crowds as best you can and save your wallet.

While the weather in Central Coast is overall, mild and temperate, between 50 and 70 degrees year-round. The highs and lows during the year are in August and January, respectively, with dry summers and wet winters, making April through October the best times to visit but be warned: there will be crowds.
While some may argue that a day is enough to see the sights of Big Sur, those who love natural scenery will feel that breezing through defeats the purpose of taking a breather from the noise of the city.

From the north of Big Sur, travelers can spend hours taking in a meal and exploring the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Art-lovers may want to spend extra time to check out the many art galleries and theaters while those who love animals will enjoy viewing the seals, sea lions and otters in their natural habitat at Point Lobos. The San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo and Carmel Missions are great for history buffs. Carmel also offers some of the best surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, with gentle waves fit for beginners and is also a world-class scuba-diving spot.

A coastal drive southward will take you to the engineering wonder of historic Bixby Bridge, a perfect photo opportunity with clear blue Pacific waters that deserves at least a short stop out of the car. The bluff trail in Andrew Molera State Park is a much less-touristy hike and trekkers who are up for a challenge will enjoy the 9-mile Ridge hike, which requires river-crossing.

Big Sur Station is sure to astound with its beautiful roads, natural terraces and a butterfly garden.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park may be crowded, but for good reason, so arrive early for a quiet morning, you may get lucky and see some whales. Within the park, McWay Falls boasts untouched natural beauty for one of the most idyllic waterfalls that drops right into the ocean. Save yourself $10 by parking on the roadside and walking down.

Limekiln State Park is less crowded and a perfect place to take a short and easy hike through lush ferns, giant Redwoods, historic limekilns, and babbling brooks that lead down to the ocean.

Further south is the historical Hearst Castle, a beautiful collection of well-kept mansions as well as Hearst Ranch where visitors can view zebra among a few species of wild animals left on the property. At the very south of Big Sur is San Simeon, featuring the Elephant Seal Rookery and the rainbow-colored Moonstone Beach.

Food and Dining
If you're looking for a fine dining experience, Sierra Mar features beautiful cliffside ocean views and delicious halibut, fancy sweetbread BLTs with heirloom tomatoes, as well as a prix fixe menu for adventurous palates. Meanwhile, Deetjan's Restaurant on Big Sur Inn grounds is a popular spot for brunch, known for their blueberry pancakes, stuffed French toast and eggs benedict at moderate prices. Diners rave about the juicy tri-tip sandwiches and wide selection of wines at Bruno's Market & Deli. Try the almond croissant at the Lafayette Bakery and Cafe, popular for their quiche, baguettes, and pastries at budget-conscious prices. If you're willing to spend a little more, the Big Sur Bakery is famous for its breakfast pizza, 9-grain pancakes and has a wide variety of pastries, as well. Big Sur Roadhouse is another moderately-priced restaurant with a romantic ambiance, serving steaks, seafood and burgers using locally-sourced organic ingredients. Be sure to try the chicken lollipops and drop in for their happy hour.

Hotels - Where to Stay
If money is no object, the Post Ranch Inn in Sierra Mar possesses, hands-down, the most beautiful views, complete with an infinity pool on a cliff side and perfect for stargazing.

The charming Blue Sky Lodge not only has a swimming pool, hot tub, ping pong table and cable television for those who want to comforts of home but is also pet-friendly and is just steps away from Carmel Village. Just a 2-minute walk from Carmel Beach, the Sandpiper Inn-by-the-Sea is a cozy beachside bed and breakfast featuring a firepit, beautiful flower gardens, and a no kids under 12 policy, ensuring a quiet and romantic stay at a moderate price.

Further from the coast in Big Sur, the Ripplewood Resort is surrounded by redwoods, nearby the Juan Hiquera Creek with a local and convenient market and restaurant. With each cabin featuring a full kitchen and fireplace, guests can enjoy a quieter and more secluded getaway in the woods at a lower price.

If saving money is a top priority, campsites are available for $15 a night on federal land, a ways away from Highway 1, some of which require no reservations. Check private campsites and State Parks before you go, though you might get lucky as some campsites are first-come-first-serve and do not require reservations in advance.

Because there is so much to see, renting a car so that you can go at your own pace is the best way to see Big Sur.

However, if car rental is not an option, tour companies like Big Sur Tours and More take groups of up to 4 people around Hearst Castle, Morro Bay and around the Monterey Peninsula. The Monterey-Salinas Transit public bus also runs from Monterey to Nepenthe Restaurant just a few miles south of Big Sur Station.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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