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Boise, Idaho, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Boise? You should plan to spend around $146 per day on your vacation in Boise, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $45 on meals for one day and $34 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Boise for a couple is $151. So, a trip to Boise for two people for one week costs on average $2,038. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Boise for one week usually costs around $1,019 for one person. So, a trip to Boise for two people costs around $2,038 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $4,075 in Boise. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 Boise can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Boise? How much money do I need for Boise?

How much does a trip to Boise cost? Is Boise cheap or expensive? The average Boise trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Boise prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Boise
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Boise is $75. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Boise is $151. 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 Boise

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Boise based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $146. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Boise
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Boise is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $34 per person, per day, on local transportation in Boise.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Boise
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Rental Cars in Boise
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Food Budget in Boise
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Boise can vary, the average cost of food in Boise is $45 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Boise should cost around $18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Boise is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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What did other people spend on Food in Boise?

Typical prices for Food in Boise are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Boise, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

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Entertainment Budget in Boise
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  • Entertainment and activities in Boise typically cost an average of $30 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Boise?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Boise are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Boise, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

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Alcohol Budget in Boise
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  • The average person spends about $24 on alcoholic beverages in Boise per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Boise On a Budget
Boise Boise, Idaho
The capital of the U.S. state of Idaho, Boise is an urban center with the adventure of the outdoors just a step away. The metropolis itself has an active arts community and a lively downtown filled with shops and restaurants. Boise is a regional hub for jazz, theater, and indie music, hosting musical festivals throughout the year and several theater groups that operate in the city. There is even a Department of Arts and History that was created with the goal of promoting the arts, culture, and history of the city among its residents and visitors.

For those looking to have the comforts of the city with an outdoor getaway thrown into the mix, Boise is located in a region surrounded by mountains, rivers, and lakes. You might prefer to spend one day hiking, fishing, and boating, and the next seeing some of the museums and entertainment that Boise has to offer. A blend of urban and outdoors is perhaps the best way to describe this destination.
What started as a fur trading fort during the gold rush days of the 1800s has since grown to become the metropolis of Boise, capital of Idaho. As you spent a day touring the city you will see much to admire about what the place has become. The Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site is a popular attraction for visitors, who can tour the facility to see cells, the Gallow, and the solitary confinement area. Built in 1870 from hand-cut sandstone, the site includes 30 historical structures, some of which now feature educational exhibits. Also near the penitentiary are the Idaho Botanical Gardens, featuring 13 specialty gardens, from herb, rose, cactus, and alpine, to meditation, butterfly, and hummingbird. The State Capital is another feat of architectural achievement, built from 1905-1920 of sandstone with marble from Alaska, Georgia, Vermont, and Italy. The very top of the dome even features a 5-foot statue of a golden eagle, while the interior features various displays and temporary exhibits.

On the nature side of things, the city is home to many extensive park areas. The Boise Greenbelt, located along the Boise River, is perhaps the largest, linking 850 acres of natural area running through the city center. 25 miles long, The Boise Greenbelt offers a variety of bicycling and walking paths, as well as wildlife viewing opportunities. Similarly, Kathryn Albertson Park offers 41 acres of green area southwest of downtown Boise. Most of this park is wetland habitat, with a fountain, gazebos, and walking paths along scenic lagoons. There are even some signs throughout the park that offer information on wildlife and habitats.
Downtown Boise is the city's cultural center. It is home to many small businesses with a variety of shops and dining options. The central location on 8th Street contains a pedestrian zone with sidewalk cafes and restaurants, and the place comes to life at night, full of vibrant boutiques and bars. The downtown area is also home to attractions like Basque Block, the Idaho State Capitol, the Egyptian Theater, the Boise Art Museum, and the Boise Zoo. Boise State University is located just south of the downtown area, whose campus features the 37,000-seat Albertsons Stadium as well as the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts.

As far as activities go, the Julia Davis Park has more than enough to occupy a well-rounded visit to the city. Created in 1907, the park not only provides a riverfront recreational area, but also lays grounds to many of the important museums in the city. The Boise Art Museum, for example, provides an epicenter for Boise's art scene. In addition to exhibiting contemporary artwork exhibitions, the museum also hosts an "Art In the Park" event to bring visitors interested in Boise's local art scene to the Julia Davis Park. The Idaho State Historical Museum exhibits Native American, Basque, and Chinese culture, while the Discovery Center of Idaho promotes learning in learning in science and technology. The Black History Museum is the oldest in the Pacific northwest and hosts many activities and events, while the Boise Zoo offers visitors a unique experience with wildlife from around the world from tigers, monkeys, and giraffes, to pandas, penguins, and giant tortoises. Whether you want to spend your days exploring the museums, or enjoying the outdoor attractions of the park, there is no doubt that this little hub of culture will have you busy for a few days.

For those looking for adventure on the outskirts of the city, the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is open year round offering activities like skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and camping.
Food and Dining
The hub for food in Boise, Idaho is definitely the downtown area. Chandlers Steakhouse, Goodwood Barbeque Company, and Barbacoa are some of the top rated restaurants on TripAdvisor, however, there is always a hidden gem amongst the lot. Big Jud's, for example, boasts itself as home of the 1-pound burger, and was even featured on the Food Network show Man vs. Food. Big Jud's is also a prime spot to get your fill of Idaho Potato fries. After all, Idaho is famous around the globe for its potatoes!

If you're looking for more options, check out this amazing guide to food and restaurants in Boise.

For those traveling to the city by car, the major Interstate serving Boise is I-84, which connects Boise with Portland, Oregon, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

The main airport for those flying to the city is Boise Airport, which is served by Allegiant Air, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

Once you reach the city, public transportation is available via bus system run by Valley Ride. Many locals also navigate Boise by bicycle.
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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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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Travel Tips

Inner Tubing

By Bryan in Entertainment
Inner tubing on the Boise River is something of a local tradition (in the summer). You can put your raft in at Barber Park. The "journey" is a five mile leisurely float down the river which takes around 3 hours, and ends at Ann Morrison Park. From here you can take a shuttle bus back to your car at Barber Park. This is a great activity to do for groups. A lot of younger people do this and take some drinks along with them.

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