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Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Boulder? You should plan to spend around $191 per day on your vacation in Boulder, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $54 on meals for one day and $51 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Boulder for a couple is $204. So, a trip to Boulder for two people for one week costs on average $2,679. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Boulder for one week usually costs around $1,339 for one person. So, a trip to Boulder for two people costs around $2,679 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $5,357 in Boulder. 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 Boulder can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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

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

Accommodation Budget in Boulder
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Boulder is $102. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Boulder is $204. 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 Boulder

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Boulder based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $220. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Boulder
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Boulder is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $51 per person, per day, on local transportation in Boulder.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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  • While meal prices in Boulder can vary, the average cost of food in Boulder is $54 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Boulder should cost around $22 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Boulder is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

What did other people spend on Food in Boulder?

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

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  • Nice Dinner for Two

Entertainment Budget in Boulder
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Boulder typically cost an average of $33 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.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Boulder
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  • The average person spends about $27 on alcoholic beverages in Boulder per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Boulder On a Budget
Boulder Boulder, Colorado
Boulder is located on the edge of the Rocky Mountains in the state of Colorado. As home to the University of Colorado at Boulder, it's a college town with a liberal vibe and progressive values. In recent years, Boulder's economy has received a boost from the tech industry, which has grown rapidly in the area.

Boulder is also a great city to visit. It's surrounded by a beautiful mountain setting and there are countless outdoor sporting activities that you can enjoy. One unique aspect of Boulder is its role as home to many serious athletes who come here to train in the area's top facilities and programs.

Boulder's climate is similar to most of Colorado. It's a dry city with plenty of sunshine. Winters can vary dramatically from mild to incredibly cold and snowfall averages 44 inches a season. Summers are warm and dry with temperatures climbing above 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the warmest months.
Much of a visit to Boulder is about the nearby natural beauty. There is also a wonderful atmosphere around town so exploring neighborhoods without a specific destination in mind is recommended. Make sure you head to the Pearl Street Mall to see the street performers. They're out when the weather is nice. There are magicians, mimes, and musicians but perhaps the most unique and famous performer is the "zip-code man" He can tell you the zip code for anywhere in the entire world. This bizarre skill draws quite a crowd.

There are also a handful of sights around the University of Colorado at Boulder. The campus covers 600 acres and there are many beautiful gardens and interesting buildings on the grounds. The Heritage Center is found in the Old Main building and goes through a history of the university. There are also museums and art galleries around campus.
As a tourist, you're likely to spend most of your time in the Downtown area and Pearl Street Mall. Downtown Boulder has many restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Pearl Street Mall is a four block pedestrian-only area that is located downtown. It's lined with boutique shops and quaint restaurants which are housed in historic buildings, giving the area a nice atmosphere. You'll also find many street performers putting on shows in the area.

Another popular area in town is the University area, where you'll find no shortage of bars, restaurants, and activities. These facilities typically cater to a young crowd but it can be a great place to hang out and grab a cheap drink.

Boulder is a haven for outdoor sports. There are many places to go hiking with some of the most interesting being Boulder Creek Path, Chautauqua Park, Flagstaff Mountain, South Boulder Creek Trail, Eldorado Canyon State Park, and Boulder Ale Trail. There is also whitewater rafting, tubing, biking, and skiing in the area.

For live performances you can head to Fox Theater or Macky Auditorium. If you happen to be in town at the time, Boulder Open Studios Tour is held the first two weekends in October and you can visit the studios of many different local artists.
Food and Dining
Restaurants in Boulder and usually of high quality. The best restaurants can get quite crowded so reservations are recommended. There's a diversity of options for all budgets and styles. Mexican food is common and usually affordable and excellent. Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese are all available, along with many other international flavors. There are also some great steak houses in the area. For lunch there are delis, cafes, and casual dining options. For budget options look for restaurants near the university.

If you're hoping to fly into the area, your best option is to arrive at Denver International Airport and then drive or take a bus on to Boulder. There are hourly buses that run between the two cities, and as Boulder is only a twenty minute drive from Denver, this is a great option.

Once in Boulder, you can travel around using the RTD bus system, which is well integrated with Denver's mass transit system. Alternatively, biking is an excellent option and you will find many locals commuting around town on bikes. Driving is always an option but the city can be frustrating to navigate with many one way streets, heavy congestion, and difficult parking. Unless you're traveling outside of town, public transit within the city and biking are really your best options.


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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

Pearl Street

By Bryan in Entertainment
If you're in Boulder, check out Pearl Street Mall. It's a downtown pedestrian walking area with shops and restaurants that are in historic buildings containing. Along the street are a lot of boutiques and independent shops showcasing and selling everything from clothing to crafts and art. Also on this street are some national chain shops. For dining, the Pearl Street area offers a large variety of restaurants and cuisines from everywhere in world Also along this street are a lot of street performers. You can stroll down the lane and watch them perform when the weather is nice. Check out the "zip-code man" - he somehow knows every zip code in the entire world and he is always busy entertaining a large crowd. Other street acts include magicians, fire jugglers, and mimes. It's better to come at night both for the food and for the performers.

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