Travel Budget for Columbus

Ohio, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Columbus?

How much money will you need for your trip to Columbus? You should plan to spend around $75 per day on your vacation in Columbus, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $19 on meals for one day. Also, the average hotel price in Columbus for a couple is $60. So, a trip to Columbus for two people for one week costs on average $1,051. 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 Columbus for one week usually costs around $526 for one person. So, a trip to Columbus for two people costs around $1,051 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $2,102 in Columbus. 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 Columbus can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Columbus?

How much does a trip to Columbus cost? Is Columbus expensive? The average Columbus trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Columbus prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Columbus can vary, the average cost of food in Columbus is $19 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Columbus should cost around $8 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Columbus is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Flights to Columbus

How much does it cost to go to Columbus? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

Typical tour prices for Columbus

How much do tours to Columbus cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    14 days
    $ 2030
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    14 days
    $ 2375
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    12 days
    $ 2025
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 2800
AirBnB Prices in Columbus

How much do AirBnB's cost in Columbus? Prices vary by location, size of the place, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Columbus On a Budget
Columbus Columbus, Ohio
The capital city of Ohio, Columbus sits at the meeting point of America's Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Appalachia, and the Plains. It is also home of Ohio State University, which is a major financial and economic force in the city. You'll likely need a car to navigate the city, although there is a bus system, COTA, which can take you to some of Columbus' highlights.

Perhaps the more pedestrian friendly area in the city is High Street, which travels from the north near Clintonville to Merion Village in the south. You can also walk around much of the downtown area where you will find a large number of the city's attractions. If you're looking for a walking tour, consider the Columbus Landmarks Foundation which offers fairly comprehensive and informative tours of the area. For more ideas, check out this terrific guide covering things to do in Columbus.

Columbus plays host to some great festivals throughout the year, and if you're lucky enough to be in town for a festival, it's a great way to experience the city. Some popular options are the Asian Festival, the Columbus Arts Festival, the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, Festival Latino, the German Village Oktoberfest, and Good Guys Columbus.

As a large city, you'll find plenty of restaurants around town that cater to all budgets and tastes. If you're looking for something cheap your best options are likely burger joints, Chinese take out, and the limitless fast food chains around town. Mid range restaurants will offer a great variety and a higher quality of food. Some good options include Japanese, Ethiopian, Italian, and German. If you're looking to splurge, there are some great high end restaurants around town, but do note that many will require a reservation if you're planning to dine on a weekend night. There are some great bars in town as well, many of which are in the university area. If you're looking for a place to grab a beer or listen to some life music, you should easily find some good venues.

While Columbus offers public transportation (COTA), renting a car is probably recommended if you're planning to get around the city. Parking is generally available, although in some downtown areas you must pay to park.

Train and Bus Prices
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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.

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