Travel Budget for Durango

Colorado, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Durango?

How much money will you need for your trip to Durango? You should plan to spend around $123 per day on your vacation in Durango, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $40 on meals for one day and $22 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Durango for a couple is $126. So, a trip to Durango for two people for one week costs on average $1,716. 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 Durango for one week usually costs around $858 for one person. So, a trip to Durango for two people costs around $1,716 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $3,433 in Durango. 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 Durango can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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

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

Accommodation Budget in Durango
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Durango is $63. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Durango is $126.

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

Hotels in Durango

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Transportation Budget in Durango
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Durango is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $22 per person, per day, on local transportation in Durango.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Durango
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Rental Cars in Durango
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Food Budget in Durango
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  • While meal prices in Durango can vary, the average cost of food in Durango is $40 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Durango should cost around $16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Durango is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Durango
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  • Entertainment and activities in Durango typically cost an average of $37 per person, per day. 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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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Durango?

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

  • Hot Springs (for 2)
  • Tubing (for 2)

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

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Last Updated: May 28, 2021
Durango On a Budget
Durango The Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad, Durango, Colorado
Located in the State of Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains, Durango is on the tourist maps because of its historic narrow gauge railroad that connects the city to the town of Silverton. Durango has a population of just over 16,000 and it is only a short distance from the "four corners" area where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado all meet. The landscape surrounding Durango is quite impressive and includes the Animas River Valley, the San Juan Mountains, and some beautiful red sandstone bluffs.

Durango was founded in 1880 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. The tracks between Silverton and Durango were completed in 1882 and both freight and passenger trains traveled along the tracks. The route, along with the historic character of Durango make it a popular tourist attraction in Colorado.

Durango has a warm-summer humid continental climate. Highs can into the mid 80s Fahrenheit in the summer months and lows drop to around 15 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months. Precipitation is relatively consistent throughout the year but June is usually the driest month.
When you arrive in town you should swing by the Durango Area Tourism Office for any information and brochures they may have. They offer great advice on the best deals and itineraries while you're in the area so a brief stop off is well worth the time.

Most people come to Durango to see the Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad. It follows one of the most beautiful railroad routes in the United States and you can buy round trip tickets that allow you time to visit the town of Silverton as well. You must have reservations in advance as the trains fill up early.

Other sights in the area include Vallecito Lake, which is one of the largest and most beautiful lacks in Colorado, the Durango Arts Center, which has exhibits from local artists as well as live performances, classes, and educational programs, and Fort Lewis College, which is a quaint campus with a good view of the area.
Historic Durango is enjoyable to walk around and the downtown area has plenty of boutique hotels and art galleries worth exploring. The entire area has a very western theme with an interesting character and atmosphere. If you're interested in shopping, the best place to go is probably Main Avenue which is lined with quaint shops where you can pick up some interesting souvenirs. Another option is to head over to Durango Mall where you will find most chain retail shops such as JC Penney, Pier 1, and Linens N Things.

The area around Durango offers all kinds of outdoor activities from river rafting, to hiking, mountain climbing or repelling. About 25 miles north of town is Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. The resort has a ski area that is designed for families with a resort vibe and a welcoming atmosphere. Other nearby places to explore include San Juan Skyway and Mesa Verde National Park, which makes for a nice day trip.
Food and Dining
The restaurants in Durango are some of the best, and most utilize locally grown produce. You can try many regional specialties such as wild game, honey, fish and cheeses. Interesting options include Durango Diner, East By Southwest, the Olde Schoolhouse Cafe, the Olde Tymer's Cafes, and Steamworks. There are also a few authentic Mexican restaurants in the area that are worth trying out. Tequila's Mexican Restaurant is a favorite.

The local airport is the Durango/La Plata Country Airport which is in the southeastern part of town along US-160 and SR-172. The airport offers commuter service from Dallas, Denver, and Phoenix. There ae several rental car agencies in town. There is also a local taxi service, local buses, and a downtown trolley. The town itself is quite small and is easy to walk around. If you hope to explore the surrounding areas, it is best to have access to a car. There is plenty of parking available in town.

The town is easily connected to most nearby places by highways. If you're arriving during the winter months from the east along US Highway 160, make sure that the road is open and safe near the Wolf Creek Pass. This area is prone to significant snowfall and closures are common.


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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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Durango and Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad

By Bryan
A "must see" in Durango is the Durango and Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad. It's an old steam-gauge railroad considered to be one of the great scenic railroads in the United States. It runs round-trip journeys to the town of Silverton in the mountains leaving time to see the town before returning. The railroad passes through amazing mountain scenery along the Animas River, the named "Needles" range of the San Juan Mountains, and close to some of of Colorado's "Fourteeners," the mountains that reach above 14,000 feet. The train makes stops along the way near the Needles for backpackers and climbers heading into the mountains. The train itself is very neat and historical, both inside and out. Passengers can choose between an enclosed car with old woodwork, or an open-air car with better views. Reservations recommended.

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