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El Paso, Texas, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to El Paso?

You should plan to spend around $161 per day on your vacation in El Paso. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $54 on meals
  • $37 on local transportation
  • $163 on hotels

A one week trip to El Paso for two people costs, on average, $2,250. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to El Paso cost?

A one week trip to El Paso usually costs around $1,125 for one person and $2,250 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to El Paso on average costs around $2,250 for one person and $4,500 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 El Paso will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to El Paso on average costs around $4,822 for one person and $9,644 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 El Paso 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 El Paso expensive to visit?

Prices in El Paso are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, El Paso is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Ocean City or Richmond.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to El Paso?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $163
Local Transportation 1 $37
Food 2 $54
Entertainment 1 $27
Alcohol 2 $14 - 41
Accommodation Budget in El Paso
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in El Paso is $81. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in El Paso is $163. 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 El Paso

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in El Paso based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $113. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in El Paso
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in El Paso is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $37 per person, per day, on local transportation in El Paso.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to El Paso
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Rental Cars in El Paso
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Food Budget in El Paso
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in El Paso can vary, the average cost of food in El Paso is $54 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in El Paso 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 El Paso is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

What did other people spend on Food in El Paso?

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

  • Rudy's BBQ (family of 4)

Entertainment Budget in El Paso
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  • Entertainment and activities in El Paso typically cost an average of $27 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 El Paso
Average Daily Costs

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

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

El Paso On a Budget
El Paso El Paso, Texas
El Paso is a city in west Texas, along the waters of the Rio Grande. Outside the city, Franklin Mountains State Park is home to cacti and desert wildlife like coyotes and golden eagles. The park's Wyler Aerial Tramway ascends to Ranger Peak for views of the city and over to Mexico. El Paso is coming up in the world and starting to make a name for itself. A sleek new hotel has opened downtown, luring locals back to the city’s core for socializing and dining. The new Montecillo entertainment and residential district to the west is booming. The city even has a new baseball team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. And the city’s first microbrewery opened in 2015. Outdoorsy types also have it made here: there’s cycling and hiking in the largest urban park in the US, and the nearby Hueco Tanks State Park is ideal for wintertime rock climbing. Best of all is the hospitality of the locals, which makes this city of nearly 700,000 feel a whole lot smaller.
See the Franklin Mountains State Park. At over 24,000 acres, this is the largest urban park in the US. It’s a quick escape from the city to the home of ringtail cats, coyotes, and countless other smaller animals and reptiles. There’s excellent mountain biking and hiking here, with North Franklin Peak (7192ft) looming overhead.

Head to the visitor center to get a basic park map, written descriptions of the hiking trails, mountain-bike trail maps, or route maps of the 17 different rock-climbing routes. (The visitor center will be relocating in 2018, so confirm the location before setting out.) You’ll find most of the trails in the Tom Mays Unit of the park, which is east of the I-10 off Transmountain Rd.

Visit the El Paso Museum of Art. This thoroughly enjoyable museum is in a former Greyhound station. They feature an Italian Madonna and Child (c 1200), their Southwestern art is terrific, and the engaging modern pieces round out the collection nicely.

The El Paso Holocaust Museum may seem a little out of place in a predominately Hispanic town, but the Holocaust Museum is as much a surprise inside as out for its thoughtful and moving exhibits, which are imaginatively presented for maximum impact.
West Side
Between the Franklin mountains and Mexico and New Mexico includes El Paso’s most affluent neighborhoods along the side of the mountain. Providence Memorial Hospital, Sierra Medical Center, Las Palmas Medical Center, El Paso Country Club, and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) are located here. The UTEP area (“Kern Place”) is emerging as an entertainment district with restaurants and nightclubs also known as the “Cincinnati Entertainment District”. The Sun Bowl, Don Haskins center, and Centennial Gardens are all located on the UTEP campus.

Located in the southern part of El Paso, just below the tip of the Franklin Mountains. The streets of Downtown are often difficult to navigate for first time visitors. Walking through Downtown, there are many little shops reminiscent of Mexico and many small cafes. Many of the buildings are historic and very beautiful. The Downtown area boasts a beautiful plaza in the center of the city. The El Paso Museum of Art, the Plaza Theater, El Paso Civic Center and a children’s science museum, Insights, are all located here. Nearby on Paisano Street is the El Paso Zoo.

North East El Paso
Home to Fort Bliss Military Base. Fort Bliss is one of the largest US Military bases in the world and Northeast El Paso is home to many active and retired servicemen and women. Fort Bliss located near the airport with adjacent Biggs Army Airfield has a great influence on Northeast El Paso culture.

East Side
The fastest growing area mostly home to middle class working families. The Socorro Student Activities Complex, Del Sol Medical Center, Las Palmas Marketplace, Cielo Vista Mall and Bassett Center are all located in East El Paso. It is close to the Mission Trails area and Hueco Tanks State Historic Site.

Take a scenic drive in El Paso. Popular at night for city-lights viewing, Scenic Dr offers great views of El Paso, Juarez and the surrounding mountains. Take N Mesa St to Kerbey Ave (across from the university), head east till it becomes Rim Rd, then turn right on Scenic Dr. En route, keep an eye out for little Murchison Park, a fine spot for sunrises.

Take a ride on the Wyler Aerial Tramway Cable car to the top of the Franklin Mountains. The ride only takes about four minutes to the top via this gondola system. After gliding 2600ft and gaining 940ft in elevation, you’ll reach the viewing platform on top of Ranger Peak, where you'll enjoy spectacular views of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. For maximum enjoyment, bring binoculars and a jacket.

Visit the El Paso Zoo, home to a large number of endangered animals, including the Asian elephant, Sumatran orangutan, Malayan tiger and the rare Amur leopard. All told, more than 670 animals represent 231 species, all packed into 35 acres. You can catch a free-flight bird show in the new Wildlife Amphitheater, which added 4000 sq ft for housing birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates.
Food and Dining
El Paso's food scene has been picking up momentum for the last few years, and is showing no signs of slowing down. El Paso's downtown's restaurant scene is expanding; more chains are dotting the landscape, while local and sustainable food are growing in popularity. Mexican food is the biggest food offering in the area, and there are delicious options everywhere for a good meal. Travelers will see signs referring to Menudo everywhere. It is a type of soup made with hominy, chili and tripe. It is a Mexican specialty. Another border favorite, burritos, are a humble but delicious food. True burritos are done with homemade flour tortilla and your choice of filling. Try “chile con queso”, chile relleno, barbacoa (meat) or “deshebrada con chile colorado” (shredded meat with red chile) for the local traditional El Paso/Juarez flavor. Green chile fillings are great too. All other flavors are more likely not from the region.

El Paso International Airport is located 6 mi northeast of downtown and is the easiest way to get to El Paso. El Paso is accessible by train on Amtrak to the downtown area and can also be reached by bus or car, if driving, via the interstate. Having your own car may be the easiest way to see what El Paso has to offer. Since many sites of interest are quite far apart from one another, renting a car may afford visitors the most flexibility. A limited bus route is available, but coverage is not great and schedules are limited.

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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.