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Glacier National Park, Montana, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Glacier National Park? You should plan to spend around $127 per day on your vacation in Glacier National Park, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $28 on meals for one day and $69 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Glacier National Park for a couple is $112. So, a trip to Glacier National Park for two people for one week costs on average $1,779. 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 Glacier National Park for one week usually costs around $889 for one person. So, a trip to Glacier National Park for two people costs around $1,779 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $3,557 in Glacier National Park. 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 Glacier National Park can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Glacier National Park? How much money do I need for Glacier National Park?

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

Accommodation Budget in Glacier National Park
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Glacier National Park is $56. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Glacier National Park is $112. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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Hotel Prices in Glacier National Park

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Transportation Budget in Glacier National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Glacier National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $69 per person, per day, on local transportation in Glacier National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Glacier National Park
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Rental Cars in Glacier National Park
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Food Budget in Glacier National Park
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  • While meal prices in Glacier National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Glacier National Park is $28 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Glacier National Park should cost around $11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Glacier National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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Entertainment Budget in Glacier National Park
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  • Entertainment and activities in Glacier National Park typically cost an average of $34 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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Alcohol Budget in Glacier National Park
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  • The average person spends about $8.41 on alcoholic beverages in Glacier National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

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Glacier National Park On a Budget
Glacier National Park Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park is a large park situated in the far north of Montana, bordering Canada. The park borders the Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada and both share UNESCO World Heritage Site and are biosphere reserves. Glacier National Park offers over 700 miles of trails and countless activities, including hiking, biking, canoeing, and fishing. As the park is split by the Continental Divide, the east and west sides of the park experience fairly different weather. The western side of the park gets the most rainfall while the eastern side offers more sunshine, but also more wind. During summer months, temperatures can get into the 90's Fahrenheit during the day while winter sees temperatures in the 20's and plenty of snowfall. The high season for the park is June-September, which is also when the majority of hiking trails, hotels, and shops are open.
Glacier National Park (official website) offers countless spots to enjoy the jaw-dropping natural beauty of the surrounding area. For ideas, check out this guide of things to do in Glacier National Park, or this list of activities in Glacier NP.

For starters, drive or hike along the Going to the Sun Highway where you'll find perfect viewpoints of the park that look over Lake McDonald, Rising Sun, Logan Pass, and the Continental Divide. At Looking Glass Hill Road, there are lovely viewpoints looking over the Lower Two Medicine Lake from the hilltop. A must-see is the Sperry Glacier Overlook, which is accessed by a steep climb from the Sperry Chalet. The climb includes a secluded walk through alpine lakes and meadows up a natural rock stairway where you'll see the Little Matterhorn, Bearhat Mountain, and Mt. Reynolds. After passing by cairns, you'll get to the edge of the overlook to view the magnificent glacier; get there soon though, as scientists expect the glacier to disappear completely by 2030.
Park Areas and Nearby
Thanks to the Continental Divide, the park is naturally divided into the east and west sides of the park. The eastern side has the most glaciers and hiking trails and tends to be the least crowded. The western side is just as beautiful as the east, although it tends to be the most crowded due to its large number of lodges and lakes. There are a few cities outside the park where you can stock up on food before heading into the park. One such city is Polebridge, a small community that has a bakery and mercantile. Babb is another small community that lies on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and has a few stores and lodging options. West Glacier is the community at the west entrance to the park and has plenty of lodging and restaurant options.

Glacier National Park offers endless outdoor activities to fit every type of adventurer. You can bike along one of the many well maintained trails, go boating or canoeing on the lakes, and camp under the stars. The park also features over 700 miles of hiking trails, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail which runs 3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico, and diving the park in two. Hiking the Continental Divide trail within the park is about a 10-day trek along the trail; keep in mind that it's not very well maintained so be prepared for the unexpected. If you prefer something less advanced, try the Trail of the Cedars, a partially paved trail that has views of the old growth forest and Avalanche Gorge. Or, wander along the Garden Wall Trail which is perfect for beginners and runs along the Continental Divide, featuring views of the alpine tundra and meadows.
Food and Dining
Food within the park is limited to the dining halls at the hotels and the few shops that are scattered around the park. The Granite Park Chalet and the Sperry Chalet are two such dinning halls where you can purchase food. Be advised that these shops and restaurants are often only open from June-October and are not always fully stocked, so be sure to bring plenty of food. The best food options are located outside the park in Babb, Polebridge, and West Glacier where you'll find more restaurants and shops.

For a more scenic route, you can take either the Great Northern Rail or Amtrak into the park. There's an east and west train station, with the west station being the most historic of the two and even has a small museum attached to it. You can also fly into the Glacier National Park Airport near Kalispell, Montana and can either drive in or use an airport shuttle to get into the park. No matter how you enter the park, you'll have to pay a small permit fee that is based on how you get in.

Getting around the park is easiest via car, especially with all of the scenic highways there are to explore. If you prefer not to drive, you can take one of the few shuttle bus companies that operate throughout the park. There are two shuttle buses you have to pay for, the Going-to-the-Sun Road shuttle and the Jammers bus service. The National Park Service offers a free shuttle service as well, which runs throughout the park.
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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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