Travel Budget for Hilo

Hawaii, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Hilo?

How much money will you need for your trip to Hilo? You should plan to spend around $137 per day on your vacation in Hilo, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $52 on meals for one day and $20 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Hilo for a couple is $113. So, a trip to Hilo for two people for one week costs on average $1,914. 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 Hilo for one week usually costs around $957 for one person. So, a trip to Hilo for two people costs around $1,914 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $3,828 in Hilo. 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 Hilo can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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

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

Accommodation Budget in Hilo
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Hilo is $57. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Hilo is $113.

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

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Hotels in Hilo

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Transportation Budget in Hilo
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Hilo is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 per person, per day, on local transportation in Hilo.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Hilo
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Rental Cars in Hilo
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Food Budget in Hilo
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  • While meal prices in Hilo can vary, the average cost of food in Hilo is $52 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Hilo should cost around $21 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Hilo is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Hilo
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  • Entertainment and activities in Hilo typically cost an average of $25 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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Alcohol Budget in Hilo
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  • The average person spends about $8.16 on alcoholic beverages in Hilo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Hilo On a Budget
Hilo Hawaii Volcano National Park, near Hilo, Hawaii
Hilo is a town on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is also the county seat and largest city in Hawaii County, so many people use it as the starting point to explore the eastern half of the island. The town has a population of just over 40,000 people. It looks out over Hilo Bay and most of the town's development is between Hilo Bay and Waiakea-Uka near the active volcano of Mauna Loa. Hilo is where you will find the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corportation and Hilo International Airport.

The town's climate is tropical rainforest. There is a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year. It is located on the eastern, or windward side of the Big Island so it is the third wettest city in the United States. There are an average of 126 inches of rain annually and precipitation occurs on 275 days a year. The monthly mean temperature is 71 degrees Fahrenheit in January and 76 degrees Fahrenheit in August.
There are a handful of sites around the town of Hilo, although most visitors prefer to get out of town and explore the other area's along the eastern side of the Big Island. Popular museums in town include the Pacific Tsunami Museum, the Hilo Art Museum, and the Lyman House Museum. Other landmarks include the King Kamehameha Statue and Naha Stone. Also make sure you visit Lili'uokalani Gardens. This authentic Japanese garden was built in the early 1900s and is quite beautiful. Rainbow Falls is a good alternative to Akaka Falls. You are most likely to see the rainbow early in the day.
Downtown Hilo has plenty of shopping opportunities and restaurants, particularly in the Bayfront area. The farmer's market is also located downtown. The downtown area is pedestrian friendly and you can spend a decent amount of time exploring the area.

If you're looking for retail shopping then head to Prince Kuhio Plaza. It is best to have a car as this is not a pedestrian friendly area.

If you want to enjoy the ocean then Richardson's Ocean Park is a great place to visit. It's located at the end of Kalanianaole (Highway 19). This is a popular place with locals for family cookouts. It's also a great place to snorkel or relax on the beach.

There is no shortage of activities in and around Hilo. Surfing is a big part of the culture around town. You can rent boards from Orchidland Surf. If you're interested in swimming then head to Four Mile, which is a popular swimming spot, although there is not a beach. Other activities include helicopter tours of the area and visiting the Kaumana caves.
Food and Dining
Hilo offers a handful of local specialties. The town is particularly famous for its locally-made ice cream. It's available at several places around town including Hilo Homemade Ice Cream at 41 Waianuenue Avenue. If you're looking to grab a quick and cheap bite to eat then head to Hilo Farmer's Market, which is located on the corner of Samehameha Avenue and Mamo Street. They have a wide variety of tropical fruit.

Other budget options around town include Blane's Drive Inn, Hilo Coffee Mill, Cafe 100, Kuhio Grille, Suisan, Ken's House of Pancakes, and Ocean Sushi Deli. If you're looking to splurge, then there are a handful of high end restaurants that offer excellent fresh seafood and entrees.

The Hilo International Airport is the main airport on the eastern side of the Big Island. Most of the airport's flights arrive from Honolulu but there is also one daily flight from Kahului and a non-stop flight from LAX.

Most visitors to the town have their own vehicle as public transportation is extremely limited on the island. Renting a car is recommended and you should make reservations well in advance as cars may be limited if there is an event or festival taking place on the island. Taxis are also available from the airport. There is also the Hele-On Bus system that runs a couple of times a day.


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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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Travel Tips

Rainbow Falls

By Bryan in Entertainment
Rainbow Falls is a great place to visit, especially if you don't have time to hike up to Akaka Falls. Try to visit early in the the day because you'll have a better chance to see the rainbow created by the mist. Either way it's a great spot to visit. To get there, drive up Waianuenue Avenue from downtown Hilo, following the signs. If you pass the hospital, you have gone too far. The falls are very wheelchair accessible, but the to see the Boiling Pots it will require some hiking.

Public transportation is basically non-existent on the island except in some of the towns. You will need your own vehicle.

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