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Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Rapid City?

You should plan to spend around $116 per day on your vacation in Rapid City. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $23 on meals
  • $53 on local transportation
  • $119 on hotels

A one week trip to Rapid City for two people costs, on average, $1,624. 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
  • 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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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Rapid City cost?

A one week trip to Rapid City usually costs around $812 for one person and $1,624 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Rapid City on average costs around $1,624 for one person and $3,248 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 Rapid City will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Rapid City on average costs around $3,480 for one person and $6,961 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 Rapid City 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 Rapid City expensive to visit?

Prices in Rapid City 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, Rapid City is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in North America for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Vernon, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Key West.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to Rapid City?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $119
Local Transportation 1 $53
Food 2 $23
Entertainment 1 $26
Alcohol 2 $3 - 10
Accommodation Budget in Rapid City
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Rapid City is $60. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Rapid City is $119. 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 Rapid City

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Rapid City based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $124. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Rapid City
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Rapid City is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $53 per person, per day, on local transportation in Rapid City.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Rapid City
How much does it cost to go to Rapid City? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Rapid City
The price of renting a car in Rapid City will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Rapid City
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Rapid City can vary, the average cost of food in Rapid City is $23 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Rapid City should cost around $9.38 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rapid City is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Rapid City
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Rapid City typically cost an average of $26 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 Rapid City
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $6.93 on alcoholic beverages in Rapid City per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Rapid City On a Budget
Rapid City Mount Rushmore, near Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City is a large city in western South Dakota that is considered the gateway to the Black Hills National Forest. Rapid City is often used as a base for all types of outdoor activities, including tours to the infamous Mount Rushmore and surrounding parks. The city has a budding art scene and offers the perfect combination of a metropolitan city surrounded by stunning natural scenery. Rapid City experiences the best weather from June-September with temperatures in the 70's and 80's Fahrenheit. Temperatures drop to the low 20's F in the winter and the area receives the most rain pour in April and May.
The most popular sight in the Rapid City area is Mount Rushmore, the infamous monument of four presidents carved from the rocky mountain inside of the Black Hills Forest. After viewing the monument, you can wander through the Black Hills to Rushmore Cave where you'll find a stalactite filled cavern. Then, continue on to the Jewel Cave National Monument, the third longest cave in the world with over 180 miles of passageways that wind through the cave. After an adventure through the Black Hills, head into town to view Art Alley, a public art project that incorporates work from both local and visiting artists. Then, during summer, enjoy a movie in the park under the stars.
Neighborhoods and Nearby Areas
Rapid City's major neighborhood is the Downtown area where the majority of sights, activities, restaurants, and hotels are located. The other neighborhoods in Rapid City are mainly residential or commercial and of little interest to tourists.

West and South of the city is the Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park, which is home to Mount Rushmore and countless hiking trails and outdoor activities. Here you can also find enormous amounts of wildlife. The famous Mount Rushmore draws lots of visitors who then stay on for the other nearby attractions.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is not far from Mount Rushmore and is a monument to the Native Americans, their history, and their culture.

Wind Cave National Park, just south of Custer State Park, is a great place to explore a very large underground system of caverns. Hiking, wildlife viewing, and camping are also plentiful here as well.

Southeast of the city is Badlands National Park, a popular spot for adventure enthusiasts thanks to its rugged landscape that is perfect for hikers, campers, and wildlife viewers.

Rapid City acts as the perfect base camp for going on all sorts of outdoor adventures. Right outside the city is the Black Hills National Forest where you can go hiking, rock climbing, and cycling. For the adventure enthusiasts, go to the Badlands, a rugged natural area with twisted canyons, slanted walls, and rock domes that create the perfect place for exploring. For something more relaxed, you can go boating, fishing, or swimming in one of the 17 lakes in the area. Rapid City also hosts many annual festivals, including the Art and Wine Festival that features locally sourced wine and artwork from local artists. In summertime, you can relax downtown and enjoy the Main Street Square Summer Concerts or the Native People of the Plains arts and culture weekend in July.
Food and Dining
Rapid City has a wide range of restaurant options and cuisines, including American, Chinese, and Japanese. Many restaurants serve buffalo meat, with buffalo hamburgers being one of the most popular buffalo dishes. For something with a local feel, head to the Firehouse Brewing Company, which is located inside of the original Rapid City firehouse that was built in 1915. The restaurant serves American cuisine and features original memorabilia, the original fire pole, and even offers beautiful views of downtown Rapid City from the patio. Combine fine dining with a casual atmosphere at Wine Cellar Restaurant where you'll find a huge wine and beer menu nestled in a historic building.

Rapid City is served by the Rapid City Regional Airport, a domestic airport that accepts flights from a select few major US airlines. From the airport, you can take a shuttle or a rent a car to get into the city. It is also easy to drive into the city or take a bus from larger cities. You can easily get around the city on foot, or take the Rapid Ride System which takes you to areas further outside of the city including Mount Rushmore. Keep in mind that the rail system closes between 6 PM and 6 AM, but there are plenty of taxis in the area that run when the rail system doesn't.


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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.

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