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Sacramento, California, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Sacramento?

You should plan to spend around $281 per day on your vacation in Sacramento. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $53 on meals
  • $51 on local transportation
  • $221 on hotels

A one week trip to Sacramento for two people costs, on average, $3,939. 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 Sacramento cost?

A one week trip to Sacramento usually costs around $1,970 for one person and $3,939 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Sacramento on average costs around $3,939 for one person and $7,879 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 Sacramento will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Sacramento on average costs around $8,442 for one person and $16,883 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 Sacramento 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 Sacramento expensive to visit?

Prices in Sacramento 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, Sacramento is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Chicago or Boca Raton.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to Sacramento?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $221
Local Transportation 1 $51
Food 2 $53
Entertainment 1 $19
Alcohol 2 $6 - 17
Accommodation Budget in Sacramento
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Sacramento is $111. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Sacramento is $221. 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 Sacramento

Looking for a hotel in Sacramento? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Sacramento based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $138. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Sacramento
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Sacramento is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $51 per person, per day, on local transportation in Sacramento.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Sacramento
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Rental Cars in Sacramento
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Food Budget in Sacramento
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Sacramento can vary, the average cost of food in Sacramento is $53 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Sacramento 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 Sacramento is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Sacramento
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Sacramento typically cost an average of $19 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 Sacramento
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Sacramento per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Sacramento On a Budget
Sacramento Sacramento, California
Sacramento is the capital city and one of the oldest cities in the state of California. It was founded in 1849 in the midst of the Gold Rush, and has since grown to a population of over 500,000 people. The atmosphere is more laid back than most major cities, and its heritage is rooted in the Gold Rush and Transcontinental Railroad era.
A first stop for many visitors to the city is the State Capitol and Museum, which documents the history of California and offers daily tours of the capitol building, its legislative chambers, and restored historic offices. The California Museum, home to the California Hall of Fame, is located just one block from the Capitol in the State Archives Building. Also popular is the California State Railroad Museum, which features two stories of railroad history, old locomotives, exhibits, and excursion train rides. This museum, as well as the Sacramento History Museum, are located within the historic district of Old Sacramento. The History Museum explores the local region's history from before the Gold Rush to the present throughout the museum’s two floors of interactive galleries. Another ode to the city's past exists in the Sutter Fort State Historic Park. The 19th-century fort was once an agricultural and trade colony in the Mexican Alta California province, and the first non-indigenous settlement in the California Central Valley.

Beyond history, the current culture of Sacramento is also alive and thriving. The Crocker Art Museum is the longest continuously-operating art museum in the West, featuring California art as well as diverse international works. For families, other popular attractions include the Sacramento Zoo, which houses nearly 15 acres with native and endangered species, and the nearby Fairytale Town, featuring a storybook-themed park with animals, gardens, and a cafe.
Located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, Sacramento's downtown serves at the hub for experiencing the modern culture of the city. Home to the California State Capitol and its museum, the downtown is also the political center. It is here where locals and visitors will find the busiest dining and nightlife scene with plenty of farm-to-table restaurants, cocktail bars, and performing arts theaters, as well as museums and fine art galleries. As Sacramento is one of the cheapest places to live in California (which can be quite expensive), this city is full of thriving businesses and a busy economy.

Old Sacramento is a neighborhood of the downtown along the riverfront that makes up Sacramento's historic district with Gold Rush-era buildings, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages reminiscent of the city's pioneer days. Like the rest of downtown, Old Sacramento has many restaurants and souvenir shops, especially targeted at tourists looking to revisit the famous Gold Rush days.

With a history founded in the Gold Rush, Sacramento is a place that attracts history buffs from all over. Whether you're an expert or not, Old Sacramento's historic tours provide interesting insights into the city's past. Steam train rides are also very popular.

For an escape from the city bustle, Sacramento also has a scenic park in the center of the downtown, called Cesar Chavez Park, where outdoor concerts are often held. If that is not enough, travelers can also head to the outskirts of the city to Folsom Lake. This Reservoir sits on the American River with swimming beaches, boat launches, picnic areas, campgrounds. During the summer, it is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, biking, sailing, kayaking, or jet-skiing.
Food and Dining
Being a major city and California's capital city, Sacramento has a full range of dining options, the most unique of which are largely concentrated in the central district of the city. Here in the downtown, visitors will find hip and trendy restaurants serving food of all ethnicities, while the surrounding neighborhoods reflect the local tastes. Sacramento has also named itself "America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital" since many restaurants source their food locally from surrounding farms. As far as beverages go, the city is again proud of its local resources with more than 60 microbreweries and a plethora of community coffee roasters. Sacramento is also host to events like Cal Expo’s Grape and Gourmet, Sacramento Beer Week, Sacramento Cocktail Week, and the annual California Beer Craft Summit.

The city is served by Sacramento International Airport, located about 15 minutes north of downtown along Interstate-5 at the Airport Boulevard exit. Flights are available to Mexico, Canada, and all of the United States, including Hawaii. To reach downtown, visitors can either arrange a taxi or take the 42A bus for a cheaper option. Buses typically run hourly.

By train, Amtrak runs two long distance trains and two regional trains through Sacramento. Visitors can also arrive by long-distance bus or by car. The city is located at the crossroads of Interstate-5 (north-south) and Interstate-80 (east-west).

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

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.