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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Salt Lake City?

You should plan to spend around $246 per day on your vacation in Salt Lake City. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $50 on meals
  • $45 on local transportation
  • $237 on hotels

A one week trip to Salt Lake City for two people costs, on average, $3,442. 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.

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  • 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 Salt Lake City cost?

A one week trip to Salt Lake City usually costs around $1,721 for one person and $3,442 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Salt Lake City on average costs around $3,442 for one person and $6,885 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 Salt Lake City will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Salt Lake City on average costs around $7,377 for one person and $14,753 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 Salt Lake 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 Salt Lake City expensive to visit?

Prices in Salt Lake 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, Salt Lake City is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Berkshires or Sarasota.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $237
Local Transportation 1 $45
Food 2 $50
Entertainment 1 $28
Alcohol 2 $9 - 26
Accommodation Budget in Salt Lake City
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Salt Lake City is $119. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Salt Lake City is $237. 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 Salt Lake City

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Salt Lake City based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $147. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Salt Lake City
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Salt Lake City is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $45 per person, per day, on local transportation in Salt Lake City.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Salt Lake City
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Rental Cars in Salt Lake City
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Food Budget in Salt Lake City
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Salt Lake City can vary, the average cost of food in Salt Lake City is $50 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Salt Lake City should cost around $20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Salt Lake City is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Salt Lake City
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Salt Lake City typically cost an average of $28 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 Salt Lake City
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  • The average person spends about $17 on alcoholic beverages in Salt Lake 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

Water Budget in Salt Lake City
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  • On average, people spend $6.25 on bottled water in Salt Lake City per day. The public water in Salt Lake City is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Salt Lake City On a Budget
Salt Lake City Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City is the capital city of Utah and one of the largest cities in the southwest region of the US. Salt Lake sits on the border between the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin regions, making it the perfect place for outdoor activities. The city's natural beauty and resources even became the focal point for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake experiences all four seasons, with the most popular times to visit being summer and winter. Summer, June-August, sees little rain and temperatures in the high 80's Fahrenheit. Winter, December-March, has temperatures in the 30's Fahrenheit and gets the perfect amount of snow for winter sports.
Salt Lake City is a very historical area and features beautiful architecture throughout the city that represents its lengthy past. The Utah State Capitol Building is a magnificent space built in 1916 and features tours for visitors to explore the building and its history. One of the most beautiful buildings is the Grand America Hotel, a 5-star hotel that is considered to be one of the most beautiful city hotels in the world. The hotel has jaw-dropping, huge, chandeliers and even a million-dollar mirror. When you've finished exploring the city's architectural gems, head over to the Hogle Zoo which lies at the mouth of the Emigration Canyon and sits on 42 acres of land. During the summer, enjoy a stroll through one of the many parks, including Liberty Park which has a small amusement park and paddle boats to drive around the pond.
Salt Lake City is divided into a few different neighborhoods, each with their own unique personality. The Downtown area is in the heart of the city and features art galleries, festivals, farmers markets, and plenty of lodging. Central City is home to Liberty Park and is often considered the headquarters for hiking and biking in the city and surrounding area thanks to all the gear shops there. Sugar House is one of Salt Lake's oldest neighborhoods, and most famous, thanks to its laid back vibe and slew of art galleries. Sugar House is also home to Sugar House Park which has 110 acres of trails, forests, and ponds. For the majority of your outdoor activities, head to Millcreek and Holladay which are the gateways to the Wasatch Mountains and other activities such as hiking and mountain biking.

Salt Lake City's location in the midst of nature offers fantastic opportunities for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, mountain biking, and boating. The city is also located near canyon hiking trails such as City Creek Canyon and the Red Butte Gardens which are great for novice and advanced hikers alike. During the summer, take a boat on the Great Salt Lake where you can travel to Antelope Island located on the lake and go swimming or hiking. In the winter, there are endless winter sports to enjoy and multiple world-class ski resorts. If you prefer something more relaxed, you can go on a Gallery Stroll in downtown Salt Lake and wander through the 20-plus art galleries and antique shops.
Food and Dining
One of Salt Lake City's specialties is called Fry Sauce, which is comprised of a combination of ketchup and mayonnaise, with some spices occasional added. The sauce was created by the local fast food chain, Arctic Circle, where you can enjoy the famous concoction. The city's restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisines, including Middle Eastern, Japanese, and American. Definitely check out Lamb's Grill, the oldest restaurant in Utah, it opened in 1919. Lamb's Grill serves American diner food with a historic atmosphere. Salt Lake has great places to relax and grab a drink, including The Bayou, where you'll find over 240 different kinds of beer from around the world along with creole food and live music. If you prefer something with a view, check out Gracie's where you can enjoy food and drinks on the patio that overlooks downtown Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains.

Salt Lake City is served by the Salt Lake City International Airport where you can either rent a car to get into the city or take a shuttle bus. For something more scenic, you can drive, take a bus, or take the Amtrak train into the city. Getting around is fairly easy thanks to the city being set up on a grid system. You can get around on the bus or the TRAX, which is the city's light rail system. The city also features plenty of bike paths throughout downtown, making it the ideal place to get around on bicycle.


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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.