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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Santa Fe?

You should plan to spend around $159 per day on your vacation in Santa Fe. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $43 on meals
  • $61 on local transportation
  • $161 on hotels

A one week trip to Santa Fe for two people costs, on average, $2,222. 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 Santa Fe cost?

A one week trip to Santa Fe usually costs around $1,111 for one person and $2,222 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Santa Fe on average costs around $2,222 for one person and $4,444 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 Santa Fe will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Santa Fe on average costs around $4,762 for one person and $9,523 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 Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe expensive to visit?

Prices in Santa Fe 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, Santa Fe is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Marathon or Newport.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to Santa Fe?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $161
Local Transportation 1 $61
Food 2 $43
Entertainment 1 $17
Alcohol 2 $5 - 15
Accommodation Budget in Santa Fe
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Santa Fe is $81. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Santa Fe is $161. 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 Santa Fe

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Santa Fe based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $363. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Santa Fe
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Santa Fe is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $61 per person, per day, on local transportation in Santa Fe.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Rental Cars in Santa Fe
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Food Budget in Santa Fe
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Santa Fe can vary, the average cost of food in Santa Fe is $43 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Santa Fe should cost around $17 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Santa Fe is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Santa Fe
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Santa Fe typically cost an average of $17 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 Santa Fe
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $9.68 on alcoholic beverages in Santa Fe per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Santa Fe On a Budget
Santa Fe Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA
Santa Fe is the state capital of New Mexico as well as the oldest state capital in the United States, founded in 1607. It has become a popular travel destination due to the surrounding scenic beauty, its long history, cultural diversity especially with its proximity to American Indian pueblos and culture, and a rich concentration of arts, music, and food.
Santa Fe is a very attractive city, with much of its architecture in the pueblo-style and an abundance of Native American arts, crafts, jewelry, textiles, and other goods decorating store windows and restaurants. A few notable architectural gems include churches like the St. Francis Cathedral and the Loretto Chapel, as well as the State Capitol Building and other structures around town that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The oldest public building in the United States is also in Santa Fe-The Palace of the Governors, a 17th-century building that once served as the main capitol building and now houses the New Mexico History Museum.

The city is also host to a variety of interesting museums, many of which are located downtown and can be reached by foot. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is perhaps one of the best known, featuring a rotating exhibit of the work of the 20th-century artist who settled near Abiquiu, a small town north of Santa Fe. She is most famous for her paintings of enlarged flowers and New Mexican landscapes. Additional museums include the New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, amongst others.
Santa Fe has a small, but lively, downtown area that is very walkable and popular with tourists. In fact, with its small streets it is actually preferable to park the car and navigate on foot. Typical to towns of Spanish origin, Santa Fe has a central square downtown, the historic Santa Fe Plaza, which has become a common gathering place and site for public entertainment. While the downtown roads are small and sometimes wander, the general area of the downtown is somewhat looped within one of the main roads, Paseo de Peralta. There are plenty of walking tours of downtown Santa Fe that give visitors insight into the architecture, culture, and history of the downtown area. A walk through this area will provide a collection of restaurants, museums, entertainment, and shops selling American Indian arts and crafts.

In addition to walking tours, admiring architecture, and experiencing the art, history, and culture of Santa Fe's museums, there are also a number of festivals held throughout the year, the most characteristic being the Fiesta de Santa Fe held the weekend after Labor Day once most of the summer tourists have departed. Santa Fe is additionally host to a number of theatre and performing arts center, for those interested in music and dance, while outdoor activities like walking, biking, and horseback riding are available at the south side of downtown along the Santa Fe River Park. Some visitors choose to explore opportunities just outside the city as well, visiting the vast number of nearby Native American pueblos and admiring the southwestern landscapes.
Food and Dining
Like the rest of New Mexico, Santa Fe is known for its huge spicy plates of Southwestern food. Most dishes are based in a spicy sauce made from red or green chili peppers, or a mix of both. Typical dishes of the American southwest that most people are familiar with include items like burrito, chimichanga, enchilada, fajitas, nachos, chili con carne, chili con queso, quesadilla, stuffed peppers, tacos, and tostados, many of which are often served with sides of rice and beans and salsa or guacamole. There are, however, a few dishes particular to New Mexico, some of which include a sweet rice pudding called arroz dulce, an anise-flavored cookie sprinkled with cinnamon sugar called bizcochito (state cookie of New Mexico), and a thick hot gruel made from blue corn meal called atole. You will even find New Mexican spins on traditional American favorites, like a green chile cheeseburger or green chile cheese fries. When in New Mexico it's best to take advantage of the abundance of authentic southwestern food, though there are additionally plenty of standard chain restaurants and other fare in Santa Fe for the less adventurous palette. Popular drinks include the margarita and sangria.

The nearest airport is Santa Fe Municipal Airport, which is served by American Eagle Airlines with three daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth. The nearest major airport is Albuquerque International Sunport, located about an hour driving southwest from Santa Fe. This is the major air hub for all of New Mexico, primarily serviced by Southwest Airlines, though there are also some flights operated by Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, and United. There is also commuter service to destinations within New Mexico provided by Great Lakes and New Mexico Airlines.

A commuter rail line, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, connects Santa Fe to Albuquerque and surrounding communities. There are three stations in Santa Fe: the Santa Fe Depot at the rail yards on Guadalupe Street, the South Capitol station on Alta Vista Drive, and the NM 599 station at I-25 and NM 599 southwest of town.

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.