Travel Budget for Vail

Colorado, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Vail?

How much money will you need for your trip to Vail? You should plan to spend around $233 per day on your vacation in Vail, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $60 on meals for one day and $16 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Vail for a couple is $278. So, a trip to Vail for two people for one week costs on average $3,259. 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 Vail for one week usually costs around $1,630 for one person. So, a trip to Vail for two people costs around $3,259 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $6,519 in Vail. 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 Vail can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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

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

Accommodation Budget in Vail
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Vail is $139. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Vail is $278.

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

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Transportation Budget in Vail
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Vail is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $16 per person, per day, on local transportation in Vail.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Vail
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  • While meal prices in Vail can vary, the average cost of food in Vail is $60 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Vail should cost around $24 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Vail is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Vail
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  • Entertainment and activities in Vail typically cost an average of $106 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 Vail
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  • The average person spends about $7.83 on alcoholic beverages in Vail per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Vail On a Budget
Vail Vail, Colorado
Vail is one of the premier ski resort areas in the United States. Located in central Colorado, Vail is not far from Denver and situated in the heart of the Rockies. Here you'll find a quaint mountain town designed around tourism, especially for the winter, although plenty of visitors come in the warmer months, too.

High-end hotels, condos, and other accommodation options are surrounded by shops and restaurants that are all somewhat expensive compared to other costs in the United States. Because of this, Vail is definitely not considered an "affordable" travel option for many. However, good deals can be found if you look around and do some research.
Skiing and snowboarding at Vail are the main attractions here, and that should come as no surprise to anyone who's even heard the name Vail. The popularity of winter sports in this town, and the surrounding region of the Rockies, stretches far and wide. With dozens of slopes on the mountains surrounding the town, the Vail ski resort complex is large indeed. The resort holds ski classes for kids and adults, as well as a number of other events and activities.

Several wildlife and wilderness areas can be found in and around the resort and are open most of the year. The Holy Cross Wilderness Area and the Eagle's Nest Wilderness Area are both worth visiting if you want to get out in nature, especially in summer for a hike.

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a nice spot full of local and exotic flowers with beautiful landscaping. It's worth a visit if you go in the warmer months when everything is in bloom.

Other than the previously mentioned winter sports, Vail offers a number of other activities both in the town and resort area and in the surrounding mountains.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities, and a large number of trails can be found throughout the region. The Vail resort opens some of the chairlifts in the warmer months for hikers and other visitors who wish to head up to the top of the mountain.

Mountain Biking is also very popular, and like many ski resorts, the downhill ski slopes are full of criss-crossing downhill bike paths catering to those interested in this two-wheeled sport.

The resort has a popular spa. Visitors can pamper themselves and relax with a massage and other amenities year round.

Rafting, kayaking, and other river sports are popular in the region during the summer. It's easy to find an outfitter in town if you want to take a day trip to a nearby spot to shoot the rapids. Fishing in the nearby rivers and lakes is also popular.

The Forest Flyer mountain coaster is a fun activity for kids (and adults, too). It's like a roller coaster that zooms down the hill. Admire the views as you take the sharp turns at high speeds.

Horseback riding is another popular activity in warmer months, too.
Food and Dining
The town of Vail has a number of terrific restaurants and other food options. From high-end fine dining to quick and affordable fast-food, everyone has an option for their budget and time commitment. Grocery stores are also found in the area if your accommodation has a kitchen, as cooking is perhaps the best way to save money on food.

Sweet Basil, Bully Ranch, and Pepi's are some relatively casual restaurants serving various American and European dishes. Another is Terra Bistro which offers a variety of locally sourced ingredients in their creative dishes.

Matshuhisa has some great Japanese food, and is a relatively high-end place. Sushi Oka is nearby and has a more casual atmosphere for sushi, hibachi, and other Asian dishes.

For some great and more upscale dining options, check out Flame, Vintage, or Leonora.

The town of Vail sits on I-70 about 100 miles west of Denver. The drive takes under 2 hours if traffic is good, and is quite scenic as you weave your way through the mountains. From Grand Junction, take I-70 east for 150 miles (about 2.5 hours). Be aware that sometimes I-70 and other roads can close in the winter due to extreme weather.

Greyhound buses (and other companies) run from Denver to Vail and take about 2.5 hours from the Denver Bus Center. Several trips are made daily.

Vail has a small airport (Eagle County Regional) with flights from Denver and Dallas. These flights tend to be fairly expensive. It's a small airport but has all expected services such as car rentals. Most visitors fly into Denver, rent a car, and then drive. You'll probably want a car when you get to Vail anyway, and the added expense of renting a car is probably cheaper than flying into Vail's airport.
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

Avoid the lines

By Bryan in Entertainment
You can avoid a lot of the long lines if you plan your routes and can get on the mountain a little earlier (before 9:30 am) than everyone else. Start at golden peak, and take the lift past the first drop off to the top, then take lift 11 to the top. Then go into China Bowl or over to Blue Sky basin. Return to the front after noon and you'll get to see a lot of the routes. Also, staring at Vail Village, when the Vista-Bahn is really full, instead do the two seater chair up if they are running races. Then ski over to Golden Peak and follow along above. At Lionshead, don't wait for the gondola, but take the quad chair instead. Also ski over to the far side of lift 2, which is often a lot shorter. Avoid chair 4 from mid-Vail. It's always packed. Chair 11 can also get very crowded.

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