Trips to Alaska are not inexpensive and often cost one person approximately $2,000 for a weeklong trip or $3,500 for a couple to travel to the state for the week. One reason for that is that you can’t drive to get there, which means you’ll need a flight. Those flights can start at $500, depending on the season you choose to travel during.
So what does a trip to Juneau cost and why are Alaskan cities more expensive than other domestic travel destinations? Here’s a look at answers to these common questions.
If you’re considering traveling to Alaska, review these average expenses to prepare for your trip and understand where to expect expenses for your upcoming travel.
Average cost: $500 per traveler
The least expensive times to fly to and from Alaska are Wednesdays. If you can book your travel on that day, you can get flights that are up to 38 percent less expensive. Mid-week flights are generally less expensive than others.
Another way to find less expensive airfare is to visit between September and April. These are when the fewest visitors come to Juneau.
Average cost: $200 per night
If you book well in advance of your trip, you can likely get your room for less. But if you’re traveling during peak season, you could pay far more than that per night. So two ways to save money are to book in advance and try to travel during the offseason.
Booking an extended stay where there are more beds can also lower your costs because if you’re traveling in a larger group, you might be able to book just one hotel room instead of two. Consider sharing the cost with another couple to help make the trip more affordable.
Average cost: $95 per day for a rental car or $50 per day for a taxi/rideshare to and from one location per day
Juneau is extremely walkable, which means you might be able to bypass a rental car and transportation expenses entirely. You should budget for a few taxi or rideshare trips though just to be safe. That way you can get to Mendenhall Glacier or Auke Lake to explore and take in nature. While the city bus does go all over Juneau, it will take some time, which makes it less attractive to some visitors. If you’re traveling in a larger group, the rental car might be a safer bet than trying to book a taxi or rideshare.
Full washers and dryers in every suite.
Average cost: $50 per person per day with no alcoholic beverages or desserts
How much you spend on meals will depend greatly on the type of experience you hope to have. If you stay at an extended stay, you can save a great deal on breakfast if you cook it in your hotel room. Or you can purchase a few boxes of cereal or granola bars for breakfast and use your budget to enjoy one of the best places for Juneau coffee.
Likewise, with a full fridge and freezer in your hotel room, you could pack sandwiches and snacks for your adventures to save some money for drinks and dessert when you go out for dinner. How you spend your money is up to you. But if you’re staying budget conscious and want to eat out for every meal, you should be able to find locations that have breakfast for $10, lunch for $15 and dinner for $25, which takes you to $50 per day with no alcoholic beverages or desserts.
Average cost: Variable based on what you want to see and do
You could spend a few hundred dollars per person, per day on excursions and tours if you wanted to. The bigger question you have to ask yourself is what you really want to see and do while in Juneau.
If you want to see bears, there’s a way you can do that for no cost. If you want to prioritize flightseeing, consider a tour that is only flightseeing and not dog sledding or something else lumped together.
To focus on your budget, you must focus on your interests first and see if there’s a way to see what you want to see on a self-guided tour. You can see glaciers from the roadside, or you can pay for a kayaking adventure. It’s up to you and your budget.
Now that you’ve seen a breakdown of the costs associated with a Juneau trip, you might be wondering why Alaskan destinations cost more than other domestic trips. Here’s a look at some explanations for those costs.
Based on these averages, you’ll spend approximately $2,000 for one person to travel for one week to Juneau or $3,500 for two without excursions or tours. If you want to visit the area for less, take advantage of off-season specials.
Juneau Hotel offers a “Suite Deal” during the fall where you can get a spacious 2-bedroom queen suite that sleeps up to six people for $139 per night. Or enjoy the fall special that offers a queen suite that sleeps up to four people for $119 per night. These prices only last through December 31, 2022, though so book soon to see Alaska while meeting your budget. Call 907-586-5666 to take advantage of this special.
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