The average price of a 7-day trip to Arenal is $1,425 for a solo traveler, $2,559 for a couple, and $4,798 for a family of 4. Arenal hotels range from $41 to $188 per night with an average of $76, while most vacation rentals will cost $120 to $380 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) are between $757 and $1,285 per person for economy flights and $2,375 to $4,032 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $33 to $53 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit Arenal, CR

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to LIR and stay in a Arenal hotel:

  • January 1st to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
  • May 14th to June 10th
  • August 27th to November 18th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Arenal is usually late October.

 

Average Arenal Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Arenal for a week is $1,184-$2,012($169-$287 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $33 to $53 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $605 to $1,131 for economy

Lodging: $58 to $85 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $59 to $72 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Arenal for a week is $2,324-$3,822($332-$546 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $66 to $106 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,210 to $2,262 for economy

Lodging: $58 to $85 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $59 to $72 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Arenal for a week is $3,908-$7,028($558-$1,004 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $132 to $212 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,420 to $4,524 for economy

Lodging: $116 to $170 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $94 to $108 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Arenal

How cheap can you make a vacation to Arenal? The cheapest trip to Arenal is about $120 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 6% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $33.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Arenal for a week is $837-$1,594($120-$228 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $16 to $31 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $605 to $1,131 for economy

Lodging: $33 to $41 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $20 to $40 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Arenal for a week is $1,554-$2,942($222-$420 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $32 to $62 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,210 to $2,262 for economy

Lodging: $33 to $41 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $20 to $40 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Arenal for a week is $3,036-$5,884($434-$841 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $64 to $124 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,420 to $4,524 for economy

Lodging: $66 to $82 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $28 to $56 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is easy to travel to Arenal cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Arenal Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Arenal.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Arenal for a week is $2,835-$8,517($405-$1,217 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $66 to $101 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,815 to $2,794 for first class

Lodging: $93 to $188 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $380 to $836 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Arenal for a week is $5,112-$12,018($730-$1,717 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $132 to $202 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,630 to $5,588 for first class

Lodging: $93 to $188 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $380 to $836 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Arenal for a week is $10,224-$21,528($1,461-$3,075 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $264 to $404 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $7,260 to $11,176 for first class

Lodging: $186 to $376 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $608 to $1,254 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Arenal Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Arenal is lower than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Arenal due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Arenal Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on Arenal hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in Arenal.

 

Flight Costs to Arenal

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,285 average in late December to a low of $757 in late October. Median flight price is $785. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Arenal our data includes 211 originating airports, and 61 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Arenal from an airport like Shevchenko (SCO) in Aktau (Kazakhstan) for an average $5,899 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) in New Orleans, LA (the United States) at an average of just $453.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Thursday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Wednesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Arenal, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $528, so you can easily save about 70% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Arenal can easily cost $230 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $16 per person. Private tours can cost $470 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

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