The average price of a 7-day trip to Carlsbad is $2,049 for a solo traveler, $3,680 for a couple, and $6,899 for a family of 4. Carlsbad hotels range from $111 to $432 per night with an average of $159, while most vacation rentals will cost $240 to $500 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to El Paso International Airport (ELP) are between $574 and $938 per person for economy flights and $1,801 to $2,943 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $85 to $125 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 Carlsbad, NM, US

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

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 16th to May 6th
  • August 13th to November 18th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Carlsbad is usually mid to late September.

 

Average Carlsbad Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Carlsbad for a week is $1,638-$2,898($234-$414 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $85 to $125 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $395 to $769 for economy

Lodging: $163 to $209 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $108 to $132 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Carlsbad for a week is $2,986-$4,880($427-$697 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $170 to $250 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $790 to $1,538 for economy

Lodging: $163 to $209 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $108 to $132 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Carlsbad for a week is $4,998-$9,084($714-$1,298 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $340 to $500 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,580 to $3,076 for economy

Lodging: $326 to $418 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $173 to $185 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Carlsbad

How cheap can you make a vacation to Carlsbad? The cheapest trip to Carlsbad is about $171 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 0% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $120 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 $92.

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 Carlsbad for a week is $1,199-$2,233($171-$319 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $36 to $72 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $395 to $769 for economy

Lodging: $92 to $111 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $120 to $160 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Carlsbad for a week is $1,846-$3,506($264-$501 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $72 to $144 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $790 to $1,538 for economy

Lodging: $92 to $111 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $120 to $160 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Carlsbad for a week is $3,596-$6,532($514-$933 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $144 to $288 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,580 to $3,076 for economy

Lodging: $184 to $222 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $168 to $240 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to Carlsbad cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Carlsbad Trip

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

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Carlsbad for a week is $3,647-$10,103($521-$1,443 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $179 to $250 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,110 to $1,753 for first class

Lodging: $214 to $432 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $500 to $1,100 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Carlsbad for a week is $6,010-$13,606($859-$1,944 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $358 to $500 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,220 to $3,506 for first class

Lodging: $214 to $432 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $500 to $1,100 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Carlsbad for a week is $12,020-$23,252($1,717-$3,322 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $716 to $1,000 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $4,440 to $7,012 for first class

Lodging: $428 to $864 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $700 to $1,540 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Carlsbad Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Carlsbad is much higher than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Carlsbad 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.

Carlsbad 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 Carlsbad 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 many options for vacation rentals across many price ranges in Carlsbad.

 

Flight Costs to Carlsbad

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $938 average in late July to a low of $574 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $577. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Carlsbad our data includes 417 originating airports, and 96 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Carlsbad from an airport like Rarotonga International (RAR) in Avarua (the Cook Islands) for an average $6,822 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like San Diego International (SAN) in San Diego, CA (the United States) at an average of just $215.

 

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 Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Carlsbad, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $364, so you can easily save about 63% 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 Carlsbad can easily cost $540 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $36 per person. Private tours can cost $1076 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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