The average price of a 7-day trip to Chico is $2,374 for a solo traveler, $4,264 for a couple, and $7,993 for a family of 4. Chico hotels range from $88 to $400 per night with an average of $125, while most vacation rentals will cost $210 to $1060 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) are between $617 and $985 per person for economy flights and $1,936 to $3,091 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $55 to $132 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 Chico, CA, US

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

  • January 8th to March 11th
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • August 13th to November 18th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Chico is usually early to mid September.

 

Average Chico Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Chico for a week is $1,443-$3,704($206-$529 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $55 to $132 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $374 to $818 for economy

Lodging: $114 to $152 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $267 to $327 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Chico for a week is $2,688-$5,780($384-$826 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $110 to $264 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $748 to $1,636 for economy

Lodging: $114 to $152 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $267 to $327 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Chico for a week is $4,404-$9,716($629-$1,388 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $220 to $528 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,496 to $3,272 for economy

Lodging: $228 to $304 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $427 to $458 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Chico

How cheap can you make a vacation to Chico? The cheapest trip to Chico is about $149 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 $170 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 $73.

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 Chico for a week is $1,043-$2,480($149-$354 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $33 to $66 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $374 to $818 for economy

Lodging: $73 to $88 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $170 to $200 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Chico for a week is $1,648-$3,760($235-$537 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $66 to $132 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $748 to $1,636 for economy

Lodging: $73 to $88 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $170 to $200 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Chico for a week is $3,296-$6,920($471-$989 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $132 to $264 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,496 to $3,272 for economy

Lodging: $146 to $176 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $238 to $300 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to Chico cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Chico Trip

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

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Chico for a week is $2,723-$18,312($389-$2,616 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $99 to $290 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $842 to $2,290 for first class

Lodging: $198 to $400 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,060 to $2,332 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Chico for a week is $4,258-$22,632($608-$3,233 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $198 to $580 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,684 to $4,580 for first class

Lodging: $198 to $400 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,060 to $2,332 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Chico for a week is $8,516-$39,666($1,217-$5,667 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $396 to $1,160 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,368 to $9,160 for first class

Lodging: $396 to $800 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $1,484 to $3,731 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Chico Hotel Prices

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

Chico 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 Chico 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 Chico.

 

Flight Costs to Chico

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $985 average in late July to a low of $617 in early to mid September. Median flight price is $624. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Chico our data includes 700 originating airports, and 128 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Chico from an airport like Shevchenko (SCO) in Aktau (Kazakhstan) for an average $7,026 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 $130.

 

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 Chico, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $368, so you can easily save about 60% 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 Chico can easily cost $500 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $33 per person. Private tours can cost $996 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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