The average price of a 7-day trip to Columbia is $1,745 for a solo traveler, $3,134 for a couple, and $5,875 for a family of 4. Columbia hotels range from $61 to $278 per night with an average of $97, while most vacation rentals will cost $200 to $440 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) are between $753 and $1,346 per person for economy flights and $2,363 to $4,224 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $45 to $86 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 Columbia, MD, US

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

  • January 15th to March 18th
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • August 6th to November 18th

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

 

Average Columbia Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Columbia for a week is $1,260-$2,575($180-$368 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $45 to $86 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $429 to $1,211 for economy

Lodging: $86 to $116 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $104 to $127 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Columbia for a week is $2,652-$4,658($379-$665 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $90 to $172 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $858 to $2,422 for economy

Lodging: $86 to $116 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $104 to $127 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Columbia for a week is $3,852-$8,644($550-$1,235 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $180 to $344 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,716 to $4,844 for economy

Lodging: $172 to $232 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $146 to $191 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Columbia

How cheap can you make a vacation to Columbia? The cheapest trip to Columbia is about $131 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 $140 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 $54.

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 Columbia for a week is $914-$2,493($131-$356 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $23 to $46 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $429 to $1,211 for economy

Lodging: $54 to $61 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $140 to $160 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Columbia for a week is $1,504-$4,026($215-$575 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $46 to $92 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $858 to $2,422 for economy

Lodging: $54 to $61 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $140 to $160 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Columbia for a week is $3,008-$7,476($430-$1,068 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $92 to $184 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,716 to $4,844 for economy

Lodging: $108 to $122 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $196 to $224 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to Columbia cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Columbia Trip

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

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Columbia for a week is $2,398-$10,696($343-$1,528 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $90 to $181 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $940 to $3,621 for first class

Lodging: $138 to $278 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $440 to $968 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Columbia for a week is $3,968-$15,584($567-$2,226 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $180 to $362 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,880 to $7,242 for first class

Lodging: $138 to $278 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $440 to $968 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Columbia for a week is $7,936-$27,682($1,134-$3,955 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $360 to $724 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,760 to $14,484 for first class

Lodging: $276 to $556 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $660 to $1,355 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Columbia Hotel Prices

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

Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia.

 

Flight Costs to Columbia

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,346 average in early January to a low of $753 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $796. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Columbia our data includes 1,347 originating airports, and 159 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Columbia from an airport like Cox’s Bazar (CXB) in Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh) for an average $10,600 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County (JST) in Johnstown, PA (the United States) at an average of just $104.

 

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 Columbia, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $594, so you can easily save about 79% 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 Columbia can easily cost $350 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $23 per person. Private tours can cost $694 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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