The average price of a 7-day trip to Columbus is $1,883 for a solo traveler, $3,382 for a couple, and $6,340 for a family of 4. Columbus hotels range from $69 to $326 per night with an average of $107, while most vacation rentals will cost $200 to $1000 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Indianapolis International Airport (IND) are between $616 and $982 per person for economy flights and $1,933 to $3,082 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $47 to $110 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 Columbus, IN, US

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

  • January 8th to March 11th
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • August 6th to November 25th (except the week of October 15th)

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

 

Average Columbus Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Columbus for a week is $1,168-$2,828($167-$404 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $47 to $110 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $413 to $786 for economy

Lodging: $71 to $145 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $174 to $212 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Columbus for a week is $2,316-$4,776($331-$682 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $94 to $220 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $826 to $1,572 for economy

Lodging: $71 to $145 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $174 to $212 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Columbus for a week is $3,820-$8,258($546-$1,180 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $188 to $440 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,652 to $3,144 for economy

Lodging: $142 to $290 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $244 to $339 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Columbus

How cheap can you make a vacation to Columbus? The cheapest trip to Columbus is about $134 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 $200 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 $56.

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 Columbus for a week is $938-$2,544($134-$363 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $27 to $54 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $413 to $786 for economy

Lodging: $56 to $69 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $200 to $230 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Columbus for a week is $1,540-$3,708($220-$530 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $54 to $108 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $826 to $1,572 for economy

Lodging: $56 to $69 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $200 to $230 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Columbus for a week is $3,080-$6,864($440-$981 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $108 to $216 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,652 to $3,144 for economy

Lodging: $112 to $138 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $320 to $368 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to Columbus cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Columbus Trip

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

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Columbus for a week is $2,566-$14,369($367-$2,053 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $85 to $209 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $999 to $2,106 for first class

Lodging: $162 to $326 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,000 to $1,800 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Columbus for a week is $4,160-$17,938($594-$2,563 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $170 to $418 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,998 to $4,212 for first class

Lodging: $162 to $326 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $1,000 to $1,800 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Columbus for a week is $8,320-$29,396($1,189-$4,199 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $340 to $836 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,996 to $8,424 for first class

Lodging: $324 to $652 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $1,400 to $2,520 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Columbus Hotel Prices

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

Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus.

 

Flight Costs to Columbus

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $982 average in late July to a low of $616 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $666. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Columbus our data includes 643 originating airports, and 131 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Columbus from an airport like Balandino (CEK) in Chelyabinsk (Russia) for an average $11,783 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) in Chicago, IL (the United States) at an average of just $210.

 

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 Columbus, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $367, 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 Columbus can easily cost $410 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $27 per person. Private tours can cost $812 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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