The average price of a 7-day trip to Lake Forest is $2,070 for a solo traveler, $3,718 for a couple, and $6,970 for a family of 4. Lake Forest hotels range from $73 to $332 per night with an average of $107, while most vacation rentals will cost $180 to $1000 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) are between $738 and $1,159 per person for economy flights and $2,316 to $3,637 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $58 to $121 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 Lake Forest, CA, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to SNA and stay in a Lake Forest hotel:

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • August 13th to November 18th

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

 

Average Lake Forest Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Lake Forest for a week is $1,457-$3,115($208-$445 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $58 to $121 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $445 to $1,032 for economy

Lodging: $101 to $116 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $168 to $206 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Lake Forest for a week is $2,894-$5,248($413-$750 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $116 to $242 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $890 to $2,064 for economy

Lodging: $101 to $116 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $168 to $206 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Lake Forest for a week is $4,616-$9,244($659-$1,321 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $232 to $484 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,780 to $4,128 for economy

Lodging: $202 to $232 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $235 to $288 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Lake Forest

How cheap can you make a vacation to Lake Forest? The cheapest trip to Lake Forest is about $146 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 $64.

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 Lake Forest for a week is $1,025-$2,377($146-$340 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $28 to $55 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $445 to $1,032 for economy

Lodging: $64 to $73 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 Lake Forest for a week is $1,666-$3,794($238-$542 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $56 to $110 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $890 to $2,064 for economy

Lodging: $64 to $73 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 Lake Forest for a week is $3,332-$7,012($476-$1,002 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $112 to $220 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,780 to $4,128 for economy

Lodging: $128 to $146 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $180 to $224 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to Lake Forest cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Lake Forest Trip

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

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Lake Forest for a week is $2,699-$14,504($386-$2,072 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $110 to $218 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $939 to $2,178 for first class

Lodging: $165 to $332 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 Lake Forest for a week is $4,408-$18,208($630-$2,601 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $220 to $436 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,878 to $4,356 for first class

Lodging: $165 to $332 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 Lake Forest for a week is $8,816-$32,096($1,259-$4,585 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $440 to $872 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,756 to $8,712 for first class

Lodging: $330 to $664 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $1,400 to $2,880 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Lake Forest Hotel Prices

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

Lake Forest 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 Lake Forest 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 Lake Forest.

 

Flight Costs to Lake Forest

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,159 average in late July to a low of $738 in early to mid September. Median flight price is $716. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Lake Forest our data includes 869 originating airports, and 129 airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Lake Forest from an airport like Asmara International (ASM) in Asmara (Eritrea) for an average $6,848 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC) in San Jose, CA (the United States) at an average of just $152.

 

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 Lake Forest, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $421, so you can easily save about 57% 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 Lake Forest can easily cost $410 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $28 per person. Private tours can cost $827 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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