The average price of a 7-day trip to Merced is $1,393 for a solo traveler, $2,502 for a couple, and $4,690 for a family of 4. Merced hotels range from $49 to $225 per night with an average of $59, while most vacation rentals will cost $130 to $510 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) are between $568 and $871 per person for economy flights and $1,782 to $2,733 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $34 to $84 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 Merced, CA, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to FAT and stay in a Merced 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 Merced is usually mid to late September.

 

Average Merced Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Merced for a week is $1,030-$2,035($147-$291 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $34 to $84 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $384 to $775 for economy

Lodging: $68 to $112 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $71 to $87 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Merced for a week is $2,020-$3,590($289-$513 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $68 to $168 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $768 to $1,550 for economy

Lodging: $68 to $112 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $71 to $87 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Merced for a week is $3,082-$6,796($440-$971 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $136 to $336 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,536 to $3,100 for economy

Lodging: $136 to $224 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $99 to $139 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Merced

How cheap can you make a vacation to Merced? The cheapest trip to Merced is about $107 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 $127 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 $39.

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 Merced for a week is $751-$1,916($107-$274 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $19 to $37 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $384 to $775 for economy

Lodging: $39 to $49 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $127 to $147 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Merced for a week is $1,268-$2,950($181-$421 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $38 to $74 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $768 to $1,550 for economy

Lodging: $39 to $49 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $127 to $147 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Merced for a week is $2,536-$5,372($362-$767 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $76 to $148 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,536 to $3,100 for economy

Lodging: $78 to $98 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $203 to $206 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very possible to travel to Merced cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Merced Trip

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

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Merced for a week is $2,193-$9,774($313-$1,396 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $68 to $160 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $883 to $1,922 for first class

Lodging: $139 to $225 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $510 to $1,122 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Merced for a week is $3,552-$12,816($507-$1,831 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $136 to $320 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,766 to $3,844 for first class

Lodging: $139 to $225 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $510 to $1,122 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Merced for a week is $7,104-$22,938($1,015-$3,277 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $272 to $640 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,532 to $7,688 for first class

Lodging: $278 to $450 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $816 to $1,795 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Merced Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Merced is slightly lower than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in Merced 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.

Merced 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 Merced 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 Merced.

 

Flight Costs to Merced

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $871 average in early August to a low of $568 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $578. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Merced our data includes 419 originating airports, and 117 airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Merced from an airport like Shevchenko (SCO) in Aktau (Kazakhstan) for an average $6,971 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 $199.

 

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 Merced, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $302, so you can easily save about 53% 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 Merced can easily cost $280 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $19 per person. Private tours can cost $561 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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