The average price of a 7-day trip to San Carlos is $1,712 for a solo traveler, $3,075 for a couple, and $5,764 for a family of 4. San Carlos hotels range from $67 to $304 per night with an average of $107, while most vacation rentals will cost $160 to $540 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are between $745 and $1,391 per person for economy flights and $2,338 to $4,365 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $51 to $90 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 San Carlos, CA, US

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to SFO and stay in a San Carlos hotel:

  • January 15th to March 18th
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • August 6th to November 25th (except the week of November 12th)

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

 

Average San Carlos Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit San Carlos for a week is $1,413-$2,691($202-$384 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $51 to $90 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $438 to $1,155 for economy

Lodging: $103 to $119 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $123 to $151 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit San Carlos for a week is $2,822-$4,948($403-$707 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $102 to $180 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $876 to $2,310 for economy

Lodging: $103 to $119 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $123 to $151 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit San Carlos for a week is $4,290-$8,568($613-$1,224 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $204 to $360 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,752 to $4,620 for economy

Lodging: $206 to $238 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $185 to $227 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to San Carlos

How cheap can you make a vacation to San Carlos? The cheapest trip to San Carlos is about $105 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 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 $57.

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 San Carlos for a week is $733-$1,907($105-$272 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $25 to $50 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $438 to $1,155 for economy

Lodging: $57 to $67 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $20 to $40 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit San Carlos for a week is $1,346-$3,412($192-$487 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $50 to $100 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $876 to $2,310 for economy

Lodging: $57 to $67 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $20 to $40 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit San Carlos for a week is $2,632-$6,824($376-$975 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $100 to $200 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,752 to $4,620 for economy

Lodging: $114 to $134 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $30 to $56 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very difficult to travel to San Carlos cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury San Carlos Trip

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

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit San Carlos for a week is $2,772-$9,921($396-$1,417 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $112 to $198 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,196 to $2,703 for first class

Lodging: $132 to $304 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $540 to $972 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit San Carlos for a week is $4,752-$14,010($679-$2,001 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $224 to $396 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,392 to $5,406 for first class

Lodging: $132 to $304 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $540 to $972 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit San Carlos for a week is $9,504-$25,686($1,358-$3,669 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $448 to $792 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $4,784 to $10,812 for first class

Lodging: $264 to $608 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $864 to $1,555 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

San Carlos Hotel Prices

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

San Carlos 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 San Carlos 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 San Carlos.

 

Flight Costs to San Carlos

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,391 average in early January to a low of $745 in early to mid September. Median flight price is $846. These prices are based on millions of flights. For San Carlos our data includes 1,773 originating airports, and 227 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to San Carlos from an airport like Presidente Nicolau Lobato International (DIL) in Dili (Timor-Leste) for an average $9,252 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like Los Angeles International (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA (the United States) at an average of just $131.

 

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 Wednesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In San Carlos, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $646, so you can easily save about 87% 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 San Carlos can easily cost $380 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $25 per person. Private tours can cost $757 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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