The average price of a 7-day trip to Waterloo is $1,286 for a solo traveler, $2,310 for a couple, and $4,330 for a family of 4. Waterloo hotels range from $47 to $214 per night with an average of $76, while most vacation rentals will cost $80 to $440 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) are between $505 and $918 per person for economy flights and $1,585 to $2,881 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $31 to $69 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 Waterloo, IA, US

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

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 16th to May 13th
  • May 28th to June 17th
  • August 6th to October 14th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Waterloo is usually early September.

 

Average Waterloo Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Waterloo for a week is $946-$1,800($135-$257 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $31 to $69 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $411 to $789 for economy

Lodging: $71 to $88 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $53 to $65 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Waterloo for a week is $1,762-$3,330($252-$476 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $62 to $138 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $822 to $1,578 for economy

Lodging: $71 to $88 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $53 to $65 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Waterloo for a week is $3,022-$6,144($432-$878 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $124 to $276 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,644 to $3,156 for economy

Lodging: $142 to $176 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $85 to $104 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Waterloo

How cheap can you make a vacation to Waterloo? The cheapest trip to Waterloo is about $110 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 7% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $80 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 Waterloo for a week is $771-$1,701($110-$243 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $18 to $36 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $411 to $789 for economy

Lodging: $39 to $47 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $80 to $110 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Waterloo for a week is $1,308-$2,742($187-$392 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $36 to $72 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $822 to $1,578 for economy

Lodging: $39 to $47 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $80 to $110 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Waterloo for a week is $2,616-$5,088($374-$727 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $72 to $144 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,644 to $3,156 for economy

Lodging: $78 to $94 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $112 to $154 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very possible to travel to Waterloo cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Waterloo Trip

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

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Waterloo for a week is $2,208-$7,572($315-$1,082 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $59 to $124 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,159 to $1,688 for first class

Lodging: $106 to $214 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $440 to $836 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Waterloo for a week is $3,780-$10,128($540-$1,447 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $118 to $248 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,318 to $3,376 for first class

Lodging: $106 to $214 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $440 to $836 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Waterloo for a week is $7,560-$17,748($1,080-$2,535 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $236 to $496 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $4,636 to $6,752 for first class

Lodging: $212 to $428 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $660 to $1,254 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Waterloo Hotel Prices

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

Waterloo 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 Waterloo 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 Waterloo.

 

Flight Costs to Waterloo

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $918 average in mid December to a low of $505 in early September. Median flight price is $446. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Waterloo our data includes 166 originating airports, and 81 airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations. Flying to Waterloo from an airport like Waisha (SWA) in Shantou (China) for an average $5,979 trip fare will obviously cost a lot more than from an airport like James M Cox/Dayton International (DAY) in Dayton, OH (the United States) at an average of just $316.

 

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 Waterloo, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $412, so you can easily save about 82% 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 Waterloo can easily cost $270 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $18 per person. Private tours can cost $534 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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