Budget for Your First Trip to Las Vegas

There’s no place better to party than Las Vegas, but letting out your inner wild child could cost you a pretty penny. Before you roll the dice, here are a few things to save for in advance so you don’t blow the budget.
Budget Your First Trip to Las Vegas

Before you hit the road, here’s a budget to help keep you from spending more money than you have in the bank. There’s possibly no place on Earth where that’s more likely to happen than Sin City, so it’s good to go in with a plan!

Hotel costs

One of the drawbacks of visiting one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world is that the hotels in this desert wonderland can see prices skyrocket overnight. The good part, though, is that you can save a little money depending on when you go. The desert climate makes Las Vegas somewhat torturous in the summertime, which makes late June through September the low season. The high season runs from early January into May, depending on the weather. No matter when you go, expect to be paying about $200 a night for a hotel room. Las Vegas is definitely best partaken as a fall or winter getaway from work.

Five nights in a hotel

Seeing the shows

One of the best things to do in Vegas is to see the shows. From Cirque du Soleil to Blue Man Group or even Celine Dion, there’s no shortage of spectacles going on in this town and, surprisingly, they’re not as expensive as you might think! Prices range between $50 and $150 per ticket for the more popular shows, and you’ll want to see at least a couple of them over the course of a week. Aim for a healthy entertainment budget of $500 to cover the costs of an evening of music and magic.


Food expenses

There are almost as many restaurants in Vegas as there are casinos. On top of the cooked meals at the delicious fine dining establishments around the Strip, you’ll probably also find yourself enjoying a little bit of room service during your stay. Eating in Vegas can either be cheap or expensive, depending on your tastes, but while you’re there you should certainly treat yourself at least a couple of times to something you won’t find back home.

Plan to throw down at least $20 to $30 per meal.


Spending money

Las Vegas isn’t the cheapest city to travel to, so you’re going to want to make sure you have plenty of expendable cash for seeing the sights and (quite literally) riding the rides. Plan to take at least $100 per day with you for all the little things you could throw your money at.

Spending money

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