What?! Less than $650 for 7 days in Seattle, Washington? If you’re like me, you might be freaking out. It’s been a week, and I still am.
It’s possible that you won’t be able to find the same deals I did, but then again, these budget tips might work miracles for you as well! So let me break it down for ya. 🙂
Flight: $116.20 round trip ($59 to/from) I used Virgin America and booked approximately 3 months in advance. Booking 2-3 months in advance will definitely save you a couple hundred bucks. A friend of mine flew to Seattle as well, spending a few hundred (and she booked only a month in advance).
Lodging: $126 for 6 nights, 7 days ($36/night split for two people) We used Air B&B to find a cute house in West Seattle with a quiet couple. An average private hostel alone is around $75 or $15 dorm shared.
Transportation: $20 The best way to get around in Seattle is by Metro! I spent $1.50 youth price (age 6-18) for each time I rode and Jordan $2.00 for adult price. Here’s why their bus system is so great: 1) it’s cheap 2) the tickets are transferrable as long as you hop onto another Metro bus 3) the tickets are valid for 3 hours 4) there are typically 2 buses that go the same direction, so if you miss one, you won’t need to wait much longer to catch the second bus 5) they’re everywhere, and I mean everywhere.
Entertainment: $70 for the Seattle CityPass available online. By doing this, you can save up to 49% on Seattle’s Top 5 Attractions. (Another budget tip, courtesy of Jordan’s brains: you get the option to see EMP or Woodland Park. Opt for EMP and pay the reduced CityPass entrance fee to the park additionally!) During our time in Seattle, Jordan and I also got to enjoy non-touristy activities for free, including attending a University Washington v. Cal Berkley basketball game. Just Google it! We spent an additional $65 to enjoy activities we would discover while in Seattle including the Great Wheel, a comedy show, and some tours.
Food: $85 As an avid food lover, I knew this would be the most difficult part of my budget. But Jordan and I made it work. What really helped was purchasing food at market on Sunday for the week ahead. This means grilled cheese sandwiches for five days straight. And each day, it tasted better than before. However, we did splurge at Ma’Ono for Valentine’s Day, but the cost is included the cumulative $75. Another note: Buy produce at Pike Market! It’s cheaper than you think it would be (at least cheaper than the farmer’s market, we found out.)
Do you have any budget tips for Seattle or any other location?! Let me know because ya know me, I love a good sale. 😉