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1. Posted by freemee (Budding Member 46 posts) 8y

freemee has indicated that this thread is about USA

I know this is very early days but... we will be landing in LA early Aug 2010 and then going to San Fran on the last leg of our RTW trip.

Atm im trying to get a rough budget per country. So heres my question....

How much would you budget for Bed, Food and Transport in LA for 2 nights and 3 days?

How much would you budget for Bed, Food and Transport in San Fran for 3 nights and 4 days?

Also what would be the cheapest way of getting from LA - San Fran? Hire a car? Bus? or Train?

Not the most exciting topic i know but it would help me alot to know what sorta money im looking at spending there.

Thanks Peeps

2. Posted by Matt Bos (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

Hey, I got a notification about the start of this thread and I'm on the east coast - Boston. I don't know if I can really assist you with specifics as a local might, but in terms of transportation, i would think throughout the country transport prices probably don't vary too much.
I am planning a 12 month long stay in Sydney and have done some research on transport.

I recommend emailing/calling Car rental companies (Enterprise Car Rental, Budget Car Rental, Thrifty) and getting quotes.

Also, call Amtrak or other local train transportation companies that run from LA to San Fran

Lastly, call/email bus companies such as Grey Hound or Peter Pan or other local companies.

I recommend calling from Skype (faster than email). I use Skype to call Australia all the time.

Hope this helps a bit

3. Posted by freemee (Budding Member 46 posts) 8y

Thanks for the name dropping... i had already got a quote for car hire for 1 day from LA-San Fran at £18, was just wondering what my other options were..

Not on subject but if you gonna be in Oz for a year i would highly reccoment going West for a bit... just my opinion.

Also how are you getting a year visa? i didnt think that Americans could?

4. Posted by jeantyc (Budding Member 71 posts) 8y

The summer is a very popular time to go to California, especially San Fran therefore airfare will be higher than usual; I guess for the trip $2000 and I would rent a car provided the price of gas does not go up again

5. Posted by freemee (Budding Member 46 posts) 8y

sorry i prob shoulda made myself clearer about the transport part... i have a Round The World ticket and so this is not a problem. its more like cabs, buses and general around the city transport.


6. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 8y

A rental car in LA is a must. You can't get anywhere in LA without a car. A rental car in San Francisco is a complete waste of money. You can't get anywhere in SF with a car!

Lodging in SF can be a bit pricey. Check out for a fun, reasonably-priced room in the famous Haight-Ashbury district. My 18-year old daughter and her boyfriend stayed there and loved it. Get a 3-day Travel Passport in San Francisco. That gives you unlimited public transportation within the city for about $18 per person ( The Red Vic includes breakfast and I'd budget about $25 per person per day for lunches and dinner if you are frugal. Check out the small neighborhood ethnic restaurants and you should be able to eat well on that amount.

Have fun!

7. Posted by freemee (Budding Member 46 posts) 8y

Thanks alot for the links... very helpful... i have now got a rough budget now i know more info... thanks alot.. only another 3 countries to budget for!!