Taking a road trip instead of flying sounds like it could save you a lot of money, especially if you’re traveling as a family or with a group of friends. But this isn’t always the case, especially when considering the challenges facing the travel industry today. One notable cost difference to consider is the huge surge in rental car prices in 2021.
According to AAA, rental car prices doubled over the summer compared to the previous year. And in some cities, prices jumped at an even higher rate. Before you plan any travel for the holiday season and beyond, take a look at where you’re headed and what the true costs may be. For a road trip, you might be surprised by unexpected price increases.
To help you plan, we decided to find the most expensive cities for road trips. We looked at the 50 most populous cities in the U.S. and analyzed three specific data points:
- Average gas price (as of October 15, 2021; national average was $2.99)
- Average cost of a rental car for one week
- Number of toll roads in the state
Explore these pricey cities that could cost you more both on the way and once you get there.