Attention: Olympic fanatics! Are you headed to Sochi? We have to ask: Tickets are selling very, very slowly. But that hasn’t stopped the host city's hotel prices from doubling. And airfare — well, that may match a month’s rent.
Here’s a rundown of what this year’s Winter Games will cost you:
Let’s start with the cheapest charges. About two weeks before festivities start, tickets are still available for every event. Even the nosebleed seats! Why? Perhaps it’s because the U.S. State Department has released an official terrorism warning (and several athletes are telling their families to stay home). Or because some people are boycotting the priciest Olympics yet over Russia’s “anti-propaganda” laws.
Regardless, you can catch speedskating for $30, snowboarding for $60, luge for $70 and — if you’re willing to splurge for a primetime event — figure skating for $130. Prices range from $20 to $700, depending on the seats. Tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies peak at $1,500.
Visitors should expect to pay about $223 per night at the height of the Games — a 144-percent increase on the average price of $92, the Telegraph reported. That’s more than the stay typically cost in London during the 2012 Olympics. But Sochi is smaller than previous host cities. Hotels book up faster, according to price-compare site Trivago. And hoteliers are less likely to drop rates to fill leftover rooms.
On a budget? Despite complaints over a lack of snow, it’s probably still too cold for your sleeping bag. Sorry! Hostels, however, tend to hover well below the average hotel rate. You can book a shared room in Sochi for less than $100, if you move swiftly. Websites like Airbnb could offer a couch in someone’s living room for about $60 per night. Dig around: There are plenty of cost-friendly options.
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If you’ve read this far, chances are you didn’t book a plane ticket months in advance. Fear not! We started with FareCompare.com — which allows you to search Expedia and other major travel websites simultaneously — and found the cost to fly to Sochi roundtrip during the Games from New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta or Miami bounces between $1,500 and $4,000. Good time to cash in those reward miles?