Cost estimates for your Sturgis Rally vacation

If you're heading to Sturgis for the Black Hills Rally and running in Sturgis South Dakota, you might be wondering how much your trip to the Black Hills will cost? As with any holiday, it is always best to have a budget and plan your trip based on your budget. So with that in mind here are some estimates of typical costs associated with a vacation to Sturgis South Dakota for the Bike Rally.

Accommodation or camping:

Hotels in and around Sturgis can be very hard to find during Rally Week. If you can find a hotel room, you can expect to pay almost $ 300- $ 400 a night. Night for a Super 8 room. If you are camping, you usually reserve a spot that will cover you for 15 days, giving time before and after the Sturgis rally. This can range from $ 100- $ 175 per Motorhome using a tent site. If you have an RV, expect a $ 400 fee for 30 Amp or $ 450 for 50 Amp service. Many campsites also charge a fee per night. Motorhome on top of this, then add that $ 100- $ 175 again. You can rent a house for about $ 2500.00, which may work for groups of riders.


Of course, as you ride a motorcycle, you will consume a fair amount of gasoline. Typically, you get about 25 miles per gallon, so to figure out that your gasoline costs look at it as $ 12 per 100 miles. Take your distance to and from Sturgis, then look at the riding you do daily. When touring around the Black Hills, I usually drive about 300 miles a day. So for me 1200 miles to travel to and from Sturgis and 900 miles touring gives me a fuel cost of $ 252.00. Of course, if you are trailering your motorcycle, you need to adjust your cost for the MPG that your truck or car or RV gets.


Much of the food you eat is fast in nature. You eat a lot of fair-type foods and food in the dining room. It would be reasonable to estimate $ 15- $ 30 per day for food (not including alcohol) depending on where you like to eat.


If you like to party, you can expect to spend a lot on alcohol. Just like a concert or football game, if you buy beer at a bar or campground concerts, you can expect to pay $ 6- $ 7 per beer + tip. So how much do you drink? Grab this number of beers and go for $ 7 to get your estimate. You can save money on some campsites by storing a cheap cooler and ice cream and buying beer by the case.

Total travel costs for Sturgis:

So for a couple of riders on a 5 day trip from the Midwest here are the cost estimates I have figured. Tent camping around Sturgis $ 300.00. Fuel for both drivers $ 500.00. Food for $ 50 a night Day for the couple $ 250 and three days partying $ 180.00. I did not include souvenirs, but from my numbers this trip for two riders would run about $ 1230.00. I would recommend just bringing $ 1500 and you would be covered. As you can see, Sturgis is a very economical vacation, but it has a lot of cost variables that will affect the total cost of your vacation to the Sturgis Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota.