For those who want to experience the fairy-tale vineyards and some of the best wines in the country with a minimum budget, this Napa itinerary and our money-saving tips will make this trip available to even the most frugal travelers.


Getting There

Fortunately, I live a short drive from Napa Valley, so the $ 60 in gas I used to get to Napa and back home – divided by 4 people – resulted in a shocking round trip of $ 15 per person. Obviously, this will not be the case for everyone; those who live out of state will probably need to fly.

If you are smart in booking your flights, you can find really reasonable airfare prices. I always suggest checking KAYAK first; Remember to include the small airports of Santa Rosa and Napa County in your flight searches, as well as Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland.

The two cheapest airlines in the US UU., Allegiant Air and Frontier, fly to Oakland / San Francisco from all over the country. Depending on where you fly and how flexible your dates are, you can find round-trip flights for less than $ 150 or even $ 100!

If you find a cheap flight directly to the Napa County Airport, you will have to take a taxi to Napa since the airport does not allow Lyft or Uber to pick up passengers at the airport facilities.

Fly to one of the peripheral airports? From San Francisco (SFO) you will want to rent a car; Public transportation includes multiple transfers, and with a group of multiple people, cost savings will be minimal in relation to the nuisance of BART and buses. From Sacramento, Santa Rosa or Oakland, you’ll want to take a Lyft. Lyft is cheaper than Uber, and a one-way trip from any of these three airports to downtown Napa should cost between $ 70 and $ 80.


Skip the cheese plates in the cellars, they will surely break the bank and leave you hungry 20 minutes later. My favorite gastronomic experience was to have a picnic at the V. Sattui winery, minutes from Mumm! Once inside, take a number (the lines can be long) and choose from the variety of prepared pastas, salads and main courses. Take your food outside and enjoy your lunch on the lawn! Oxbow Public Market is another great stop, with many different food vendors.

Because Napa is a well-known tourist destination, local restaurants typically charge up to twice the standard price of food. You can find cheap meals in Napa, like the real Italian! – at Clemente’s at Val’s, quality Mexican food at the Tacos el Muchacho food truck, delicious breakfasts and Greek dishes at the Small World restaurant, or tapas at ZuZu. Make sure to stop at Gott’s for a variety of high quality burgers to dine on your last night!

Getting Around

In Napa, Lyft will be your best friend. As I mentioned earlier, Lyft is consistently cheaper than Uber; It is also more economical than having a driver to serve you at each warehouse stop you make. My friends and I found the Lyft drivers in Napa exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about the area, giving us advice on the best places to eat and try. This is, by far, the easiest (and most economical!) Way to move.

Napa is also known for its abundant wine tours, but these are as expensive (if not more so) than getting a driver!

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