How to Visit Rochester On A Budget?


Rochester is one of the most up-and-coming cities in New York State and offers everything from business opportunities to sporting events.

Lake Ontario brings countless tourists to this scenic bay city, effectively making Rochester one of the most unique areas to visit in New York with its wealth of culture and natural beauty. While the artistic community and stunning setting might seem expensive to visit, there are many great hotels in Rochester NY, including the Rochester Riverside, that could actually make it an affordable trip.

So, whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, and whatever the motive, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ways to keep to a budget whilst visiting Rochester New York.

Create a daily budget

daily budgetNY travelers might find it hard to work on a shoestring budget. That’s why creating a daily budget for yourself is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re not breaking the bank.

Use different apps to help you budget or create a spreadsheet to monitor your spending habits. Of course, even with a spreadsheet or app, you have to practice self-control to avoid overspending.

Sure, that novelty tourist shop might look enticing, but do you really need that “I heart Rochester T-Shirt?”

Plan what meals you’ll eat out

daily meal planOne of the most difficult aspects of vacationing on a budget is the mouthwatering temptations of the local cuisine. But, being strict with the food you buy out and the meals you rustle up yourself is all part of the fun of traveling on a budget! It gives you the chance to get creative.

Luckily, with the Riverside Hotel Restaurant Rochester on-site, you needn’t travel far to find great meals out.

Walk when possible

girl walkingIt might not be possible all the time – weather and mobility dependent – you should always try to travel by foot.

Not only does this save you money on public transport and keep you emission-free, but it also gives you the chance to explore the lesser trod areas of the city and the parts you wouldn’t see from the window of a bus or from the back of a cab.

Or rent a bike

riding bikeRochester is well-known for being particularly cycle-friendly. With relatively flat ground and beautiful cycling trails across the city, cycling in Rochester is one of the easiest ways to soak up the breathtaking landscape. J

ust make sure you take note of signs and safety tips for Rochester!

Take out money instead of using your card

spending moneyThis leads back to our point about budgeting. Not only will having a finite amount of physical money help keep to your daily budget, but bank transfers using foreign ATM’s can rack up a jaw-dropping amount of exchange fees if you’re traveling from a different country.

Consider exchanging your money in advance, and make sure you shop around for the best exchange rates.

Book your hotel in advance

booking hotel

Booking your room at the Rochester Riverside in advance will help you find the best rooms for the best prices. Consider booking off-season and enjoy Rochester away from the tourist crowd.

Live like a local

If you’re looking for the best deals and cheaper bars and restaurants, take a tip from the locals. The entertainment, bars and restaurants found off the beaten track will save you money and might also give a peak into the city you wouldn’t otherwise have seen.