Travel on a Shoestring: Four Tips for a Budget Trip to Burlingame

While 15 million people flock to San Francisco every year, its pricey hotel rates can put a dent in the old bank account. Budget travelers are better off skipping a stay in the heart of the city and instead heading to off-the-beaten-path areas for more affordable accommodation.

Just a 20-minute train ride from Frisco and 5 miles from San Francisco International Airport, yet home to a whole host of attractions that make it well worth a visit, beautiful Burlingame is an ideal base for a California getaway.

Savvy travelers use these clever tips to score affordable Burlingame hotels and cheap flights to the area for a magical vacation on a miniscule budget.

Fantastic Flight Deals

With the San Francisco Airport so close, visitors can get from the arrivals terminal to their hotel lobby in just 10 minutes. Over 50 airlines fly nonstop to 31 destinations, and flight connections are available to almost all major cities in the world. Check out Delta and Southwest Airlines for some low-cost Burlingame flights.

Affordable Accommodation

With room rates lower than in San Francisco, you can have the pick of the crop of places to stay. Travelers on a shoestring budget will love the great value rooms found at the Red Roof Inn and the Vagabond Inn Burlingame.

Another option for alternative Burlingame accommodation is Airbnb. Not only can you score a ridiculously cheap room, but an Airbnb stay will allow you to see another side of the city and get some inside travel tips from your host.

Hipmunk compares all available Burlingame hotels, guesthouses, motels, and Airbnb listings to save you time and money.

Cheap Eats

If you’re staying in Burlingame on a Tuesday, then head to the Off the Grid Market held on Carmelita Street. Food trucks line the area and serve up a mouth-watering selection of foods at wallet-friendly prices. For huge burgers and subs check out the much-raved-about Bonne Sante on Broadway. If vegetarian and vegan are more your style, stop by Que SeRaw SeRaw.

You can save some extra cash by booking a room that comes with a kitchenette so you don’t have to eat out for every meal.

Shoestring Sightseeing

Burlingame’s shorefront runs along the San Francisco Peninsula and overlooks the Bay. A great way to kick off your vacation is to head to Coyote Point Park, where you can enjoy a waterside picnic, hike trails, and keep the kids entertained in the children’s play area.

A quirky way to pass a few hours is at Burlingame’s Museum of Pez Memorabilia, which is home to a huge collection of toys as well as the largest Pez dispenser in the world! Those with a need for speed can jump in a gokart at GoKart Racer and whizz their way around one of the three tracks designed for drivers of all ages and abilities.

With a little planning, and the help of Hipmunk, you can enjoy a low-cost trip to Burlingame.

Have you visited Burlingame? Share your money-saving travel tips below.

Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wanderlust. She’s most likely to be found road tripping up the West Coast or sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali.