How much does skydiving cost? It’s a good question with no definitive answer. But as this guide to tandem skydive prices worldwide proves, it doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive.
A tandem skydive is jumping out of a plane attached to an instructor. Now while you may want to pay as little as possible, this is not a sport you want to be cutting corners. You want everything to be as safe as possible.
So, where are the cheapest places to skydive? And does travelling to a specific part of the world offer big savings?
The answer is that it varies. Interestingly there are a similar range of prices in most regions around the world. But certainly, some countries are cheaper than others.
Here’s a breakdown of low and high costs by continent. Plus, some average tandem skydive prices worldwide. Prices are from the global database www.dropzone.com and are correct as of April 2020.
Of course, if jumping away from your home you’ll also have to factor in your travel and accommodation. So, it’s a question of balancing skydive costs with other expenses.
In addition to the above, our research shows that tandem skydive prices worldwide tend to fall into three price brackets. So below we’ve included budget options, mid-range prices and top end skydiving experiences.
Below £200 (€218/$240)
Just because you’re slumming it around the world with a backpack, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy skydiving. There are places all over the world where you can tandem jump on the cheap.
In Europe, Italy is the cheapest place to go with some tandem jumps costing as little as £135 (€150/$170). Spain is also affordable at an average of around £150 (€165/$180).
If you’re in North America, then the cheapest dropzones can be found in Ohio and Florida. Here you can pay as little at £83 (€91/$99) – although these appear to be special deals. But there are many US dropzones where a tandem skydive costs £150 (€165/$180) or less.
But South America and Africa offer the cheapest tandem skydives worldwide. In Brazil you can pay as little as £45 (€51/$55) and in Argentina around £60. South Africa also costs around £60 per tandem jump.
From £200 (€218/$240) to £300 (€327/$360)
Mid-range prices are considered those above £200 but below £300. This is around the average price for tandem skydives globally. It is roughly what you will pay in the many UK tandem skydive destinations.
Most dropzones in Australia also charge in this range. North Wollongong Beach just outside Sydney making a thrilling jump for first timers. But there are quite a few other great places to tandem skydive in Australia.
If you want to skydive in the US premium jumps tend to fall in this range. For example, Grand Canyon jumps in Colorado will set you back around £250 as does a jump in Alaska. But both are worth the extra, for the incredible views.
New Zealand offers similarly priced jumps, with the Fox Glacier being a favourite amongst those in the know. Zambia in Africa offers mid-range jumps out over the stunning Victoria Falls, so it is worth paying that little bit extra.
Priced £300 and above
Top end options start at around £300 and go up from there. If money is no object, then you can jump at unique global locations.
You can skydive at Pokhara, in view of Mount Everest in Nepal. There are just four jump opportunities per year. And it will cost you upwards of $14,000 for the privilege.
Prices in Switzerland are usually over £300 but then everything is more expensive there. Check out this guide to skydiving in Interlaken where you can jump from a helicopter.
So, how much does skydiving cost? As you can see from this guide to tandem skydive prices worldwide, prices vary a great deal.
In general, you should expect to pay around £200 (€218/$240) to £300 (€327/$360). So once you factor in travel and accommodation the best value option is usually to skydive close to home.
Skydiving may be expensive. But it is well worth it!
We hope you found this guide to the cost of tandem skydives useful. Check out this article about the cost of skydiving as a hobby if you’d like to take it up more seriously.