Travel budget in Australia

Australia: calculate your travel budget

Australia: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Australia for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 61 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1611* (2198 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 104 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 37 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3350* (4550 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 140 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 63 per person
  • $ 30 per person
  • $ 27 per person

Total budget:

$ 5268* (7154 $)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Australia in 2019

Cost of living: Australia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Australia in 2019 is essentially the same as in United States

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Australia in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Australia by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Australia compared to the national average.

Cities /Australia View Details
Sydney 19% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sydney
Bunbury 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bunbury
Albany 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Albany
Buderim 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Buderim
Alice Springs 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Alice Springs
Canberra 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Canberra
Melbourne 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Melbourne
Gold Coast 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gold Coast
Cairns 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cairns
Hobart 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hobart
Perth 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Perth
Darwin 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Darwin
Brisbane (Queensland) 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Brisbane (Queensland)
Hobart (Tasmania) 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hobart (Tasmania)
Adelaide 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Adelaide

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Local prices in Australia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Australia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Australia is 13% more expensive than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 15/person
($ 12 to $ 21)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 30/person
($ 23 to $ 46)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.1/person
($ 7.4 to $ 9.7)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.6
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6 for 500ml
($ 4.4 to $ 7.4)

22% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.4 for 330ml
($ 2.6 to $ 6.7)

41% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 2.9 to $ 3.7)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.4/can
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2/bottle
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Australia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Australia costs 28% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 66/night
($ 58 to $ 66)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 87/night
($ 52 to $ 145)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 121/night
($ 84 to $ 167)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 158/night
($ 96 to $ 254)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 206/night
($ 147 to $ 269)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 499
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 71/month
($ 52 to $ 103)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 150/month
($ 107 to $ 229)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 144/month
($ 94 to $ 229)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 151/month
($ 113 to $ 208)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 217
Family room
Family room
$ 196/month
($ 124 to $ 341)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Australia

On average, the price of supermarket food in Australia costs 15% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.6)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.2/12 eggs
($ 2.3 to $ 4.4)

31% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.9/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 12)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.8/kg
($ 6.7 to $ 10.4)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 3.1/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 4.4)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 3.7)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.8/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 6)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3.7)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.9/salad
($ 1.4 to $ 2.6)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.7
($ 0.7 to $ 3)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 6.7 to $ 20)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Australia

On average, the price of transport in Australia is 11% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.1/ticket
($ 2.3 to $ 3.7)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 112/month
($ 71 to $ 150)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.3
($ 2.6 to $ 4.4)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 34/24hrs
($ 14 to $ 167)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Australia

On average, the cost of housing in Australia is 5% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 150/month
($ 79 to $ 254)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

100% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 55/month
($ 46 to $ 75)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1253/month
($ 817 to $ 1856)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1395
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 964/month
($ 594 to $ 1452)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1106
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2000/month
($ 1188 to $ 2969)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1413/month
($ 901 to $ 2227)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1775
Gym
Gym
$ 49/month
($ 30 to $ 76)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 1315/month
($ 588 to $ 1930)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 962
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 13855/yr
($ 7420 to $ 22100)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18513

Leisure activity budget in Australia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Australia is essentially the same as in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 12 to $ 16)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 7.4 to $ 23)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Australia

On average, shopping budget in Australia is 53% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 23/pack
($ 20 to $ 27)

174% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 72
($ 46 to $ 90)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 46
($ 27 to $ 67)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 100
($ 75 to $ 134)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 104
($ 67 to $ 150)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Sydney
Los Angeles  → Sydney
Los Angeles  → Sydney
$ 1085
(fair price: $ 933)
Manchester → Sydney
Manchester → Sydney
Manchester → Sydney
$ 1180
(fair price: $ 1028)
New York City → Sydney
New York City → Sydney
New York City → Sydney
$ 1350
(fair price: $ 1179)
Dublin → Sydney
Dublin → Sydney
Dublin → Sydney
$ 1330
(fair price: $ 1214)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1157
(fair price: $ 955)
Manchester → Melbourne
Manchester → Melbourne
Manchester → Melbourne
$ 1199
(fair price: $ 1047)
Manchester → Perth
Manchester → Perth
Manchester → Perth
$ 1176
(fair price: $ 1033)
London → Perth
London → Perth
London → Perth
$ 1188
(fair price: $ 1001)
London → Sydney
London → Sydney
London → Sydney
$ 1063
(fair price: $ 881)
London → Melbourne
London → Melbourne
London → Melbourne
$ 1096
(fair price: $ 894)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1223
(fair price: $ 1065)
Los Angeles → Melbourne
Los Angeles  → Melbourne
Los Angeles  → Melbourne
$ 1142
(fair price: $ 973)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
$ 1590
(fair price: $ 1304)
Edinburgh → Sydney
Edinburgh → Sydney
Edinburgh → Sydney
$ 1318
(fair price: $ 1149)
Dublin → Melbourne
Dublin → Melbourne
Dublin → Melbourne
$ 1341
(fair price: $ 1207)
Dublin → Perth
Dublin → Perth
Dublin → Perth
$ 1352
(fair price: $ 1198)
New York City → Melbourne
New York City → Melbourne
New York City → Melbourne
$ 1379
(fair price: $ 1203)
Los Angeles → Brisbane (Queensland)
Los Angeles  → Brisbane (Queensland)
Los Angeles  → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1175
(fair price: $ 1001)
Edinburgh → Perth
Edinburgh → Perth
Edinburgh → Perth
$ 1339
(fair price: $ 1095)
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
$ 1710
(fair price: $ 1315)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1431
(fair price: $ 1266)
Edinburgh → Melbourne
Edinburgh → Melbourne
Edinburgh → Melbourne
$ 1320
(fair price: $ 1127)
Perth → Hobart (Tasmania)
Perth → Hobart (Tasmania)
Perth → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 518
(fair price: $ 461)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1724
(fair price: $ 1311)
Auckland → Perth
Auckland → Perth
Auckland → Perth
$ 709
(fair price: $ 609)
Montreal → Sydney
Montreal → Sydney
Montreal → Sydney
$ 1473
(fair price: $ 1311)
Auckland → Brisbane (Queensland)
Auckland → Brisbane (Queensland)
Auckland → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 385
(fair price: $ 348)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 428
(fair price: $ 379)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1379
(fair price: $ 1158)
Perth → Sydney
Perth → Sydney
Perth → Sydney
$ 443
(fair price: $ 357)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1962
(fair price: $ 1425)
Auckland → Sydney
Auckland → Sydney
Auckland → Sydney
$ 348
(fair price: $ 300)
Auckland → Melbourne
Auckland → Melbourne
Auckland → Melbourne
$ 367
(fair price: $ 324)
Perth → Melbourne
Perth → Melbourne
Perth → Melbourne
$ 418
(fair price: $ 349)
Sydney → Perth
Sydney → Perth
Sydney → Perth
$ 422
(fair price: $ 354)
Sydney → Hobart (Tasmania)
Sydney → Hobart (Tasmania)
Sydney → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 245
(fair price: $ 217)
Los Angeles → Perth
Los Angeles  → Perth
Los Angeles  → Perth
$ 1335
(fair price: $ 1200)
Melbourne → Perth
Melbourne → Perth
Melbourne → Perth
$ 394
(fair price: $ 346)
Melbourne → Hobart (Tasmania)
Melbourne → Hobart (Tasmania)
Melbourne → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 192
(fair price: $ 162)
New York City → Perth
New York City → Perth
New York City → Perth
$ 1577
(fair price: $ 1358)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 249
(fair price: $ 218)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1365
(fair price: $ 1216)
Montreal → Melbourne
Montreal → Melbourne
Montreal → Melbourne
$ 1531
(fair price: $ 1363)
Sydney → Brisbane (Queensland)
Sydney → Brisbane (Queensland)
Sydney → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 186
(fair price: $ 159)
Melbourne → Sydney
Melbourne → Sydney
Melbourne → Sydney
$ 216
(fair price: $ 176)
Sydney → Melbourne
Sydney → Melbourne
Sydney → Melbourne
$ 214
(fair price: $ 175)
Toronto (Ontario) → Perth
Toronto (Ontario) → Perth
Toronto (Ontario) → Perth
$ 1881
(fair price: $ 1463)
Auckland → Hobart (Tasmania)
Auckland → Hobart (Tasmania)
Auckland → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 480
(fair price: $ 437)
Montreal → Brisbane (Queensland)
Montreal → Brisbane (Queensland)
Montreal → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 2179
(fair price: $ 1952)
Los Angeles → Hobart (Tasmania)
Los Angeles  → Hobart (Tasmania)
Los Angeles  → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1274
(fair price: $ 1154)
New York City → Hobart (Tasmania)
New York City → Hobart (Tasmania)
New York City → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1624
(fair price: $ 1488)

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About the information on the cost of living in Australia

The information about the cost of living in Australia shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Australia updated on 11-09-2019.

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