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.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1628* (2212 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 103 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 38 per person
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3365* (4550 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

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

Total budget:

$ 5277* (7140 $)

* 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 2020

Cost of living: Australia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Australia in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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
Buderim 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Buderim
Sydney 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sydney
Bunbury 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bunbury
Canberra 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Canberra
Albany 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Albany
Ballina 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ballina
Melbourne 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Melbourne
Hobart 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hobart
Darwin 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Darwin
Gold Coast 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gold Coast
Perth 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Perth
Brisbane (Queensland) 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Brisbane (Queensland)
Cairns 9% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cairns
Hobart (Tasmania) 14% 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

Australia: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Australia is 13% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 15/person
($ 12 to $ 20)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 30/person
($ 23 to $ 46)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9/person
($ 7.4 to $ 9.7)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6 for 500ml
($ 4.4 to $ 7.4)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.3 for 330ml
($ 2.5 to $ 6)

43% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 3 to $ 3.7)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.5/can
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2/bottle
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

29% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Australia: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Australia costs 29% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 67/night
($ 64 to $ 72)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 85/night
($ 55 to $ 147)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 121/night
($ 91 to $ 171)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 159/night
($ 104 to $ 272)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 205/night
($ 155 to $ 279)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 70/month
($ 52 to $ 101)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 152/month
($ 108 to $ 232)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 144/month
($ 94 to $ 228)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 156/month
($ 118 to $ 211)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 194/month
($ 125 to $ 324)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Australia: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Australia costs 13% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

29% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.2/12 eggs
($ 2.4 to $ 4.4)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.2/kg
($ 5.1 to $ 12)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.9/kg
($ 6.7 to $ 10.4)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 3.2/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 4.4)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 3.7)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3.7)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.9/salad
($ 1.4 to $ 2.6)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.7
($ 0.7 to $ 3)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 7.4 to $ 20)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Australia: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Australia is 12% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.1/ticket
($ 2.3 to $ 3.7)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 113/month
($ 75 to $ 150)

48% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.3
($ 2.6 to $ 4.4)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 34/24hrs
($ 14 to $ 167)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Australia: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Australia is 4% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 153/month
($ 90 to $ 261)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.7)

82% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 55/month
($ 46 to $ 70)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1247/month
($ 817 to $ 1855)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 950/month
($ 594 to $ 1335)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1113
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2032/month
($ 1187 to $ 3062)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2249
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1421/month
($ 900 to $ 2151)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1767
Gym
Gym
$ 49/month
($ 30 to $ 76)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 1332/month
($ 594 to $ 1929)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 12814/yr
($ 7415 to $ 22242)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17212

Australia: Leisure activity budget

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

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 7.4 to $ 27)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Australia: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Australia is 53% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 23/pack
($ 20 to $ 29)

177% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 72
($ 46 to $ 90)

54% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 45
($ 23 to $ 67)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 98
($ 67 to $ 134)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 102
($ 67 to $ 150)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Sydney
Los Angeles  → Sydney
Los Angeles  → Sydney
$ 1136
(fair price: $ 959)
London → Perth
London → Perth
London → Perth
$ 1219
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Sydney
Manchester → Sydney
Manchester → Sydney
$ 1186
(fair price: $ 1038)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1170
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Melbourne
Manchester → Melbourne
Manchester → Melbourne
$ 1209
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Sydney
New York City → Sydney
New York City → Sydney
$ 1366
(fair price: $ 1175)
Manchester → Perth
Manchester → Perth
Manchester → Perth
$ 1181
(fair price: $ 0)
Los Angeles → Melbourne
Los Angeles  → Melbourne
Los Angeles  → Melbourne
$ 1205
(fair price: $ 0)
London → Melbourne
London → Melbourne
London → Melbourne
$ 1082
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1219
(fair price: $ 0)
Dublin → Sydney
Dublin → Sydney
Dublin → Sydney
$ 1338
(fair price: $ 1210)
Dublin → Melbourne
Dublin → Melbourne
Dublin → Melbourne
$ 1338
(fair price: $ 0)
London → Sydney
London → Sydney
London → Sydney
$ 1065
(fair price: $ 893)
Dublin → Perth
Dublin → Perth
Dublin → Perth
$ 1360
(fair price: $ 0)
Edinburgh → Sydney
Edinburgh → Sydney
Edinburgh → Sydney
$ 1326
(fair price: $ 1166)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
$ 1555
(fair price: $ 1293)
Los Angeles → Brisbane (Queensland)
Los Angeles  → Brisbane (Queensland)
Los Angeles  → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1240
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Melbourne
New York City → Melbourne
New York City → Melbourne
$ 1385
(fair price: $ 0)
Edinburgh → Melbourne
Edinburgh → Melbourne
Edinburgh → Melbourne
$ 1334
(fair price: $ 0)
Edinburgh → Perth
Edinburgh → Perth
Edinburgh → Perth
$ 1367
(fair price: $ 0)
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
$ 1642
(fair price: $ 0)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1436
(fair price: $ 0)
Auckland → Perth
Auckland → Perth
Auckland → Perth
$ 715
(fair price: $ 0)
Auckland → Brisbane (Queensland)
Auckland → Brisbane (Queensland)
Auckland → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 374
(fair price: $ 0)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1653
(fair price: $ 0)
Perth → Hobart (Tasmania)
Perth → Hobart (Tasmania)
Perth → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 510
(fair price: $ 452)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
Perth → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 427
(fair price: $ 0)
Perth → Melbourne
Perth → Melbourne
Perth → Melbourne
$ 401
(fair price: $ 0)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1382
(fair price: $ 0)
Auckland → Melbourne
Auckland → Melbourne
Auckland → Melbourne
$ 370
(fair price: $ 0)
Montreal → Sydney
Montreal → Sydney
Montreal → Sydney
$ 1475
(fair price: $ 1284)
Sydney → Perth
Sydney → Perth
Sydney → Perth
$ 394
(fair price: $ 0)
Auckland → Sydney
Auckland → Sydney
Auckland → Sydney
$ 343
(fair price: $ 294)
New York City → Perth
New York City → Perth
New York City → Perth
$ 1514
(fair price: $ 0)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1878
(fair price: $ 0)
Melbourne → Perth
Melbourne → Perth
Melbourne → Perth
$ 380
(fair price: $ 0)
Perth → Sydney
Perth → Sydney
Perth → Sydney
$ 415
(fair price: $ 352)
Los Angeles → Perth
Los Angeles  → Perth
Los Angeles  → Perth
$ 1381
(fair price: $ 0)
Sydney → Hobart (Tasmania)
Sydney → Hobart (Tasmania)
Sydney → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 236
(fair price: $ 213)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
Melbourne → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 247
(fair price: $ 0)
Melbourne → Hobart (Tasmania)
Melbourne → Hobart (Tasmania)
Melbourne → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 180
(fair price: $ 157)
Sydney → Brisbane (Queensland)
Sydney → Brisbane (Queensland)
Sydney → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 174
(fair price: $ 0)
Montreal → Melbourne
Montreal → Melbourne
Montreal → Melbourne
$ 1526
(fair price: $ 0)
Sydney → Melbourne
Sydney → Melbourne
Sydney → Melbourne
$ 190
(fair price: $ 0)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1385
(fair price: $ 1226)
Melbourne → Sydney
Melbourne → Sydney
Melbourne → Sydney
$ 192
(fair price: $ 170)
Toronto (Ontario) → Perth
Toronto (Ontario) → Perth
Toronto (Ontario) → Perth
$ 1832
(fair price: $ 0)
Auckland → Hobart (Tasmania)
Auckland → Hobart (Tasmania)
Auckland → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 484
(fair price: $ 434)
Montreal → Brisbane (Queensland)
Montreal → Brisbane (Queensland)
Montreal → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 2142
(fair price: $ 0)
Los Angeles → Hobart (Tasmania)
Los Angeles  → Hobart (Tasmania)
Los Angeles  → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1287
(fair price: $ 1173)
New York City → Hobart (Tasmania)
New York City → Hobart (Tasmania)
New York City → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1611
(fair price: $ 1459)
Montreal → Perth
Montreal → Perth
Montreal → Perth
$ 2053
(fair price: $ 0)
Manchester → Hobart (Tasmania)
Manchester → Hobart (Tasmania)
Manchester → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1434
(fair price: $ 1280)
Dublin → Hobart (Tasmania)
Dublin → Hobart (Tasmania)
Dublin → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1577
(fair price: $ 1372)

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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 21-01-2020.

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