Travel budget and cost of living in Australia how much does a trip cost?

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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
  • $ 12 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1590* (2170 $)

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
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 27 per person

Total budget:

$ 5303* (7210 $)

* 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 7% higher than 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 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sydney
Cairns 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cairns
Albany 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Albany
Geelong 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Geelong
Newcastle 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Newcastle
Canberra 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Canberra
Melbourne 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Melbourne
Perth 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Perth
Darwin 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Darwin
Gold Coast 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gold Coast
Brisbane (Queensland) 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Brisbane (Queensland)
Hobart 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hobart
Hobart (Tasmania) 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hobart (Tasmania)
Adelaide 21% 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 17% more expensive than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 15/person
($ 12 to $ 20)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 30/person
($ 23 to $ 42)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.2/person
($ 7.4 to $ 9.7)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6 for 500ml
($ 4.4 to $ 7.4)

40% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.2 for 330ml
($ 2.6 to $ 6.7)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 2.9 to $ 3.7)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.4/can
($ 1.7 to $ 3)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2/bottle
($ 1.6 to $ 2.6)

34% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Australia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Australia costs 31% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 66/night
($ 63 to $ 71)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 55 to $ 161)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 121
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 120/night
($ 85 to $ 180)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 159/night
($ 107 to $ 259)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 207/night
($ 155 to $ 287)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 501
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 71/month
($ 52 to $ 102)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 152/month
($ 107 to $ 236)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 145/month
($ 95 to $ 232)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 152/month
($ 115 to $ 207)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 212
Family room
Family room
$ 175/month
($ 122 to $ 259)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175

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 $ 1.7)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1 to $ 3)

31% 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: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.2/12 eggs
($ 2.3 to $ 4.4)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.7/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 10.4)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.6/kg
($ 6 to $ 10.4)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 3.1/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 3.7)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 3.7)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.7)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.9/salad
($ 1.6 to $ 2.6)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 0.5 to $ 2.3)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 6 to $ 18)

8% 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 12% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3/ticket
($ 2.3 to $ 3.7)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 112/month
($ 72 to $ 150)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 2.6 to $ 4.4)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 34/24hrs
($ 15 to $ 133)

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 essentially the same as in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 149/month
($ 79 to $ 250)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 57/month
($ 46 to $ 76)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1249/month
($ 811 to $ 1863)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 950/month
($ 597 to $ 1341)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1989/month
($ 1193 to $ 3203)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1383/month
($ 894 to $ 2131)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 48/month
($ 30 to $ 76)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 1286/month
($ 597 to $ 1863)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 13983/yr
($ 7448 to $ 21597)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

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
($ 11 to $ 15)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 7.4 to $ 23)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Australia

On average, shopping budget in Australia is 62% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 23/pack
($ 20 to $ 27)

200% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 73
($ 46 to $ 94)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 47
($ 27 to $ 69)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 100
($ 75 to $ 136)

26% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 104
($ 69 to $ 150)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Sydney
Los Angeles  → Sydney
Los Angeles  → Sydney
$ 1028
(fair price: $ 868)
Dublin → Sydney
Dublin → Sydney
Dublin → Sydney
$ 1316
(fair price: $ 1205)
New York City → Sydney
New York City → Sydney
New York City → Sydney
$ 1307
(fair price: $ 1133)
Manchester → Sydney
Manchester → Sydney
Manchester → Sydney
$ 1198
(fair price: $ 1038)
London → Sydney
London → Sydney
London → Sydney
$ 1117
(fair price: $ 921)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
Toronto (Ontario) → Sydney
$ 1568
(fair price: $ 1237)
Edinburgh → Sydney
Edinburgh → Sydney
Edinburgh → Sydney
$ 1345
(fair price: $ 1171)
Montreal → Sydney
Montreal → Sydney
Montreal → Sydney
$ 1437
(fair price: $ 1268)
Los Angeles → Melbourne
Los Angeles  → Melbourne
Los Angeles  → Melbourne
$ 1058
(fair price: $ 900)
Manchester → Melbourne
Manchester → Melbourne
Manchester → Melbourne
$ 1160
(fair price: $ 1038)
Manchester → Perth
Manchester → Perth
Manchester → Perth
$ 1168
(fair price: $ 1022)
Dublin → Melbourne
Dublin → Melbourne
Dublin → Melbourne
$ 1310
(fair price: $ 1203)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
Manchester → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1175
(fair price: $ 1052)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
London → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1132
(fair price: $ 956)
Dublin → Perth
Dublin → Perth
Dublin → Perth
$ 1327
(fair price: $ 1179)
New York City → Melbourne
New York City → Melbourne
New York City → Melbourne
$ 1371
(fair price: $ 1169)
London → Melbourne
London → Melbourne
London → Melbourne
$ 1119
(fair price: $ 936)
Los Angeles → Brisbane (Queensland)
Los Angeles  → Brisbane (Queensland)
Los Angeles  → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1052
(fair price: $ 901)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
Dublin → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1415
(fair price: $ 1255)
London → Perth
London → Perth
London → Perth
$ 1218
(fair price: $ 1011)
Edinburgh → Perth
Edinburgh → Perth
Edinburgh → Perth
$ 1305
(fair price: $ 1105)
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
Toronto (Ontario) → Melbourne
$ 1753
(fair price: $ 1268)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
London → Hobart (Tasmania)
$ 1354
(fair price: $ 1213)
Edinburgh → Melbourne
Edinburgh → Melbourne
Edinburgh → Melbourne
$ 1312
(fair price: $ 1134)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
New York City → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1740
(fair price: $ 1281)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
Edinburgh → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 1363
(fair price: $ 1186)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brisbane (Queensland)
$ 2168
(fair price: $ 1414)

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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 13-05-2019.

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