Brussels travel budget

Brussels: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Brussels

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 65 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 10 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1677* (1414 €)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 106 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 42 per person
  • $ 22 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3600* (3024 €)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 134 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 70 per person
  • $ 43 per person
  • $ 27 per person

Total budget:

$ 5753* (4816 €)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Brussels compared to Belgium in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Brussels in 2020 is 4% higher than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Brussels in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Brussels by expense type

Restaurant budget in Brussels

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Brussels is 14% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 18/person
($ 12 to $ 24)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 36/person
($ 30 to $ 46)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 11/person
($ 9 to $ 12)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.8 for 500ml
($ 3.6 to $ 6)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.3 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 3)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.7/cup
($ 3 to $ 4.4)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 3/can
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

49% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.6/bottle
($ 1.2 to $ 3.6)

57% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Brussels

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Brussels is 25% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 91/night
($ 64 to $ 137)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 94/night
($ 67 to $ 136)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 118/night
($ 82 to $ 170)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 151/night
($ 114 to $ 207)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 212/night
($ 157 to $ 315)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 76/month
($ 54 to $ 100)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 130/month
($ 88 to $ 182)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 180/month
($ 131 to $ 268)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 136/month
($ 93 to $ 186)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 222/month
($ 139 to $ 334)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Supermarket food budget in Brussels

On average, the price of supermarket food in Brussels is 8% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1.7 to $ 2.4)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 3.6)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.3/12 eggs
($ 2 to $ 4.8)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 17/kg
($ 12 to $ 24)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 12/kg
($ 7.2 to $ 15)

27% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.3)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 3.6)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.6)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.6/salad
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 17/kg
($ 12 to $ 22)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Brussels

On average, the price of transport in Brussels is 15% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.5/ticket
($ 1.7 to $ 2.6)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 59/month
($ 59 to $ 60)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.4/km
($ 2.2 to $ 3.3)

27% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.7 to $ 1.9)

115% 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)
$ 3.2
($ 2.9 to $ 4.8)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Car hire
Car hire
$ 34/24hrs
($ 2.4 to $ 196)

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

Budget for living and housing in Brussels

On average, the cost of housing in Brussels is 6% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 146/month
($ 96 to $ 239)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

100% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 55/month
($ 42 to $ 66)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 71
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 995/month
($ 897 to $ 1195)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1438
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 823/month
($ 717 to $ 956)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1146
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1720/month
($ 1434 to $ 2092)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2316
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1351/month
($ 1076 to $ 1793)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1823
Gym
Gym
$ 32/month
($ 24 to $ 60)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 812/month
($ 598 to $ 956)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1002
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 21254/yr
($ 11949 to $ 34652)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17494

Leisure activity budget in Brussels

On average, budget for leisure activities in Brussels is 14% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 12 to $ 15)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 22/hr
($ 15 to $ 30)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Brussels

On average, shopping budget in Brussels is 26% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 8/pack
($ 7.2 to $ 8.4)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 84
($ 48 to $ 114)

75% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 41
($ 30 to $ 72)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 97
($ 72 to $ 120)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 139
($ 84 to $ 192)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Brussels
New York City → Brussels
New York City → Brussels
$ 651
(fair price: $ 523)
Los Angeles → Brussels
Los Angeles  → Brussels
Los Angeles  → Brussels
$ 826
(fair price: $ 677)
Montreal → Brussels
Montreal → Brussels
Montreal → Brussels
$ 801
(fair price: $ 701)
Toronto (Ontario) → Brussels
Toronto (Ontario) → Brussels
Toronto (Ontario) → Brussels
$ 765
(fair price: $ 651)
London → Brussels
London → Brussels
London → Brussels
$ 268
(fair price: $ 202)
Sydney → Brussels
Sydney → Brussels
Sydney → Brussels
$ 1195
(fair price: $ 1063)
Melbourne → Brussels
Melbourne → Brussels
Melbourne → Brussels
$ 1250
(fair price: $ 1094)
Edinburgh → Brussels
Edinburgh → Brussels
Edinburgh → Brussels
$ 147
(fair price: $ 119)
Manchester → Brussels
Manchester → Brussels
Manchester → Brussels
$ 107
(fair price: $ 84)
Dublin → Brussels
Dublin → Brussels
Dublin → Brussels
$ 101
(fair price: $ 84)
Perth → Brussels
Perth → Brussels
Perth → Brussels
$ 1232
(fair price: $ 1040)
Auckland → Brussels
Auckland → Brussels
Auckland → Brussels
$ 1376
(fair price: $ 1177)

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About this information on the cost of living in Brussels

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

The information about the cost of living in Brussels was updated on 24-02-2020.

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