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:

  • $ 93 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2172* (2002 €)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 145 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 50 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 15 per person

Total budget:

$ 4481* (4116 €)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 175 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 83 per person
  • $ 48 per person
  • $ 29 per person

Total budget:

$ 6892* (6328 €)

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



Cost of living in Brussels compared to United States in 2024

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Brussels in 2024 is 10% 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 2024 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Brussels by expense type

Restaurant budget in Brussels

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Brussels is 8% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 22/person
($ 17 to $ 33)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 20
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 44/person
($ 39 to $ 60)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 14/person
($ 11 to $ 17)

19% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5.4 for 500ml
($ 3.3 to $ 7.6)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 6
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.4 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4/cup
($ 3.3 to $ 5.4)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.9/can
($ 2.2 to $ 4.4)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.7/bottle
($ 2.2 to $ 4.4)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Hotel and accommodation budget in Brussels

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Brussels is 23% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 118/night
($ 68 to $ 242)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 129/night
($ 59 to $ 382)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 160
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 161/night
($ 70 to $ 596)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 233
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 190/night
($ 102 to $ 489)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 312
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 245/night
($ 132 to $ 574)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 482
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 129/month
($ 69 to $ 277)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 167
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 193/month
($ 58 to $ 670)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 246
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 200/month
($ 106 to $ 445)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 214
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 152/month
($ 99 to $ 269)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 227
Family room
Family room
$ 266/month
($ 103 to $ 817)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 217

Supermarket food budget in Brussels

On average, the price of supermarket food in Brussels is 17% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1 to $ 3.3)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 2.7/500g
($ 1.5 to $ 4.4)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 2.9/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 5.4)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 4.3/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 6.1)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Chicken
Chicken
$ 13/kg
($ 8.2 to $ 17)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.8)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.4)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.1/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 3.3)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2

Public and private transport budget in Brussels

On average, the price of transport in Brussels is 43% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.7/ticket
($ 2.2 to $ 3.1)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.6/km
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.7 to $ 2.2)

97% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 5.4
($ 5.4 to $ 8.7)

57% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 52/24hrs
($ 30 to $ 79)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 53

Leisure activity budget in Brussels

On average, budget for leisure activities in Brussels is 13% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 15/ticket
($ 14 to $ 21)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 28/hr
($ 22 to $ 33)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 22

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Brussels

On average, shopping budget in Brussels is 34% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 9.5/pack
($ 8.7 to $ 11)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 10
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 101
($ 66 to $ 131)

92% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 53
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 51
($ 28 to $ 88)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Brussels
New York City → Brussels
New York City → Brussels
$ 949
(fair price: $ 704)
Manchester → Brussels
Manchester → Brussels
Manchester → Brussels
$ 75
(fair price: $ 63)
Dublin → Brussels
Dublin → Brussels
Dublin → Brussels
$ 81
(fair price: $ 70)
Montreal → Brussels
Montreal → Brussels
Montreal → Brussels
$ 883
(fair price: $ 758)
Edinburgh → Brussels
Edinburgh → Brussels
Edinburgh → Brussels
$ 106
(fair price: $ 77)
London → Brussels
London → Brussels
London → Brussels
$ 118
(fair price: $ 100)

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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, Skyscanner and Hotels.com.

The information about the cost of living in Brussels was updated on 12-07-2024.

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