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

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Travel budget in California

California: calculate your travel budget

California: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 104 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2114*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 192 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 40 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 4710*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 300 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 73 per person
  • $ 33 per person
  • $ 33 per person

Total budget:

$ 8033*

* 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 California in 2019

Cost of living: California VS United States

On average, the cost of living in California in 2019 is 18% higher than in United States.

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

Cost of living in California by city

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

Cities /California View Details
San Francisco 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Francisco
Santa Monica 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Monica
San Jose 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Jose
Los Angeles 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Los Angeles
Santa Barbara 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Barbara
Hollywood 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hollywood
San Diego 9% lessTravel budget and cost of living in San Diego
Palm Springs 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Palm Springs

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Local prices in California by expense type

Restaurant budget in California

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in California is 21% more expensive than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 17/person
($ 12 to $ 22)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 39/person
($ 28 to $ 46)

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8/person
($ 6.3 to $ 10.6)

9% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6.3 for 500ml
($ 4.3 to $ 8.5)

52% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.8/cup
($ 3.7 to $ 5.6)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.5/can
($ 1.6 to $ 3.5)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.9/bottle
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

22% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in California

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in California is 31% more expensive than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 118/night
($ 91 to $ 146)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 155/night
($ 104 to $ 214)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 230/night
($ 169 to $ 300)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 370/night
($ 265 to $ 531)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 664/night
($ 463 to $ 869)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 127/month
($ 101 to $ 161)

6% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 245/month
($ 171 to $ 355)

51% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 232/month
($ 144 to $ 366)

40% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 281/month
($ 207 to $ 403)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 250/month
($ 156 to $ 423)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in California

On average, the price of supermarket food in California is 9% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 3.3/500g
($ 2.4 to $ 4.5)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 4.2/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.5/12 eggs
($ 2.5 to $ 4.8)

45% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 12/kg
($ 7 to $ 20)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 12/kg
($ 6.2 to $ 20)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.8/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.3/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 7)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.7/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 7)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 5.9)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1.3/salad
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 14/kg
($ 7 to $ 22)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in California

On average, the price of transport in California is 12% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.9/ticket
($ 1.9 to $ 1.9)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.2
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 108/month
($ 108 to $ 118)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.8/km
($ 1.6 to $ 3.5)

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

40% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.5
($ 3 to $ 5.4)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 41/24hrs
($ 20 to $ 141)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in California

On average, the cost of housing in California is 39% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 155/month
($ 87 to $ 228)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 65/month
($ 49 to $ 87)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 2336/month
($ 1810 to $ 2933)

72% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1360
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1771/month
($ 1384 to $ 2130)

66% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1072
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 4140/month
($ 3193 to $ 6386)

88% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2205
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 3059/month
($ 2555 to $ 4150)

78% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1719
Gym
Gym
$ 44/month
($ 33 to $ 65)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 1191/month
($ 852 to $ 1597)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 937
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 23173/yr
($ 15962 to $ 28730)

28% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18108

Leisure activity budget in California

On average, budget for leisure activities in California is 4% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 17/ticket
($ 14 to $ 20)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 14/hr
($ 5.4 to $ 22)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in California

On average, shopping budget in California is 12% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 9.6/pack
($ 7.5 to $ 10.6)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 53
($ 39 to $ 73)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 36
($ 22 to $ 54)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 84
($ 65 to $ 108)

6% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 115
($ 81 to $ 161)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

Dublin → Los Angeles
Dublin → Los Angeles
Dublin → Los Angeles
$ 679
(fair price: $ 592)
Manchester → Los Angeles
Manchester → Los Angeles
Manchester → Los Angeles
$ 686
(fair price: $ 568)
Manchester → San Francisco
Manchester → San Francisco
Manchester → San Francisco
$ 689
(fair price: $ 574)
Dublin → San Francisco
Dublin → San Francisco
Dublin → San Francisco
$ 713
(fair price: $ 594)
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
$ 702
(fair price: $ 596)
Edinburgh → San Francisco
Edinburgh → San Francisco
Edinburgh → San Francisco
$ 750
(fair price: $ 615)
Montreal → Los Angeles
Montreal → Los Angeles
Montreal → Los Angeles
$ 498
(fair price: $ 408)
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
$ 395
(fair price: $ 333)
Montreal → San Francisco
Montreal → San Francisco
Montreal → San Francisco
$ 543
(fair price: $ 459)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
$ 513
(fair price: $ 429)
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
$ 374
(fair price: $ 314)
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
$ 611
(fair price: $ 493)
Perth → Los Angeles
Perth → Los Angeles
Perth → Los Angeles
$ 1152
(fair price: $ 1023)
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
$ 358
(fair price: $ 305)
Auckland → Los Angeles
Auckland → Los Angeles
Auckland → Los Angeles
$ 1030
(fair price: $ 874)
Los Angeles → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
$ 155
(fair price: $ 140)
Melbourne → Los Angeles
Melbourne → Los Angeles
Melbourne → Los Angeles
$ 1041
(fair price: $ 892)
Sydney → Los Angeles
Sydney → Los Angeles
Sydney → Los Angeles
$ 984
(fair price: $ 866)
Sydney → San Francisco
Sydney → San Francisco
Sydney → San Francisco
$ 1034
(fair price: $ 906)
Melbourne → San Francisco
Melbourne → San Francisco
Melbourne → San Francisco
$ 1140
(fair price: $ 928)
Perth → San Francisco
Perth → San Francisco
Perth → San Francisco
$ 1336
(fair price: $ 1101)
Auckland → San Francisco
Auckland → San Francisco
Auckland → San Francisco
$ 1244
(fair price: $ 999)
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
$ 621
(fair price: $ 543)
Edinburgh → New York City
Edinburgh → New York City
Edinburgh → New York City
$ 688
(fair price: $ 554)
Dublin → Miami (Florida)
Dublin → Miami (Florida)
Dublin → Miami (Florida)
$ 658
(fair price: $ 576)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
$ 769
(fair price: $ 567)
London → Washington D. C.
London → Washington D. C.
London → Washington D. C.
$ 774
(fair price: $ 630)
Manchester → Washington D. C.
Manchester → Washington D. C.
Manchester → Washington D. C.
$ 803
(fair price: $ 645)
Dublin → Washington D. C.
Dublin → Washington D. C.
Dublin → Washington D. C.
$ 586
(fair price: $ 498)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
$ 702
(fair price: $ 598)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
$ 458
(fair price: $ 382)
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
$ 780
(fair price: $ 654)
Los Angeles → Miami (Florida)
Los Angeles  → Miami (Florida)
Los Angeles  → Miami (Florida)
$ 476
(fair price: $ 397)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 331
(fair price: $ 263)
Montreal → Miami (Florida)
Montreal → Miami (Florida)
Montreal → Miami (Florida)
$ 505
(fair price: $ 421)
Los Angeles → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
$ 379
(fair price: $ 329)
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
$ 441
(fair price: $ 402)
Perth → New York City
Perth → New York City
Perth → New York City
$ 1384
(fair price: $ 1238)
Sydney → New York City
Sydney → New York City
Sydney → New York City
$ 1157
(fair price: $ 1036)
Melbourne → New York City
Melbourne → New York City
Melbourne → New York City
$ 1274
(fair price: $ 1121)
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 611
(fair price: $ 493)
Montreal → New York City
Montreal → New York City
Montreal → New York City
$ 238
(fair price: $ 217)
Montreal → Washington D. C.
Montreal → Washington D. C.
Montreal → Washington D. C.
$ 347
(fair price: $ 315)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
$ 646
(fair price: $ 515)
New York City → Washington D. C.
New York City → Washington D. C.
New York City → Washington D. C.
$ 314
(fair price: $ 180)
Auckland → New York City
Auckland → New York City
Auckland → New York City
$ 1481
(fair price: $ 1256)
Los Angeles → Washington D. C.
Los Angeles  → Washington D. C.
Los Angeles  → Washington D. C.
$ 396
(fair price: $ 345)
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
$ 265
(fair price: $ 242)
Sydney → Miami (Florida)
Sydney → Miami (Florida)
Sydney → Miami (Florida)
$ 1608
(fair price: $ 1324)
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
$ 235
(fair price: $ 214)
London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 469
(fair price: $ 429)
Sydney → Washington D. C.
Sydney → Washington D. C.
Sydney → Washington D. C.
$ 1401
(fair price: $ 1224)
Melbourne → Miami (Florida)
Melbourne → Miami (Florida)
Melbourne → Miami (Florida)
$ 1936
(fair price: $ 1605)
Melbourne → Washington D. C.
Melbourne → Washington D. C.
Melbourne → Washington D. C.
$ 1442
(fair price: $ 1244)

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About the information on the cost of living in California

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

Information about cost of living in California updated on 17-12-2017.

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