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:

  • $ 113 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2256*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 196 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 46 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 16 per person

Total budget:

$ 4870*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 302 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 82 per person
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 31 per person

Total budget:

$ 8196*

* 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 2021

Cost of living: California VS United States

On average, the cost of living in California in 2021 is 15% higher than 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 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
Santa Monica 29% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Monica
San Jose 29% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Jose
San Luis Obispo 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Luis Obispo
San Francisco 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Francisco
Temecula 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Temecula
San Bernardino 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Bernardino
San Diego 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Diego
Los Angeles 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Los Angeles
Palm Springs 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Palm Springs

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Local prices in California by expense type

California: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in California is 23% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 21/person
($ 13 to $ 34)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 41/person
($ 27 to $ 61)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9.1/person
($ 8.1 to $ 10.2)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 7 for 500ml
($ 5 to $ 10.2)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 4.1)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.9/cup
($ 3 to $ 6.1)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.4/can
($ 1.7 to $ 4.1)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.3/bottle
($ 2 to $ 3.6)

43% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

California: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in California is 31% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 127/night
($ 100 to $ 167)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 158/night
($ 109 to $ 225)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 235/night
($ 175 to $ 315)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 370/night
($ 275 to $ 504)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 609/night
($ 456 to $ 803)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 137/month
($ 113 to $ 169)

12% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 250/month
($ 177 to $ 352)

49% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 232/month
($ 146 to $ 353)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 291/month
($ 216 to $ 392)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 249/month
($ 163 to $ 382)

43% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

California: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in California is 14% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 3.3/500g
($ 2.3 to $ 5.6)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 4.8/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 10.2)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.5/12 eggs
($ 2 to $ 5)

48% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 13/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 18)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 3.8/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 6.7)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.9/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 6.7)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.6/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 5.6)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.8
($ 0.7 to $ 3)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

California: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in California is 6% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.8/ticket
($ 1.8 to $ 3)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 1.7 to $ 2.5)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

54% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.9
($ 2.9 to $ 5)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 41/24hrs
($ 20 to $ 143)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

California: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in California costs 5% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 16/ticket
($ 14 to $ 21)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 10.2/hr
($ 10.2 to $ 20)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

California: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in California is 22% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 10.2/pack
($ 9.1 to $ 13)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 54
($ 29 to $ 87)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 45
($ 27 to $ 77)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
$ 269
(fair price: $ 216)
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
$ 569
(fair price: $ 502)
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
$ 536
(fair price: $ 465)
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
$ 299
(fair price: $ 247)
Manchester → Los Angeles
Manchester → Los Angeles
Manchester → Los Angeles
$ 673
(fair price: $ 575)
Los Angeles → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
$ 125
(fair price: $ 102)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 194
(fair price: $ 132)
London → Las Vegas
London → Las Vegas
London → Las Vegas
$ 729
(fair price: $ 612)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
$ 511
(fair price: $ 432)
New York City → Las Vegas
New York City → Las Vegas
New York City → Las Vegas
$ 277
(fair price: $ 194)
London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 414
(fair price: $ 376)
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 556
(fair price: $ 464)


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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