San Francisco travel budget

San Francisco: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to San Francisco

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 133 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2789*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 229 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 49 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 5665*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 323 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 85 per person
  • $ 45 per person
  • $ 33 per person

Total budget:

$ 9029*

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


Cost of living in San Francisco compared to California in 2021

On average, the cost of living in San Francisco in 2021 is 44% 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 San Francisco in 2021 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in San Francisco by expense type

Restaurant budget in San Francisco

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in San Francisco is 34% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 21/person
($ 13 to $ 33)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 44/person
($ 33 to $ 65)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 11/person
($ 7.5 to $ 13)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 7.5 for 500ml
($ 5.4 to $ 8.6)

53% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 5.4)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.9/cup
($ 4.3 to $ 5.4)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.6/can
($ 2.2 to $ 3.7)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.2/bottle
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in San Francisco

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in San Francisco is 67% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 174/night
($ 93 to $ 300)

60% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 194/night
($ 127 to $ 280)

55% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 263/night
($ 179 to $ 386)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 383/night
($ 279 to $ 533)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 721/night
($ 488 to $ 1036)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 176/month
($ 95 to $ 291)

45% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 408/month
($ 216 to $ 843)

142% 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
$ 345/month
($ 200 to $ 557)

109% 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
$ 286/month
($ 194 to $ 408)

29% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 330/month
($ 207 to $ 517)

90% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in San Francisco

On average, the price of supermarket food in San Francisco is 46% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

49% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Bread
Bread
$ 3.6/500g
($ 2.4 to $ 4.8)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 5.4/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 12)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.6/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 4.3)

59% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 15/kg
($ 9.6 to $ 22)

61% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 5.6/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 9.4)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 5.9/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 7)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7)

80% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.3
($ 1.1 to $ 4.3)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Public and private transport budget in San Francisco

On average, the price of transport in San Francisco is 32% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.2/ticket
($ 2.6 to $ 3.5)

46% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.4/km
($ 1.8 to $ 3.3)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

65% 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)
$ 3.7
($ 3.7 to $ 4.5)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Car hire
Car hire
$ 33/24hrs
($ 9.6 to $ 120)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in San Francisco

On average, budget for leisure activities in San Francisco is 36% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 17/ticket
($ 14 to $ 21)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Tennis
Tennis
$ 22/hr
($ 5.4 to $ 33)

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

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in San Francisco

On average, shopping budget in San Francisco is 51% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 13/pack
($ 9.7 to $ 15)

64% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 71
($ 44 to $ 108)

60% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 47
($ 28 to $ 65)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
$ 531
(fair price: $ 458)
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
$ 296
(fair price: $ 241)
Los Angeles → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
$ 126
(fair price: $ 103)
Dublin → San Francisco
Dublin → San Francisco
Dublin → San Francisco
$ 605
(fair price: $ 499)
Manchester → San Francisco
Manchester → San Francisco
Manchester → San Francisco
$ 665
(fair price: $ 557)
Edinburgh → San Francisco
Edinburgh → San Francisco
Edinburgh → San Francisco
$ 698
(fair price: $ 566)
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 555
(fair price: $ 462)
London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 412
(fair price: $ 370)
Los Angeles → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
$ 269
(fair price: $ 218)
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
$ 451
(fair price: $ 383)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 198
(fair price: $ 134)
London → Las Vegas
London → Las Vegas
London → Las Vegas
$ 728
(fair price: $ 603)


About this information on the cost of living in San Francisco

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

The information about the cost of living in San Francisco was updated on 17-12-2017.

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