Santa Barbara travel budget

Santa Barbara: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Santa Barbara

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 148 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 8.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 3046*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 216 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 60 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 5792*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 311 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 112 per person
  • $ 50 per person
  • $ 33 per person

Total budget:

$ 9782*

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



Cost of living in Santa Barbara compared to United States in 2022

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Santa Barbara in 2022 is 29% 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 Santa Barbara in 2022 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Santa Barbara by expense type

Restaurant budget in Santa Barbara

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Santa Barbara is 28% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 24/person
($ 13 to $ 42)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 66/person
($ 54 to $ 119)

70% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 13/person
($ 8.8 to $ 18)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 7 for 500ml
($ 5.9 to $ 9.4)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 2.4 to $ 3.6)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 6.6/cup
($ 3.6 to $ 8.8)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 3.1/can
($ 2.4 to $ 3.6)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.4/bottle
($ 2 to $ 3.6)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9

Hotel and accommodation budget in Santa Barbara

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Santa Barbara is 42% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 162/night
($ 157 to $ 167)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 119
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 186/night
($ 110 to $ 334)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 247/night
($ 175 to $ 339)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 189
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 374/night
($ 234 to $ 562)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 280
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 684/night
($ 450 to $ 911)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 562
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 257/month
($ 161 to $ 385)

39% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 186
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 299/month
($ 143 to $ 488)

75% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 171
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 333/month
($ 238 to $ 462)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 237
Family room
Family room
$ 286/month
($ 156 to $ 472)

62% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Supermarket food budget in Santa Barbara

On average, the price of supermarket food in Santa Barbara is 60% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 4.8/500g
($ 3.2 to $ 7.8)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.4
Rice
Rice
$ 9.1/kg
($ 3.8 to $ 16)

93% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Eggs
Eggs
$ 5.3/12 eggs
($ 4.7 to $ 5.9)

46% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Chicken
Chicken
$ 30/kg
($ 24 to $ 38)

121% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 8.2/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 13)

50% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 7.2/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 13)

39% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 6.2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 10.4)

100% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.9
($ 1.2 to $ 4.7)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2

Public and private transport budget in Santa Barbara

On average, the price of transport in Santa Barbara is 21% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.2/ticket
($ 2 to $ 4.7)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.9/km
($ 2.7 to $ 4.4)

49% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.9 to $ 1.9)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.5
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 5.3
($ 2.5 to $ 10.5)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 45/24hrs
($ 15 to $ 159)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in Santa Barbara

On average, budget for leisure activities in Santa Barbara is 5% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 17/ticket
($ 15 to $ 18)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 20/hr
($ 15 to $ 18)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 20

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Santa Barbara

On average, shopping budget in Santa Barbara is 20% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 12/pack
($ 12 to $ 16)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 10
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 72
($ 30 to $ 107)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 53
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 45
($ 30 to $ 66)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42

Plane ticket budget

London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 432
(fair price: $ 403)
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 545
(fair price: $ 482)
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
$ 455
(fair price: $ 404)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 217
(fair price: $ 145)
London → Las Vegas
London → Las Vegas
London → Las Vegas
$ 746
(fair price: $ 676)
New York City → Las Vegas
New York City → Las Vegas
New York City → Las Vegas
$ 339
(fair price: $ 239)


About this information on the cost of living in Santa Barbara

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

The information about the cost of living in Santa Barbara was updated on 16-08-2022.

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