London travel budget

London: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to London

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 60 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1633* (1176 £)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 124 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 45 per person
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 18 per person

Total budget:

$ 4432* (3178 £)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 178 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 82 per person
  • $ 72 per person
  • $ 36 per person

Total budget:

$ 7754* (5558 £)

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


Cost of living in London compared to England in 2021

On average, the cost of living in London in 2021 is 35% 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 London in 2021 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in London by expense type

Restaurant budget in London

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in London is 15% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 22/person
($ 14 to $ 42)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 42/person
($ 32 to $ 55)

38% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.2/person
($ 6.8 to $ 13)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6.8 for 500ml
($ 4.8 to $ 8.2)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 4.1)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.1/cup
($ 3.1 to $ 4.8)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2/can
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.6/bottle
($ 1.3 to $ 2.7)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in London

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in London is 17% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 89/night
($ 75 to $ 106)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 95/night
($ 64 to $ 128)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 152/night
($ 87 to $ 250)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 204/night
($ 121 to $ 317)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 427/night
($ 277 to $ 628)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 77/month
($ 42 to $ 124)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 234/month
($ 126 to $ 395)

39% 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
$ 376/month
($ 222 to $ 605)

128% 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
$ 121/month
($ 77 to $ 180)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 496/month
($ 232 to $ 864)

185% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in London

On average, the price of supermarket food in London is 16% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

59% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 2.7)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.7)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.9/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 4.1)

27% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.2/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 13)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 5)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.5/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 6.8)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.7)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 0.4 to $ 2)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Public and private transport budget in London

On average, the price of transport in London is 81% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.8/ticket
($ 3.3 to $ 6.8)

74% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.1/km
($ 2.7 to $ 5.5)

159% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.7 to $ 2)

162% 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)
$ 5.5
($ 4.1 to $ 8.2)

72% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Car hire
Car hire
$ 16/24hrs
($ 1.2 to $ 198)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in London

On average, budget for leisure activities in London is 29% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 18/ticket
($ 14 to $ 26)

52% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Tennis
Tennis
$ 17/hr
($ 9.6 to $ 24)

6% 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 London

On average, shopping budget in London is 81% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 17/pack
($ 14 to $ 21)

109% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 93
($ 55 to $ 131)

107% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 46
($ 28 to $ 70)

27% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

New York City → London
New York City → London
New York City → London
$ 543
(fair price: $ 455)
Dublin → London
Dublin → London
Dublin → London
$ 58
(fair price: $ 51)
Los Angeles → London
Los Angeles  → London
Los Angeles  → London
$ 752
(fair price: $ 611)
Toronto (Ontario) → London
Toronto (Ontario) → London
Toronto (Ontario) → London
$ 545
(fair price: $ 501)
Sydney → London
Sydney → London
Sydney → London
$ 1906
(fair price: $ 1232)
Edinburgh → London
Edinburgh → London
Edinburgh → London
$ 122
(fair price: $ 97)


About this information on the cost of living in London

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

The information about the cost of living in London was updated on 18-06-2021.

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