Travel budget in Scotland

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Scotland: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 68 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1656* (1246 £)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 109 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3523* (2646 £)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 134 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 59 per person
  • $ 47 per person
  • $ 27 per person

Total budget:

$ 5541* (4158 £)

* 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 Scotland in 2019

Cost of living: Scotland VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Scotland in 2019 is essentially the same as in United States

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

Cost of living in Scotland by city

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

Cities /Scotland View Details
Edinburgh 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Edinburgh
Aberdeen 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Aberdeen
Inverness 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Inverness
Dundee 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dundee
Glasgow 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Glasgow
Dunfermline 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dunfermline

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Local prices in Scotland by expense type

Restaurant budget in Scotland

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Scotland costs 10% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 16/person
($ 12 to $ 28)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 30/person
($ 21 to $ 41)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.3/person
($ 6.5 to $ 8.6)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.6
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.7 for 500ml
($ 3.9 to $ 6)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.9)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.5/cup
($ 2.6 to $ 3.9)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.7/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2/bottle
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Scotland

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Scotland costs 17% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 93/night
($ 75 to $ 94)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 103/night
($ 70 to $ 130)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 118/night
($ 79 to $ 149)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 152/night
($ 103 to $ 188)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 254/night
($ 164 to $ 320)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 499
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 77/month
($ 59 to $ 104)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 217/month
($ 144 to $ 328)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 165/month
($ 124 to $ 223)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 113/month
($ 89 to $ 146)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 217
Family room
Family room
$ 238/month
($ 151 to $ 370)

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Scotland

On average, the price of supermarket food in Scotland costs 34% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

34% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.6)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.5/12 eggs
($ 1.6 to $ 3.3)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7/kg
($ 3.9 to $ 12)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.4/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 10.5)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.9)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.6)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9.8/kg
($ 6.6 to $ 16)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Scotland

On average, the price of transport in Scotland is 27% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.3/ticket
($ 2.4 to $ 4.2)

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 81/month
($ 64 to $ 120)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.5/km
($ 1.3 to $ 3.9)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 1.8)

111% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.9
($ 3.3 to $ 5.3)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 28/24hrs
($ 6 to $ 121)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Scotland

On average, the cost of housing in Scotland costs 16% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 193/month
($ 103 to $ 330)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.5)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 41/month
($ 28 to $ 54)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 948/month
($ 660 to $ 1485)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1395
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 760/month
($ 529 to $ 1188)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1106
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1580/month
($ 924 to $ 2639)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1210/month
($ 793 to $ 1979)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1775
Gym
Gym
$ 40/month
($ 26 to $ 60)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 1140/month
($ 594 to $ 1649)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 962
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 16921/yr
($ 10287 to $ 26376)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18513

Leisure activity budget in Scotland

On average, budget for leisure activities in Scotland costs 8% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 9.6 to $ 16)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 14/hr
($ 6.6 to $ 22)

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

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Scotland

On average, shopping budget in Scotland is 20% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 14/pack
($ 12 to $ 16)

63% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 76
($ 47 to $ 107)

57% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 39
($ 28 to $ 54)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 82
($ 54 to $ 107)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 81
($ 54 to $ 120)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Edinburgh
New York City → Edinburgh
New York City → Edinburgh
$ 704
(fair price: $ 597)
New York City → Glasgow
New York City → Glasgow
New York City → Glasgow
$ 696
(fair price: $ 593)
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
$ 698
(fair price: $ 629)
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
$ 766
(fair price: $ 700)
Los Angeles → Edinburgh
Los Angeles  → Edinburgh
Los Angeles  → Edinburgh
$ 826
(fair price: $ 715)
Sydney → Edinburgh
Sydney → Edinburgh
Sydney → Edinburgh
$ 1327
(fair price: $ 1188)
Melbourne → Edinburgh
Melbourne → Edinburgh
Melbourne → Edinburgh
$ 1328
(fair price: $ 1187)
London → Glasgow
London → Glasgow
London → Glasgow
$ 145
(fair price: $ 107)
Los Angeles → Glasgow
Los Angeles  → Glasgow
Los Angeles  → Glasgow
$ 876
(fair price: $ 727)
London → Edinburgh
London → Edinburgh
London → Edinburgh
$ 132
(fair price: $ 88)
Perth → Edinburgh
Perth → Edinburgh
Perth → Edinburgh
$ 1344
(fair price: $ 1146)
Sydney → Glasgow
Sydney → Glasgow
Sydney → Glasgow
$ 1453
(fair price: $ 1229)
Melbourne → Glasgow
Melbourne → Glasgow
Melbourne → Glasgow
$ 1640
(fair price: $ 1401)
Montreal → Glasgow
Montreal → Glasgow
Montreal → Glasgow
$ 808
(fair price: $ 721)
Manchester → Edinburgh
Manchester → Edinburgh
Manchester → Edinburgh
$ 151
(fair price: $ 118)
Montreal → Edinburgh
Montreal → Edinburgh
Montreal → Edinburgh
$ 861
(fair price: $ 783)
London → Aberdeen
London → Aberdeen
London → Aberdeen
$ 180
(fair price: $ 145)
Auckland → Edinburgh
Auckland → Edinburgh
Auckland → Edinburgh
$ 1474
(fair price: $ 1292)
Manchester → Glasgow
Manchester → Glasgow
Manchester → Glasgow
$ 156
(fair price: $ 125)
Edinburgh → Glasgow
Edinburgh → Glasgow
Edinburgh → Glasgow
$ 192
(fair price: $ 164)
Manchester → Aberdeen
Manchester → Aberdeen
Manchester → Aberdeen
$ 161
(fair price: $ 136)
Dublin → Aberdeen
Dublin → Aberdeen
Dublin → Aberdeen
$ 161
(fair price: $ 138)
Dublin → Edinburgh
Dublin → Edinburgh
Dublin → Edinburgh
$ 90
(fair price: $ 72)
Dublin → Glasgow
Dublin → Glasgow
Dublin → Glasgow
$ 71
(fair price: $ 59)
Auckland → Glasgow
Auckland → Glasgow
Auckland → Glasgow
$ 1763
(fair price: $ 1456)
Toronto (Ontario) → Aberdeen
Toronto (Ontario) → Aberdeen
Toronto (Ontario) → Aberdeen
$ 762
(fair price: $ 682)
New York City → Aberdeen
New York City → Aberdeen
New York City → Aberdeen
$ 803
(fair price: $ 666)
Edinburgh → Aberdeen
Edinburgh → Aberdeen
Edinburgh → Aberdeen
$ 234
(fair price: $ 210)

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About the information on the cost of living in Scotland

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

Information about cost of living in Scotland updated on 08-09-2019.

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