Travel budget and cost of living in Scotland how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Scotland

Scotland: calculate your travel budget

Scotland: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 58 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1511* (1078 £)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 106 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3556* (2548 £)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 133 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 63 per person
  • $ 49 per person
  • $ 28 per person

Total budget:

$ 5743* (4102 £)

* 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 2% higher than 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
Aberdeen 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Aberdeen
Edinburgh 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Edinburgh
Inverness 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Inverness
Glasgow 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Glasgow
Dundee 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dundee
Dunfermline 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dunfermline

Local prices in Scotland by expense type

Restaurant budget in Scotland

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Scotland is essentially the same as in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 17/person
($ 12 to $ 29)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 33/person
($ 22 to $ 44)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7/person
($ 6.5 to $ 9.1)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.9 for 500ml
($ 3.8 to $ 6.3)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.6 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 4.2)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.7/cup
($ 2.9 to $ 4.2)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.7/can
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.2/bottle
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Scotland

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Scotland costs 24% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 83/night
($ 46 to $ 230)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 95/night
($ 34 to $ 456)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 116/night
($ 42 to $ 968)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 150/night
($ 60 to $ 1869)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 257/night
($ 81 to $ 1874)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 78/month
($ 38 to $ 778)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 218/month
($ 61 to $ 2868)

35% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 159/month
($ 49 to $ 1084)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 113/month
($ 51 to $ 709)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Scotland

On average, the price of supermarket food in Scotland costs 27% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.6/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 3.5)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.5/kg
($ 4.2 to $ 12)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8/kg
($ 5.6 to $ 12)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3.7)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.2)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.9)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.3
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 10.5/kg
($ 7 to $ 17)

13% 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 39% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.3/ticket
($ 2.5 to $ 4.2)

42% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 85/month
($ 69 to $ 126)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.6/km
($ 1.4 to $ 4.2)

47% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.7 to $ 1.9)

132% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 4.2
($ 3.5 to $ 6.3)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 30/24hrs
($ 9.6 to $ 113)

24% 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 is essentially the same as in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 201/month
($ 108 to $ 352)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.5)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 44/month
($ 29 to $ 57)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1009/month
($ 703 to $ 1685)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 803/month
($ 562 to $ 1263)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1669/month
($ 983 to $ 2807)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1295/month
($ 843 to $ 2106)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 42/month
($ 28 to $ 71)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 1209/month
($ 633 to $ 1685)

31% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 17917/yr
($ 11225 to $ 28062)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Scotland

On average, budget for leisure activities in Scotland is essentially the same as in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 10.5 to $ 17)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 14/hr
($ 7 to $ 22)

15% 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 33% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 14/pack
($ 12 to $ 16)

90% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 81
($ 51 to $ 113)

71% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 41
($ 29 to $ 57)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 85
($ 57 to $ 113)

8% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 87
($ 57 to $ 127)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Edinburgh
New York City → Edinburgh
New York City → Edinburgh
$ 799
(fair price: $ 637)
New York City → Glasgow
New York City → Glasgow
New York City → Glasgow
$ 772
(fair price: $ 661)
London → Edinburgh
London → Edinburgh
London → Edinburgh
$ 98
(fair price: $ 82)
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
$ 715
(fair price: $ 640)
Dublin → Edinburgh
Dublin → Edinburgh
Dublin → Edinburgh
$ 83
(fair price: $ 73)
Dublin → Glasgow
Dublin → Glasgow
Dublin → Glasgow
$ 66
(fair price: $ 59)
London → Glasgow
London → Glasgow
London → Glasgow
$ 146
(fair price: $ 116)
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
$ 763
(fair price: $ 720)
Manchester → Edinburgh
Manchester → Edinburgh
Manchester → Edinburgh
$ 199
(fair price: $ 173)
Los Angeles → Edinburgh
Los Angeles  → Edinburgh
Los Angeles  → Edinburgh
$ 891
(fair price: $ 748)
Manchester → Glasgow
Manchester → Glasgow
Manchester → Glasgow
$ 192
(fair price: $ 175)

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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 17-03-2019.

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