Travel budget in United Kingdom

United Kingdom: calculate your travel budget

United Kingdom: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 79 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1830* (1442 £)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 159 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 42 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 4305* (3388 £)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 178 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 76 per person
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 26 per person

Total budget:

$ 6255* (4928 £)

* 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 United Kingdom in 2024

Cost of living: United Kingdom VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in United Kingdom in 2024 is 2% less than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in United Kingdom by city

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

Cities /United Kingdom View Details
Jersey 28% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Jersey
London 26% moreTravel budget and cost of living in London
Edinburgh 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Edinburgh
Canterbury 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Canterbury
Oxford 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Oxford
Eastbourne 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Eastbourne
Brighton 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Brighton
Glasgow 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Glasgow
Cambridge 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cambridge
Belfast 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Belfast
Manchester 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Manchester
Plymouth 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Plymouth
Inverness 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Inverness
Bristol 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Bristol
Cardiff 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cardiff
Liverpool 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Liverpool
Aberdeen 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Aberdeen

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Local prices in United Kingdom by expense type

United Kingdom: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in United Kingdom costs 12% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 20/person
($ 4.7 to $ 83)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 20
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 40/person
($ 16 to $ 115)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.8/person
($ 5.1 to $ 16)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5.6 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 16)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 6
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 7.6)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 8.8)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.2/can
($ 0.6 to $ 5.1)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.6/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 6.4)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

United Kingdom: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in United Kingdom costs 18% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 131/night
($ 26 to $ 1229)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 171
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 158/night
($ 35 to $ 1210)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 158
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 160/night
($ 38 to $ 1157)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 230
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 195/night
($ 72 to $ 1110)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 308
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 252/night
($ 42 to $ 1520)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 483
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 135/month
($ 34 to $ 1200)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 235/month
($ 42 to $ 1351)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 243
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 198/month
($ 35 to $ 1420)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 213
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 154/month
($ 42 to $ 935)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 256/month
($ 55 to $ 1387)

19% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 216

United Kingdom: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in United Kingdom costs 29% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.5/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 2.8)

43% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 5.4)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 11)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.7/12 eggs
($ 2.5 to $ 7.6)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.3/kg
($ 2.6 to $ 32)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Apples
Apples
$ 2.8/kg
($ 0.9 to $ 8.4)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.3/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 11)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.3 to $ 5.1)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4
($ 0.2 to $ 5.1)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2

United Kingdom: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in United Kingdom is 24% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3/ticket
($ 1.5 to $ 11)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 0.8 to $ 7.6)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.8/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 2.6)

89% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 4.1
($ 1.3 to $ 11)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 51/24hrs
($ 1.1 to $ 1510)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 53

United Kingdom: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in United Kingdom costs 18% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 13/ticket
($ 5.6 to $ 33)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 3.1 to $ 56)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 23

United Kingdom: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in United Kingdom is 39% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 18/pack
($ 5.2 to $ 39)

70% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 10
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 80
($ 13 to $ 191)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 53
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 42
($ 13 to $ 115)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44

Plane ticket budget

New York City → London
New York City → London
New York City → London
$ 579
(fair price: $ 500)
Sydney → London
Sydney → London
Sydney → London
$ 1335
(fair price: $ 1087)
Melbourne → London
Melbourne → London
Melbourne → London
$ 1343
(fair price: $ 1107)
Los Angeles → London
Los Angeles  → London
Los Angeles  → London
$ 848
(fair price: $ 679)
Toronto → London
Toronto → London
Toronto → London
$ 680
(fair price: $ 609)
Chicago → London
Chicago → London
Chicago → London
$ 850
(fair price: $ 689)


About the information on the cost of living in United Kingdom

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

Information about cost of living in United Kingdom updated on 10-06-2024.

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