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:

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

Total budget:

$ 1545* (1134 £)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 108 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 38 per person
  • $ 21 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3499* (2548 £)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 134 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 66 per person
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 27 per person

Total budget:

$ 5434* (3962 £)

* 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 2021

Cost of living: United Kingdom VS United States

On average, the cost of living in United Kingdom in 2021 is 11% higher 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
London 19% moreTravel budget and cost of living in London
Northampton 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Northampton
Jersey 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Jersey
Bath 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bath
Swindon 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Swindon
Oxford 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Oxford
Edinburgh 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Edinburgh
Manchester 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Manchester
Glasgow 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Glasgow
Cardiff 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cardiff
Liverpool 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Liverpool
Plymouth 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Plymouth
Belfast 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Belfast

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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 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 18/person
($ 5.3 to $ 55)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 34/person
($ 8.8 to $ 70)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.8/person
($ 2.7 to $ 17)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 8.5)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.9 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 6.9)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.7/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 6.8)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.9/can
($ 0.7 to $ 4.1)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 2.7)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.5

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
$ 97/night
($ 44 to $ 250)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 98/night
($ 42 to $ 250)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 118/night
($ 51 to $ 514)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 151/night
($ 70 to $ 343)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 255/night
($ 107 to $ 1151)

50% 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
($ 39 to $ 205)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 231/month
($ 71 to $ 732)

37% 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
$ 165/month
($ 65 to $ 605)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 113/month
($ 47 to $ 304)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 220/month
($ 76 to $ 864)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

United Kingdom: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in United Kingdom costs 19% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 2.7)

46% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.4/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 5.6)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 12)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.9/12 eggs
($ 1.9 to $ 6.8)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 35)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 6.8)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 9.6)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 6.2)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4
($ 0.7 to $ 4.1)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

United Kingdom: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in United Kingdom is 38% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.3/ticket
($ 1.7 to $ 6.8)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.8/km
($ 0.8 to $ 5.5)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.7/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 3)

145% 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)
$ 3.8
($ 1.4 to $ 8.4)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 29/24hrs
($ 1.2 to $ 198)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

United Kingdom: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in United Kingdom is 5% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 5.5 to $ 28)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 3.5 to $ 63)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

United Kingdom: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in United Kingdom is 63% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 15/pack
($ 4.1 to $ 28)

86% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 83
($ 14 to $ 164)

86% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 42
($ 11 to $ 110)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → London
Los Angeles  → London
Los Angeles  → London
$ 739
(fair price: $ 596)
New York City → London
New York City → London
New York City → London
$ 550
(fair price: $ 453)
Dublin → London
Dublin → London
Dublin → London
$ 57
(fair price: $ 49)
Dublin → Manchester
Dublin → Manchester
Dublin → Manchester
$ 69
(fair price: $ 55)
Toronto (Ontario) → London
Toronto (Ontario) → London
Toronto (Ontario) → London
$ 551
(fair price: $ 500)
Dublin → Edinburgh
Dublin → Edinburgh
Dublin → Edinburgh
$ 67
(fair price: $ 53)


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, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in United Kingdom updated on 12-04-2021.

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