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* (1162 £)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

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

Total budget:

$ 3499* (2604 £)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

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

Total budget:

$ 5434* (4046 £)

* 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 7% 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 30% moreTravel budget and cost of living in London
Jersey 21% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Jersey
Bath 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bath
Oxford 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Oxford
Brighton 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Brighton
Northampton 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Northampton
Edinburgh 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Edinburgh
Manchester 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Manchester
Glasgow 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Glasgow
Cardiff 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Cardiff
Liverpool 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Liverpool
Plymouth 9% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Plymouth
Belfast 13% 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 5% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 18/person
($ 5.3 to $ 55)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 34/person
($ 8.8 to $ 70)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.8/person
($ 2.7 to $ 17)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 8.5)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.9 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 6.9)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.7/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 6.8)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.9/can
($ 0.7 to $ 4.1)

5% 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)

4% 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)

50% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Bread
Bread
$ 1.4/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 5.6)

44% 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)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.9/12 eggs
($ 1.9 to $ 6.8)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Cheese
Cheese
$ 8/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 28)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 11
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 35)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 6.8)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 6.8)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.9
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 9.6)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 6.2)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1.2/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 5.1)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4
($ 0.7 to $ 4.1)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 11/kg
($ 6.6 to $ 49)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

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)

50% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 85/month
($ 28 to $ 296)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.8/km
($ 0.8 to $ 5.5)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.7/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 3)

154% 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)

19% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
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: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in United Kingdom is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 205/month
($ 45 to $ 563)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.8)

27% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 46/month
($ 17 to $ 153)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 65
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1011/month
($ 413 to $ 3421)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1333
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 827/month
($ 523 to $ 2443)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1070
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1677/month
($ 550 to $ 6842)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2126
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1315/month
($ 646 to $ 4074)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1695
Gym
Gym
$ 42/month
($ 6.8 to $ 137)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 1157/month
($ 261 to $ 2985)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 923
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 16913/yr
($ 4794 to $ 61571)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 15597

United Kingdom: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in United Kingdom is 7% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 5.5 to $ 28)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 3.5 to $ 63)

1% more 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 40% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 15/pack
($ 4.1 to $ 28)

90% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 7.9
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
Trainers
Trainers
$ 89
($ 35 to $ 206)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 88
($ 28 to $ 251)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 95

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → London
Los Angeles  → London
Los Angeles  → London
$ 732
(fair price: $ 582)
New York City → London
New York City → London
New York City → London
$ 537
(fair price: $ 439)
Toronto (Ontario) → London
Toronto (Ontario) → London
Toronto (Ontario) → London
$ 563
(fair price: $ 513)
Dublin → London
Dublin → London
Dublin → London
$ 60
(fair price: $ 52)
New York City → Edinburgh
New York City → Edinburgh
New York City → Edinburgh
$ 808
(fair price: $ 578)
New York City → Manchester
New York City → Manchester
New York City → Manchester
$ 857
(fair price: $ 629)
New York City → Glasgow
New York City → Glasgow
New York City → Glasgow
$ 698
(fair price: $ 579)
Sydney → London
Sydney → London
Sydney → London
$ 1829
(fair price: $ 1187)
Los Angeles → Manchester
Los Angeles  → Manchester
Los Angeles  → Manchester
$ 782
(fair price: $ 664)
Dublin → Edinburgh
Dublin → Edinburgh
Dublin → Edinburgh
$ 69
(fair price: $ 52)
Dublin → Manchester
Dublin → Manchester
Dublin → Manchester
$ 73
(fair price: $ 55)
Melbourne → London
Melbourne → London
Melbourne → London
$ 1354
(fair price: $ 998)
Dublin → Glasgow
Dublin → Glasgow
Dublin → Glasgow
$ 61
(fair price: $ 49)
Montreal → London
Montreal → London
Montreal → London
$ 661
(fair price: $ 578)
London → Belfast
London → Belfast
London → Belfast
$ 115
(fair price: $ 93)
London → Edinburgh
London → Edinburgh
London → Edinburgh
$ 113
(fair price: $ 93)
London → Glasgow
London → Glasgow
London → Glasgow
$ 119
(fair price: $ 95)
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
Toronto (Ontario) → Glasgow
$ 665
(fair price: $ 585)
Perth → London
Perth → London
Perth → London
$ 1340
(fair price: $ 1033)
Auckland → London
Auckland → London
Auckland → London
$ 1399
(fair price: $ 1131)
Manchester → Aberdeen
Manchester → Aberdeen
Manchester → Aberdeen
$ 204
(fair price: $ 187)
Toronto (Ontario) → Manchester
Toronto (Ontario) → Manchester
Toronto (Ontario) → Manchester
$ 686
(fair price: $ 592)
Edinburgh → London
Edinburgh → London
Edinburgh → London
$ 130
(fair price: $ 96)
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
Toronto (Ontario) → Edinburgh
$ 733
(fair price: $ 640)
Sydney → Manchester
Sydney → Manchester
Sydney → Manchester
$ 1344
(fair price: $ 1084)
Manchester → London
Manchester → London
Manchester → London
$ 147
(fair price: $ 119)
Perth → Manchester
Perth → Manchester
Perth → Manchester
$ 1321
(fair price: $ 1093)
London → Aberdeen
London → Aberdeen
London → Aberdeen
$ 146
(fair price: $ 108)
Melbourne → Manchester
Melbourne → Manchester
Melbourne → Manchester
$ 1348
(fair price: $ 1106)
London → Manchester
London → Manchester
London → Manchester
$ 132
(fair price: $ 110)
Los Angeles → Edinburgh
Los Angeles  → Edinburgh
Los Angeles  → Edinburgh
$ 805
(fair price: $ 694)
Manchester → Belfast
Manchester → Belfast
Manchester → Belfast
$ 124
(fair price: $ 94)
Auckland → Manchester
Auckland → Manchester
Auckland → Manchester
$ 1547
(fair price: $ 1205)
Sydney → Edinburgh
Sydney → Edinburgh
Sydney → Edinburgh
$ 1419
(fair price: $ 1160)
Edinburgh → Belfast
Edinburgh → Belfast
Edinburgh → Belfast
$ 132
(fair price: $ 109)
Melbourne → Edinburgh
Melbourne → Edinburgh
Melbourne → Edinburgh
$ 1410
(fair price: $ 1169)
Los Angeles → Glasgow
Los Angeles  → Glasgow
Los Angeles  → Glasgow
$ 848
(fair price: $ 701)
Edinburgh → Glasgow
Edinburgh → Glasgow
Edinburgh → Glasgow
$ 165
(fair price: $ 143)
Sydney → Glasgow
Sydney → Glasgow
Sydney → Glasgow
$ 1455
(fair price: $ 1197)
Manchester → Edinburgh
Manchester → Edinburgh
Manchester → Edinburgh
$ 146
(fair price: $ 118)
Perth → Edinburgh
Perth → Edinburgh
Perth → Edinburgh
$ 1440
(fair price: $ 1134)
Melbourne → Glasgow
Melbourne → Glasgow
Melbourne → Glasgow
$ 1622
(fair price: $ 1363)
New York City → Belfast
New York City → Belfast
New York City → Belfast
$ 737
(fair price: $ 621)
Montreal → Edinburgh
Montreal → Edinburgh
Montreal → Edinburgh
$ 852
(fair price: $ 758)
Montreal → Manchester
Montreal → Manchester
Montreal → Manchester
$ 825
(fair price: $ 666)
Montreal → Glasgow
Montreal → Glasgow
Montreal → Glasgow
$ 796
(fair price: $ 690)
Edinburgh → Manchester
Edinburgh → Manchester
Edinburgh → Manchester
$ 139
(fair price: $ 114)
Edinburgh → Cardiff
Edinburgh → Cardiff
Edinburgh → Cardiff
$ 202
(fair price: $ 157)
Auckland → Edinburgh
Auckland → Edinburgh
Auckland → Edinburgh
$ 1663
(fair price: $ 1262)
Perth → Glasgow
Perth → Glasgow
Perth → Glasgow
$ 1664
(fair price: $ 1353)
Manchester → Glasgow
Manchester → Glasgow
Manchester → Glasgow
$ 158
(fair price: $ 127)
London → Cardiff
London → Cardiff
London → Cardiff
$ 251
(fair price: $ 204)
Dublin → Cardiff
Dublin → Cardiff
Dublin → Cardiff
$ 180
(fair price: $ 134)
Dublin → Belfast
Dublin → Belfast
Dublin → Belfast
$ 173
(fair price: $ 146)
Dublin → Aberdeen
Dublin → Aberdeen
Dublin → Aberdeen
$ 174
(fair price: $ 147)
Sydney → Cardiff
Sydney → Cardiff
Sydney → Cardiff
$ 1455
(fair price: $ 1225)
Los Angeles → Belfast
Los Angeles  → Belfast
Los Angeles  → Belfast
$ 922
(fair price: $ 748)
New York City → Aberdeen
New York City → Aberdeen
New York City → Aberdeen
$ 844
(fair price: $ 671)
Toronto (Ontario) → Belfast
Toronto (Ontario) → Belfast
Toronto (Ontario) → Belfast
$ 838
(fair price: $ 720)
Auckland → Glasgow
Auckland → Glasgow
Auckland → Glasgow
$ 1720
(fair price: $ 1414)
Perth → Cardiff
Perth → Cardiff
Perth → Cardiff
$ 1284
(fair price: $ 1108)
Sydney → Belfast
Sydney → Belfast
Sydney → Belfast
$ 1646
(fair price: $ 1340)
Manchester → Cardiff
Manchester → Cardiff
Manchester → Cardiff
$ 239
(fair price: $ 195)
Toronto (Ontario) → Aberdeen
Toronto (Ontario) → Aberdeen
Toronto (Ontario) → Aberdeen
$ 777
(fair price: $ 668)
New York City → Cardiff
New York City → Cardiff
New York City → Cardiff
$ 818
(fair price: $ 662)
Edinburgh → Aberdeen
Edinburgh → Aberdeen
Edinburgh → Aberdeen
$ 243
(fair price: $ 208)
Toronto (Ontario) → Cardiff
Toronto (Ontario) → Cardiff
Toronto (Ontario) → Cardiff
$ 909
(fair price: $ 805)
Perth → Aberdeen
Perth → Aberdeen
Perth → Aberdeen
$ 1626
(fair price: $ 1353)
Melbourne → Belfast
Melbourne → Belfast
Melbourne → Belfast
$ 1692
(fair price: $ 1377)
Los Angeles → Aberdeen
Los Angeles  → Aberdeen
Los Angeles  → Aberdeen
$ 1303
(fair price: $ 803)
Melbourne → Cardiff
Melbourne → Cardiff
Melbourne → Cardiff
$ 1555
(fair price: $ 1301)
Sydney → Aberdeen
Sydney → Aberdeen
Sydney → Aberdeen
$ 1646
(fair price: $ 1268)
Melbourne → Aberdeen
Melbourne → Aberdeen
Melbourne → Aberdeen
$ 1697
(fair price: $ 1388)
Perth → Belfast
Perth → Belfast
Perth → Belfast
$ 1571
(fair price: $ 1318)
Auckland → Cardiff
Auckland → Cardiff
Auckland → Cardiff
$ 1606
(fair price: $ 1338)
Los Angeles → Cardiff
Los Angeles  → Cardiff
Los Angeles  → Cardiff
$ 916
(fair price: $ 746)
Auckland → Belfast
Auckland → Belfast
Auckland → Belfast
$ 1716
(fair price: $ 1562)
Montreal → Belfast
Montreal → Belfast
Montreal → Belfast
$ 949
(fair price: $ 811)


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 12-01-2021.

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