Travel budget in the United States (USA)

United States: calculate your travel budget

United States: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in the United States (USA) for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 95 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1989*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 153 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3933*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 221 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 62 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 25 per person

Total budget:

$ 6347*

* 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 the United States (USA) in 2021

Cost of living: United States VS England

On average, the cost of living in the United States (USA) in 2021 is 7% higher than in England.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices England in in England and England by types of expenses:

Cost of living in the United States (USA) by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in the United States (USA) compared to the national average.

Cities /United States View Details
New York City 54% moreTravel budget and cost of living in New York City
Santa Monica 34% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Monica
San Jose 33% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Jose
Seattle 33% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Seattle
Philadelphia 30% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Philadelphia
Boston 25% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Boston
Chicago 23% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Chicago
San Francisco 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Francisco
Washington D. C. 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Washington D. C.
Portland 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Portland
Alaska 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Alaska
Nashville 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nashville
Key West 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Key West
San Diego 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Diego
Miami 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Miami
Austin 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Austin
Anchorage 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Anchorage
New Orleans 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in New Orleans
Fort Lauderdale 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Fort Lauderdale
Los Angeles 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Los Angeles
Myrtle Beach 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Myrtle Beach
Honolulu (Oahu) 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Honolulu (Oahu)
Houston 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Houston
Dallas 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dallas
Palm Springs 9% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Palm Springs
Orlando 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Orlando
Tampa 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tampa
Baton Rouge 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Baton Rouge

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Local prices in the United States (USA) by expense type

United States: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in the United States (USA) is essentially the same as in England.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 16/person
($ 9.1 to $ 29)

9% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 32/person
($ 21 to $ 52)

15% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 36
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8/person
($ 7 to $ 10.3)

3% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 8.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5 for 500ml
($ 3 to $ 8)

2% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 5.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.9 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 5)

7% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.3/cup
($ 2.3 to $ 6.1)

13% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3.8
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.9/can
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

4% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.6/bottle
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

16% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.4

United States: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in the United States (USA) is 40% more expensive than in England.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 109/night
($ 81 to $ 155)

14% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 96
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 126/night
($ 93 to $ 173)

33% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 95
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 180/night
($ 127 to $ 250)

57% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 115
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 262/night
($ 188 to $ 358)

76% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 150
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 510/night
($ 402 to $ 648)

96% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 261
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 122/month
($ 108 to $ 139)

60% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 77
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 169/month
($ 113 to $ 245)

27% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 234
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 165/month
($ 106 to $ 257)

7% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 155
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 223/month
($ 158 to $ 303)

98% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 113
Family room
Family room
$ 175/month
($ 115 to $ 275)

17% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 211

United States: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in the United States (USA) is 54% more expensive than in England.
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1.8)

32% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.3
Bread
Bread
$ 2.7/500g
($ 1.3 to $ 5.4)

102% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.4
Rice
Rice
$ 4.1/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 7.8)

162% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.3/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 4.5)

14% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.7
Chicken
Chicken
$ 9.3/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 18)

20% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 7.8
Apples
Apples
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 8.8)

79% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.3/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 7.8)

70% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.5
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.6/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 6.7)

66% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.8
($ 1 to $ 3)

36% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.3

United States: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in the United States (USA) costs 15% less than in England.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.3/ticket
($ 1.3 to $ 4.1)

35% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3.5
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 1.3 to $ 3.1)

4% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

60% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 2.5 to $ 6.1)

16% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3.9
Car hire
Car hire
$ 40/24hrs
($ 20 to $ 141)

38% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 29

United States: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in the United States (USA) is essentially the same as in England.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 13/ticket
($ 9.1 to $ 18)

13% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 16 to $ 42)

11% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 15

United States: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in the United States (USA) costs 36% less than in England.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 8/pack
($ 6.6 to $ 16)

48% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 16
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 45
($ 27 to $ 66)

45% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 82
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 36
($ 21 to $ 61)

14% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 42

Plane ticket budget

London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 414
(fair price: $ 374)
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 556
(fair price: $ 462)
Los Angeles → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
$ 272
(fair price: $ 219)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 196
(fair price: $ 136)
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
$ 452
(fair price: $ 391)
London → Las Vegas
London → Las Vegas
London → Las Vegas
$ 726
(fair price: $ 605)
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
$ 269
(fair price: $ 219)
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
$ 569
(fair price: $ 498)
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
$ 536
(fair price: $ 462)
Los Angeles → Honolulu (Oahu)
Los Angeles  → Honolulu (Oahu)
Los Angeles  → Honolulu (Oahu)
$ 406
(fair price: $ 342)
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
$ 299
(fair price: $ 247)
New York City → Honolulu (Oahu)
New York City → Honolulu (Oahu)
New York City → Honolulu (Oahu)
$ 688
(fair price: $ 555)


About the information on the cost of living in the United States (USA)

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

Information about cost of living in the United States (USA) updated on 11-07-2021.

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