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:

  • $ 112 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2379*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 177 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 44 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 4606*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 257 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 76 per person
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 27 per person

Total budget:

$ 7406*

* 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 2023

Cost of living: United States VS England

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in the United States (USA) in 2023 is 24% 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 46% moreTravel budget and cost of living in New York City
Brooklyn 37% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Brooklyn
Hawaii (Honolulu) 30% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hawaii (Honolulu)
Seattle 29% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Seattle
Santa Monica 27% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Monica
Santa Cruz California 27% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Cruz California
Boston 21% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Boston
San Francisco 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Francisco
San Diego 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Diego
Washington D. C. 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Washington D. C.
Chicago 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Chicago
New Orleans 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in New Orleans
Key West 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Key West
Tampa 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tampa
Fairbanks 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Fairbanks
Atlanta 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Atlanta
Las Vegas 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Las Vegas
Miami 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Miami
Anchorage 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Anchorage
Los Angeles 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Los Angeles
Alaska 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Alaska
Dallas 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dallas
Palm Springs 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Palm Springs
Fort Lauderdale 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Fort Lauderdale
Honolulu (Oahu) 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Honolulu (Oahu)
Salt Lake City 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Salt Lake City
Orlando 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Orlando
Jacksonville 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Jacksonville
Clearwater 15% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Clearwater
Baton Rouge 15% 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 18% more expensive than in England.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 20/person
($ 11 to $ 34)

8% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 21
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 40/person
($ 26 to $ 67)

1% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 39
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9.9/person
($ 8.2 to $ 14)

22% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5.5 for 500ml
($ 3.3 to $ 8.8)

2% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 5.4
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.7 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 6.6)

31% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5.1/cup
($ 2.7 to $ 7.6)

29% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.5/can
($ 1.7 to $ 3.5)

28% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2/bottle
($ 1.4 to $ 3.3)

40% 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 48% more expensive than in England.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 126/night
($ 97 to $ 173)

33% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 95
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 146/night
($ 97 to $ 238)

38% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 107
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 208/night
($ 140 to $ 324)

53% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 137
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 305/night
($ 196 to $ 472)

81% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 169
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 653/night
($ 488 to $ 904)

163% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 249
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 131/month
($ 119 to $ 146)

56% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 84
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 198/month
($ 125 to $ 331)

22% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 254
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 187/month
($ 112 to $ 346)

4% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 181
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 250/month
($ 185 to $ 345)

92% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 131
Family room
Family room
$ 192/month
($ 116 to $ 357)

14% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 225

United States: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in the United States (USA) is 83% more expensive than in England.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

16% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.4
Bread
Bread
$ 3.6/500g
($ 1.8 to $ 6.8)

157% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.4
Rice
Rice
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2 to $ 9.7)

143% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.9
Eggs
Eggs
$ 4.3/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 6.6)

52% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.8
Chicken
Chicken
$ 14/kg
($ 5 to $ 23)

69% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 7.7
Apples
Apples
$ 5.3/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 9.7)

102% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.9/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 8.7)

80% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 7.3)

107% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.4
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.2
($ 1.1 to $ 3.3)

56% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.4

United States: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in the United States (USA) is essentially the same as in England.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.7/ticket
($ 1.4 to $ 4.4)

19% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3.4
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.8/km
($ 1.3 to $ 3.5)

10% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

48% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.8
($ 2.7 to $ 7.6)

5% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 4.1
Car hire
Car hire
$ 39/24hrs
($ 15 to $ 87)

69% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 23

United States: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in the United States (USA) is 22% more expensive than in England.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 11 to $ 21)

3% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 21/hr
($ 21 to $ 42)

46% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 14

United States: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in the United States (USA) costs 27% less than in England.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 9.9/pack
($ 7.6 to $ 17)

39% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 17
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 52
($ 28 to $ 78)

38% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 83
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 41
($ 23 to $ 67)

4% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 42

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 543
(fair price: $ 487)
London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 443
(fair price: $ 418)
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
$ 452
(fair price: $ 409)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 231
(fair price: $ 153)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
$ 567
(fair price: $ 521)
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
$ 212
(fair price: $ 192)
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
$ 619
(fair price: $ 570)
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
$ 590
(fair price: $ 547)
Los Angeles → Honolulu (Oahu)
Los Angeles  → Honolulu (Oahu)
Los Angeles  → Honolulu (Oahu)
$ 400
(fair price: $ 345)
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
$ 322
(fair price: $ 272)
Sydney → Los Angeles
Sydney → Los Angeles
Sydney → Los Angeles
$ 1250
(fair price: $ 1047)
Dublin → Los Angeles
Dublin → Los Angeles
Dublin → Los Angeles
$ 740
(fair price: $ 617)


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 28-01-2023.

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