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Travel budget in United States

United States: calculate your travel budget

United States: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 93 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1962*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 147 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 33 per person
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3827*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 217 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 55 per person
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 26 per person

Total budget:

$ 6195*

* 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 States in 2019

Cost of living: United States VS England (United Kingdom)

On average, the cost of living in United States in 2019 is 12% higher than in England (United Kingdom).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in United States in 2019 and England (United Kingdom) by types of expenses:

Cost of living in United States by city

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

Cities /United States View Details
Kaunakakai 93% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kaunakakai
Pearl City 40% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Pearl City
Kailua 66% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kailua
New York City 65% moreTravel budget and cost of living in New York City
San Francisco 35% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Francisco
Seattle 30% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Seattle
Honolulu (Oahu) 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Honolulu (Oahu)
Washington D. C. 25% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Washington D. C.
Miami 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Miami
Los Angeles 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Los Angeles
Anchorage 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Anchorage
Chicago 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Chicago
San Diego 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Diego
Key West 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Key West
Alaska 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Alaska
Austin 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Austin
Portland 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Portland
Fort Lauderdale 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Fort Lauderdale
Nashville 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nashville
Orlando 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Orlando
Tampa 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tampa
Palm Springs 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Palm Springs
New Orleans 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in New Orleans
Dallas 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dallas
Houston 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Houston
Myrtle Beach 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Myrtle Beach
Baton Rouge 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Baton Rouge

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Local prices in United States by expense type

Restaurant budget in United States

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in United States is 4% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 15/person
($ 10.5 to $ 22)

12% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 27/person
($ 20 to $ 38)

18% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 33
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.4/person
($ 6.3 to $ 9)

6% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.2 for 500ml
($ 3.1 to $ 6.3)

13% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 4.8)

20% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.6
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.2/cup
($ 3.1 to $ 5.3)

17% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 3.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.9/can
($ 1.3 to $ 2.6)

12% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.7
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.6/bottle
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

22% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.2

Hotel and accommodation budget in United States

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in United States is 48% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 107/night
($ 79 to $ 150)

31% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 82
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 120/night
($ 87 to $ 164)

30% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 93
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 175/night
($ 126 to $ 247)

56% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 113
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 259/night
($ 186 to $ 353)

78% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 146
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 496/night
($ 394 to $ 647)

107% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 241
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 122/month
($ 107 to $ 138)

60% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 77
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 163/month
($ 106 to $ 248)

32% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 239
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 167/month
($ 104 to $ 265)

8% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 155
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 211/month
($ 150 to $ 291)

90% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 112

Supermarket food budget in United States

On average, the price of supermarket food in United States is 51% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

31% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.3
Bread
Bread
$ 2.7/500g
($ 1.7 to $ 4.1)

100% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.4
Rice
Rice
$ 4.1/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6.9)

127% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.8
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.4/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 3.7)

6% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 12/kg
($ 6.9 to $ 20)

49% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 7.5
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.8/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 16)

13% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 7.9
Apples
Apples
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6.9)

83% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 4.2/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6.9)

83% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.2/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6.9)

76% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 4.7)

63% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1.6/salad
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

56% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 1.9
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

39% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.3
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 6.9 to $ 20)

16% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 10.4

Public and private transport budget in United States

On average, the price of transport in United States costs 17% less than in England (United Kingdom).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.4/ticket
($ 1.6 to $ 2.9)

29% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 3.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 75/month
($ 44 to $ 106)

13% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 85
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.8/km
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

31% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

56% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.5
($ 2.6 to $ 5.3)

18% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 4.2
Car hire
Car hire
$ 40/24hrs
($ 21 to $ 132)

44% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 28

Budget for living and housing in United States

On average, the cost of housing in United States is 9% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 161/month
($ 90 to $ 263)

20% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 200
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

35% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 0.2
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 66/month
($ 48 to $ 96)

52% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 44
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1329/month
($ 763 to $ 2185)

33% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1005
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1042/month
($ 631 to $ 1682)

31% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 800
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2163/month
($ 1261 to $ 3677)

30% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1665
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1686/month
($ 1051 to $ 2837)

31% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1290
Gym
Gym
$ 39/month
($ 22 to $ 70)

9% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 921/month
($ 474 to $ 1577)

23% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1204
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 18099/yr
($ 10503 to $ 25205)

2% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 17863

Leisure activity budget in United States

On average, budget for leisure activities in United States is 4% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 13/ticket
($ 9.4 to $ 15)

9% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 17/hr
($ 17 to $ 35)

18% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 14

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in United States

On average, shopping budget in United States costs 18% less than in England (United Kingdom).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 7.4/pack
($ 6.1 to $ 9.4)

47% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 14
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 46
($ 33 to $ 64)

43% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 81
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 38
($ 22 to $ 53)

10% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 78
($ 55 to $ 106)

8% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 85
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 101
($ 64 to $ 158)

17% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 85

Plane ticket budget

Dublin → Miami (Florida)
Dublin → Miami (Florida)
Dublin → Miami (Florida)
$ 688
(fair price: $ 617)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
$ 799
(fair price: $ 605)
Edinburgh → New York City
Edinburgh → New York City
Edinburgh → New York City
$ 745
(fair price: $ 560)
London → Washington D. C.
London → Washington D. C.
London → Washington D. C.
$ 869
(fair price: $ 676)
Dublin → Washington D. C.
Dublin → Washington D. C.
Dublin → Washington D. C.
$ 612
(fair price: $ 519)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
$ 467
(fair price: $ 379)
Manchester → Washington D. C.
Manchester → Washington D. C.
Manchester → Washington D. C.
$ 782
(fair price: $ 639)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
$ 676
(fair price: $ 541)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 347
(fair price: $ 279)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
$ 711
(fair price: $ 616)
Los Angeles → Miami (Florida)
Los Angeles  → Miami (Florida)
Los Angeles  → Miami (Florida)
$ 482
(fair price: $ 404)
Los Angeles → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
$ 373
(fair price: $ 324)
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
$ 738
(fair price: $ 612)
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
$ 441
(fair price: $ 398)
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 648
(fair price: $ 499)
London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 453
(fair price: $ 425)
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
$ 228
(fair price: $ 222)
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
$ 254
(fair price: $ 244)
Los Angeles → Washington D. C.
Los Angeles  → Washington D. C.
Los Angeles  → Washington D. C.
$ 391
(fair price: $ 341)
New York City → Washington D. C.
New York City → Washington D. C.
New York City → Washington D. C.
$ 328
(fair price: $ 202)
Dublin → San Francisco
Dublin → San Francisco
Dublin → San Francisco
$ 765
(fair price: $ 616)
Dublin → Los Angeles
Dublin → Los Angeles
Dublin → Los Angeles
$ 717
(fair price: $ 613)
Manchester → Los Angeles
Manchester → Los Angeles
Manchester → Los Angeles
$ 671
(fair price: $ 576)
Manchester → San Francisco
Manchester → San Francisco
Manchester → San Francisco
$ 715
(fair price: $ 584)
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
$ 635
(fair price: $ 506)
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
$ 680
(fair price: $ 580)
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
$ 398
(fair price: $ 336)
Edinburgh → San Francisco
Edinburgh → San Francisco
Edinburgh → San Francisco
$ 759
(fair price: $ 636)
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
$ 369
(fair price: $ 315)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
$ 533
(fair price: $ 427)
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
$ 361
(fair price: $ 308)
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
$ 600
(fair price: $ 553)
Los Angeles → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
$ 159
(fair price: $ 147)

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About the information on the cost of living in United States

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

Information about cost of living in United States updated on 23-03-2019.

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