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.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 10 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2374*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 193 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 46 per person
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 4876*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 269 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 77 per person
  • $ 33 per person
  • $ 28 per person

Total budget:

$ 7583*

* 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 2024

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 2024 is 19% 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
Santa Monica 51% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Santa Monica
San Luis Obispo 36% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Luis Obispo
New York City 35% moreTravel budget and cost of living in New York City
Bakersfield 34% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bakersfield
San Jose 34% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Jose
Palm Springs 32% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Palm Springs
Boston 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Boston
Seattle 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Seattle
Washington D. C. 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Washington D. C.
Hawaii (Honolulu) 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hawaii (Honolulu)
San Francisco 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Francisco
New Orleans 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in New Orleans
Key West 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Key West
Anchorage 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Anchorage
Chicago 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Chicago
Alaska 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Alaska
Fairbanks 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Fairbanks
Salt Lake City 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Salt Lake City
Miami 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Miami
Las Vegas 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Las Vegas
Dallas 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dallas
Los Angeles 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Los Angeles
Honolulu (Oahu) 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Honolulu (Oahu)
Atlanta 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Atlanta
Orlando 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Orlando
Baton Rouge 11% 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 14% more expensive than in England.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 21/person
($ 12 to $ 36)

4% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 20
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 38/person
($ 26 to $ 70)

3% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 39
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 11/person
($ 8.9 to $ 13)

23% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 8.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 6 for 500ml
($ 3.4 to $ 8.9)

4% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 5.7
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.5 for 330ml
($ 1.5 to $ 6.4)

16% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5/cup
($ 3 to $ 7.9)

25% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 4.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.5/can
($ 2 to $ 4)

12% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2/bottle
($ 1.5 to $ 3)

28% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.6

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
$ 170/night
($ 74 to $ 576)

30% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 132
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 157/night
($ 66 to $ 597)

11% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 142
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 229/night
($ 96 to $ 672)

54% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 150
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 308/night
($ 138 to $ 699)

73% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 179
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 482/night
($ 285 to $ 994)

118% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 222
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 164/month
($ 63 to $ 626)

34% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 123
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 242/month
($ 89 to $ 788)

4% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 235
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 212/month
($ 78 to $ 761)

17% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 182
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 224/month
($ 120 to $ 566)

66% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 136
Family room
Family room
$ 215/month
($ 75 to $ 766)

6% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 230

United States: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in the United States (USA) is 64% more expensive than in England.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 2)

32% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.6
Bread
Bread
$ 3.5/500g
($ 1.9 to $ 6.7)

129% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.6
Rice
Rice
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2 to $ 8.8)

126% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.7/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 6)

2% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3.7
Chicken
Chicken
$ 12/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 22)

44% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 8.3
Apples
Apples
$ 5.3/kg
($ 2.1 to $ 8.8)

95% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 2.7
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.8/kg
($ 2 to $ 8.7)

43% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 6.6)

107% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.4
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.1
($ 1 to $ 3.4)

62% 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) costs 13% less than in England.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.5/ticket
($ 1.3 to $ 4)

18% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3.1
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 1.3 to $ 3.1)

8% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

50% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 1.9
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.8
($ 2.6 to $ 7)

2% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 53/24hrs
($ 23 to $ 143)

3% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 55

United States: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in the United States (USA) is 33% more expensive than in England.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 10 to $ 21)

10% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 23/hr
($ 10 to $ 36)

56% 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 24% less than in England.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 10/pack
($ 7.9 to $ 18)

41% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 18
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 53
($ 30 to $ 81)

36% less than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 82
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 43
($ 25 to $ 70)

4% more than in EnglandEngland Average price in England: $ 41

Plane ticket budget

Toronto → New York City
Toronto → New York City
Toronto → New York City
$ 243
(fair price: $ 207)
Sydney → New York City
Sydney → New York City
Sydney → New York City
$ 1328
(fair price: $ 1161)
Montreal → New York City
Montreal → New York City
Montreal → New York City
$ 284
(fair price: $ 257)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 268
(fair price: $ 177)
Melbourne → New York City
Melbourne → New York City
Melbourne → New York City
$ 1636
(fair price: $ 1373)
Los Angeles → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
$ 373
(fair price: $ 297)
Sydney → Los Angeles
Sydney → Los Angeles
Sydney → Los Angeles
$ 1297
(fair price: $ 1047)
Melbourne → Los Angeles
Melbourne → Los Angeles
Melbourne → Los Angeles
$ 1557
(fair price: $ 1234)
Sydney → Honolulu (Oahu)
Sydney → Honolulu (Oahu)
Sydney → Honolulu (Oahu)
$ 894
(fair price: $ 721)
Los Angeles → Honolulu (Oahu)
Los Angeles  → Honolulu (Oahu)
Los Angeles  → Honolulu (Oahu)
$ 438
(fair price: $ 351)
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
$ 374
(fair price: $ 294)
New York City → Honolulu (Oahu)
New York City → Honolulu (Oahu)
New York City → Honolulu (Oahu)
$ 929
(fair price: $ 722)

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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, Skyscanner and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in the United States (USA) updated on 09-06-2024.

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