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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:

  • $ 91 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1939*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 151 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3897*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 218 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 57 per person
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 26 per person

Total budget:

$ 6265*

* 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 15% 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 86% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kaunakakai
Kailua 65% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kailua
New York City 64% moreTravel budget and cost of living in New York City
San Francisco 36% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Francisco
Seattle 31% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Seattle
Kahului 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kahului
Honolulu (Oahu) 21% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Honolulu (Oahu)
Washington D. C. 25% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Washington D. C.
Chicago 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Chicago
Los Angeles 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Los Angeles
Miami 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Miami
San Diego 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in San Diego
Anchorage 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Anchorage
Key West 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Key West
Alaska 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Alaska
Portland 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Portland
Austin 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Austin
Fort Lauderdale 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Fort Lauderdale
Nashville 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nashville
Orlando 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Orlando
Tampa 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tampa
New Orleans 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in New Orleans
Palm Springs 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Palm Springs
Dallas 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dallas
Houston 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Houston
Myrtle Beach 17% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Myrtle Beach
Baton Rouge 22% 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 7% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 15/person
($ 10.6 to $ 22)

8% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 28/person
($ 20 to $ 39)

14% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.4/person
($ 6.5 to $ 9.3)

6% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 7.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.3 for 500ml
($ 3.2 to $ 6.5)

10% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 5)

24% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.5
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.3/cup
($ 3.2 to $ 5.4)

21% 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)

15% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.6/bottle
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

26% 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 41% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 107/night
($ 76 to $ 144)

31% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 82
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 125/night
($ 88 to $ 161)

34% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 94
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 177/night
($ 121 to $ 237)

56% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 114
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 259/night
($ 177 to $ 340)

76% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 147
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 502/night
($ 367 to $ 603)

106% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 244
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 120/month
($ 106 to $ 136)

57% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 77
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 163/month
($ 107 to $ 249)

35% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 251
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 167/month
($ 104 to $ 265)

7% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 156
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 213/month
($ 151 to $ 296)

92% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 112
Family room
Family room
$ 176/month
($ 115 to $ 284)

13% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 204

Supermarket food budget in United States

On average, the price of supermarket food in United States is 65% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

29% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.2
Bread
Bread
$ 2.7/500g
($ 1.8 to $ 4.1)

107% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.3
Rice
Rice
$ 4.2/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7)

232% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.4/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 3.7)

4% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 12/kg
($ 7 to $ 18)

52% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 7.4
Chicken
Chicken
$ 9.1/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 16)

17% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 7.8
Apples
Apples
$ 4.7/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7)

94% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.4
Oranges
Oranges
$ 4.3/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7)

90% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 4.3/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 7)

81% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 4.7)

72% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1.7/salad
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

62% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.9
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

45% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1.3
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 7.4 to $ 20)

20% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 10.2

Public and private transport budget in United States

On average, the price of transport in United States costs 15% less than in England (United Kingdom).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.4/ticket
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

26% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 3.3
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 76/month
($ 41 to $ 108)

9% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 83
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.8/km
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

28% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 2.5
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

55% 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 $ 5.4)

15% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 4.1
Car hire
Car hire
$ 40/24hrs
($ 20 to $ 137)

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 18% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 163/month
($ 95 to $ 268)

17% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 198
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

13% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 67/month
($ 49 to $ 97)

60% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 42
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1352/month
($ 801 to $ 2240)

37% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 993
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1066/month
($ 641 to $ 1759)

34% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 797
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2210/month
($ 1280 to $ 3732)

35% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1642
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1725/month
($ 1068 to $ 2879)

36% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1272
Gym
Gym
$ 39/month
($ 22 to $ 70)

5% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 944/month
($ 481 to $ 1600)

19% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 1176
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 18299/yr
($ 10660 to $ 25584)

5% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 17501

Leisure activity budget in United States

On average, budget for leisure activities in United States is 6% more expensive than in England (United Kingdom).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 13/ticket
($ 9.6 to $ 15)

6% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 17/hr
($ 17 to $ 34)

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 15% less than in England (United Kingdom).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 7.4/pack
($ 6.3 to $ 9.9)

45% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 14
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 47
($ 33 to $ 65)

41% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 79
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 22 to $ 54)

6% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 79
($ 54 to $ 108)

5% less than in England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 102
($ 65 to $ 161)

21% more than England (United Kingdom)England (United Kingdom) Average price in England (United Kingdom): $ 84

Plane ticket budget

Dublin → Miami (Florida)
Dublin → Miami (Florida)
Dublin → Miami (Florida)
$ 668
(fair price: $ 587)
Edinburgh → New York City
Edinburgh → New York City
Edinburgh → New York City
$ 710
(fair price: $ 562)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
Manchester → Miami (Florida)
$ 800
(fair price: $ 578)
London → Washington D. C.
London → Washington D. C.
London → Washington D. C.
$ 793
(fair price: $ 636)
Manchester → Washington D. C.
Manchester → Washington D. C.
Manchester → Washington D. C.
$ 807
(fair price: $ 643)
Dublin → Washington D. C.
Dublin → Washington D. C.
Dublin → Washington D. C.
$ 593
(fair price: $ 505)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
Edinburgh → Miami (Florida)
$ 710
(fair price: $ 612)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
Toronto (Ontario) → Miami (Florida)
$ 449
(fair price: $ 376)
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
$ 768
(fair price: $ 636)
Los Angeles → Miami (Florida)
Los Angeles  → Miami (Florida)
Los Angeles  → Miami (Florida)
$ 470
(fair price: $ 394)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
New York City → Miami (Florida)
$ 327
(fair price: $ 257)
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
$ 433
(fair price: $ 397)
Los Angeles → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
$ 373
(fair price: $ 324)
Montreal → Miami (Florida)
Montreal → Miami (Florida)
Montreal → Miami (Florida)
$ 506
(fair price: $ 418)
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 619
(fair price: $ 490)
Montreal → New York City
Montreal → New York City
Montreal → New York City
$ 236
(fair price: $ 217)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
London → Miami (Florida)
$ 654
(fair price: $ 521)
Montreal → Washington D. C.
Montreal → Washington D. C.
Montreal → Washington D. C.
$ 352
(fair price: $ 317)
New York City → Washington D. C.
New York City → Washington D. C.
New York City → Washington D. C.
$ 333
(fair price: $ 185)
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
$ 262
(fair price: $ 244)
Los Angeles → Washington D. C.
Los Angeles  → Washington D. C.
Los Angeles  → Washington D. C.
$ 390
(fair price: $ 340)
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
$ 229
(fair price: $ 217)
London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 463
(fair price: $ 425)
Perth → New York City
Perth → New York City
Perth → New York City
$ 1428
(fair price: $ 1268)
Sydney → New York City
Sydney → New York City
Sydney → New York City
$ 1186
(fair price: $ 1046)
Melbourne → New York City
Melbourne → New York City
Melbourne → New York City
$ 1289
(fair price: $ 1148)
Auckland → New York City
Auckland → New York City
Auckland → New York City
$ 1508
(fair price: $ 1265)
Sydney → Miami (Florida)
Sydney → Miami (Florida)
Sydney → Miami (Florida)
$ 1632
(fair price: $ 1370)
Dublin → Los Angeles
Dublin → Los Angeles
Dublin → Los Angeles
$ 686
(fair price: $ 594)
Manchester → Los Angeles
Manchester → Los Angeles
Manchester → Los Angeles
$ 691
(fair price: $ 572)
Manchester → San Francisco
Manchester → San Francisco
Manchester → San Francisco
$ 697
(fair price: $ 574)
Dublin → San Francisco
Dublin → San Francisco
Dublin → San Francisco
$ 729
(fair price: $ 604)
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
Edinburgh → Los Angeles
$ 700
(fair price: $ 592)
Edinburgh → San Francisco
Edinburgh → San Francisco
Edinburgh → San Francisco
$ 756
(fair price: $ 618)
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
Toronto (Ontario) → Los Angeles
$ 388
(fair price: $ 327)
Montreal → Los Angeles
Montreal → Los Angeles
Montreal → Los Angeles
$ 506
(fair price: $ 410)
Montreal → San Francisco
Montreal → San Francisco
Montreal → San Francisco
$ 538
(fair price: $ 461)
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
Toronto (Ontario) → San Francisco
$ 512
(fair price: $ 428)
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
New York City → Los Angeles
$ 366
(fair price: $ 309)
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
London → San Francisco
$ 622
(fair price: $ 494)
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
New York City → San Francisco
$ 357
(fair price: $ 300)
Los Angeles → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
Los Angeles  → San Francisco
$ 152
(fair price: $ 141)
London → Anchorage
London → Anchorage
London → Anchorage
$ 1143
(fair price: $ 1023)
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
London → Los Angeles
$ 612
(fair price: $ 545)
Perth → Los Angeles
Perth → Los Angeles
Perth → Los Angeles
$ 1197
(fair price: $ 1063)
Auckland → Los Angeles
Auckland → Los Angeles
Auckland → Los Angeles
$ 1044
(fair price: $ 875)
New York City → Anchorage
New York City → Anchorage
New York City → Anchorage
$ 689
(fair price: $ 607)
Los Angeles → Anchorage
Los Angeles  → Anchorage
Los Angeles  → Anchorage
$ 484
(fair price: $ 445)
Melbourne → Los Angeles
Melbourne → Los Angeles
Melbourne → Los Angeles
$ 1101
(fair price: $ 938)
Sydney → San Francisco
Sydney → San Francisco
Sydney → San Francisco
$ 1053
(fair price: $ 933)
Sydney → Los Angeles
Sydney → Los Angeles
Sydney → Los Angeles
$ 1005
(fair price: $ 878)
Melbourne → San Francisco
Melbourne → San Francisco
Melbourne → San Francisco
$ 1151
(fair price: $ 970)
Perth → San Francisco
Perth → San Francisco
Perth → San Francisco
$ 1352
(fair price: $ 1127)
Auckland → San Francisco
Auckland → San Francisco
Auckland → San Francisco
$ 1326
(fair price: $ 1015)

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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 16-05-2019.

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