Alaska travel budget

Alaska: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Alaska

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 58 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 8.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1502*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 152 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 39 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 4047*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 173 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 68 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 28 per person

Total budget:

$ 5942*

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Alaska compared to United States in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Alaska in 2020 is 14% higher than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Alaska in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):



Local prices in Alaska by expense type

Restaurant budget in Alaska

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Alaska is 34% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 16/person
($ 11 to $ 28)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 34/person
($ 28 to $ 55)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9.7/person
($ 8.7 to $ 14)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 7 for 500ml
($ 4.3 to $ 11)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 5.3 for 330ml
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

77% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5.1/cup
($ 3.2 to $ 6)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.6/can
($ 2.2 to $ 3.8)

38% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.5/bottle
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

63% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Alaska

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Alaska is 32% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 58/night
( $ 58)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 88/night
( $ 44)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 216/night
( $ 216)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 159/night
( $ 77)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 187/night
( $ 156)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510

Supermarket food budget in Alaska

On average, the price of supermarket food in Alaska is 43% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

49% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 4.2/500g
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 7.6/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 12)

87% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.6/12 eggs
($ 3.2 to $ 4.3)

52% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 20/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 30)

63% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.1/kg
($ 7.2 to $ 15)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 6.6/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 8.8)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 6.1/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 12)

49% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 5.5/kg
($ 2.2 to $ 8.4)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.8/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 4.8)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 2.6/salad
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

58% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 14/kg
($ 9.6 to $ 23)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Alaska

On average, the price of transport in Alaska is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.2/ticket
($ 2.2 to $ 3.2)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 66/month
($ 66 to $ 66)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 72
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 1.7 to $ 2.7)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 3 to $ 3.8)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3

Budget for living and housing in Alaska

On average, the cost of housing in Alaska is 29% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 292/month
($ 187 to $ 435)

78% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
( $ 0.1)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 138/month
($ 88 to $ 190)

106% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1367/month
($ 1087 to $ 2064)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1365
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1108/month
($ 924 to $ 1575)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1093
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2160/month
($ 1819 to $ 3258)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2192
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1876/month
($ 1710 to $ 2389)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1735
Gym
Gym
$ 83/month
($ 44 to $ 158)

114% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 1059/month
($ 707 to $ 1304)

12% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 950
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 8686/yr
( $ 8686)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16412

Leisure activity budget in Alaska

On average, budget for leisure activities in Alaska is 7% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 12 to $ 17)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 17/hr
( $ 17)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Alaska

On average, shopping budget in Alaska is 17% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 11/pack
($ 10 to $ 17)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 51
($ 39 to $ 72)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 42
($ 28 to $ 55)

12% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 93
($ 66 to $ 132)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 109
($ 72 to $ 175)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 98

Plane ticket budget

London → Washington D. C.
London → Washington D. C.
London → Washington D. C.
$ 735
(fair price: $ 572)
Dublin → Washington D. C.
Dublin → Washington D. C.
Dublin → Washington D. C.
$ 550
(fair price: $ 428)
Manchester → Washington D. C.
Manchester → Washington D. C.
Manchester → Washington D. C.
$ 714
(fair price: $ 587)
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
Edinburgh → Washington D. C.
$ 781
(fair price: $ 645)
Sydney → Washington D. C.
Sydney → Washington D. C.
Sydney → Washington D. C.
$ 1327
(fair price: $ 1089)
New York City → Washington D. C.
New York City → Washington D. C.
New York City → Washington D. C.
$ 245
(fair price: $ 157)
Los Angeles → Washington D. C.
Los Angeles  → Washington D. C.
Los Angeles  → Washington D. C.
$ 403
(fair price: $ 326)
Melbourne → Washington D. C.
Melbourne → Washington D. C.
Melbourne → Washington D. C.
$ 1436
(fair price: $ 1134)
Montreal → Washington D. C.
Montreal → Washington D. C.
Montreal → Washington D. C.
$ 348
(fair price: $ 304)
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
Toronto (Ontario) → Washington D. C.
$ 285
(fair price: $ 236)
Auckland → Washington D. C.
Auckland → Washington D. C.
Auckland → Washington D. C.
$ 1794
(fair price: $ 1287)
Perth → Washington D. C.
Perth → Washington D. C.
Perth → Washington D. C.
$ 1695
(fair price: $ 1445)

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About this information on the cost of living in Alaska

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

The information about the cost of living in Alaska was updated on 23-10-2020.

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