New York City travel budget

New York City: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to New York City

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in New York City for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 107 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2384*

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 196 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 55 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 18 per person

Total budget:

$ 5400*

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 271 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 101 per person
  • $ 46 per person
  • $ 36 per person

Total budget:

$ 8838*

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


Cost of living in New York City compared to United States in 2021

On average, the cost of living in New York City in 2021 is 53% 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 New York City in 2021 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in New York City by expense type

Restaurant budget in New York City

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in New York City is 35% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 26/person
($ 13 to $ 44)

63% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 53/person
($ 36 to $ 76)

68% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9.7/person
($ 8 to $ 13)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 8 for 500ml
($ 5.4 to $ 9.7)

60% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 5.4)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5/cup
($ 3.7 to $ 6.5)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.3/can
($ 1.6 to $ 3.7)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.9/bottle
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in New York City

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in New York City is 45% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 143/night
($ 104 to $ 190)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 170/night
($ 120 to $ 235)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 223/night
($ 159 to $ 303)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 318/night
($ 236 to $ 446)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 598/night
($ 426 to $ 837)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 120/month
($ 95 to $ 150)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 267/month
($ 175 to $ 396)

59% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 348/month
($ 161 to $ 612)

111% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 201/month
($ 125 to $ 311)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 459/month
($ 220 to $ 905)

164% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in New York City

On average, the price of supermarket food in New York City is 59% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.7)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 4.1/500g
($ 2.4 to $ 5.9)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 7/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 14)

77% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 4.1/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 5.4)

75% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 15/kg
($ 7.2 to $ 24)

58% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 6.9/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 12)

53% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 6.3/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 12)

48% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 4.9/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 9.4)

90% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2.5
($ 1.1 to $ 3.5)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Public and private transport budget in New York City

On average, the price of transport in New York City is 38% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3/ticket
($ 3 to $ 3.2)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.5/km
($ 1.7 to $ 4.7)

54% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

23% 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
($ 2.6 to $ 5.9)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 72/24hrs
($ 23 to $ 200)

82% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in New York City

On average, budget for leisure activities in New York City is 93% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 18/ticket
($ 17 to $ 22)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 39/hr
($ 22 to $ 49)

140% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in New York City

On average, shopping budget in New York City is 50% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 17/pack
($ 14 to $ 18)

100% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 58
($ 33 to $ 108)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 46
($ 22 to $ 82)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
Manchester → New York City
$ 555
(fair price: $ 463)
London → New York City
London → New York City
London → New York City
$ 412
(fair price: $ 371)
Los Angeles → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
Los Angeles  → New York City
$ 269
(fair price: $ 219)
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
Dublin → New York City
$ 451
(fair price: $ 384)
Edinburgh → New York City
Edinburgh → New York City
Edinburgh → New York City
$ 640
(fair price: $ 499)
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
Toronto (Ontario) → New York City
$ 205
(fair price: $ 174)


About this information on the cost of living in New York City

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

The information about the cost of living in New York City was updated on 21-06-2021.

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