Travel budget and cost of living in Vietnam how much does a trip cost?

Are you planning to go to Vietnam and need to budget for your trip? On this page you can see sample prices. This enables you to get to grips with actual prices and the cost of living in Vietnam. Then, why not use our free tool to calculate your Vietnam travel budget.

Travel budget in Vietnam

Vietnam: calculate your travel budget

Vietnam: sample budgets by traveller type

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 15 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.2 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 367* (8040228 VND)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 37 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • $ 4.3 per person
  • $ 3.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1000* (21936222 VND)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 9.9 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 1827* (40090946 VND)

* 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 Vietnam in 2019

Cost of living: Vietnam VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Vietnam in 2019 is 54% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Vietnam in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Vietnam by city

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

Cities /Vietnam View Details
Soc Trang 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Soc Trang
Vinh Long 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Vinh Long
Viet Tri 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Viet Tri
Tan An 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Tan An
Vinh 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Vinh
Yen Bai 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Yen Bai
Ho Chi Minh City 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City
Hanoi 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hanoi
Da Nang 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Da Nang
Hoi An 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hoi An

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Local prices in Vietnam by expense type

Restaurant budget in Vietnam

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Vietnam costs 67% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 1.8/person
($ 1.3 to $ 2.7)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 9.1/person
($ 6.8 to $ 12)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.1/person
($ 3.6 to $ 5.5)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.3 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.8/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Vietnam

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Vietnam costs 70% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 18/night
($ 12 to $ 26)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 28/night
($ 16 to $ 47)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 46/night
($ 26 to $ 79)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 91/night
($ 59 to $ 143)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 232/night
($ 137 to $ 380)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 20/month
($ 12 to $ 29)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 76/month
($ 38 to $ 150)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 78/month
($ 40 to $ 147)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 26/month
($ 15 to $ 45)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Vietnam

On average, the price of supermarket food in Vietnam costs 41% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.8)

73% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.4/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 1.7)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 15/kg
($ 6.8 to $ 30)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.5/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 4.5)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.1)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

63% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 1.3)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.6
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 10.3/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 14)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Vietnam

On average, the price of transport in Vietnam costs 61% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 9.1/month
($ 4.5 to $ 9.1)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.5
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4

Budget for living and housing in Vietnam

On average, the cost of housing in Vietnam costs 61% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 63/month
($ 38 to $ 103)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 12/month
($ 7.5 to $ 20)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 404/month
($ 228 to $ 680)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 260/month
($ 137 to $ 455)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 862/month
($ 455 to $ 1587)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 525/month
($ 318 to $ 942)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 24/month
($ 13 to $ 46)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 146/month
($ 69 to $ 228)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 7844/yr
($ 3627 to $ 15490)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Vietnam

On average, budget for leisure activities in Vietnam costs 61% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.6/ticket
($ 3 to $ 4.5)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.6/hr
($ 3.9 to $ 14)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Vietnam

On average, shopping budget in Vietnam costs 19% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 1.2/pack
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 46
($ 23 to $ 91)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 34
($ 20 to $ 55)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 93
($ 58 to $ 127)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 87
($ 46 to $ 137)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Hanoi
London → Hanoi
London → Hanoi
$ 878
(fair price: $ 751)
London → Ho Chi Minh City
London → Ho Chi Minh City
London → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 832
(fair price: $ 685)
Los Angeles → Ho Chi Minh City
Los Angeles  → Ho Chi Minh City
Los Angeles  → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 787
(fair price: $ 702)
Manchester → Ho Chi Minh City
Manchester → Ho Chi Minh City
Manchester → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 879
(fair price: $ 781)
Dublin → Hanoi
Dublin → Hanoi
Dublin → Hanoi
$ 812
(fair price: $ 717)
Manchester → Hanoi
Manchester → Hanoi
Manchester → Hanoi
$ 942
(fair price: $ 850)
New York City → Hanoi
New York City → Hanoi
New York City → Hanoi
$ 1023
(fair price: $ 886)
Dublin → Ho Chi Minh City
Dublin → Ho Chi Minh City
Dublin → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 924
(fair price: $ 856)
New York City → Ho Chi Minh City
New York City → Ho Chi Minh City
New York City → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 972
(fair price: $ 844)
Toronto (Ontario) → Ho Chi Minh City
Toronto (Ontario) → Ho Chi Minh City
Toronto (Ontario) → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 1122
(fair price: $ 950)
Los Angeles → Hanoi
Los Angeles  → Hanoi
Los Angeles  → Hanoi
$ 880
(fair price: $ 806)
Edinburgh → Ho Chi Minh City
Edinburgh → Ho Chi Minh City
Edinburgh → Ho Chi Minh City
$ 983
(fair price: $ 900)
Edinburgh → Hanoi
Edinburgh → Hanoi
Edinburgh → Hanoi
$ 1022
(fair price: $ 925)
Toronto (Ontario) → Hanoi
Toronto (Ontario) → Hanoi
Toronto (Ontario) → Hanoi
$ 1296
(fair price: $ 977)

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About the information on the cost of living in Vietnam

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

Information about cost of living in Vietnam updated on 22-03-2019.

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