Travel Cost Comparison USA vs. Belgium

USA or Belgium: which country is more expensive?

This comparison of travel costs between Belgium and the USA examines average prices across multiple categories. Please visit each country's individual budget page for more detailed information.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    USA $227
    Belgium $125
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    USA $108
    Belgium $60
  • Food Meals for one day
    USA $42
    Belgium $38
  • Water Bottled water for one day
    USA $14
    Belgium $3.27
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    USA $37
    Belgium $16
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    USA $51
    Belgium $12
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    USA $18
    Belgium $12
Should you visit the USA or Belgium?
Many Americans consider cost to be a limiting factor for visiting abroad. While plane tickets can be quite expensive, surprisingly, once you arrive, even European countries like Belgium can be more affordable than domestic travel. If you travel independently abroad, it is often more affordable than traveling within the United States. You can often find cheaper accommodation in Belgium than you would in the US, particularly if you're a budget traveler who's willing to stay in hostels. Even if you want higher end accommodation, deals are available.

Belgium is a very small country, so if you're short on time or don't want to travel to many different destinations, then Belgium is a good option. It's also relatively easy to integrate a trip to Belgium in to a trip to other parts of Europe. One great perk about visiting Belgium is that you can pick one base, and explore the country with several great day trips. The transportation network is excellent and if you don't want to spend a lot of time packing and unpacking, then this is the way to go.

Many people overlook Belgium when they're planning their trip to Europe, but the country is a great place to visit with a lot to offer all types of travelers.
When is the best time to visit the USA and Belgium?
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Belgium is a great country to visit anytime between April and October. There are a variety of music festivals during this time and the weather is quite pleasant. The crowds usually peak during the months of July and August, which is also when the prices are the highest. The Christmas season is also a nice time to visit when there is a lot to do and see.

If you decide to travel within the United States, it is important to remember that it's a vast country that covers a wide variety of landscapes and climates. You can really find somewhere to visit any time of the year. The southern United States and parts of California are lovely places to visit during the colder winter months. Many cities also have interesting holiday decorations if you're planning to be in the country during that time. Summer months can become very hot in the south, but the northern states are quite pleasant, even during the hottest months. In general, national parks are most crowded during the summer months.
Why is the USA more expensive than Belgium?
If you plan well, Belgium can be a surprisingly affordable country to visit. It remains a bit less popular with visitors than some countries in Europe, so there are still good deals to be found. It's also possible to base yourself in one place and explore the country with day trips. In general, the country's small size makes it very accessible and easy to explore in a short amount of time. Or, it's easy to incorporate a trip to Belgium into a longer trip through Europe.

In general, the US is an expensive place to visit. The high cost of living and the country's vast size mean that transportation costs can be quite expensive. If you really want to see a lot of the country, flying is really your best option. Amtrak is the most well known train system, but it is limited in where it goes and prices are quite high. If you want to explore the country's impressive national park system, a rental car is a must.

Hotels in the United States are also quite expensive. There are very few hostels throughout the country, particularly when compared to European countries, so accommodation prices can be more than you might expect. If you're driving, there is an extensive network of budget hotels along the interstates so prices between cities can be reasonable.
What are the most expensive and cheapest cities and regions in the USA and Belgium?
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Prices in Belgium are relatively consistent throughout. It's possible to find affordable hostels in most cities and towns, and there are a variety of restaurants with reasonable options as well. Travel times are also quite short within Belgium, so the cost of traveling between locations is reasonable

In the United States, the larger cities are some of the most expensive places to visit. New York City and San Francisco are notoriously expensive because of their high hotel costs and expensive restaurants. Still, there are plenty of affordable restaurants in these larger cities so it is possible to save some money. There is also plenty of free entertainment in larger cities, which can help you keep costs down.
How you can save money when visiting the USA and Belgium?
It's best to visit either Belgium during the spring or fall when the prices are a bit less and the crowds aren't as intense. If you want to save some money then this is a great time to explore the area.

Belgium can be explored through a series of day trips. Pick a base and then spend some time in nearby towns. This will give you a feel for the country in a shorter amount of time.

Buses are almost always cheaper than trains, so look into all of your transportation options before buying tickets.

Head to a local market and pick up some local produce and cheese. A picnic is a great way to enjoy local specialties without paying for an expensive sit down meal. It also lets you enjoy the atmosphere of the area.

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