Travel Budget for New York City

New York, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to New York City?

How much money will you need in New York City? $228 is the average daily price for traveling in New York City. The average price of food for one day is $37. The average price of a hotel for a couple is $251. Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $228
  • One Week Per person
    $1,596
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $3,193
  • One Month Per person
    $6,842
  • One Week For a couple
    $3,193
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $6,386
  • One Month For a couple
    $13,684
How expensive is New York City?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $125
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $37
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $2.56
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $41
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $77
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $7.59
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $38
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $23
Last Updated: Oct 5, 2017
How much money do I need for New York City?
  • Comedy Show Tickets
    $56
  • Parking
    $24
  • Tolls
    $8.00
  • Flowers
    $16
  • City Map
    $8.00
  • Broadway Musical
    $111
  • Broadway Show Program
    $10
  • Subway
    $4.50
  • Gelato
    $7.50
  • Taxi Ride
    $8.00
  • Snacks for Two at Yankees Game
    $34
  • Coffee
    $6.53
  • Bottled Water
    $4.00
  • Jazz in the Park
    $65
  • Magazine
    $6.99
  • Subway
    $2.50
New York City flights, hotels, and rental cars
New York City tours and activities
New York City On a Budget
New York City New York City
The most populated city in the United States, New York City sits at the mouth of the Hudson River. It's a cultural, culinary, theatrical, and art center that has much to offer domestic and international travelers alike. The city covers an area of 305 square miles and has a population of about 8.2 million people in the city proper with 18.7 million in the metropolitan area.

The city is famously where you will find Ellis Island, which is the historical gateway for immigration to the United States. New York City's influence touches commerce, finance, media, art, technology and entertainment globally. It is also a center for international diplomacy and a financial capital for the world.

New York has a humid continental climate with long and cold winters and warm summers with high humidity.
Sights
There is no shortage of sights and attractions in New York City. You can't expect to fit everything into one visit, but there are a few places that you must see. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is truly a fascinating experience. Also make sure you visit the memorial at the sight of the World Trade Center. The New York Stock Exchange is worth a stroll, and the views from the top of the Empire State Building are quite impressive. A trip to New York isn't complete without a trip to Time Square and an evening at a Broadway show. There are some great options to pick up discount tickets so ask around to find out where you can get the best deal. Also make sure you allow yourself some time to visit the city's excellent museums and art scene, which are matched by no other.
Neighborhoods
The metropolitan New York City area has many boroughs, with Manhattan being the most famous and frequently visited. Brooklyn is the largest borough outside of Manhattan and is home to Coney Island as well and a great art and music scene. Queens has the city's two international airports and is one of the most ethnically diverse areas. The Bronx has the famous zoo, as well as botanical gardens and the popular Yankees baseball team. Staten Island is more suburban in character.

Within Manhattan, notable neighborhoods include Inwood, Harlem, Mornigside Heights, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown, Gramercy Park, Madison Square Park, Times Square, Chelsea, Union Square, East Village, Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, NoHo, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Lower East Side, and Lower Manhattan.

Activities
New York City is all about entertainment. The theaters are among the best in the world, so you must check out a show. Shopping is also excellent as are the concerts and street fairs. Parades are very common so don't be surprised if you stumble into a parade. If you're interested in a walking or bus tour, they are also available almost everywhere. Ask at your hotel or at any of the booths that are near tourist attractions.
Food and Dining
There are thousands of restaurants around New York that are for all styles, cuisines and budgets. The city is known for its diversity of ethnic cuisines so wander around and if you see a place that looks interesting, check it out. Of particular interest for visitors are the famous New York delis, street food, pizza, hot dogs and cheesecake. Also make sure you grab a bite in Little Italy, and pick up some dim sum in Chinatown. New York pizza is also some of the best, so find a hole in the wall restaurant and pick up a slice.
Transportation
In general, NYC is laid out like a grid. Streets run east and west while avenues run north and south. It's relatively easy to find your way once you understand the system. Streets are numbered increasing to the north. Avenues are numbered east to west.

The subway system in New York City, while old, is generally efficient and a good way to make your way around the city. If you're only traveling a short distance, walking is definitely the way to go though. Taxis seem abundant, but in a crunch it can be difficult to flag one down. They are also quite expensive and best avoided if you're on a tight budget.

If you plan to ride the buses or subway then you should buy a MetroCard. You can buy these cards at station booths, vending machines in the subway stations, at grocery stores, news stands or online.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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Food For Less

By PamelaTravels in Food
When dining in NYC you want to get you food off the beaten path. Go below 34th street out of the tourist district and you will find regular priced food and services.

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