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Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Alice Springs?

You should plan to spend around $95 (AU$146) per day on your vacation in Alice Springs. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $24 (AU$37) on meals
  • $20 (AU$31) on local transportation
  • $100 (AU$154) on hotels

A one week trip to Alice Springs for two people costs, on average, $1,330 (AU$2,043). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of 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
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Alice Springs cost?

A one week trip to Alice Springs usually costs around $665 (AU$1,021) for one person and $1,330 (AU$2,043) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Alice Springs on average costs around $1,330 (AU$2,043) for one person and $2,661 (AU$4,085) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Alice Springs will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Alice Springs on average costs around $2,851 (AU$4,377) for one person and $5,702 (AU$8,754) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Alice Springs has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Alice Springs expensive to visit?

Prices in Alice Springs are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Alice Springs is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in the Pacific for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Lake Tekapo, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Sydney.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Alice Springs Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Alice Springs?

The average Alice Springs trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Alice Springs travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) AU$154 ($100)
Local Transportation 1 AU$31 ($20)
Food 2 AU$37 ($24)
Entertainment 1 AU$22 ($14)
Alcohol 2 AU$13 - 39 ($9 - 26)
Accommodation Budget in Alice Springs
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Alice Springs is $50 (AU$77). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Alice Springs is $100 (AU$154). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Alice Springs

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Transportation Budget in Alice Springs
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Alice Springs is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 (AU$31) per person, per day, on local transportation in Alice Springs.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Alice Springs
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Alice Springs can vary, the average cost of food in Alice Springs is $24 (AU$37) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Alice Springs should cost around $9.57 (AU$15) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Alice Springs is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Alice Springs
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  • Entertainment and activities in Alice Springs typically cost an average of $14 (AU$22) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Alice Springs
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  • The average person spends about $17 (AU$26) on alcoholic beverages in Alice Springs per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

What did other people spend on Alcohol in Alice Springs?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Alice Springs are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Alice Springs, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Glass of Wine in Alice Springs

Alice Springs On a Budget
Alice Springs Alice Springs Telegraph Station
Alice Springs is in the middle of Central Australia and is most famous as a base for exploring the famous rock, Uluru. Alice Springs itself has grown dramatically from what was once a small outpost. The tourist boom began in the early 1980s and the population is now somewhere around 28,000. The city now has all of the necessary facilities to cater to the influx of tourists who swing through to see Uluru. The town is 1500km from Darwin, which is the closest major city. Adelaide is just as far to the south. It's remote location means that costs can be higher than they are elsewhere in Australia. Expect to pay more for anything from fruits and vegetables to clothing and souvenirs. When making a reservation for a hotel, do note that the rating scale differs from elsewhere in Australia or in most western countries. The ratings come from the amenities available and have little to do with the actual room quality.

Alice Springs has a desert climate with highly variable weather from year to year. In particular, yearly rainfall can differ dramatically from one year to the next. Summer temperatures in Alice Springs can reach into the mid 40s Celsius with winter temperatures dropping to 6 degrees Celsius. There are about 12 freezing nights a year.
In addition to having Uluru, the surrounding landscape around Alice Springs is quite fascinating. It is made up of gorges and desert features that are striking in color, particularly at sunrise and sunset. There are also Aboriginal communities that have a fascinating and very informative history that they are eager to share. Visitors should also consider heading to Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in addition to the famed Uluru.

Other places worth visiting include the Alice Springs Desert Park, the Reptile Centre, and the Olive Pink Botanical Garden.

Historic sights in the area include the Adelaide House, the Old Timer's Museum, the Residency, the National Pioneer Womens Hall of Fame, the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, and the Alice Springs Cemetery.
Alice Springs is very near the center of the continent. It's about 1200 kilometers from the nearest ocean and 1500 kilometers from the nearest cities of Darwin and Adelaide. It's also the midway point for the Adelaide-Darwin Railway. The McDonnell Ranges are to the south. The roads in the area are quite flat and usually go around, instead of over the hills, in part to respect the sacred sites of the local Indigenous people.

There are a decent number of adventure activities that you can enjoy in and around Alice Springs. Balloon Rides are popular at sunrise. Bicycle or motorcycle tours are also available. Pyndan Camel Tracks is a unique one hour or half day camel tour of the area.

If you're itching to get in a round of golf, there's also a golf course in the area, complete with a clubhouse which offers drinks and snacks.
Food and Dining
As a growing tourist destination, Alice Springs offers a decent supply of restaurants and cafes. There are a few good sit down restaurants including a Thai restaurant and an excellent grill, Red Ochre Grill, which uses many indigenous ingredients. Other options include a steakhouse, Indian food, pizza, and pasta. If you just want to grab a drink, head to Town and Country, which is a pub that has a great atmosphere and some light meals.

There are also several fast food options available. McDonald's, KFC, Burger King, and Red Rooster are the main chains available, and several other less popular options as well. You can also pick up some food at Ling's Supermarket. They have Asian food such as noodles, rice, kim chi, and several frozen meals.

You can reach Alice Springs by plane, train, bus, or private car. Obviously the easiest way to travel to Alice Springs is by plane. There are flights in to Alice Springs from many major cities, but do note that Uluru actually has its own airport. If you're making a quick trip simply to see the rock, do not bother passing through Alice Springs.

Train tickets are actually more expensive than flights. The Ghan is the private tourist train that makes the trip from Adelaide and is quite an enjoyable experience, although not cheap. It does continue on to Darwin.

If you're planning to drive, you can expect a 17 hour trip from Darwin and an 18 hour trip from Adelaide. Coming from Adelaide, the Stuart Highway is in good condition and will pass through several towns including Coober Pedy.


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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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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