Travel Budget for Melbourne Visit Melbourne on a Budget or Travel in Style

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Melbourne?

Budget-Friendly Travel Planning

How much money will you need for your trip to Melbourne? You should plan to spend around AU$274 ($176) per day on your vacation in Melbourne, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, AU$46 ($30) on meals for one day and AU$30 ($19) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Melbourne for a couple is AU$370 ($238). So, a trip to Melbourne for two people for one week costs on average AU$3,833 ($2,465). 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
This data comes from the travel budgets of real travelers - How it works. Put these numbers on your website.

A vacation to Melbourne for one week usually costs around AU$1,916 for one person. So, a trip to Melbourne for two people costs around AU$3,833 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs AU$7,666 in Melbourne. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 Melbourne can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Melbourne? How much money do I need for Melbourne?

How much does a trip to Melbourne cost? Is Melbourne cheap or expensive? The average Melbourne trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Melbourne prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Melbourne
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Melbourne is AU$185. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Melbourne is AU$370. 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 Melbourne

Looking for a hotel in Melbourne? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

Find the best hotel for your travel style.


Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Melbourne based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $111. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world.

Recommended Properties

Transportation Budget in Melbourne
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Melbourne is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent AU$30 per person, per day, on local transportation in Melbourne.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Recommended Services

Flights to Melbourne
How much does it cost to go to Melbourne? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Melbourne
The price of renting a car in Melbourne will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

What did other people spend on Transportation in Melbourne?

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

  • Airport Bus
  • Tram Ride

Food Budget in Melbourne
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Melbourne can vary, the average cost of food in Melbourne is AU$46 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Melbourne should cost around AU$19 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Melbourne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Melbourne?

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

  • Coffee
  • Pizza

Entertainment Budget in Melbourne
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Melbourne typically cost an average of AU$42 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.

Recommended Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in Melbourne
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Melbourne is AU$63 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Melbourne is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Melbourne
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about AU$25 on alcoholic beverages in Melbourne 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 Melbourne?

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

  • Bottle of Wine

Water Budget in Melbourne
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend AU$1.88 on bottled water in Melbourne per day. The public water in Melbourne is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Melbourne On a Budget
Melbourne Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, after Sydney. It is also the capital city of the state of Victoria, in southeastern Australia. Melbourne is arguably the best city to experience culture and the arts in Australia. There is a friendly rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney over livability and popularity and Melbourne is definitely the city to visit for its parks, shopping, restaurants, galleries and theaters. Like Sydney, it is situated on the water, at the head of Port Phillip Bay. It's a beautiful city, and although it lacks the major sights that you'll find in Sydney such as the Sydney Opera House or the Harbour Bridge, you will never find yourself lacking for entertainment. It is also a wonderful base for exploring many of the nearby highlights, including Grampians National Park, The Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island where you can view the penguin parade.

Melbourne has a temperate oceanic climate. Because the city sits on the boundary between very hot inland areas and the cool southern ocean it is prone to abrupt and unpredictable changes in weather conditions. This is most common in the spring and summer months when cold fronts can form that cause gales or severe thunderstorms and hail storms. Temperatures in the summer months can climb to 35 or 40 degrees Celsius. Winters are cool with temperatures around 14 degrees.
Melbourne has countless attractions for visitors. Many entertainment options are found in the city center. Some of the most popular include Flinders Street Railway Station, Eureka Tower, the Parliament House of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market, the State Library, Southgate, Federation Square, the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Yarra, and the Shrine of Remembrance. There are many historical sights in Carlton and the Melbourne Zoo is in Parkville. For beachside nightlife head to St. Kilda.
Melbourne's City Center has the central business district and the historical core of the city. The cosmopolitan Docklands area is also included here. The area is very energetic with a great nightlife and restaurant scene. Southbank is a good area to visit for entertainment, fine dining, river trips. St. Kilda has many beaches and restaurants. South Melbourne is where you'll find Port Melbourne and Albert Park. Inner North has Carlton, Parkville, and North Melbourne, and Inner East has Fitzroy, Richmond, and Collingwood. Stonnington has Toorak, Prahran, and South Yarra.

There are many cultural and outdoor activities to enjoy around Melbourne. There is interesting street art around town that you can explore. There is also a great live music scene as well as many sporting events and shows to experience. During the many public holidays in Australia, Melbourne puts on a variety of activities, festivals, and events.

Melbourne also makes a great base to explore the surrounding areas in Victoria. Plenty of day trips and weekend trips from Melbourne make for some amazing experiences. While the Great Ocean Road is popular, you can also visit the wine region or Phillip Island to see some wildlife.
Food and Dining
Food in Melbourne is very diverse, international, and somewhat expensive. The service is usually quite good and a ten percent tip is the norm. If you receive excellent service then a higher tip is always appreciated, and if you are unhappy with the service you receive, this can also be reflected in your tip. Restaurant options are plentiful and you'll find some of the more touristy options in the Carlton area. Southbank and Victoria Street also have many options. In the Richmond area you'll find the most budget friendly options including Vietnamese and Southeast Asian restaurants. If you're looking for Middle Eastern food head to Sydney Road in Brunswick and Coburg.

Although Melbourne is quite large, you'll find most of the sights in close proximity to each other within the city center. There is no need to rent a car while visiting Melbourne as there is a successful public transit system known at Metlink. Metlink includes trams, trains and buses that will likely get you anywhere you need in the city with little hassle. If you're planning to be in Melbourne for less than five days, purchase day passes which are about $7 to stay within Zone 1. Do keep in mind that on weekends single ticket fares are cheaper and it may not be worth purchasing a full day ticket. Evaluate ahead of time before you commit.

Suburban trains leave from Flinders Street Station and many go through the City Loop connecting to Southern Cross Station. Trains are frequent but can be crowded during peak hours. Melbourne has one of the largest tram networks in the world. It goes through much of the inner and middle suburbs. There's a free City Circle tram that goes through the central business district and Docklands area. Buses fill in where trains and trams don't go. They typically travel to major shopping areas in the middle and outer suburbs.
Looking for a party? Find a hostel in Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, or along the Gold Coast.
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.

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.

Search for Travel Costs

Some of the links on this website are sponsored or affiliate links which help to financially support this site. By clicking the link and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission, but this does not affect the price of your purchase.