Barbados Travel Budget - Visit Barbados on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to Barbados?

You should plan to spend around $377 (B$758) per day on your vacation in Barbados. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $95 (B$192) on meals
  • $31 (B$62) on local transportation
  • $470 (B$947) on hotels

A one week trip to Barbados for two people costs, on average, $5,271 (B$10,618). 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
    $377
    B$758
  • One Week Per person
    $2,636
    B$5,309
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $5,271
    B$10,618
  • One Month Per person
    $11,296
    B$22,752
  • One Week For a couple
    $5,271
    B$10,618
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $10,543
    B$21,236
  • One Month For a couple
    $22,591
    B$45,505
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Barbados cost?

A one week trip to Barbados usually costs around $2,636 (B$5,309) for one person and $5,271 (B$10,618) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Barbados on average costs around $5,271 (B$10,618) for one person and $10,543 (B$21,236) 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 Barbados will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Barbados on average costs around $11,296 (B$22,752) for one person and $22,591 (B$45,505) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in Barbados?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Barbados is $464 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.



Independent Travel

Traveling Independently 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 Barbados expensive to visit?

Barbados is a somewhat more expensive destination to visit. It is in the top 25% of countries in the world for its overall travel expenses. When visiting, expect to pay fairly high prices for accommodation, food, and things to do.

Within the Caribbean Islands, which is known to be an expensive region, Barbados is very expensive compared to the other countries. It is in the top 10% of countries in the Caribbean Islands for its travel costs. There are only a few countries as expensive or more expensive than Barbados in the region.

For more details, see Is Barbados Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Barbados?

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


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) B$947 ($470)
Local Transportation 1 B$62 ($31)
Food 2 B$192 ($95)
Entertainment 1 B$214 ($106)
Alcohol 2 B$26 - 79 ($13 - 39)
Accommodation Budget in Barbados
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Barbados is $235 (B$474). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Barbados is $470 (B$947). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $235
    B$474
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $470
    B$947

Hotel Prices in Barbados

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

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Barbados based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $267. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Barbados
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Barbados is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $31 (B$62) per person, per day, on local transportation in Barbados.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $31
    B$62

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What did other people spend on Local Transportation?

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


  • Minibus Ride
    B$1.50
  • Taxi From Airport
    B$36
  • Taxi From Airport
    B$36
  • Taxi From Airport
    B$76


Food Budget in Barbados
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Barbados can vary, the average cost of food in Barbados is $95 (B$192) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Barbados should cost around $38 (B$77) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Barbados is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $95
    B$192


Entertainment Budget in Barbados
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Barbados typically cost an average of $106 (B$214) 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.
    $106
    B$214

Recommended Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Barbados are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Barbados, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • 1/2 Day Windsurfing Equipment Rental
    B$120
  • 1/2 Day Windsurfing Equipment Rental
    B$120
  • 1/2 Hr Helicopter Tour
    B$350
  • Turtle & Shipwreck Tour
    B$80


Alcohol Budget in Barbados
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $26 (B$53) on alcoholic beverages in Barbados per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $26
    B$53

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Barbados on a Budget
Barbados Snorkeling in Barbados
The Caribbean island of Barbados is located northeast of Venezuela. The country remains closely tied to its British roots. Cricket is the national sport and afternoon tea remains popular. Historical homes create much of the character on the island and the unique pink and white sand beaches contrast the dramatic turquoise waters for a stunning effect.

There are eleven parishes in Barbados which can be divided into four distinct regions. Bridgetown is the capital city and together with the surrounding areas of Saint Michael Parish, this first region is the most populous part of the country. Central Eastern Barbados includes the parishes of Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph and Saint Thomas. This region is along the east coast of the island which is also the rugged Atlantic side. Western Barbados includes the parishes of Saint James, Saint Peter and Saint Lucy. This is along the calm, Caribbean Sea side of the island. Finally, Southern Barbados includes the parishes of Christ Church and Saint Thomas. This region also houses St. Lawrence Gap, a lively area full of bars and restaurants, Oistins, and Grantley Adams International Airport.

Grantley Adams International Airport is the largest international airport on the island. It is located 13 kilometers east of Bridgetown and there are buses and minibuses that travel from a stop across the street from the airport to Bridgetown, Holetown, and Speightstown.

If you're arriving by cruise ship then you will likely dock in the Bridgetown deep water harbour. There are plenty of taxis waiting as you and there are also shuttle buses that travel to and from downtown Bridgetown for a reasonable price.
At A Glance
  • Vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road in Barbados. Taxis are abundant and are generally reasonably priced. You must negotiate the price before you get in the vehicle though as they do not use meters. If you're not sure how far away your destination is, ask an employee at your hotel what the cab rate should be before beginning to negotiate a ride.

  • There is an extensive bus system in Barbados. It is one of the cheapest ways to travel around and is very easy if you're going along a popular route. The public buses are operated by the Barbados Transport Board and are blue in color. Private buses are yellow or white and can have a festive atmosphere. Public buses require exact change while private buses will give you change (and often accept US dollars). If you want to go to more off the beaten path destinations you will likely want to hire a car.

  • The country's official language is English, but many locals also speak Bajan which is an English based creole language. This dialect uses many West African idioms and expressions. Generally, communication in Barbados is easy and straightforward.

  • Many people travel to Barbados for its popular watersports. Surfing is popular and one of the best places to go is Soup Bowl, which is on the eastern coast. The south coast also has great surf, with a spot at Silver Sands even being part of the world windsurfing tour.

  • The local currency is the Bajan dollar, which is locked to the US dollar at a 2:1 ratio. Most restaurants and shops that cater to tourists will accept US dollars. There are many duty free shops that cater to visitors and cruise ship passengers. Jewelry stores are common and Cave Shepherd department store has a wide variety of goods. Many people choose to buy rum on the island as it is excellent quality.

  • There are a wide range of accommodation types available in Barbados. Whether you're looking for small guest houses, bed and breakfasts, luxury accommodation, or resort like villas, you will have plenty to choose from.

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Top Tourist Attractions
Andromeda Botanical Gardens: These gardens are both peaceful and beautiful. They are found in Bathsheba on the eastern coast in the parish of St. Joseph. The pathways wander by orchids, palms and bougainvillea and let you see peaceful streams and small ponds.

Kensington Oval: Cricket is a popular activity throughout Barbados and Kensington Oval is the place to go see a match. Even if there are no matches when you're in town, consider swinging by anyway. It dates back to 1882 and has a gift shop where you can buy Cricket memorabilia and souvenirs.

Barbados Museum: This museum is found in St. Michael in the Garrison Savannah area. It has information about the history of Barbados, nature, wildlife, archeology, housing, art, military, and Barbados' African roots.

Popular Foods
The cuisine of Barbados has been influenced by a variety of countries such as England, Portugal, Spain and West Africa. The food is typically made from local food options such as rice, fish and guava. Today, many restaurants offer local specialties at reasonable prices.

Coucou & Flying Fish: This dish is a favorite in Barbados. It's made with corn meal, okra and flying fish. It is topped with a sauce that is made from tomato, onions, chives, thyme, fresh pepper, garlic and more. The fish is prepared by either steaming, frying or grilling it.

Pepperpot: This traditional dish actually originated in Guyana but has become popular in Barbados. It is a stewed meat dish that is made with spices and hot peppers. A variety of meats can be used but pork, beef or mutton are the most popular. The stew is generally served with bread and butter. (Pepperpot Recipe here)

Cutters: This local sandwich dish is made from salt bread and is filled with a variety of savory fillings. These include flying fish, ham, and cheese options.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



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.