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Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Boston? You should plan to spend around $100 per day on your vacation in Boston, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $20 on meals for one day and $13 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Boston for a couple is $125. So, a trip to Boston for two people for one week costs on average $1,406. 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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A vacation to Boston for one week usually costs around $703 for one person. So, a trip to Boston for two people costs around $1,406 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $2,812 in Boston. 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 Boston can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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

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

Accommodation Budget in Boston
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Boston is $62. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Boston is $125. 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 Boston

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Boston based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $233. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Boston
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Boston is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Boston.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Boston
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Rental Cars in Boston
The price of renting a car in Boston 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 Boston?

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

  • Taxi
  • Subway Daily Pass

Food Budget in Boston
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Boston can vary, the average cost of food in Boston is $20 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Boston should cost around $8.16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Boston is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Boston
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The Go City Boston Pass offers great discounts on attractions in Boston. With the Go City Explorer pass, you can choose to visit specific sights and attractions at a discount. Or, you can visit as many included attractions as you like with a multi-day All-Inclusive Pass. The average visitor saves 30% off of the regular admission prices.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Boston?

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

  • Two Tickets to Celtics Game
  • Duck Tour

Tips and Handouts Budget in Boston
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Boston is $5.00 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Boston is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Boston
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  • The average person spends about $11 on alcoholic beverages in Boston per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Boston
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  • On average, people spend $2.11 on bottled water in Boston per day. The public water in Boston is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Boston On a Budget
Boston Boston Harbor
Boston is one of the oldest and most historic cities in New England. It is also the capital of the state of Massachusetts and the largest city in the region. The city proper covers 48 square miles and has a population of more than 600,000. The Greater Boston area has 4.5 million people and is the tenth largest metropolitan area in the country.

The city itself is quite beautiful, particularly during the fall months when the leaves on the trees turn to beautiful, bright colors. Spring is also beautiful, after the snow melts and the flowers come into bloom. The city's beauty and rich history make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. It gets an estimated 16.3 million visitors a year.

Boston is also home to many famous colleges including Harvard, MIT, and Tufts University. The large number of universities mean the general population in Boston is actually quite young. As such, this means there are endless activities and events you can attend as a visitor.
There are a large number of museums throughout Boston including the Boston Children's Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Art Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Institute of Contemporary Art, MIT Museum, and the impressive New England Aquarium. Also be sure and head to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which are two of Boston's oldest markets. Today they are primarily geared toward tourists. There are also some wonderful walking tours you can take in Boston. Do the Freedom Trail, which will take you by some of Boston's most famous historic sights and landmarks and offer you a basic history lesson.
Boston is a city of neighborhoods. Back Bay is an upscale area popular for shopping. Beacon Hill is famous for its gas-lit street lanterns. Charlestown is home to the Bunker Hill Monument. The Downtown area has the majority of the tourist attractions including Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. North End is the city's Italian neighborhood. It has some excellent restaurants. Chinatown has great Asian restaurants and herbalists. South End has many of the famous Victorian brownstones and South Boston is a residential area with a waterfront. It also has the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Other notable neighborhoods include Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway-Kenmore, the Financial District, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury.

There is no shortage of festivals in Boston throughout the year. Some of the most famous are the St. Patrick's Day events, the Boston Marathon, Boston Pride, The Feast of St. Anthony, and the Head of the Charles Regatta.
Food and Dining
Food in Boston is great, but expensive. Some of the cheapest restaurants tend to be bars which offer standard bar fare including burgers and sandwiches. If you want something more interesting, particularly the city's famous seafood, you will definitely have to pay more, but it is well worth it. Seafood specialties include cod, lobster and clam chowder. For ethnic restaurants head to the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Allston, North End and Coolidge Corner. The North End has some of the area's best Italian eateries.

You should really avoid driving in Boston as the streets can be crowded and confusing. Parking is also expensive and frustrating. Boston is really quite walkable within its neighborhoods and you can travel between neighborhoods on the "T", which is the city's public transportation system. It includes a subway, bus system, water shuttles and a commuter rail. The subway has four color-coded rail lines that efficiently travel through most of the city. Do take note that "Inbound" means toward Park Street or State and "Outbound" means away from Park Street or State.

Taxis may be your only option late at night, but remember they can be quite expensive and may even reach $30 for trips that are no more than a few miles. Traffic and construction can cause the price to rise unexpectedly high.
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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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