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Portland, Oregon, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Portland?

You should plan to spend around $73 per day on your vacation in Portland. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $17 on meals
  • $12 on local transportation
  • $80 on hotels

A one week trip to Portland for two people costs, on average, $1,016. 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
    $73
  • One Week Per person
    $508
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $1,016
  • One Month Per person
    $2,177
  • One Week For a couple
    $1,016
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $2,032
  • One Month For a couple
    $4,354
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Portland cost?

A one week trip to Portland usually costs around $508 for one person and $1,016 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Portland on average costs around $1,016 for one person and $2,032 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 Portland will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Portland on average costs around $2,177 for one person and $4,354 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 Portland 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 Portland expensive to visit?

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

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Portland is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Tampa or Edmonton.

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

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

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


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $80
Local Transportation 1 $12
Food 2 $17
Entertainment 1 $8.04
Tips and Handouts 1 $1 - 2
Alcohol 2 $3 - 10
Accommodation Budget in Portland
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Portland is $40. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Portland is $80. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $40
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $80

Hotel Prices in Portland

Looking for a hotel in Portland? 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 Portland based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $136. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Portland
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Portland is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 per person, per day, on local transportation in Portland.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $12

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Flights to Portland
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Rental Cars in Portland
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Food Budget in Portland
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Portland can vary, the average cost of food in Portland is $17 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Portland should cost around $6.77 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Portland is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $17

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What did other people spend on Food in Portland?

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


  • Afternoon Drinks (for 2)
    $9.50


Entertainment Budget in Portland
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Portland typically cost an average of $8.04 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.
    $8.04

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Portland
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Portland is $1.41 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Portland is 10% - 20%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $1.41


Alcohol Budget in Portland
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $6.89 on alcoholic beverages in Portland per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $6.89

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Water Budget in Portland
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $3.82 on bottled water in Portland per day. The public water in Portland is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $3.82


Expert Advice from Local Travelers

We're asking our community members and registered users to contribute their experiences about Portland.

What makes Portland a budget-friendly destination? Or not?

We managed to save money by staying a bit outside of town. Since we had our own car, we were able to drive into town or take a number of day trips to the many nearby parks and attractions.

frugal_traveler
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Jun 21 2023

How can you save money during your time in Portland?

We saved money by eating at the cheaper restaurants and taking public transportation, which is convenient and easy.

cal_girl4
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Jan 7 2024

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Portland on a Budget
Portland Portland, Oregon
Referred to as "The City of Roses", Portland is the largest city in Oregon. It sits on the banks of the Columbia River and offers breathtaking views of Mount Hood when the weather allows. Portland is famous for its alternative vibe, live music scene, and popular microbreweries. It's also a mecca for environmentally conscious urban planning. The downtown area is quite compact and walkable. While the city itself may be smaller than you expect, it is still the largest metropolitan area between San Francisco and Seattle.

For many people, Portland's atmosphere is a part of the appeal. The city has a youthful vibe with a lot of outdoor oriented activity. The population is known to be very eco-friendly and the city's atmosphere is actually quite relaxed. There are many independently owned shops that sell interesting and unique merchandise. You'll find plenty of used bookshops, coffee shops, and microbreweries, as well as a high concentration of restaurants for a city of its size.

Portland has a similar climate to the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Rain is common during the fall, winter and spring seasons. It is not uncommon for there to be a constant drizzle or mist that keeps you damp, but downpours are less likely. Winters rarely see snow but can be very rainy. By late June, the clouds begin to part and the temperatures get much warmer. The summer months are very pleasant and offer a great time to visit the city.
Sights
There are plenty of places to explore and wander in Portland, as well as some great sights and landmarks. Most of these you can visit during a weekend in Portland as the city is fairly compact and easy to navigate. The Museum of Contemporary Craft is a great place to visit as is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The Portland Aerial Tram will give you some good views of the downtown area and, if the weather is good, the surrounding mountains. Portland Underground is a series of tunnels that can be explored by tour and Pittock Mansion is a beautiful Victorian mansion. There are some great gardens around Portland as well so make sure you take the time to swing by Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, the Grotto Gardens, or Forest Park.
Neighborhoods
Portland has many unique and beautiful neighborhoods. In the southwest area you'll find the city's downtown which is very compact and pedestrian friendly. It's a great area to walk around and has many attractions to draw visitors. Pioneer Courthouse Square is a brick plaza that is the cultural center for the city. The Yamhill National Historic District is a compact, six block area that has 19th century architecture and some interesting places to visit. The Old Town District was the city's original commercial core that runs along the Willamette River. Portland Heights is located in the hills south of Burnside Street and west of SW Vista. This is one of the oldest and wealthiest neighborhoods in the city. South Waterfront is a newer neighborhood with high rise offices and condos

Northwest Portland has the neighborhoods of Chinatown, the Pearl District, Northwest 23rd and Nob Hill. Northeast Portland has Irvington, Alberta Arts District, and North Mississippi District. Finally, Southeast Portland has Hawthorne, Laurelhurst, Sellwood, Westmoreland and Eastmoreland.

Activities
While you're in Portland, take advantage of the area's excellent music scene. There are a good number of venues that get some very popular shows, but it can be just as fun to visit the local bars and clubs and enjoying whatever local band is performing that night.

There are also any number of festivals and events that take place throughout the year. The Portland Rose Festival is in early June and is the city's largest event. It's a fun and beautiful time to visit the city.
Food and Dining
Portland has no shortage of restaurants for all budgets. Burgers, cafes, Mexican, and Chinese restaurants are all great options for those on a budget. If you're looking for a nicer restaurant, there are plenty of seafood restaurants, wine bars, or grills that have great food in an excellent setting.

Transportation
It is best to avoid driving in downtown Portland. It can be expensive and difficult to find parking and the streets are prone to closing at random times. It's also a very pedestrian friendly city so this is one of the most convenient and fun ways to explore. Portland is also a great city for bikers. Public transit is also a good option. There are buses, streetcars, and a light rail system that all travel through the area. The light rail has four lines that are color coded. The Blue Line runs from Hillsboro east through Beaverton and downtown to Gresham. The Red Line runs from the airport to the downtown area and west to Beaverton. The Yellow Line runs from the Expo Center south to downtown and the Portland State University. The Green Lines runs from Clackamas Town Center north and west to downtown and the University.


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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.