A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Tokyo vs. New York City

Should you visit Tokyo or New York City?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Tokyo and New York City can help you decide which place is right for you.

Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is by far the most populous city in the world with a staggering 37 million people. As a worldwide hub for technology and business, it hosts millions of visitors annually. But Tokyo is not just a place for business trips. With its incredible mixture of historical temples and shrines, remarkably beautiful parks, endless shopping malls, and genuinely wonderful people, Tokyo is a terrific place to visit and to explore.

New York City

The most populated city in the United States, New York City, sits at the mouth of the Hudson River and encompasses both the island of Manhattan as well as the surrounding land on Long Island, most of which is known as Brooklyn. It's a cultural, culinary, theatrical, and art center that has much to offer domestic and international travelers alike. The city covers an area of 305 square miles and has a population of about 8.2 million people in the city proper with 18.7 million in the metropolitan area.

Which city is cheaper, New York City or Tokyo?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Tokyo is $178, while the average daily cost in New York City is $239. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Tokyo and New York City in more detail.


Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $168 in Tokyo For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Travelers usually pay around $274 for a double occupancy room in New York City If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tokyo $84
    New York City $137
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tokyo $167
    New York City $275


Food

In Tokyo travelers spend around $41 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The average traveler spends about $38 per day in New York City for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Tokyo $41
    New York City $38
Typical Food prices in Tokyo

For Tokyo, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Late Night Noodles
    $7.30
  • Conveyor Belt Sushi Snack
    $7.30
  • Meal at Airport
    $9.52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tokyo

For Tokyo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Tempura Cooking Class at Japan Culinary School: $74
  • Wagashi Japanese Sweets Cooking Experience: $79
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class in a Local Home: $108
  • Tokyo Robot Show & Dinner at Samurai-Themed Restaurant: $113
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local Chef: $120
  • Tsukiji and Asakusa Food Tour: $138
  • Traditional Japanese Food Cooking Class: $141
  • Old Town Tokyo Food Tour: $164
  • Retro Shibuya Food Tour: $175
  • Asakusa: Tokyo’s #1 Family Food Tour: $175

Typical Food prices in New York City

For New York City, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Gelato
    $7.50
  • Snacks for Two at Yankees Game
    $34
  • Coffee
    $6.53
  • Smoothie
    $6.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in New York City

For New York City, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Greenwich Village History, Culture, and Food Tour with Local Expert: $129
  • JAPANESE guided tour! Bateaux Dinner Cruise tour with hotel transportation. The best way to enjoy the Manhattan night view from the river & sea. Full course French dinner, live band music included.: $333
  • Limo trip Hotel to Dinner round trip in NEW MKT Limousine: $481


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Tokyo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $22 on transportation in Tokyo on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in New York City than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $40 on transportation in New York City on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tokyo $22
    New York City $40
Typical Local Transportation prices in Tokyo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Tokyo:


  • Metro from Airport
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tokyo

Also for Tokyo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Disneyland or DisneySea: 1-Day Ticket and Private Transfer: $138
  • Private Haneda Transfer Service to/from Yokohama City: $179
  • Haneda Airport Transfer w/ a Private Van: $260
  • Tokyo Haneda Airport to One-Way Private Transfer: $290
  • Haneda Airport to/from Tokyo City: Private One-Way Transfer: $129
  • Shared Transfer to/from Narita Airport: $48
  • Tokyo Station to/from Tokyo City: One-Way Shared Transfer: $25
  • Honshu, Japan: Luggage Transfer Between Accommodations: $28
  • Hello Kitty Puroland Ticket with Transfer: $35
  • Tokyo City View: Observation Deck with 1-Way Transfer: $41

Typical Local Transportation prices in New York City

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in New York City:


  • Subway
    $4.50
  • Taxi Ride
    $8.00
  • Subway
    $2.50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in New York City

Also for New York City, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Departure Transfer Manhattan to NYC Airports JFK EWR LGA: $22
  • New York City Shared Shuttle Departure Transfer: Hotel to NYC Airports: $30
  • Private All Inclusive New York Transfer: Airport or Manhattan to Cruise Port: $71
  • Private New York airport transfer: New York airport to Manhattan and Brooklyn: $83
  • Private Transfer from New York City to LaGuardia Airport: $85
  • Private All Inclusive New York City Airport Arrival Transfer: $90
  • Private All Inclusive New York City Airport Departure Transfer: $90
  • Manhattan Private Luxury Transfer to NYC Airports: $98
  • New York Airport Luxury Departure Transfer via Stretch Limousine, SUV, Sedan: $100
  • Private Transfer from Manhattan to John F Kennedy Airport JFK by Luxury Car: $111


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Tokyo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $79 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in New York City, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $77 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tokyo $79
    New York City $77

Tours and Activities in Tokyo

Here are a few actual costs in Tokyo for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Harajuku: Kawaii Culture Guided Tour: $43
  • Shibuya & Harajuku: Hidden Gems & Highlights Private Tour: $49
  • Nakagin Capsule Tower Tour in Tokyo: $50
  • Shinjuku Night Walking Tour: $55
  • Yanaka District: Historical Walking Tour in Tokyo's Old Town: $65
  • Harajuku Omotesando Architecture Tour: $70
  • Kintsugi (Pottery Repairing) Experience: $76
  • Ginza Architecture Tour: $80
  • Traditional Japanese Calligraphy Experience: $88
  • 2-Hour Asakusa Food Hunt & Cultural Tour: $98

Typical Entertainment prices in New York City

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in New York City are as follows:


  • Comedy Show Tickets
    $56
  • City Map
    $8.00
  • Broadway Musical
    $111
  • Broadway Show Program
    $10
  • Magazine
    $6.99

Tours and Activities in New York City

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for New York City are as follows:

  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island: Ticket Options with Ferry: $21
  • New York City Lights Schooner Cruise: $54
  • New York City Sunset Cruise: Sail Schooner Adirondack: $76
  • Full-Day Boston and Woodbury Shopping Tour: $128
  • Boston by Rail from New York: Full-Day Round Trip Tour: $329
  • Lower Manhattan Tour: Wall Street & 9/11 Memorial: $35
  • From Boston in One Day Tour: $130
  • NYC: Top of the Rock Observation Deck Timed-Entry Ticket: $41
  • Niagara Falls, Toronto and 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour from NYC: $460
  • Madison Square Garden All Access Tour and Times Square Meal: $75


Alcohol

The average person spends about $37 on alcoholic beverages in Tokyo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $23 on alcoholic beverages in New York City per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tokyo $37
    New York City $23
Typical Alcohol prices in Tokyo

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Tokyo from other travelers:


  • Sake
    $5.47

Sample the Local Flavors in Tokyo

Also in Tokyo, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Tokyo Pub Crawl: $22
  • Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting: $307



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tokyo and New York City, we can see that New York City is more expensive. And not only is Tokyo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Tokyo is in Asia and New York City is in North America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Tokyo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tokyo and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in New York City would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in New York City than you might in Tokyo.

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