Papua New Guinea Travel Budget - Visit Papua New Guinea on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to Papua New Guinea?

You should plan to spend around $210 (PGK805) per day on your vacation in Papua New Guinea. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $23 (PGK86) on meals
  • $190 (PGK729) on local transportation
  • $159 (PGK611) on hotels

A one week trip to Papua New Guinea for two people costs, on average, $2,936 (PGK11,267). 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
  • 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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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Papua New Guinea cost?

A one week trip to Papua New Guinea usually costs around $1,468 (PGK5,633) for one person and $2,936 (PGK11,267) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Papua New Guinea on average costs around $2,936 (PGK11,267) for one person and $5,872 (PGK22,534) 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 Papua New Guinea will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Papua New Guinea on average costs around $6,291 (PGK24,143) for one person and $12,583 (PGK48,287) 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 Papua New Guinea?

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 Papua New Guinea is $622 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 Papua New Guinea expensive to visit?

Papua New Guinea is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, Papua New Guinea is moderately priced compared to the other countries. The overall cost of travel here is comparable to Tahiti or Micronesia.

For more details, see Is Papua New Guinea Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Papua New Guinea?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) PGK611 ($159)
Local Transportation 1 PGK729 ($190)
Food 2 PGK86 ($23)
Entertainment 1 PGK26 ($6.89)
Alcohol 2 PGK15 - 45 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Papua New Guinea
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Papua New Guinea is $80 (PGK306). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Papua New Guinea is $159 (PGK611). 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 Papua New Guinea

Looking for a hotel in Papua New Guinea? 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 Papua New Guinea based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $145. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Papua New Guinea
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Papua New Guinea is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $190 (PGK729) per person, per day, on local transportation in Papua New Guinea.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Food Budget in Papua New Guinea
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Papua New Guinea can vary, the average cost of food in Papua New Guinea is $23 (PGK86) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Papua New Guinea should cost around $9.01 (PGK35) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Papua New Guinea is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Papua New Guinea
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Papua New Guinea typically cost an average of $6.89 (PGK26) 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.

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Alcohol Budget in Papua New Guinea
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  • The average person spends about $7.82 (PGK30) on alcoholic beverages in Papua New Guinea per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

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Papua New Guinea On a Budget
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
An island nation of the Melanesia region of Oceana, Papua New Guinea is best known for its incredible natural beauty. The flora and fauna of the place thrive with color and life, while untouched coral reefs and WWII wrecks make for great diving destinations. While the cultural festivals and developed locations attract tourists, the more rugged opportunities for hiking, surfing, and scuba diving call to the adventurous explorers.

At a Glance
Papua New Guinea can be divided into 9 different regions. Southern Papua New Guinea is home to the nation's capital city of Port Moresby which has Zoological gardens, the Parliament building, and general Melanesian atmosphere. In this region you can also find the historic 60-mile Kokoda Trail which can take about 5 days to hike.

Madang-Morobe is another of the nation's regions with great opportunities for diving and seeing the flights of bats in the evening.

The Highlands region is made up of many fertile valleys and mountains dotted with tribal cultures, while Southwestern Papua New Guinea lies just to the south of this with its main city being Daru on the Gulf of Papua.

Sepik is another region, where Vanimo serves as a great surfing location and gateway to Indonesia, and Wewak further east has some unique culture and marks the mouth of the Sepik River.

Mine Bay makes up a more remote province of Papua New Guinea's southeastern tip with vibrant reefs and villages just as beautiful, while New Britain, New Ireland and Manus, and Bougainville make up the rest of the islands with many opportunities to dive for reefs, marine life, and WWII wrecks.

All around, the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea are ideal for diving. The aquatic life is thriving nearly everywhere with countless reefs blooming with life and color. Also, due to the nation's history, WWII wrecks are just as abundant now serving as underwater homes for the ocean critters. Surfing is a common activity, especially at Vanimo along the northern coast, as is trekking amongst the mountain trails and the historic Kokoda Track. With over 700 species of birds, birdwatching is another well-enjoyed activity, with many birds of paradise inhabiting the area, and there are also many festivals and cultural performances to be seen throughout Papua New Guinea. "Flight-seeing," by airplane, is also a great way to experience the scenery from above.
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Top Tourist Attractions
Papua New Guinea and its surrounding islands are most known for their striking natural scenery-mountains and rainforests sweeping down to fertile valleys and out to the sea with colorful reefs and aquatic life to be found below the waters. Volcanoes, hot springs, streams, rivers, and cultural villages are amongst some of the other features worth exploring. Top destinations include:

Kokoda Trail: a 60-mile trail beginning in the Port Moresby area up into the Owen Stanley Range, passing through many streams and mountain ridges. Historically it was frequented by gold miners in the 1890s, and later gained significance during WWII when the Japanese tried to reach the port by way of the trail.

Mount Wilhelm: The highest mountain in Papua New Guinea, Mount Wilhelm can be climbed to the peak for views of both the north and south coasts of the island. The Wahgi River, also in this area, is considered one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in the world.

Madang: Home to a thriving community renowned for its traditional artists, and surrounded by world class diving opportunities. Underwater sights include coral reefs and colorful fish, as well as wrecks of Japanese fighter planes with weapons and cargo intact. Nearby Madang, there are also active volcanoes that are popular with trekkers.

New Britain: All around, a place with many things to do and see. There are great spots for swimming and snorkeling, many trails for scenic hikes through the rainforest, and hot thermal springs and bubbling mud holes to enjoy. The culture on the island is also something to see, the Baining people renowned for creating beautiful performances like their ceremonial fire dance.

Another amazing activity is to head to the tribal areas of PNG or to West Papua (part of Indonesia). Consider visiting one of these areas, such as the Dani Tribe in West Papua.

Popular Foods
The staple foods in Papua New Guinea are rice, sago, and kau kau (sweet potato) which are generally prepared with seafood, chicken, pork, other game, and a large variety of greens. Most dishes are devoid of spices and are traditionally cooked in an underground oven called a Mumu. Local gastronomy is largely influenced by European, Chinese, and Indonesian cuisine and is rich in fish, vegetables, and fruit like passion fruits, pawpaw, and pineapples. Some common dishes and ingredients include:

Chicken pot: chicken that has been simmered with mixed vegetables and coconut cream.

Mumu: Pork is roasted in a traditional earth oven and is served with sweet potatoes, rice, and vegetables.

Kokoda Fish: Fish that has been cooked with a lime-coconut sauce.

Kaukau: Baked sweet potato.

Sago: The substance gathered from a sago palm is the starch used for making bread and puddings.

Dia: Sago and bananas cooked with coconut cream.

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.