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Scotland, United Kingdom

How much does it cost to travel to Scotland?

You should plan to spend around $184 (£148) per day on your vacation in Scotland. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $48 (£38) on meals
  • $47 (£38) on local transportation
  • $178 (£143) on hotels

A one week trip to Scotland for two people costs, on average, $2,577 (£2,069). 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 Scotland cost?

A one week trip to Scotland usually costs around $1,289 (£1,035) for one person and $2,577 (£2,069) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Scotland on average costs around $2,577 (£2,069) for one person and $5,155 (£4,138) 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 Scotland will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Scotland on average costs around $5,523 (£4,434) for one person and $11,046 (£8,868) 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 Scotland 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 Scotland expensive to visit?

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

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Scotland is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) £143 ($178)
Local Transportation 1 £38 ($47)
Food 2 £38 ($48)
Entertainment 1 £26 ($33)
Tips and Handouts 1 £33 - 98 ($41 - 123)
Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps 1 £119 - 358 ($149 - 446)
Alcohol 2 £7 - 20 ($9 - 26)
Accommodation Budget in Scotland
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Scotland is $89 (£71). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Scotland is $178 (£143). 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 Scotland

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Transportation Budget in Scotland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Scotland is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $47 (£38) per person, per day, on local transportation in Scotland.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Scotland
How much does it cost to go to Scotland? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Scotland
The price of renting a car in Scotland 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.

Food Budget in Scotland
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Scotland can vary, the average cost of food in Scotland is $48 (£38) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Scotland should cost around $19 (£15) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Scotland is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Scotland
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Scotland typically cost an average of $33 (£26) 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.

Recommended Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in Scotland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Scotland is $82 (£66) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Scotland is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Scotland
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Scotland is $297 (£239), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Scotland
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $17 (£14) on alcoholic beverages in Scotland 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 Scotland
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend $4.51 (£3.62) on bottled water in Scotland per day. The public water in Scotland is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Scotland On a Budget
Scotland Scottish Highlands
The enchanting country of Scotland is made of rolling hills, lush scenery, charming villages and pubs filled with think accents and strong pints.

This country is a part of Great Britain - also known as the United Kingdom - which includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland. So be careful not to refer to the Scottish as "British," and especially avoid referring to them as "English." Just being aware of the difference will make your trip much smoother.

This lively and friendly country has gained a reputation for being dreary and damp. Well, the latter might true, it doesn't stop the Scots from having a grand time. Still, prepare to experience plenty of rain on your trip.

With over 700 islands and 5 million people, you'll have no problem finding stunning scenery and delightful conversation.
Scotland's a place full of storybook scenes and dramatic castles at every turn. There is always something to see, but the main highlights should include:

The region known as the Great Glen is known for its historical, strategic importance – which is obvious in all of the castles and homes found there. It is a place of nostalgia, intrigue and mystery as this is also home to Loch Ness and its notorious monster.

There's no way to visit the city of Edinburgh without seeing the Edinburgh castle. This popular tourist attraction has dominated city's skyline for 800 years. Over the centuries, it has stood as a royal palace to a prison and today it stands as a national icon and the home to the Scottish Crown Jewels.

For a truly humbling moment with nature, travel to the Isle of Skye. With towering, jagged mountains, wild coastline, farms, waterfalls and a castle, you'll feel like the only thing missing from this fairy tale sight are the fairies.

And if getting in a bit of culture is on your list, make a visit to the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. This is truly one of the finest galleries in the world housing works from Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet and ore.
The country of Scotland is officially divided into 32 different counties. However, for the purposes of your visit, you'll really only need to know the different regions. The Borders region is sits on the border of England and is known for its rolling hills and former battlefields. The South West region is home to the Isle of Arran, while the Central Belt includes the largest portion of the population with Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Highlands are a popular area to visit for its stunning mountain ranges in the northwest. The North East Scotland region is full of scenic farmland, fishing ports, dramatic castles and the cities of Aberdeen and Dundee. The islands in the north west of the country are split into the three regions of Hebrides, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands.

As Scotland is a popular destination for most travelers, there is no shortage of activities available around the country. However, there are some uniquely Scottish things to do while visiting.

If you're even a little bit interested in golf, you'll want to try to get a tee time at St. Andrews. People have been putting on these greens since the 15th century. Be sure to book in advance – months in advance - or risk leaving your chances up to the very popular lottery.

Scotland is the home to hundreds of brands of whiskey. Every village makes its own particular taste of whiskey, and with at least 50 distilleries open to visitors you'll have no problem making an afternoon of sampling the local flavors.

Any active traveler will want to take full advantage of all the hills to climb in this part of the world. Take a trip to the popular Westland Highland Way for a stroll, or pick up a copy of the National Tourist Board's free Scotland Walks guide showcasing all the walks available in the country.
Food and Dining
The Scots aren't exactly known for their cuisine, but there are many new restaurants bringing global influences to the country. Some Scottish dishes, however, are worth a try. Scotch beef, for example is some of the best in the world. A Scotch egg is a hard boiled egg surrounded by breaded sausage. Of course, you can't forget the traditional haggis made of the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep cooked in the stomach. End any Scottish meal with the joke-turned-tradition of a deep friend Mars bar.

If you're looking to travel between major cities in Scotland, the simplest solution is by bus or rail. These systems are completely modern and very comfortable for travelers.

While a car will grant you greater access to small towns, the highlands or the mountains, beware that rural roads are very beaten up. If you plan on renting a car, keep a keen eye on the road, and remember they drive on the left in Scotland.
Scotland is a large country with plenty of beautiful landscapes and wilderness to see. If you want to see everything, read this 7-day itinerary for Scotland

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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.

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