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Arlington, Virginia, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Arlington?

You should plan to spend around $264 per day on your vacation in Arlington. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $81 on meals
  • $49 on local transportation
  • $262 on hotels

A one week trip to Arlington for two people costs, on average, $3,694. 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 Arlington cost?

A one week trip to Arlington usually costs around $1,847 for one person and $3,694 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Arlington on average costs around $3,694 for one person and $7,389 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 Arlington will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Arlington on average costs around $7,917 for one person and $15,833 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 Arlington 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 Arlington expensive to visit?

Prices in Arlington 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, Arlington is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Houston or Fairbanks.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $262
Local Transportation 1 $49
Food 2 $81
Entertainment 1 $11
Alcohol 2 $8 - 25
Accommodation Budget in Arlington
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Arlington is $131. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Arlington is $262. 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 Arlington

Looking for a hotel in Arlington? 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 Arlington based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $184. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Arlington
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Arlington is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $49 per person, per day, on local transportation in Arlington.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Arlington
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Arlington can vary, the average cost of food in Arlington is $81 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Arlington should cost around $32 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Arlington is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Arlington
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Arlington typically cost an average of $11 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.

Alcohol Budget in Arlington
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $17 on alcoholic beverages in Arlington per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Arlington On a Budget
Arlington Arlington, Virginia
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington DC, capital of the United States, Arlington is a city that also has many government sites and monuments that commemorate the nation's past. Two of its most famous features include Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon-the largest office building in the world.
Arlington is perhaps most known for being home to the Arlington National Cemetery. This national military cemetery is famous for including John F. Kennedy's tomb and the house of General Robert E. Lee. Visitors come to explore the grounds and also watch the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which occurs regularly on the hour for much of the year. The cemetery is adjacent to another renowned site of the United States-the Pentagon. Covering 4 zip codes, it is the largest office building in the world with tours available in certain areas-though security remains very tight. The city is also home to the Pentagon Memorial where Flight 77 hit in 2001, the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial, and the United States Air Force Memorial. The Arlington Historical Museum is also worth a visit, housed in a historic school building.

As for the surrounding nature, the Potomac River runs along the eastern border of Arlington. Theodore Roosevelt Island can be accessed from Arlington by a footbridge across the river and offers a pleasant nature walk in a little oasis of natural woods.
As far as shopping, dining, and entertainment goes, the neighborhoods to frequent in Arlington would be Clarendon, Shirlington, and Crystal City. Clarendon has the largest concentration of restaurants, plus a Wednesday farmer's market that features organic produce, baked goods, plants, herbs, homemade soaps and other items for sale. Additionally, it is host to local parades and celebrations especially on "Clarendon Day" on a Saturday in mid-October which features four live music stages, local food booths, clothing, jewelry, antiques and collectibles sales, children's games and rides, and other local traditions. This neighborhood is located just to the northeast of Arlington Cemetery, while hubs like Pentagon City and Crystal City are situated to the south of the Pentagon. Other prominent neighborhoods include Rosslyn, Lyon Village, Cherrydale, Virginia Square, and Ashton Heights.

Once you have exhausted the endless supply of historic sites and monuments that Arlington and the nearby DC area have to offer, the city has a few more activities up its sleeve that might appeal during your visit. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, for example, hosts a unique dining and entertainment experience where visitors can sit down to meals while inside a movie theatre. The venue also hosts live comedy shows and large-screen viewings of major sports events, plus a Drafthouse for those over the age of 22. Along the same lines as entertainment, the Synetic Theater at Crystal City shows many Shakespeare plays, while The Comedy Spot is host to stand up acts and local variety shows. The early shows at The Comedy Spot are family friendly, and the late shows are adult only.

If you're looking to get out and be a little more active, you might want to pop into the Kettler Capitals Iceplex for some ice skating. The rink is open to the public year-round and was built specially for the Washington Capitals professional hockey team. Of course, you can also get out by exploring the sights of the city on foot-a particularly peaceful spot being the small national park on Theodore Roosevelt Island.
Food and Dining
While traditional Virginian cuisine consists of dishes like barbeque, Brunswick stew, peanut soup, and seafood closer to the coast, the city of Arlington has over a thousand restaurants that fit nearly every budget and taste. From contemporary American eats to ethnic varieties like Thai, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Greek, Italian and many more, Arlington cuisine is abundant and diverse. The Clarendon neighborhood probably has the largest concentration of restaurants within a few blocks of the metro station, Shirlington neighborhood is a bit less crowded, while Crystal City has many options for dining as well. Some of the best restaurants as rated on TripAdvisor include Carlyle, Legal Sea Foods, Ray's the Steaks, El Pollo Rico, Ted's Montana Grill, Italian Store, Quarterdeck, Jaleo, Yayla Bistro, Silver Diner Clarendon, Liberty Tavern, and Harry's Smokehouse Burgers & BBQ.

By plane, Reagan National Airport is located within the city itself and served by several major regional airlines. It is also very well connected to the metro system. Dulles International Airport is the largest airport nearby, about 15 miles from Arlington. It can be reached via shuttle bus or taxi.

By bus, Greyhound has a station in Washington, DC. Additionally Vermoose Bus and Tripper Bus operate direct routes between New York City and Arlington.

By train, the closest intercity station is Union Station in Washington, DC, located 10-15 minutes by taxi from Arlington, or 30 minutes by metro.

By car, major highways entering Arlington include I-395 from the Southwest, I-66 and US Route 50 from the West, George Washington Parkway from the Northwest, and US Route 1 from the South. Keep in mind that Arlington does not allow gasoline sales between midnight and 6am.


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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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