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Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Asheville?

You should plan to spend around $133 per day on your vacation in Asheville. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $33 on meals
  • $14 on local transportation
  • $177 on hotels

A one week trip to Asheville for two people costs, on average, $1,861. 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 Asheville cost?

A one week trip to Asheville usually costs around $930 for one person and $1,861 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Asheville on average costs around $1,861 for one person and $3,722 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 Asheville will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Asheville on average costs around $3,988 for one person and $7,976 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 Asheville 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 Asheville expensive to visit?

Prices in Asheville 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, Asheville is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in North America for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Vernon, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Key West.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $177
Local Transportation 1 $14
Food 2 $33
Entertainment 1 $16
Alcohol 2 $8 - 24
Accommodation Budget in Asheville
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Asheville is $89. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Asheville is $177. 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 Asheville

Looking for a hotel in Asheville? 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 Asheville based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $170. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Asheville
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Asheville is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 per person, per day, on local transportation in Asheville.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

Rental Cars in Asheville
The price of renting a car in Asheville 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 Asheville
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Asheville can vary, the average cost of food in Asheville is $33 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Asheville should cost around $13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Asheville is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Asheville?

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

  • Biltmore Estate Entrance Fee

Entertainment Budget in Asheville
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Asheville typically cost an average of $16 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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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Asheville?

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

  • Massage

Alcohol Budget in Asheville
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $16 on alcoholic beverages in Asheville per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Expert Advice from Local Travelers

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

Why would you recommend Asheville to budget travelers? Or, why not?

I loved the downtown area because of the cute shops and historic vibe. And just nearby are amazing mountain views! We did some hiking and saw the river after exploring the town. The major sight here is the Biltmore Estate, and it's expensive. But there's so much else to see that you can just skip it.

Aug 2 2023

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Asheville on a Budget
Asheville Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is a beautiful mountain town between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. It's a popular tourist destination in western North Carolina that attracts hikers, shoppers, and adventurers alike. It's the largest city in the area and is famous for it's liberal mindset and large art community. Local crafts are frequently available for sale in the downtown shops.

The area has four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Perhaps the most popular time to visit is during the fall months when the leaves are changing color and the temperature is cool but not cold. Winter months can see some snow, but usually not enough to limit travel. Spring is when the flowers are in bloom and Easter is a particularly popular time to visit the area. Summer can be much warmer, but the higher elevations make it more pleasant than elsewhere in North Carolina.
While many people visit Asheville to see the surrounding areas, there are some wonderful sights in town as well. The Biltmore Estate is easily the most popular destination. It's the largest single family home in the United States and has over 250 rooms. It's particularly nice to visit during the holidays when the grounds are fully decorated. You will pay dearly to visit it however, with adult tickets ranging from $45 to $60 dollars depending on the season and time of day.

Other sights in town include the Battery Park Hotel, Buncombe County Courthouse, Grove Arcade, Basilica of St. Lawrence, the Grove Park Inn, and the Thomas Wolfe House.

Asheville is a city for artists, and as such there are many art galleries around town. Some interesting ones include American Folk Art & Framing, Ariel Gallery, the Asheville Gallery of Art, Kress Emporium, Overstrom Studio, among many others.
Asheville has many interesting neighborhoods. The northern part of the city has several neighborhoods that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places including Chestnut Hill, Grove Park, Montford, and Norwood Park. Other neighborhoods in the north include Albemarle Park, Beaverdam, Beaver Lake, Colonial Heights, Five Points, Hillcrest, Kimberly, and Klondyke. To the east are the neighborhoods of Kenilworth, Beverly Hills, Chunn's Cove, Haw Creek, Oakley, Oteen, Reynolds, Riceville, and Town Mountain. To the west are Camelot, Wilshire Park, Bear Creak, Deaverview Park, Emma, Hi-Alta Park, Lucerne Park, Malvern Hills, Sulphur Springs, Haywood Road, and Pisgah View. The south is where you'll find Biltmore Village, Biltmore Park, Ballantree, Oak Forest, Royal Pines, Shiloh, and Skyland.

There are many tours that you can enjoy while you're in Asheville. Eating tours, drinking tours, ghost tours, trolley tours, comedy tours, and home tours are all available. Asheville also has many festivals throughout the year. Some interesting ones include Downtown After Five, the Montford Music and Arts Festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, and the Asheville Film Festival, among many others.

Asheville has also grown as a center for live music. Popular venues include Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall, The Orange Peel, The Emerald Lounge, Stella Blue, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Tressa's Jazz & Blues, and the Asheville Civic Center. Theaters in town include the Asheville Community Theater, the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater, and Diane Wortham Theater, among others.
Food and Dining
Asheville has grown into a city for foodies. Restaurants in the area are delicious and many of them use locally grown produce. The quality is usually quite high and the meals are often unique and fresh. There are many local restaurants in the downtown area and if you're looking for fine dining, many of the high end hotels usually have upscale restaurants with rotating menus. If you're looking for budget options there are also some great cafes and small bistros around town. Vegetarian options are abundant as well.

While there is a regional airport in the area, almost all visitors arrive by car. You really need your own vehicle to explore the area and without one your trip will be very limited. There is metered street parking in town, most of which is free on Sundays, evenings, and major holidays. There are also several garages where you can park.

Bike rental is available at BioWheels and there are maps and guidebooks that recommend the best routes. All city buses are also equipped with bike racks.

There is a bus service in town. The routes are infrequent though, and relying on the system is generally not recommended. Most routes pass through the Transit Center that is found at 49 Coxe Avenue beside the post office.


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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.