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Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Baltimore?

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

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $46 on meals
  • $21 on local transportation
  • $187 on hotels

A one week trip to Baltimore for two people costs, on average, $2,572. 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 Baltimore cost?

A one week trip to Baltimore usually costs around $1,286 for one person and $2,572 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Baltimore on average costs around $2,572 for one person and $5,144 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 Baltimore will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Baltimore on average costs around $5,512 for one person and $11,023 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore expensive to visit?

Prices in Baltimore 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, Baltimore is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Sun Valley or Saint Louis.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $187
Local Transportation 1 $21
Food 2 $46
Entertainment 1 $18
Alcohol 2 $9 - 26
Accommodation Budget in Baltimore
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Baltimore is $93. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Baltimore is $187. 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 Baltimore

Looking for a hotel in Baltimore? 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 Baltimore based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $129. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Baltimore
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Baltimore is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $21 per person, per day, on local transportation in Baltimore.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Baltimore
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Baltimore can vary, the average cost of food in Baltimore is $46 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Baltimore should cost around $18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Baltimore is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Baltimore?

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

  • Seafood Dinner (for 2) in Fells Point

Entertainment Budget in Baltimore
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Baltimore typically cost an average of $18 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 Baltimore
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $17 on alcoholic beverages in Baltimore 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 Baltimore
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $2.64 on bottled water in Baltimore per day. The public water in Baltimore is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2023
Baltimore On a Budget
Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Baltimore is a large, industrial city and popular tourist destination in the state of Maryland. It is about an hour outside of Washington, D.C. and is a hub of tourism and entertainment for the area. It has a vibrant nightlife, comfortable climate, and is a great place to visit when you're in the area. The city proper has a population of about 600,000 and the metropolitan area has 2.7 million. Its economy is centered around science, technology, engineering and math and it has many undergraduate and graduate schools including the world renowned Johns Hopkins University.

The city's climate is humid subtropical and there are four different seasons. Winters are cool with occasional snow. Spring and fall are warm and comfortable, but rain is not uncommon during the spring months. Summers are hot and humid and thunderstorms are frequent, particularly during the early evening.
Many visitors head straight to the Inner Harbor. This area is a must-see for any visitor to the city. There is plenty of shopping, dining and music in the area. This is also where you will find the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the American Visionary Arts Museum.

Other popular sights around town include Fort McHenry, the Maryland Zoo, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Baltimore's main areas are the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Downtown, Midtown, South Baltimore, North Baltimore, Southeast Baltimore, West Baltimore and East Baltimore.

The most popular tourist area in Baltimore is the Inner Harbor area, which has many of the city's museums, restaurants, bars, and the National Aquarium. It's a fun place to walk around, but most of the restaurants and bars are targeted specifically at tourists, and there are a large number of chain restaurants immediately off the Inner Harbor. The area does have some great festivals and events however, and it's a great place to walk around the water. Fells Point is a better area to enjoy a local restaurant and grab a drink in a bar. It's also home to Baltimore's Little Italy area. The Downtown area has the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Lexington Market.

Most of the city's best hotels are in the Inner Harbor area. As a tourist this is also the most convenient place to stay, but it is also the most expensive. If you have access to a car, you'll save yourself some money if you find a hotel further out of town and drive in to the area.

One fun experience to have in Baltimore is to go to a Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards. It's a quintessential experience for the area and you can often get tickets the day of for a very reasonable price, although your seats may not be good.

Festivals are common around town as well. Some of the city's festivals include Artscap, Afram, the Maryland Film Fest, Otakon, StoneSoul, Baltimore Pride, and the Maryland Deathfest.
Food and Dining
Restaurants in Baltimore are excellent and diverse. Fresh seafood is common throughout the city and crab cakes are a favorite as are the area's famous blue crabs. Steamed crabs can make a fun feast with family and friends. They are often served with steamed shrimp, corn on the cob, and beer. Another interesting local specialty in Baltimore is the pit beef sandwich. This is a slow roasted barbecue sandwich that is served on a kaiser roll with onions and horseradish. Baltimore Lake Trout is another common dish. The white fish is lightly breaded and served as a sandwich.

Good neighborhoods in Baltimore to grab a bite to eat include Lexingtom Market, Canton Square, Little Italy, and Hampden.

Public transportation in Baltimore is not excellent. There is a light rail system, subway, and buses. You can buy a day pass that works on all three options. The light rail system helps you get into the city but is less effective if you're trying to travel within town. It's possible to park just outside of the city for free and take the light rail into town.

The subway only has one line that runs from Johns Hopkins hospital through downtown and into the northwest suburbs of Pikesville and Owings Mills. It is not very useful for tourists as it does not pass by any tourist attractions. The MTA buses are infrequent and unpredictable. The newer Charm City Circulator is city run and free. There are several routes that travel through touristy areas and are useful for those without a car. The Orange Route runs east and west from Hollins Market to Harbor East. The Purple Route runs north and south between Penn Station and Federal Hill. The Green Route operates east of downtown connecting Power Plant Live, Fells Point, and the Johns Hopkins Medical Complex. The Banner Route goes between the Inner Harbor and Ft. McHenry.

Many people enjoy taking the water taxi to see the city's main sights. It travels through the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Fort McHenry and Canton. It operates between the months of May and September and runs every 20 minutes.

If you have a car, parking in Baltimore can be expensive but is not hard to find. There are plenty of parking garages and parking lots near the most touristy areas. Having a car will make your visit much easier and more efficient, particularly if you hope to get outside of the more central locations.


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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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