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Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Cape Cod?

You should plan to spend around $183 per day on your vacation in Cape Cod. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $60 on meals
  • $50 on local transportation
  • $183 on hotels

A one week trip to Cape Cod for two people costs, on average, $2,563. 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 Cape Cod cost?

A one week trip to Cape Cod usually costs around $1,282 for one person and $2,563 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Cape Cod on average costs around $2,563 for one person and $5,126 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 Cape Cod will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Cape Cod on average costs around $5,492 for one person and $10,985 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 Cape Cod 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 Cape Cod expensive to visit?

Prices in Cape Cod 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, Cape Cod is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Cincinnati or Galveston.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to Cape Cod?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $183
Local Transportation 1 $50
Food 2 $60
Entertainment 1 $27
Alcohol 2 $10 - 29
Accommodation Budget in Cape Cod
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Cape Cod is $92. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Cape Cod is $183. 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 Cape Cod

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Transportation Budget in Cape Cod
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Cape Cod is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $50 per person, per day, on local transportation in Cape Cod.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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

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  • While meal prices in Cape Cod can vary, the average cost of food in Cape Cod is $60 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Cape Cod should cost around $24 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cape Cod is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Cape Cod
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Cape Cod typically cost an average of $27 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

Alcohol Budget in Cape Cod
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $19 on alcoholic beverages in Cape Cod per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Cape Cod On a Budget
Cape Cod Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod, in eastern Massachusetts, is a popular travel destination for its natural beauty, rich history, and world renowned restaurants. Many visitors enjoy the bed and breakfasts that are so common in the area, but travelers on a budget may find their money goes a bit farther if that find a short term rental property a bit removed from the water.

This peninsula draws a crowd, particularly during the summer months when it enjoys cooler temperatures than most nearby areas. It's not uncommon for the area's population to swell to three times its year round population between June and August.
With its rich history, Cape Cod has a wide diversity of sights to enjoy. The area is known for its lighthouses, with some of the most famous being Nobska Light in Woods Hole, Sandy Neck Light, in Barnstable, Lewis Bay Light in Hyannis Harbor, Hardings and Chatham Light in Chathan, Nauset Light in Eastham, Cape Cod Light in Truro, and Race POint, Wood End, and Long Point Light in Provincetown.

The Historic English Weeping Beech Tree is said to have been gifted by the British Governor in 1776.

Natural beauty is also plentiful in the area. The Cape Cod National Seashore is where you'll find many beautiful beaches, sand dunes, and hiking trails and the Bass River is a popular place for water sports.
Most people divide Cape Cod into four regions - the Upper Cape, the Mid Cape, the Lower Cape, and the Outer Cape. In the past, the Outer Cape was included with the Lower Cape. There are 15 towns on Cape Cod.

The Upper Cape includes four - Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Mashpee. The three towns of the Mid Cape are Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Dennis. The Lower Cape includes Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, and Orleans, and the Outer Cape includes Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

There really is no shortage of activities to enjoy in Cape Cod, and there really is something for everyone. With its miles of coastline, there are plenty of great swimming spots. Bikers appreciate the wide variety of trails in the area, and anybody interest in water sports can enjoy kayaking, fishing, and more.

If you want to enjoy something a little more subdued, there are plenty of antique shops and art galleries in the area. Golfing is also a popular activity, as is whale watching and tennis.
Food and Dining
Dining is an activity in itself in Cape Cod. There are countless local restaurants that serve seafood or other specialties. Head to a "clam shack" to enjoy some freshly caught lobster, clams, fish, and mussels. Another favorite of the area is New England clam chowder.

Restaurant prices can be a bit steep in Cape Cod, but the food is reliably good. Don't forget to tip the expected 15% to 20% on top of your bill.

Most people prefer to explore Cape Cod by car. There are also taxis available, but you can expect to pay a high price for any taxi ride.

For sightseeing, a popular activity is the 2.5 hour Cape Cod Central Railroad tour that travels from Hyannis to the Cape Cod Canal. To make the trip extra special, you can enjoy a dinner or weekend brunch tour.

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.