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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Chapel Hill? You should plan to spend around $131 per day on your vacation in Chapel Hill, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $39 on meals for one day and $27 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Chapel Hill for a couple is $151. So, a trip to Chapel Hill for two people for one week costs on average $1,840. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Chapel Hill for one week usually costs around $920 for one person. So, a trip to Chapel Hill for two people costs around $1,840 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $3,679 in Chapel Hill. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 Chapel Hill can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Chapel Hill? How much money do I need for Chapel Hill?

How much does a trip to Chapel Hill cost? Is Chapel Hill expensive? The average Chapel Hill trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Chapel Hill prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Chapel Hill
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Chapel Hill is $76. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Chapel Hill is $151.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Chapel Hill

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Transportation Budget in Chapel Hill
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Chapel Hill is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $27 per person, per day, on local transportation in Chapel Hill.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Chapel Hill
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Rental Cars in Chapel Hill
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Food Budget in Chapel Hill
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  • While meal prices in Chapel Hill can vary, the average cost of food in Chapel Hill is $39 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Chapel Hill should cost around $16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Chapel Hill is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Chapel Hill
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  • Entertainment and activities in Chapel Hill typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. 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 Chapel Hill
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  • The average person spends about $32 on alcoholic beverages in Chapel Hill per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Chapel Hill On a Budget
Chapel Hill is a college town in North Carolina that, together with Raleigh and Durham, makes up the Research Triangle area. The town is 28 miles northwest of Raleigh and 12 miles southwest of Durham. Chapel Hill dates back to 1819 when it was founded to support the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a population of just over 52,000, Chapel Hill has the vibe of a small college town with the amenities of a larger community. It's proximity to both Raleigh and Durham give it an economic boost that provides economic diversity and security.

Chapel Hill is a fairly liberal community with a large student population. There is a diverse population and many educational and cultural opportunities in the area.
Most of the sights and attractions in Chapel Hill are centered around the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The university is one of three that claims to be the oldest public university in the United States. It was chartered in 1789 and began enrolling students in 1795. The campus is quite beautiful and pleasant to walk around. You can also visit the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which is the first planetarium to be built on a college campus. There are the typical planetarium shows as well as a live science demonstration and various other productions. The Carolina Basketball Museum is near the Dean Dome. The museum has exhibits about the history of Tar Heel basketball.

Other interesting sights in the area include the Ackland Art Museum, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and the Horace Williams House. The Horace Williams House is a historic landmark with art exhibits, concerts and walking tours.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is at the heart of the town. It can be divided into three regions. North campus has the two main quads of Polk Place and McCorkle Place as well as the Pit, Frank Porter Graham Student Union, and several libraries. Middle campus is where you'll find Fetzer Field and Woollen Gymnasium, Kenan Memorial Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, and the School of Law. South campus is the location of the Dean Smith Center, the School of Medicine, UNC Hospitals, and the business school.

Franklin Street is the main commercial street that runs near the university. This is where you'll find the most interesting restaurants and a strong college culture. The town of Carrboro is to the west. This community has a lot of charm and hosts a weekly farmer's market every Saturday year around.

Chapel Hill hosts many different cultural and art events. UNC is home to top ranking women's and men's basketball teams and if you're in town during a game you'll see exactly how loyal the fans are in the area. Other activities include the Carrboro Farmer's Market and Varsity Theater, which is a historic movie theater on Franklin Street that opened in 1927.

Several independent bookstores in town include The Bookshop, Nice Price Books, and Flyleaf Books. Independent music stores in town include CD Alley, Carrboro Music, and The Music Loft.
Food and Dining
As a college town, Chapel Hill has many interesting places to eat. Franklin Street is the main commercial area near the university. This street has many restaurants including both cheap eateries and high end dining. There are the typical college eating spots with pizza, breweries, and Asian take-out available, but there are also quaint local eateries that make use of local produce. Ethnic foods are also abundant with Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Turkish all available. If you're looking for a fancy, high end restaurant, your best options are A Southern Season and Top of the Hill.

The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport which is about 20 minutes away in Morrisville. Once you're in Chapel Hill, there's a decent bus system that is run by the Chapel Hill Transit Authority. There are routes that connect Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the UNC campus. Buses are most reliable on weekdays with lower frequencies at night and on weekends. If you hope to explore the area in any detail, a private vehicle is a must. If you happen to be in town during a football or basketball game, you should expect a frustrating amount of traffic and limited parking.


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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.

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