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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Chattanooga?

You should plan to spend around $182 per day on your vacation in Chattanooga. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $59 on meals
  • $35 on local transportation
  • $183 on hotels

A one week trip to Chattanooga for two people costs, on average, $2,541. 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 Chattanooga cost?

A one week trip to Chattanooga usually costs around $1,271 for one person and $2,541 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Chattanooga on average costs around $2,541 for one person and $5,083 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 Chattanooga will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Chattanooga on average costs around $5,446 for one person and $10,891 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 Chattanooga 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 Chattanooga expensive to visit?

Prices in Chattanooga 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, Chattanooga is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Edmonton or Fort Lauderdale.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $183
Local Transportation 1 $35
Food 2 $59
Entertainment 1 $52
Alcohol 2 $12 - 36
Accommodation Budget in Chattanooga
Average Daily Costs

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

Looking for a hotel in Chattanooga? 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 Chattanooga based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $115. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Chattanooga
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Chattanooga is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $35 per person, per day, on local transportation in Chattanooga.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

Rental Cars in Chattanooga
The price of renting a car in Chattanooga 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.

What did other people spend on Transportation in Chattanooga?

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

  • Chattanooga Zoo (for 2)

Food Budget in Chattanooga
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Chattanooga can vary, the average cost of food in Chattanooga is $59 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Chattanooga 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 Chattanooga is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Chattanooga
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Chattanooga typically cost an average of $52 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 Chattanooga
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $24 on alcoholic beverages in Chattanooga per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Chattanooga on a Budget
Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee
Located on the Tennessee River near the border of the U.S. state of Georgia, Chattanooga is Tennessee's fourth largest city and a major transportation hub. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its once dilapidated downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront, including the restoration of the historic Walnut Street Bridge.
First built in 1890, Walnut Street Bridge is more than a century old. Following its restoration, the bridge has become a landmark for Chattanooga. Not only is it the oldest and largest surviving truss bridge in the southern United States, but it is also one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges. Another iconic attraction of Chattanooga is Lookout Mountain. Located on the mountain is Rock City, which features a 4100-foot walking trail, a 90-foot waterfall, a 180-foot long suspension bridge, and Lover’s Leap where visitors can "see seven states." Another special attraction to Lookout Mountain is Ruby Falls, actually falling within the mountain with a 145-foot drop. There is an elevator ride down into the caverns of the falls with cave tours available. The Incline Railway shuttles passengers up a steep incline to the top of the mountain for spectacular views of the valley and river below.

The city also features a good number of parks, museums, and other attractions. The Tennessee Aquarium, for example, showcases a variety of aquatic life with two main buildings: "Ocean Journey" and "River Journey." There is also a Chattanooga Zoo and a variety of popular museums, including the Hunter Museums of American Art, the Creative Discovery Museum, and the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. As far as parks go, Coolidge Park is a central green space for the city, featuring a beautifully restored carousel, a pavilion, an interactive play fountain, and plenty of open space where the Navy and Marine Reserve Center once stood.
Downtown Chattanooga is a hub for tourists, and all of the downtown attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping venues, and convention center are conveniently connected by a free, electric shuttle operated by the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). Alternatively, visitors can also use a bike share program to navigate downtown. Walnut Street Bridge connects the downtown with the now thriving Northshore District. Located on the north shore of the Tennessee River, the Northshore District has grown and developed to become a Chattanooga focal point with Coolidge Park as one of the city's most popular green spaces and Frazier Avenue serving as the main street of this area. The Southside District is still being developed and offers some off-the-beaten path markets and galleries, while St. Elmo District offers a quaint, historic hub at the foot of Lookout Mountain with a walkable residential area featuring several small boutique shops and restaurants.

There are plenty of activities for visitors both in and on the outskirts of the city, from the bustling downtown hub of the city below to the nature excursions on Lookout Mountain above. There is even a climbing wall in Coolidge Park where visitors can climb on one of the limestone towers that supports the Walnut Street Bridge. Pedestrians can also enjoy the riverfront along the Tennessee River Walk, a 10-mile path that stretches from Ross’s Landing in the heart of downtown Chattanooga to the Tennessee Riverpark and the Chickamauga Dam. There are plenty of opportunities along the path for picnicking and enjoying the greenery. Other activities include riverboat rides, walking tours, golf, shopping, theatre-going, festivals, and sporting events.
Food and Dining
Barbeque is common throughout the southern United States, and Tennessee has many varieties of it depending on where you are in the state. Visitors will likely be able to find all kinds of barbeque in Chattanooga though it typically consists of a grilled or smoked meat (pork is a favorite) served in a thick and sweet sauce. BBQ ribs and pulled pork sandwiches topped with slaw are common and the sauce is usually some combination of thick and sweet and tangy with a zip. Other examples of Southern home cooking that can likely be found in Chattanooga include fried chicken, catfish, country ham, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, cornbread, fried pickles, and banana pudding. Often classified as Soul food, these dishes and other favorites like po'boy, hush puppies, and mac and cheese are widespread in the southern United States. As a major city, Chattanooga also has a plethora of restaurants serving international fare as well, from Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, to Mediterranean, Italian, and Mexican.

The nearest hub for air service is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, located east of downtown Chattanooga. It is mainly serviced by American Eagle, Delta Connection Carriers, and Allegiant Air with non-stop flights available between Chattanooga and the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Orlando, FL; Tampa Bay, FL; and Washington, D.C. Transportation to local hotels from the airport can be easily arranged.

By car, use highways I-75, I-24, or I-59. Long distance buses that serve Chattanooga include Greyhound and Megabus. The city is also accessible via the Tennessee River by personal water craft.

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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.