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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Cincinnati?

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

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $55 on meals
  • $25 on local transportation
  • $204 on hotels

A one week trip to Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati cost?

A one week trip to Cincinnati usually costs around $1,281 for one person and $2,563 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Cincinnati on average costs around $2,563 for one person and $5,125 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 Cincinnati will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Cincinnati on average costs around $5,491 for one person and $10,982 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 Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati expensive to visit?

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

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $204
Local Transportation 1 $25
Food 2 $55
Entertainment 1 $26
Tips and Handouts 1 $3 - 8
Alcohol 2 $6 - 17
Accommodation Budget in Cincinnati
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Cincinnati is $102. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Cincinnati is $204. 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 Cincinnati

Looking for a hotel in Cincinnati? 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 Cincinnati based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $124. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Cincinnati
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Cincinnati is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $25 per person, per day, on local transportation in Cincinnati.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Cincinnati
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Rental Cars in Cincinnati
The price of renting a car in Cincinnati 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 Cincinnati
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Cincinnati can vary, the average cost of food in Cincinnati is $55 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Cincinnati should cost around $22 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cincinnati is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Cincinnati
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Cincinnati typically cost an average of $26 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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Tips and Handouts Budget in Cincinnati
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Cincinnati is $5.33 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Cincinnati is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Cincinnati
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  • The average person spends about $11 on alcoholic beverages in Cincinnati per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Cincinnati On a Budget
Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Located on the north banks of the Ohio River, Cincinnati is the third largest city in Ohio having grown from its industrial heritage. It is situated in the southwest part of the state, separated from the Kentucky border by the river. The city is best known for its striking skyline and unique chili.
The Ohio River is the heart of the city, adding an extra glimmer of beauty to the city's stunning skyline and historically boosting Cincinnati's industrial economy. It is actually the largest tributary of the Mississippi River and today hosts a lively riverboat heritage. During the city's Tall Stacks Festival people celebrate the days when steam and paddle-wheel driven vessels dominated the waters. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge also adds something special to the beauty of the cityscape. Some of the best skyline and river views can be had from the Moerlein Lager House. Other city views can be had from the Carew Tower & Observation Deck-Cincinnati's second tallest building.

Another popular attraction is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which is actually the second oldest zoo in the United States opening in 1875-just 14 months after the Philadelphia Zoo. The park features more than 3,000 plant species, wildlife exhibits, rides, and a 4D theatre. Though technically outside of Cincinnati, located just across the river, the Newport Aquarium is another popular animal life attraction.

Other Cincinnati sights worth noting include the Cincinnati Observatory Center, Fountain Square, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, a number of churches and cathedrals, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, Cincinnati Art Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and countless other museums, galleries, theatres with plenty of opportunities to experience the art, culture, and history of the city.
Downtown marks the city center of Cincinnati, also referred to as the Central Business District. Most of the city's major attractions and corporate headquarters are located here. This part of the city is organized on a grid pattern with nine main north-south thoroughfares-Broadway, Sycamore, Main, Walnut, Vine, Race, Elm, Plum, and Central. The "East Side" and "West Side" of the city have a rivalry, historically being white collar and blue collar workers respectively. Other notable neighborhoods include the residential Avondale home to the Cincinnati Zoo, the upscale Hyde Park home to restaurants and boutique shops, trendy Mt. Adams known for its nightlife and beautiful skyline views, the very diverse Clifton home to a University population, independent shops, and a variety of ethnic restaurants, Over-the-Rhine historic district, the also historic Price Hill, and the newly developed Riverfront. Mt Washington, Northside, and Oakley are also all up-and-coming neighborhoods with plenty of shopping and restaurant options. And even though Newport and Covington are across the river in Kentucky, many locals frequent these spots on the weekends for shopping, movies, festivals, and restaurants.

Visitors are free to explore the sights of Cincinnati at their own pace, or join any variety of tours that are offered. From historic walking tours that admire architecture and landmark events of the city to lager tours that explore saloons, bars, and breweries, there is a tour for any preference. The arts and entertainment scene is also alive with opportunities to enjoy opera, symphony, theatre, and a number of festivals held throughout the year, as well as plenty of opportunities to get outdoors with multiple city parks.
Food and Dining
Being a major American city, Cincinnati will have just about any kind of food one could ask for, from major well-known restaurant and fast food chains to specialty international options like Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Indian, and many more. The city, however, is famous for its unique chili. The recipe typically contains finely-ground meat, no beans or onions, and spices such as cinnamon or cocoa powder, with not as much tomato as traditional recipes. It is served in a variety of ways. A three-way is served over spaghetti with shredded cheddar cheese, a four-way adds diced white onions or kidney beans, a five-way adds both onions and kidney beans, and a cheese coney is served on a hot dog with shredded cheddar. The concentration of chili restaurants in Cincinnati is more than anywhere else in the U.S., the favorites often being Skyline and Gold Star, though there are many others.

For visitors flying in, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is the main way of entry. It is actually located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, so visitors will have to cross a bridge upon arrival to reach Cincinnati. The airport is a major hub for Delta, which offers daily flights to major U.S. cities as well as direct service to Paris. Within the United States, low-cost airlines Allegiant and Frontier also provide daily service.

Trains and long-distance buses are other options for travel. By train, passenger trains stop at Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center in the night, traveling east to Washington DC and New York, and west to Chicago. Many visitors within the U.S. also arrive by car.

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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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