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Dallas, Texas, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Dallas?

You should plan to spend around $141 per day on your vacation in Dallas. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $35 on meals
  • $28 on local transportation
  • $168 on hotels

A one week trip to Dallas for two people costs, on average, $1,968. 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 Dallas cost?

A one week trip to Dallas usually costs around $984 for one person and $1,968 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Dallas on average costs around $1,968 for one person and $3,935 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 Dallas will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Dallas on average costs around $4,216 for one person and $8,432 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 Dallas 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 Dallas expensive to visit?

Prices in Dallas 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, Dallas is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to New Bern or Austin.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $168
Local Transportation 1 $28
Food 2 $35
Entertainment 1 $13
Tips and Handouts 1 $9 - 28
Alcohol 2 $6 - 18
Accommodation Budget in Dallas
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Dallas is $84. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Dallas is $168. 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 Dallas

Looking for a hotel in Dallas? 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 Dallas based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $117. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Dallas
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Dallas is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dallas.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Dallas
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Rental Cars in Dallas
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Food Budget in Dallas
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Dallas can vary, the average cost of food in Dallas is $35 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Dallas should cost around $14 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Dallas is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Dallas?

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

  • Cowboys Stadium Tour (for 2)
  • Whataburger Lunch (family of 4)

Entertainment Budget in Dallas
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Dallas typically cost an average of $13 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 Dallas
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Dallas is $19 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Dallas is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Dallas
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Dallas per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Dallas On a Budget
Dallas Dallas, Texas
Located in the north central part of the state, Dallas is a prominent city in Texas and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the United States of America. The business reputation of Dallas rose from its historical status as the center for cotton and oil industries. It was also positioned among numerous railroads.

As far as costs go, Dallas is relatively inexpensive compared to other huge cities in the U.S., but its not as cheap as many others, especially if you're in the downtown area. It's not hard to find affordable restaurants, hotels, or transportation if you look.

It is best to visit Dallas during the spring or autumn, because summer in this city can get uncomfortably hot. The mild spring temperatures give rise to vibrant and blooming wildflowers. The weather in Dallas is generally pleasant in autumn between late September and early December.
The Dallas Arts District is located in the center of downtown Dallas. It consists of a large performing arts venue, award winning museums and art galleries. Some of the most prominent places include the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the newly opened Klyde Warren Park. Dallas has substantial art and sculpture collections for visitors.

In addition to thought provoking art, there are plenty of places worth visiting in Dallas, such as the Dallas Zoo, Reunion Tower, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas World Aquarium, Six Flags over Texas, and Dallas Arboretum. Most of these places are kid and family friendly. The Sixth Floor Museum is dedicated to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and is located in the same building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots.
Dealey Plaza in Dallas is worth visiting as it is the place where president John F Kennedy was fatally assassinated. Downtown Dallas has a growing nightlife scene. Uptown & Oak Lawn are located to the north of downtown Dallas and are worthwhile for shopping, eating and staying. McKinney Avenue boasts elegant old homes with upscale restaurants and eclectic shopping arcades. Greenville Avenue & East Dallas are well known for contributing to the Dallas nightlife scene –– with a multitude of bars, lounges, bohemian restaurants and nightclubs.
East Dallas is considered the "streetcar suburbs" and has many quaint bungalows, coffeehouses, and restaurants. Highland Park and University Park are some of the wealthiest parts of the city. The areas are mostly residential but there is also high end shopping, several museums, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Dallas hosts an agglomeration of various events, such as the Chocolate Tour for roughly $40, a BBQ and Brewery for around $60, House of Blues Dallas for approximately $50, and many more.

There are plenty of free things to do in Dallas as well. You can go on a self-guided walking tour with Public ArtWalk Dallas or drive through historic neighborhoods like Swiss Avenue, Highland Park and Kessler Park. Dallas is a big city, so guided exploration is a convenient and informative way to see the city. Some of the best tour operators around town include the Dallas City Tours, Big D Fun Tours, Dallas Texas Tour Attractions and Autobuses Mares.

And being in the center of Texas, visitors can find plenty of day trips from Dallas, too. Why not visit nearby Fort Worth, or the quaint town of Waco?
Food and Dining
Dallas has a good number of budget and fine dining restaurants for those looking to satiate their palates. There are a multitude of cuisines that range from Tex-Mex and American to South East Asian and Indian. Visitors will never be short of places to eat in Dallas. The Shinsei Restaurant located in the University Park neighborhood offers some of the best Asian cuisines, with huge portions of sushi and Thai food. The Grape located in Lower Greenville Avenue is a popular place with outdoor dining adding to its charm. From fried food to seafood, you can find anything here. Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop is the place to go, if you are craving juicy steak. Order the Kobe sirloin steak, smoked salmon with capers and onions or the prime rib eye and you won’t be disappointed. Dallas Fish Market located in the heart of downtown Dallas, is the perfect spot for any type of gathering. This restaurant flaunts a modern and comfortable decor. Hook Line & Slinker is one of the best places for seafood in town. Boasting a casual atmosphere, some of the most famous dishes include boiled shrimp, boiled crab legs, fried catfish basket, and raw oysters.

Having access to a private vehicle is important if you hope to see Dallas in any level of detail. (Car rental prices here.)

Like most cities in Texas, public transportaion is limited and car travel is the norm, but there is limited public transit available. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) operates bus and rail services in the city but relying on this as your sole form of transportation is not recommended. The light rail system has four lines, and although it does travel near many tourist sights, it is more convenient for commuters into the city. The trains run every 10 minutes during rush hour, but less often during the off times. Sometimes trains run as infrequently as two an hour. Although buses travel through much of the city, you'll likely have to transfer several times and the trips can be very slow.

There are several pedestrian-friendly walkways in the uptown and downtown areas of Dallas. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field are the two major airports in the city.
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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.