Travel Budget for Duck Visit Duck on a Budget or Travel in Style

Duck, North Carolina, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Duck?

You should plan to spend around $188 per day on your vacation in Duck. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $45 on meals
  • $66 on local transportation
  • $213 on hotels

A one week trip to Duck for two people costs, on average, $2,634. 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
This data comes from the travel budgets of real travelers - How it works. Put these numbers on your website.

How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Duck cost?

A one week trip to Duck usually costs around $1,317 for one person and $2,634 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Duck on average costs around $2,634 for one person and $5,268 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 Duck will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Duck on average costs around $5,644 for one person and $11,289 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 Duck 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 Duck expensive to visit?

Prices in Duck 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, Duck is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Saint Louis or Philadelphia.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $213
Local Transportation 1 $66
Food 2 $45
Entertainment 1 $13
Alcohol 2 $22 - 67
Accommodation Budget in Duck
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Duck is $107. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Duck is $213. 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 Duck

Looking for a hotel in Duck? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

Find the best hotel for your travel style.


Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Duck based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $626. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world.

Recommended Properties

Transportation Budget in Duck
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Duck is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $66 per person, per day, on local transportation in Duck.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Duck can vary, the average cost of food in Duck is $45 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Duck should cost around $18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Duck is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Duck
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Duck 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.

Alcohol Budget in Duck
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $45 on alcoholic beverages in Duck per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Duck On a Budget
Duck North Carolina Outer Banks
Duck is a resort town in Dare County, North Carolina. The town is quite small, with a year around population of just 369, but during the peak summer months the tourist crowds can climb to over 20,000. Duck is also the northernmost incorporated town in the county, and also the newest town in the Outer Banks, having been incorporated on May 1st, 2002.

Duck's economy is focused almost exclusively on tourism. The town hosts many summer events and concerts and is a center for outdoor recreational activities, fine dining, and world class shopping. There are many art galleries in the area as well.
Duck is first and foremost, a beach destination. Most visitors spend the majority of their time on the beach. The beaches are wide and the water stays warm well into October. Like much of the Outer Banks, the waves can get rough, particularly if there's a storm in the area. Make sure you're on alert for rip tides as they are common in the area.

Many visitors enjoy heading to the town park, which also has a recreational facility and trails that wander through a maritime forest and willow swamp. The park has an amphitheater, playground, picnic shelter, and access to public kayaking and canoeing. From the park you can access a boardwalk that goes through the commercial village for about three quarters of a mile following along Currituck Sound.
Duck is found in the northern part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. It sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound and has an area of about 3.7 square miles, of which, 35% is water. From the town park there's a boardwalk that goes about three quarters of a mile through the commercial village. The beaches are also wonderful and likely where you will spend most of your time.

A visit to Duck is all about the outdoors. You can relax on the beach, take boat tours to see dolphins, go kayaking or canoeing, or just wander around the community. The beach is excellent and has been ranked one of the top 15 family friendly beaches in America.

There are also several summer festivals that the town hosts. During these peak months are are over 60 events and programs that you can participate in. These include Yoga on the Green, Movies on the South, a family magic show, live concerts and interactive theater. Most programs are free and open to the public. During October the town hosts its annual Jazz Festival. This is a fun time to be in the area as well.
Food and Dining
Predictably, seafood is a favorite in the Duck area. There are many good seafood restaurants in the area and you can expect good, fresh food. If you happen to be in town during the low season, many restaurants will be closed and it may be a challenge to find a good meal.

There are many good local seafood restaurants in Duck. The Blue Point is a popular favorite. They offer fresh seafood in a welcoming setting. Coastal Cravings is a unique option. Don't let the location next to the gas station deter you. The food is great and the hole-in-the-wall style only adds character to the experience. The Red Sky Cafe is another favorite. They offer unique seafood dishes and local favorites.

If you want to try a local tradition, head to Duck Donuts. The cake donuts are made to order and served hot. You can choose between the standard toppings, and the donuts are a step above the rest. Make sure you come on your first day, so you can return daily throughout your trip.

Like most towns in the Outer Banks, you really need to have a private vehicle to explore the area in any level of detail. Duck itself is quite small and you can walk most places, but if you hope to get into the surrounding areas a car is required. There is no real public transportation system but there are ferries that travel throughout the Outer Banks. Do use caution when you drive as roads can be narrow and speeding is not uncommon in the area. If you're traveling during the peak season then traffic congestion can become a problem. Car accidents or road construction can also cause unexpected delays so allow yourself plenty of time for your trip.


Looking for a party hostel in Las Vegas or San Diego? Traveling alone to NYC or LA? Want a budget hostel in San Francisco?

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.

Search for Travel Costs

Some of the links on this website are sponsored or affiliate links which help to financially support this site. By clicking the link and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission, but this does not affect the price of your purchase.