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Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Durham?

You should plan to spend around $162 per day on your vacation in Durham. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $44 on meals
  • $33 on local transportation
  • $183 on hotels

A one week trip to Durham for two people costs, on average, $2,274. 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 Durham cost?

A one week trip to Durham usually costs around $1,137 for one person and $2,274 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Durham on average costs around $2,274 for one person and $4,547 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 Durham will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Durham on average costs around $4,872 for one person and $9,744 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 Durham 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 Durham expensive to visit?

Prices in Durham 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, Durham is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Cape Canaveral or Grand Teton National Park.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $183
Local Transportation 1 $33
Food 2 $44
Entertainment 1 $26
Alcohol 2 $17 - 51
Accommodation Budget in Durham
Average Daily Costs

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

Looking for a hotel in Durham? 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 Durham based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $127. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Durham
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Durham is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $33 per person, per day, on local transportation in Durham.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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

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  • While meal prices in Durham can vary, the average cost of food in Durham is $44 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Durham 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 Durham is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Durham
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Durham 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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Alcohol Budget in Durham
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $34 on alcoholic beverages in Durham per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Durham On a Budget
Durham Durham, NC
Durham is a city in central North Carolina with about 230,000 residents. Together with Raleigh and Chapel Hill, it forms the Research Triangle area. Durham is often referred to as the "City of Medicine" and is home to the famous Duke University.

Durham's history is rooted in tobacco. The Duke family established American Tobacco, which controlled 90% of all cigarette production in the US during the second half of the 19th century. The family donated money to Trinity College, which changed its name to Duke University in 1924.

Today much of Durham's economy is centered around the university and Research Triangle Park. The area has many technology and pharmaceutical jobs and the economy continues to grow.
The most famous attraction in Durham is Duke University. This private university has a beautiful campus with Gothic architecture. The most identifiable landmark is the 210 foot tall chapel that stands at the center of campus. While Gothic architecture defines the university's West Campus, the East Campus is 1.5 miles away and has Georgian-style architecture.

Duke is also home to the Duke Lemur Center. The center provides tours by appointment only and you must schedule your tour at least two weeks in advance. Also near campus is the the Nasher Museum of Art.

Another highlight of a trip to Durham is a visit to the Museum of Life and Science. This museum is perfect for adults and kids alike and offers physics displays, space vehicles, farm animals, a butterfly house, and a playground.
Like many southern cities, Durham has made efforts to revitalize its downtown area in recent years. The city has received an economic and cultural boost from the efforts and today the downtown area is thriving. The American Tobacco Historic District has many restaurants and cultural venues. It's adjacent to the Durham Performing Arts Center and the Durahm Bulls Athletic Park. The downtown corridor along West Main St has also been the focus of much redevelopment. The area has opened many bars and art studios. There is shopping and dining in Brightleaf Square and the Bright Leaf Historic District. Ongoing revitalization efforts continue to bring the area to life.

Duke University's campus is another area that attracts tourists. The campus is divided into the West Campus, with Gothic architecture and the famed Duke Chapel, the East Campus has Georgian architecture and a large grass quad, and the central campus, which is where you'll find many student apartments. Just off of East Campus is Ninth Street, which has many restaurants, bars and shops.

There are plenty of activities that you can enjoy while you're in Durham. There are regular cultural events and performances hosted by Duke. The school is also home to the famous men's basketball team. Tickets are almost impossible to come by, but visiting the campus after a victory can be an experience in and of itself. Durham is also home to the Durham Bulls minor-league baseball team. Tickets start at $6.

Also make sure you take a walk through the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. If you're in town over the weekend you may even see a wedding taking place. For hiking, head to Eno River State Park, which has many trails and several picnic areas.

The Durham Performing Arts Center hosts world-class performances that include award winning broadway shows. If you want to see an independent film, head to the historic Carolina Theatre.
Food and Dining
Durham has a range of restaurants that serve every style and budget. If you can't find what you're looking for in Durham, you can easily make your way to Chapel Hill and Raleigh as well. International cuisine is quite common in the area. There are excellent Asian, Ethiopian, Greek, and Middle Eastern restaurants. For the most budget friendly options, stay in the university area.

Favorite local restaurants include Cosmic Cantina, Elmo's Diner, Francesca's Dessert Cafe, The Mad Hatter's Bake Shop, Bullock's Barbecue, Nana's, and Foster's.

The closest major airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville. American Airlines and Delta Airlines offer the most frequent service to the area but there are other options as well. Amtrak also has two lines that stop in Durham: The Carolinian and the Piedmont. Bus service is provided by Greyhound and Megabus.

Durham is served by both the Triangle Transit Authority, which offers routes between Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Park as well as The Durham Area Transit Authority, which offers service to the urban areas in Durham. In general, public transit is very inefficient and unreliable, so having a private vehicle is a must if you hope to navigate the city. Rental car agencies are available at the airport.


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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.

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