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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Fort Lauderdale?

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

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $49 on meals
  • $51 on local transportation
  • $192 on hotels

A one week trip to Fort Lauderdale for two people costs, on average, $2,549. 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
    $182
  • One Week Per person
    $1,274
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $2,549
  • One Month Per person
    $5,462
  • One Week For a couple
    $2,549
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $5,098
  • One Month For a couple
    $10,924
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Fort Lauderdale cost?

A one week trip to Fort Lauderdale usually costs around $1,274 for one person and $2,549 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Fort Lauderdale on average costs around $2,549 for one person and $5,098 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 Fort Lauderdale will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Fort Lauderdale on average costs around $5,462 for one person and $10,924 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 Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale expensive to visit?

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

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

How much money do I need for a trip to Fort Lauderdale?

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


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $192
Local Transportation 1 $51
Food 2 $49
Entertainment 1 $15
Tips and Handouts 1 $1 - 3
Alcohol 2 $17 - 50
Accommodation Budget in Fort Lauderdale
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Fort Lauderdale is $96. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Fort Lauderdale is $192. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $96
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $192

Hotel Prices in Fort Lauderdale

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Fort Lauderdale based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $143. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Fort Lauderdale
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Fort Lauderdale is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $51 per person, per day, on local transportation in Fort Lauderdale.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $51

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

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  • While meal prices in Fort Lauderdale can vary, the average cost of food in Fort Lauderdale is $49 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Fort Lauderdale should cost around $20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Fort Lauderdale is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $49

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What did other people spend on Food in Fort Lauderdale?

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


  • Quick Lunch
    $12


Entertainment Budget in Fort Lauderdale
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Fort Lauderdale typically cost an average of $15 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.
    $15

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Fort Lauderdale
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Fort Lauderdale is $1.88 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Fort Lauderdale is 10% - 20%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $1.88


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Fort Lauderdale
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Fort Lauderdale is $42, as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $42


Alcohol Budget in Fort Lauderdale
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $33 on alcoholic beverages in Fort Lauderdale per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $33

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What did other people spend on Alcohol in Fort Lauderdale?

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


  • Beer
    $7.30


Water Budget in Fort Lauderdale
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $4.26 on bottled water in Fort Lauderdale per day. The public water in Fort Lauderdale is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $4.26


Fort Lauderdale On a Budget
Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale is located on the Atlantic coast of Florida, not far from Miami, and is famous for its beaches and boating culture. An elaborate system of canals runs through the city, adding to the charm and coastal lifestyle. Plenty of restaurants, shops, watersports, and other things to do can be found here in addition to the beautiful beaches. The city is family-friendly and also caters to older travelers as well as younger generations. While it's not an inexpensive place to visit, the prices are on par with other cities in southeastern Florida. The beach is lined with high-rise condos and hotels that tend to be expensive, while a few blocks back from the shore you'll find plenty of nice houses along with shops, restaurants, and fun activities for all ages. And since Fort Lauderdale is part of the Miami metro area, you can easily get to all of the other beach areas, cities, and activities in the nearby metropolitan areas as well.
Sights
Fort Lauderdale is really about the beach. The most popular beach area is referred to as "The Strip" and is located where A1A runs along the beach between Las Olas Blvd north to Sunrise Blvd. This area has many bars and clubs that attract an upscale crowd.

Aside from the beach, there are a handful of museums around the city. These include the Museum of Art, the Musesum of Discovery and Science, Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum, and the Antique Car Museum.
Neighborhoods
Areas of interest for tourists in Fort Lauderdale include The Strip, Downtown, Las Olas Blvd, and Wilton Manors. The Strip is the most popular section of beach that is located where the A1A runs along the beach between Las Olas Blvd north to Sunrise Blvd. The downtown area has grown dramatically in the past decade and now has many hotels and condos. There are many boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in the area. Las Olas Boulevard is in the entertainment district and has many upscale shops and restaurants. Wilton Manors is a popular area for gays and lesbians. It has many hotels, restaurants and nightclubs and is just two miles north of the downtown area.

Activities
Activities in Fort Lauderdale include shopping, sports, biking, hanging out on the beach, clubbing, golfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing. You can also take overnight excursions to the Florida Keys or the Bahamas, and the Everglades are not far away.
Food and Dining
There is an endless supply of good restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. The most popular areas to eat are Las Olas Blvd, Olde Town Fort Lauderdale and the Beach. You'll find a mix of local eateries and American chain restaurants. Budget options around town include delis, cafes, sub shops, and ethnic cuisine. Thai food, hamburgers, Chinese and seafood are all common. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating so that you can take advantage of the pleasant temperatures.

If you want to grab a drink, there are plenty of places with character and style. Popular options include Tarpon Bend, Voodoo Lounge, Elbo Room, Shooters, Grady's Bar and Boom.

Transportation
On the east side of Fort Lauderdale you'll find canals that cross between the downtown area and the beach. The canals must be crossed on bridges, so having a good map is essential. In general, the easiest way to travel around town is with a car. There are many car rental agencies around town and at the airport, although it is cheaper to rent your car from somewhere other than the airport. Taxis are available but they can be quite expensive. Public transportation is available in the form of bus or trolley. The county bus system connects the entire metropolitan area but is slow and inconvenient. You should not rely on the buses as your sole form of transit. The Trolley system connects Fort Lauderdale's downtown, beach and convention center areas. It also links the downtown to the Broward Blvd Tri-Rail Station. The most scenic route is the Sun-Trolley or the 11 bus which runs along Las Olas Blvd and A1A.

Tri-Rail is the commuter train that runs parallel to I-95. It connects Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach as well as the major airports and Miami's Metrorail. The trains can often be very late with infrequent service.

Water Bus is a unique option that has 11 stopping points in east Fort Lauderdale along the Intracoastal Waterway and New River. It connects hotels, shopping, restaurants, beaches and more.


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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.