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Houston, Texas, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Houston?

You should plan to spend around $262 per day on your vacation in Houston. 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
  • $72 on local transportation
  • $283 on hotels

A one week trip to Houston for two people costs, on average, $3,667. 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 Houston cost?

A one week trip to Houston usually costs around $1,833 for one person and $3,667 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Houston on average costs around $3,667 for one person and $7,333 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 Houston will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Houston on average costs around $7,857 for one person and $15,714 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 Houston 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 Houston expensive to visit?

Houston is a somewhat more expensive place to visit. Located in the United States of America, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will need to plan for the extra expenses of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. When visiting, expect to pay somewhat higher prices for accommodation, food, and activities.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Houston is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Los Angeles or Arlington.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $283
Local Transportation 1 $72
Food 2 $35
Entertainment 1 $14
Tips and Handouts 1 $5 - 16
Alcohol 2 $7 - 20
Accommodation Budget in Houston
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Houston is $142. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Houston is $283. 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 Houston

Looking for a hotel in Houston? 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 Houston based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $86. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Houston
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Houston is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $72 per person, per day, on local transportation in Houston.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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  • While meal prices in Houston can vary, the average cost of food in Houston is $35 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Houston 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 Houston is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Houston
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Houston typically cost an average of $14 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 Houston
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Houston is $11 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Houston is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Houston
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $13 on alcoholic beverages in Houston per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Houston On a Budget
Houston Houston, Texas
The largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States, Houston is a sprawling urban center that has grown from its wealth in the oil industry. Visitors today are drawn to its cultural diversity which has additionally made Houston a foodie destination. Other attractions to Houston include its proximity to NASA's Space Center Houston on the Gulf coast, and its Downtown which features a vibrant museum and arts scene, shopping, and dining.
Though Houston covers a large area, the Downtown districts, at the heart of the city, feature some of the city's most sought after attractions. It is home to the Theater district, for example, which showcases the world-class Houston Grand Opera, as well as the Historic district, known for its 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants. Other well-known sights include the Discovery Green Park, Market Square Park, the Downtown Aquarium, and Diverse Works art center.

The rest of Houston has plenty to offer as well. Visit the Museum district for a vast array of venues that explore everything from natural science programs with a planetarium, dinosaur hall, and butterfly house to fine art exhibits featuring Egyptian antiquities, Impressionist art, and modern sculptures. The Houston Zoo is also a popular destination, as is the historic Hermann Park which is within walking distance from most of the museums.

On the outskirts of the city, visit NASA's Space Center Houston for a tour and educational exhibits highlighting U.S. space travel. Also popular are day trips to nature centers like the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center or the Armand Bayou Nature Center for nature trails, exhibits, workshops, and events in various habitats.
The city is divided into six wards, each one of which encompasses a number of districts within them. Downtown makes up the central ward. It is a big business and finance hub, further divided into the Skyline District, Theater District, Historic District, and Warehouse District. Neartown (divided into Montrose, Midtown, and EaDo-East End) is home to much of the LGBT population and has many fashion shops, eclectic boutiques, and antique stores. North Loop, which consists of The Heights and Washington Corridor, features many Victorian and early 20th century bungalows, many of which are the homes of artists, musicians, and other wealthy professionals . South Loop (made up of South Main, Museum District, and Med Center) features attractions like Hermann Park and Reliant Stadium, some of the world's best hospitals, and an area called the Rice Village which has plenty of restaurants, bars, and shopping. West Loop (divided into Uptown, River Oaks, Upper Kirby & Greenway, and West U) features high-end shopping, affluent neighborhoods and businesses, and plenty of great restaurants and nightlife. The final ward, Outside 610 (made up of West Houston, East Houston, and North Houston), encompass the district's on Houston's outskirts. Visitors often take daytrips to these areas, which include places like nature centers and the NASA Space Center Houston.

As a sprawling metropolis, Houston has just about any kind of activity one could ask for. Dining, shopping, and sightseeing or visiting museums, parks, the zoo or aquarium-there is always plenty to do. Additional activities include things like sporting events, festivals, and performing arts including dance, opera, Broadway musical, chamber, and symphonic music groups.
Food and Dining
Houston's ethnic diversity is reflected in its wide range of dining options. For Chinese food, visit Chinatown, or Old Chinatown near downtown; for Indian or Pakistani food, visit Houston's Little India (also known as the Mahatma Gandhi District); for Korean, Houston's Koreatown is located in Northwestern Houston. There is even an abundance of Kosher food in the Jewish community of Meyerland, and a selection of Ethiopian and Nigerian food on Bissonnet street in Southwestern Houston. The city is probably best-known, however, for its excellent Mexican food, Tex-Mex cuisine, classic Texas steakhouses, and Gulf Coast seafood. Stop by any local taqueria for some of the best culinary surprises, or indulge at a restaurant serving some fresh catches and oyster buffets with selections straight from the Gulf.

Houston is served by two large commercial airports as well as two smaller regional airports. George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the largest, located about 23 miles north of the downtown. It is a major hub for United Airlines and is served by more than 20 additional domestic and international airlines. William P. Hobby Airport is the next largest, located 7 miles south of the downtown and served by airlines like Southwest, Delta, American, and JetBlue. The two smaller airports are Sugar Land Regional Airport and Ellington Field. Most visitors rent cars to explore the city from the airport, though shuttle, taxi, and public bus options are also available.

Public transportation within the city is operated by METRO, and consists of local and express bus lines as well as a light rail system called METRORail. The best way to use this public transportation is to obtain a Q card.

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.