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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Lancaster?

You should plan to spend around $183 per day on your vacation in Lancaster. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $53 on meals
  • $69 on local transportation
  • $182 on hotels

A one week trip to Lancaster for two people costs, on average, $2,559. 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 Lancaster cost?

A one week trip to Lancaster usually costs around $1,279 for one person and $2,559 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Lancaster on average costs around $2,559 for one person and $5,117 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 Lancaster will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Lancaster on average costs around $5,483 for one person and $10,965 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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster expensive to visit?

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

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $182
Local Transportation 1 $69
Food 2 $53
Entertainment 1 $19
Alcohol 2 $6 - 17
Accommodation Budget in Lancaster
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Lancaster is $91. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Lancaster is $182. 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 Lancaster

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Lancaster based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $133. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Lancaster
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Lancaster is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $69 per person, per day, on local transportation in Lancaster.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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  • While meal prices in Lancaster can vary, the average cost of food in Lancaster is $53 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Lancaster should cost around $21 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lancaster is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Lancaster
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Lancaster typically cost an average of $19 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 Lancaster
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $11 on alcoholic beverages in Lancaster per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Lancaster On a Budget
Lancaster Lancaster, PA
The largest city in Pennsylvania's Dutch Country, Lancaster is surrounded by scenic landscape and a unique culture. The area is predominately agricultural in nature and you will find lush farms growing crops and produce most seasons. The Amish communities are spread throughout the area and although they remain relatively isolated, they are acknowledged by fellow community members and their customs are respected. The Amish community prides themselves on minimalist living. They do not use electricity and travel around in horse and buggy, a sight which you will grow accustomed to while you're in the area. They are excellent farmers and craftsmen and you can find shops that proudly sell Amish made goods. Their close are old fashion in nature. Women generally wear long dresses and bonnets while men wear black suits and hats. The Amish community has their own churches and their own schools. There are a handful of places where you can learn more about the Amish community in the area. The Amish Experience F/X Theater offers shows and the People's Place Quilt Museum shows some handicrafts. It is possible to take an Amish Country tour or visit the Mennonite Information Center for more information.

There are some other sights in Lancaster outside of the Amish community. Head to Elizabethtown College which is quite nice, or spend some time at Franklin and Marshall College. The National Watch and Clock Museum is nice as is a visit to the Strasburg Rail Road.

There are some wonderful local restaurants in the area that take advantage of the locally grown produce that is in abundance here. Many restaurants sell Amish specialties so you can enjoy a traditional home cooked meal in a nice setting. There are also plenty of chain restaurants around town if that's more your style.

There are plenty of affordable hotels in the area but if you're looking for a splurge a bed and breakfast can be a fun alternative. If you choose to go this route it is best to have reservations in advance.
Lancaster is a beautiful area. Many visitors come to learn more about the area's Amish population. You can learn more about their traditional way of life by visiting the People's Place Quilt Museum, the Mennonite Information Center, Plain and Fancy Farm, and Amish Country Tours.

There are a number of other sights around Lancaster that are separate from the Amish community. The Ephrata Cloister is a historic site with a number of buildings that teach visitors about the German religious refugees that originally lived here. Elizabethtown College and Millersville University are both interesting places to visit. Other sights include Strasburg Rail Road, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Bird-in-Hand Village, and the National Watch and Clock Museum. Antique lovers will enjoy a visit to Antiques Capital.
Lancaster County has a number of quaint and beautiful communities to explore. Some of the more popular ones are listed below.

Intercourse - a town in eastern Lancaster with Amish shops, local food, and antique shops.

Bird-in-Hand - another quaint town with excellent restaurants, a farmer's market, buggy rides, a theater, and hot air balloon rides.

Lititz - in the northern part of Amish country, this town has homemade pretzels, chocolate, restaurants, and a walkable small town vibe.

Strasburg - in southeast Lancaster County, this town has everything a railroad lover could need. Museums, attractions, and the opportunity to ride the oldest continuously operated railroad in the western hemisphere.

Lancaster City - in the middle of Lancaster County, this city has a number of great restaurants, museums, and the longest running farmer's market in the country.

Paradise - another small town in Amish Country with all of the quintessential sights - a covered bridge, an old mill, farmlands, are great food.

Ephrata - famous for the Ephrata Cloister.

Adamstown - the antiques capital of the area.

Manheim - offers horseback rides, a renaissance faire, and farm tours.

Mount Joy - offers many guest houses, bed and breakfasts, and inns.

Many of the activities in Lancaster are centered around experiencing the Amish way of life. There are a few places that offer Amish buggy rides or opportunities to visit traditional Amish villages. These villages often have a farmhouse, farm animals, smoke houses, water wheels, and food areas.

There are also a number of art and cultural activities in Lancaster. First Fridays happen every month and highlight the town's local art scene. There's live music, theater performances, and more.

Other activities in the area include Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park (best for younger children), watching the Lancaster Barnstormers Baseball team, and visiting the Laserdome.

A unique way to see Lancaster is by air. Hot air balloon rides are popular in the area and not to be missed. Also make sure you swing by the Central Market - the longest running farmer's market in the country.
Food and Dining
Lancaster County is all about local restaurants with slow cooked meals and traditional flavors. Lancaster was filled with farm to table restaurants before farm to table was a concept. There are bakeries, cafes, and restaurants that feature all kinds of local dishes. Many restaurants are designed to be an experience, not just a meal. Dishes are meant to be shared and savored, and the experience is as much about the people you're with as it is about the food.

Because Lancaster is so rural, you really must have a car to truly explore the area. You'll likely encounter a few horse and buggies in the area. Don't be afraid to pass them but be careful of oncoming traffic.

Cycling is another fun way to explore the area, but be warned that there are a number of hills!

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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.