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Maine, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Maine?

You should plan to spend around $207 per day on your vacation in Maine. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $51 on meals
  • $43 on local transportation
  • $214 on hotels

A one week trip to Maine for two people costs, on average, $2,902. 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 Maine cost?

A one week trip to Maine usually costs around $1,451 for one person and $2,902 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Maine on average costs around $2,902 for one person and $5,805 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 Maine will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Maine on average costs around $6,220 for one person and $12,439 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 Maine 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 Maine expensive to visit?

Prices in Maine 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, Maine is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $214
Local Transportation 1 $43
Food 2 $51
Entertainment 1 $33
Tips and Handouts 1 $1 - 2
Alcohol 2 $11 - 34
Accommodation Budget in Maine
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Maine is $107. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Maine is $214. 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 Maine

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Transportation Budget in Maine
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Maine is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $43 per person, per day, on local transportation in Maine.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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  • While meal prices in Maine can vary, the average cost of food in Maine is $51 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Maine 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 Maine is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Maine
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  • Entertainment and activities in Maine typically cost an average of $33 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 Maine
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Maine is $1.25 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Maine is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Maine
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  • The average person spends about $23 on alcoholic beverages in Maine per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Maine on a Budget
Maine Maine Coastline
The U.S. state of Maine is situated in the northeastern most region of the country. While it is known for its rugged rocky coastline and maritime history, the state also has a landscape of rolling mountains carpeted in thick pine forests, with many peaceful lakes popular with visitors seeking a close to nature kind of getaway. The capital city is Augusta, though the most populous is Portland, which has much to offer in sightseeing attractions and activities.

While many look to the mainland for their visit, there is also merit in visiting the many islands of Maine located just off the coast. From artist colonies to bits of land overrun with wildlife like puffins and seals, the islands offer another kind of experience with the spray of the ocean always at your back.

The state of Maine is a place thriving with natural wonders, but also with cultural attractions like museums and galleries, shopping, dining, B&B's, historic towns, and lighthouses that are more than enough to occupy an extended visit.
Being a state with rich maritime history, Maine is known for its many lighthouses. From the scenic Portland Head light to Pemaquid Point light which is featured on the Maine State quarter, the jagged coast of Maine is lined with more than 60 lights, with a few more on the islands just offshore. One could occupy an entire road trip from Boston to Maine in pursuit of seeing each picturesque lighthouse, and learn much about the Maine's maritime history on the way. There are even boat tours dedicated to exploring the lights of the surrounding islands.

Beyond lighthouses, some of the best sights of the Maine coastline are all natural. Acadia National Park sits just offshore on Mount Desert Island, encompassing more than 47,000 acres woodland, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured granite peaks like Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States' East Coast. The park and the surrounding area are inhabited by wildlife like moose, bear, whales, and seabirds. Whether you wish to hike through and enjoy the scenery, or wish to keep a closer eye out for the critters of the region, Acadia National Park is a wonder draped in natural beauty.

Further inland, the Maine landscape features some of the most scenic lakes in the northeast, Moosehead Lake being the largest. This region of many lakes is popular for camping, fishing, and boating in a peaceful setting surrounded by rolling mountains. Moving on to western Maine, this landscape marks the edge of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Mount Katahdin, the largest mountain in Maine, sits as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Baxter State Park.
The most populated areas of Maine are located along the shoreline, the inland taken over by smaller towns, mountains, lakes, and pine forests.

Bar Harbor is a historic town up-coast catering to visitors who wish to explore Acadia National Park. The streets are lined with specialty and shops and galleries, featuring handcrafted Maine items from jewelry to maple syrup, as well as the works of local artists. There is a selection of outdoor outfitters to gear people up for adventures in Acadia, as well as antique shops that draw visitors in with their many treasures. Once a thriving millionaire town comparable to that of Newport, Rhode Island, Bar Harbor is also home to many historic buildings that still stand today, giving the town a charm of another time and place.

Portland marks the most populated city of Maine, located further down-coast. It has much to offer with its most visited areas being the historic Old Port and the Arts District. They are a mix of the old and new, with a historic feel of the waterfront port versus the contemporary culture of the local art scene. In addition to these popular locations, the Portland area is marked with historical landmarks and museums, places to shop, award-winning restaurants, and activities in areas just outside the city as well.

In regards to activities, one cannot miss the opportunities for enjoying the outdoors in Maine. With Acadia National Park, the lakes region, and the Appalachian Trail, Maine consists of a landscape perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, and boating. Whether you want to sail the coastal waters amongst islands and seabirds, kayak on a peaceful lake amidst mountains, or hike through forests enveloped in the scent of pine, the great outdoors of Maine are vast and thriving.

In regards to culture, the state of Maine has been an inspiration to many local artists. In just about any city, you will find museums and galleries dedicated to the arts and Maine's history. If you wish to see local art in action, take a ferry to a place like Monhegan Island, where an artist colony has been situated for over a hundred years. Along the way you might even see wildlife like seals, seabirds, puffins, and whales.

Back to the mainland, the cities dotting the coast are hubs of shopping and sightseeing. Just about every location has a unique history of its own and is thriving with boutiques, specialty stores, great places to eat, landmarks, museums, and beautiful coastline scenery.
Food and Dining
The state of Maine is very well known for three things: wild blueberries, clams, and lobster. This being said, one must not pass of the opportunity to dive into any meal in Maine prepared with these ingredients. Blueberry pies, jams, and jellies, clam chowder, lobster rolls, and whole lobsters enrobed in butter are just a few of the menu items one might come across during a visit. The seafood is as fresh as can be, almost always right off the boat that very day. Coastal cities and towns have many restaurants with breathtaking harbor views, some even al fresco with the breeze of the bay sweeping in. For the beer enthusiasts, Allagash Brewery is a Maine native open for tours and samplings, and as far as dessert goes, Gifford's Ice Cream is a Maine novelty, made the old-fashioned way-always served in generous portions.

The two largest airports in Maine are the Portland International Jetport in Portland, and the Bangor International Airport in Bangor, both served daily by many major airlines. A few regional airports include the Augusta State Airport, Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, Knox County Regional Airport, and the Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle, all served by Cape Air and Penair.

By car, Interstate 95 is the major highway running through Maine. U.S. Route 1 also starts in Fort Kent, Maine and runs all the way down to Florida.

By train, The Downeaster passenger train, operated by Amtrak, provides passenger service between Brunswick and Boston's North Station, with stops in Freeport, Portland, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Wells. The Downeaster makes five daily trips, two of which continue past Portland to Brunswick.


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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.