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Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Memphis?

You should plan to spend around $167 per day on your vacation in Memphis. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $43 on meals
  • $59 on local transportation
  • $167 on hotels

A one week trip to Memphis for two people costs, on average, $2,343. 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 Memphis cost?

A one week trip to Memphis usually costs around $1,172 for one person and $2,343 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Memphis on average costs around $2,343 for one person and $4,686 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 Memphis will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Memphis on average costs around $5,021 for one person and $10,042 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 Memphis 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 Memphis expensive to visit?

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

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $167
Local Transportation 1 $59
Food 2 $43
Entertainment 1 $45
Alcohol 2 $13 - 39
Accommodation Budget in Memphis
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Memphis is $84. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Memphis is $167. 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 Memphis

Looking for a hotel in Memphis? 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 Memphis based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $121. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Memphis
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Memphis is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $59 per person, per day, on local transportation in Memphis.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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  • While meal prices in Memphis can vary, the average cost of food in Memphis is $43 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Memphis should cost around $17 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Memphis is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Memphis?

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

  • Baskin Robins (for 2)

Entertainment Budget in Memphis
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Memphis typically cost an average of $45 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.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in Memphis
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $26 on alcoholic beverages in Memphis per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Last Updated: Jul 17, 2022
Memphis On a Budget
Memphis Memphis, Tennesse
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, Memphis is a city famous for the blues, soul, and Rock 'n' Roll music that originated there. There are a number of museums and historic landmarks like Elvis Presley's Graceland dedicated to that history, while areas of the city like Beale Street keep the musical culture alive today with a vibrant scene of bars, restaurants, and live music.
Most visitors staying in Memphis come to experience its musical culture, both past and present. With figures like Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash all having recorded albums at the Sun Studio, it is no wonder it's considered to be the birthplace of rock' n' roll. Presley's Graceland mansion is an especially popular attraction, open for tours of the musician's estate, which includes costumes, gold records, a car museum, private jets, and more, as well as Presley's final resting place.  It is also the best place to purchase Elvis Presley souvenirs. Other music landmarks include the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame, and Stax Museum of American Soul Music, all of which feature unique insight into the culture and history of Memphis's musical legacy.

Other non-musical attractions worth visiting include the National Civil Rights Museum, the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and the Ornamental Metal Museum.  Even the Mississippi River draws tourists to the outskirts of Memphis.  Mud Island River Park, for example, contains a museum of the Mississippi River and a scale model of the river that visitors can wade through. There is even a large pool at the end of the river model representing the Gulf of Mexico that visitors can paddleboat in. Additional closer to nature attractions include the Memphis Zoo, Memphis Botanic Gardens, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and Shelby Farms city park which features 4,500 acres with biking and horse trails, bodies of water for fishing and boating, and a few playgrounds.
Downtown Memphis is a hub for visitors as well as much of the city's local population. Beale Street is the downtown's entertainment district. Known as the "Home of the Blues" it is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and gospel, and covers three blocks of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops.  South Main, just south of Beale Street, is a charming historic neighborhood of the downtown area. Home to the arts district, South Main features trendy shops, restaurants, art galleries, and some of the city's oldest buildings. Midtown is another thriving center, featuring its own Broad Avenue Arts District, historic Cooper-Young neighborhood, Overton Square, and Overton Park which encompasses the Memphis Zoo, Memphis College of Art (MCA), the Brooks Art Museum, the Overton Park Golf Course, and the largest strand of old growth forest in a U.S. city.

The music and food culture of Memphis dominates the tourism scene of the city. Many come to sightsee important historic landmarks, visit museums, and experience the local culture of Memphis today. May is an especially popular time to visit, largely known as the Memphis in May International Festival, though it consists of multiple festivals and events.  Some of these include the Beale Street Music Festival which showcases over 40 musicians on multiple stages for three days the first weekend in May, and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest where hundreds of teams compete for over $100,000 in prizes. Visitors can sample championship barbeque and the festivities end with a fireworks display.
Food and Dining
Memphis is famous for its food as well as its music. Memphis-style barbecue has become well-known due to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest held each May, which has been listed in Guinness World Records as the largest pork barbecue contest in the world. The meat is cooked in two varieties: “wet” (with spicy, tangy sauce) or “dry” (rubbed with spices before cooking). Other examples of Southern home cooking that abound in Memphis include fried chicken, catfish, country ham, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, cornbread, fried pickles, and banana pudding.  Often classified as Soul food, these dishes and other favorites like po'boy, hush puppies, and mac and cheese are widespread. As a major city, Memphis also has a plethora of restaurants serving international fare as well, from Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Filipino to Italian, Venezuelan, Cuban, and even West African.

Memphis International Airport is the nearest major airport near the city, located about 7 miles southeast of downtown Memphis. It is home to the FedEx global hub, but also services passengers with airlines including Air Canada, American Airlines, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines. As an alternative, Nashville International Airport is the largest airport in Tennessee, and is located about 220 miles northeast of Memphis.

By train, Amtrak has stops up and down the Mississippi River. Long-distance bus services are available through Greyhound.

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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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