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Michigan, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Michigan?

You should plan to spend around $120 per day on your vacation in Michigan. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $36 on meals
  • $30 on local transportation
  • $126 on hotels

A one week trip to Michigan for two people costs, on average, $1,686. 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 Michigan cost?

A one week trip to Michigan usually costs around $843 for one person and $1,686 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Michigan on average costs around $1,686 for one person and $3,372 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 Michigan will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Michigan on average costs around $3,613 for one person and $7,225 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 Michigan 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 Michigan expensive to visit?

Prices in Michigan 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, Michigan is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in North America for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Vernon, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Key West.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $126
Local Transportation 1 $30
Food 2 $36
Entertainment 1 $18
Alcohol 2 $10 - 29
Accommodation Budget in Michigan
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Michigan is $63. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Michigan is $126. 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 Michigan

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Transportation Budget in Michigan
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Michigan is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $30 per person, per day, on local transportation in Michigan.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Michigan
How much does it cost to go to Michigan? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Rental Cars in Michigan
The price of renting a car in Michigan 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 Michigan
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Michigan can vary, the average cost of food in Michigan is $36 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Michigan 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 Michigan is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Michigan
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Michigan typically cost an average of $18 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.

Alcohol Budget in Michigan
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $20 on alcoholic beverages in Michigan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Michigan On a Budget
Michigan Michigan
Surrounded by four of the five great lakes, the U.S. state of Michigan consists of two peninsulas, the Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula. The Lower Peninsula is the portion shaped like a mitten and is a center of manufacturing and high-tech industry. It is also home to the country's three major automobile companies-General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler-whose headquarters are in the Detroit metropolitan area. The Upper Peninsula is separated from the Lower by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. In contrast, the Upper Peninsula is sparsely populated and is economically important for its status as a tourist destination and its abundance of natural resources.

So whether you're a city person or a country person, Michigan has a mix of both. Its economy is diverse, split between tourism and industry, which offers a wide range of attractions for visitors. The Lower Peninsula holds all the comforts and entertainment of a metropolitan area, while the Upper Peninsula exhibits all the wonders and beauty of the rugged outdoors.
The Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan are two different worlds-one a hub of business and industry the other a gem of nature.

As far as city sights go, Lansing, Detroit, and Ann Arbor are a few of the Lower Peninsula centers. Lansing is home to the State Capitol as well as the Michigan Historical Museum, both offering insight from the industrial history of the state to the history of the first people. Detroit is the largest city and has a wide range of sights from arts and historical museums to places like the Henry Ford Estate and museum, historic Fort Wayne, as well as the Detroit Public Library. Ann Arbor lay home to the University of Michigan in addition to museums in archaeology, art, natural history, and an arboretum. The cities of Michigan have museums and historic locations to occupy extensive sight-seeing.

Yet, some of the most breathtaking sights of the state lay in the natural wonders. Some of the more popular locations include Isle Royale National Park, Pictured Rocks National Seashore, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Each holds opportunities to catch sight of native wildlife like wolves, foxes, moose, otters, ospreys, herring gulls, and falcons, as well as the beauty of natural occurrences like rushing waterfalls, vast lakes, dunes, cliffs, beaches and rocky shoreline.

Mackinac Island is a sight of its own, existing in a place lost to time with no cars or buses. Visitors can take a ferry to the island and spend the day wandering through the shops of the old town, touring the island on a horse-drawn carriage, hiking, or visiting the historic Fort Mackinac.
Detroit is the largest city of Michigan. Nicknamed "Motor City," it is the world's automotive center, but it is also a center of history and culture. In addition to the plethora of museums, it is home to the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts, and is also the birthplace of Motown Records, whose chart-topping history is on display at Hitsville U.S.A. (Detroit's Motown museum). Like any city, Detroit is also a hub of shopping, dining, theaters, and entertainment. A cultural center of Michigan, Detroit attracts millions of visitors each year.

Of course, a visit to any of Michigan's cities will have more than enough activities to occupy an extended visit. From museums, galleries, and historic landmarks, to dining, music, and theater, the list of things to do and places to see goes on. Even the state parks have much to offer in natural phenomena, wildlife, hiking, camping, skiing, boating, and fishing. Being surrounded by lakes, some of the biggest lakes in the world, Michigan is a center of boating and fishing. With 64,980 inland lakes and ponds in addition to the Great Lakes, it is in fact one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. A visit to Michigan, depending on how you plan it, can give you a little taste of two worlds-the bustling sight of the cities, as well as the peaceful calm of nature. Don't forget to see some of the state's historic lighthouses as well, dotted along Michigan's 3,288 miles of shoreline!
Food and Dining
While the metropolitan areas have just about any food you could want, a traditional Michigan recipe is that of the meat pasty. With Cornish and Finnish roots, these popular D-shaped beef and veggie meat pies began as miners' fuel. It is a particular tourist attraction of the Upper Peninsula where ethnic groups adopted the pasty for use in the Copper Country copper mines. If the food of miners doesn't appeal, Michigan is like any American state with many burger joints and restaurants dotted throughout the UP, and a cluster of chains, fine dining, and ethnic restaurants, available in any of the cities. Some of the top rated in Detroit include Pizza Papalis, Michael Symon's Roast, Slows Bar BQ, Giovanni's, and Lafayette Coney Island.

A few major airports on the Lower Peninsula include Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Bishop International Airport, and Gerald R. Ford International Airport, which are each serviced by major airlines. For the Upper Peninsula, the biggest airports include Sawyer International Airport and Houghton County Memorial Airport.

Amtrak passenger rail services the state, connecting many southern and western Michigan cities to Chicago, Illinois.

By car, Interstate 75 is the main highway between Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw extending north to Sault Sainte Marie and providing access to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I-69 enters the state near the Michigan–Ohio–Indiana border, I-94 enters the western end of the state at the Indiana border, I-96 runs east–west between Detroit and Muskegon, and US 2 enters Michigan at the city of Ironwood.


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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.