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Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Nantucket?

You should plan to spend around $350 per day on your vacation in Nantucket. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $81 on meals
  • $47 on local transportation
  • $474 on hotels

A one week trip to Nantucket for two people costs, on average, $4,902. 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 Nantucket cost?

A one week trip to Nantucket usually costs around $2,451 for one person and $4,902 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Nantucket on average costs around $4,902 for one person and $9,804 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 Nantucket will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Nantucket on average costs around $10,504 for one person and $21,009 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 Nantucket 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 Nantucket expensive to visit?

Nantucket 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 is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. When visiting, expect to pay somewhat higher prices for accommodation, food, and activities.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Nantucket is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in North America for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Nantucket is generally more expensive than most.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $474
Local Transportation 1 $47
Food 2 $81
Entertainment 1 $34
Alcohol 2 $17 - 52
Accommodation Budget in Nantucket
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Nantucket is $237. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Nantucket is $474. 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 Nantucket

Looking for a hotel in Nantucket? 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 Nantucket based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $562. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Nantucket
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Nantucket is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $47 per person, per day, on local transportation in Nantucket.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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

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  • While meal prices in Nantucket can vary, the average cost of food in Nantucket is $81 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nantucket should cost around $32 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nantucket is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Nantucket
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Nantucket typically cost an average of $34 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 Nantucket
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $35 on alcoholic beverages in Nantucket per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Nantucket on a Budget
Nantucket Nantucket, MA
Nantucket is both an island and a town in Massachusetts that is famous for its beautiful homes, scenic harbours, and historic lighthouses. It's a famous New England destination and is a popular vacation spot for the area's rich and famous. Although it's beloved by CEOs and executives, there are still plenty of options for the more casual visitors as well.

The island is small, about 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide and is just 30 miles from Cape Cod. It's most popular during the warmer summer months, but can also be a peaceful retreat during the fall or spring, when it's less crowded and more relaxed. Some of the restaurants are open seasonally though, and ferry services are less frequent during these times.
Nantucket is a sight, in and of itself. The entire island has been declared a National Historic District by the National Park Service and there are plenty of historical and informational spots throughout. Some of the most famous include the African Meeting House, Brant Point Light, the First Congregational Church, the Hadwen House, and the Whaling Museum. Many of the homes on the island date back to the 1800s and each has its own rich history. Other notable sights in Nantucket include Great Point Lighthouse, Maria Mitchell Aquarium, the Oldest House, the Old Windmill, and Sankaty Head.
Nantucket has a number of neighborhoods, but some of the most popular for tourists include the Downtown/Brant Point area, Madaket, Siasconset ('Sconset), and Surfside.

The Brant Point area is the most famous part of Nantucket. It's filled with five star restaurants, world class shopping, and plenty of history and character. Brant Point Lighthouse is also in the area.

Madaket is on the western side of the island, not far from downtown. This is where you'll find the most peaceful long, sandy beaches. It's the perfect place to relax for hours in the sun with a good book.

'Sconset is another small town that is filled with impressive views, luxurious homes, and Sankaty Light Head. The best way to experience the area is along the 'Sconset Bluff Walk, where you can soak up the natural beauty. The downtown has great local restaurants and a charming atmosphere.

On the southern end of the island is Surfside. This area also has nice sandy beaches, larger waves, and a beachy vibe that makes it the perfect place to hang out.

Nantucket has plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. There's hiking, fishing, golfing, shopping and more. The most popular activity is hanging out on one of the many beaches. The sandy beaches make the perfect place to relax for the day. Some beaches are great for kayaking, while others are more popular for surfing or simply lounging in the sun. The more southern beaches have cooler water and stronger surf, while the northern beaches are a bit calmer. Some of the more popular beaches include Children's Beach, Cisco Beach, Coatue, Dionis Beach, Jetties Beach, Madaket Beach, Siasconset Beach, and Surfside Beach.

Boating is also very popular in Nantucket. The harbor is where you'll find sailboats, motor boats, fishing boats, and private yachts. For information you can contact the town pier's Harbormaster.
Food and Dining
Nantucket has no shortage of five star restaurants where you can enjoy world class cuisine and excellent service. There's all kinds of cuisine available but many visitors enjoy the fresh seafood. There are also a number of more casual restaurants around as well as sandwich shops, ice cream shops, and pizza.

Driving is probably the fastest way to get around the island, but parking can be limited and challenging. It's also not necessary to drive to explore many parts of the town. Many visitors enjoy biking as the area is very biker friendly. There are a number of bike paths that are both convenient and safe for all skill levels. You can rent bikes from a number of shops around town or at the Steamship Authority ferry dock on Broad St.

Another option is to take the shuttle bus service which connects many parts of the island. The shuttle service is operated by the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority and is referred to as "The Wave". There are a number of loops and the fare is around $2 each way.

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.