Travel Budget for North Carolina Visit North Carolina on a Budget or Travel in Style

North Carolina, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to North Carolina?

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

This data comes from the travel budgets of real travelers - How it works. Put these numbers on your website.

How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to North Carolina cost?

A one week trip to North Carolina usually costs around $0.00 for one person and $0.00 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to North Carolina on average costs around $0.00 for one person and $0.00 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 North Carolina will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to North Carolina on average costs around $0.00 for one person and $0.00 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina expensive to visit?

North Carolina is a very affordable place to visit. Located in the United States of America, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring North Carolina in depth.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, North Carolina is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in North America for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as North Carolina.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to North Carolina?

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

Category Cost
North Carolina On a Budget
North Carolina North Carolina Outer Banks
North Carolina is a diverse state in the southern United States. The state has a variety of landscapes, with mountains, forests, and beaches all represented. The state's elevation ranges from sea level to 6,684 feet on Mount Mitchell, which is the highest point in North America east of the Mississippi. There are large cosmopolitan cities like Charlotte, and there are quaint college towns like Chapel Hill. North Carolina is the nineth most populous state in the country and the economy is currently centered around engineering, energy, biotechnology, and finance. Historically, the state's economy developed from the tobacco, textile, and furniture making industries.

North Carolina's climate varies depending on the region. The coastal areas have milder temperatures in the winter months with winter highs rarely going below 40 degrees Celsius. The Piedmont is colder than the coast with occasional snowfalls and frequent sleet or freezing rain. The mountains are the coolest area and winter highs occasionally falling into the low 20s Fahrenheit. Thunderstorms are common during the summer months and tropical storms reach the state every three or four years.
North Carolina has a range of sights and attractions that attract visitors from around the US and abroad. Some of the most popular attractions in the state include the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Blandwood Mansion, and Pisgah National Forest.
North Carolina can be divided into three main regions. The mountain region has some of the highest elevations in eastern North America. It is also where you'll find the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Piedmont has many diverse cities, universities, and college towns. The Coastal Plain has miles of beautiful beaches, the Outer Banks, and historic towns such as New Bern.

Major cities in North Carolina include the capital city of Raleigh, Asheville, Boone, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, New Bern, Wilmington, and Winston Salem.

Other popular places to visit include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Outer Banks, and Pinehurst.

There are countless activities that you can enjoy in North Carolina. In the mountains, there is plenty of hiking, camping, and skiing opportunities. The state also has some of the best swimming beaches in the country. The Gulf Stream keeps the water warm well into October and the waves are lively but not intimidating. College sports are also lively in the state with several famous rivalries keeping spirits high. ACC basketball boasts a yearly competition between the Duke Blue Devils and UNC Tarheels. Other teams in the area include Wake Forest and North Carolina State.
Food and Dining
North Carolina cuisine makes use of many southern traditions. North Carolina barbecue is made with pulled pork that is marinated in a vinegar based sauce. It varies significantly from barbecues found elsewhere in the south. It is typically served on a bun with slaw and lemonade or iced tea (sweetened of course).

Other local favorites in the area include fried chicken, fried okra, grits, cornbread, and hush puppies. Seafood is abundant along the coast and many dishes are fried and served with an appetizer of hush puppies.

Larger cities have a range of food options including many international restaurants. In smaller towns you'll likely find several local restaurants and the standard chain restaurants. Prices are reasonable and comparable to what you'd find elsewhere in the region.

North Carolina's four international airports are Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Wilmington International Airport. There are also several domestic airports throughout the state.

The state also has a ferry system that runs along the Outer Banks. With 24 ferries, it's the second largest ferry system in the country. There are also twelve daily Amtrak trains that connect 17 cities in the state along six routes.

If you're planning to travel extensively in North Carolina, it's really best to have your own car. Roads are well maintained and traffic is at it's peak during rush hours or on holidays. Public transportation in most cities is limited, so having access to a car during your stay is the most efficient option.


Looking for a party hostel in Hawaii or Miami? Traveling alone to LA or New Orleans? Want a budget hostel in NYC?

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.

Search for Travel Costs

Some of the links on this website are sponsored or affiliate links which help to financially support this site. By clicking the link and making a purchase, we may receive a small commission, but this does not affect the price of your purchase.