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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Raleigh?

You should plan to spend around $189 per day on your vacation in Raleigh. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $57 on meals
  • $37 on local transportation
  • $207 on hotels

A one week trip to Raleigh for two people costs, on average, $2,645. 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 Raleigh cost?

A one week trip to Raleigh usually costs around $1,322 for one person and $2,645 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Raleigh on average costs around $2,645 for one person and $5,289 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 Raleigh will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Raleigh on average costs around $5,667 for one person and $11,334 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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh expensive to visit?

Prices in Raleigh 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, Raleigh is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Philadelphia or Kauai.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $207
Local Transportation 1 $37
Food 2 $57
Entertainment 1 $37
Alcohol 2 $14 - 41
Accommodation Budget in Raleigh
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Raleigh is $104. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Raleigh is $207. 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 Raleigh

Looking for a hotel in Raleigh? 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 Raleigh based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $128. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Raleigh
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Raleigh is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $37 per person, per day, on local transportation in Raleigh.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Raleigh
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Raleigh can vary, the average cost of food in Raleigh is $57 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Raleigh should cost around $23 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Raleigh is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Raleigh?

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

  • The Pit Authentic BBQ (for 3)

Entertainment Budget in Raleigh
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Raleigh typically cost an average of $37 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 Raleigh
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $27 on alcoholic beverages in Raleigh per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Raleigh On a Budget
Raleigh Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh is the capital city of the state of North Carolina. The city has a population of about 450,000 and is home to many colleges and university including North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Saint Augustine's College, Meredith College and Peace University. The city has a wide range of museums, restaurants, theaters, and parks. There's also an extensive greenway system that is great for biking or running.

Raleigh is part of the Research Triangle area which also includes the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill. The area has a thriving economy that is focused on science and technology.

Raleigh's climate is comparable to other cities in the region. There are four distinct seasons with winters being mild and cool. Snow does fall occasionally. Summers are quite hot and humid while both spring and fall are pleasant with occasional rainstorms.
As the state capital, Raleigh has several free museums that are fun to explore. In the downtown area you'll find the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. There's also Marbles Kids Museum that requires an entry fee but is a fun for children. The North Carolina Museum of Art is on Blue Ridge Road. It is an impressive museum with ancient art, Renaissance religious works, and contemporary art. There's also a separate building with rotating exhibits and an outdoor space that shows movies on summer evenings. There are also great trails in the area.
Raleigh has a relatively small but fun downtown. The area has some historic buildings and has been the focus of revitalization efforts in recent years. Fayetteville Street has many restaurants and bars. City Market has an interesting character with some unique shops. There are also several colleges and universities that aren't far from downtown including Shaw University and St. Augustine's College. Historic neighborhoods in the city include Cameron Park, Boylan Heights, Country Club Hills, Coley Forest, Five Points, Budleigh, Glenwood-Brooklyn, Hayes Barton Historic District, Moore Square, Mordecai, Rosengarten Park, Belvidere Park, Woodcrest and Historic Oakwood.

Raleigh is a city of sports. There is a faithful local following for the North Carolina State Wolfpack. There are also several professional teams in the area including the Carolina Hurricanes (hockey) and the Carolina Mudcats (minor-league baseball).

There are several entertainment venues in town as well. Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts has three primary venues that host a diverse range of events including the Carolina Ballet and various traveling theater productions.

There are several outdoor parks in the area as well. William B. Umstead State Park has picnic areas, hiking, fishing, and canoeing. Lake Johnson Nature Park is also a great place for a run or walk. If you're in town during the right week in October, you can visit the North Carolina State Fair, which is one of the largest fairs in America and an experience in and of itself.
Food and Dining
Raleigh has a diverse selection of restaurants. In the downtown area there are several restaurants that double as clubs on weekend nights. Asian, Indian, Mexican, Laotian and Irish restaurants are all available. Prices are reasonable and the food is usually very good. There are plenty of local restaurants in the area that use local items to make unique dishes. If you're looking for cheap food, then Hillsborough Street near NC State University has a variety of options. The quality is variable but there is the standard college faire including pizza, take-out Asian, and Chipotle. Another interesting restaurant is the Farmer's Market Restaurant next to the state Farmer's Market. It offers traditional southern food for very cheap prices.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the largest airport in the area. It is a large airport with affordable international and domestic flights. Amtrak also passes through Raleigh along three routes. The Piedmont travels between Raleigh and Charlotte twice a day and there are daily runs along the Carolinian and Silver Star lines which travel to Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City.

Like most cities in North Carolina, a car is essential if you hope to explore the city in any level of detail. There is a bus network that is convenient in the city's downtown area and around NC State University.

There are several taxi operators in the city including Taxi Poly and Amigo Taxi.


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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.