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Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Richmond?

You should plan to spend around $161 per day on your vacation in Richmond. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $21 on meals
  • $72 on local transportation
  • $201 on hotels

A one week trip to Richmond for two people costs, on average, $2,256. 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 Richmond cost?

A one week trip to Richmond usually costs around $1,128 for one person and $2,256 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Richmond on average costs around $2,256 for one person and $4,513 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 Richmond will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Richmond on average costs around $4,835 for one person and $9,670 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 Richmond 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 Richmond expensive to visit?

Prices in Richmond 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, Richmond is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to El Paso or Greensboro.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $201
Local Transportation 1 $72
Food 2 $21
Entertainment 1 $13
Accommodation Budget in Richmond
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Richmond is $101. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Richmond is $201. 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 Richmond

Looking for a hotel in Richmond? 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 Richmond based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $129. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Richmond
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Richmond is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $72 per person, per day, on local transportation in Richmond.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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

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  • While meal prices in Richmond can vary, the average cost of food in Richmond is $21 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Richmond should cost around $8.30 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Richmond is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Richmond
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Richmond typically cost an average of $13 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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Richmond On a Budget
Richmond Richmond, Virginia
One of the oldest American cities, Richmond was established in 1607 by English settlers led by Captain Christopher Newport and Captain John Smith. During the Civil War it existed as the capital of the Confederacy, and today it remains the capital of the U.S. state of Virginia. There are many historic sights to see and museums to explore, as well as plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Richmond is a big city with a long history, making it a place of very many sights to see. If you're looking to delve into some history, Monument Avenue is a great place to start. It stretches from the downtown all the way to West End and is lined with statues dedicated to Confederate heroes and their achievements during the war and beyond. The Historic Downtown, especially Shockoe Bottom, is another place full of history, and the city's many museums offer a deeper glimpse of it all. Some of these include the Museum of the Confederacy, a Black History Museum, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, and the Virginia Fine Arts Museum. Other sights include The American Civil War Center and Richmond National Battlefield Headquarters at Tredegar, the White House of the Confederacy, Hollywood Cemetery, and the Landmark Theatre which regularly hosts off-Broadway shows and comedians.

On the nature side of things, the city also has many beautiful parks like Byrd Park and Maynard Park, which both have attractive gardens and wildlife. Belle Isle, in the middle of the James River, is another great escape-known for its part in the movies Cold Mountain, Hannibal, and the Jackal. And then there is the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, an oasis of diverse gardens, a conservatory, a garden shop, as well as a cafe and tea house.
Richmond is essentially a city of neighborhoods, each one unique in looks, flavors, and culture. The Fan neighborhood is named so for its roads which fan out to the west from N. Belvidere Street. It is home to many historic homes, parks, and monuments as well as the Monroe Park campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The Museum District and Carytown essentially make up Richmond's Historic District with many historic homes and some of the city's most famous museums like the Museum of the Confederacy and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Then there is the Downtown which includes the business district, Shockoe, Jackson Ward, and Tobacco Row. Shockoe Bottom in particular is home to many historic sites like a house of Edgar Allen Poe's, as well as plentiful options for dining. Other neighborhoods of Richmond include West End, Southside, Northside, Southwest, and East End.

Any visit to Richmond could be occupied by sightseeing for days. With a history dating back to colonial times, the city has seen it all. Any of the museums mentioned earlier are great resources for learning a bit about its past and culture, while the historic homes and sites offer a look at a more preserved yesteryear. The hub of Richmond, especially in the downtown, is a center for shopping, dining, and entertainment, while the city's parks and sections along the James River offer opportunities for outdoor activities with prospects for swimming, fishing, boating, wildlife watching, and biking trails.

Richmond also has quite the music scene with clubs offering a diverse selection of genres comprising rock, indie, metal, punk, hardcore, alternative, blues, jazz, jam, country and bluegrass. Some popular venues include The Camel, The Canal Club, Carpenter Theater at Richmond Center Stage, Cary Street Cafe, Gallery 5, The National, PSK Manor, and Strange Matter.
Food and Dining
As far as food goes, many of Virginia's signature dishes are common throughout much of the Southern United States as well. Country ham is a particular favorite, as is barbeque-mostly pork with a vinegar-based sauce. Brunswick stew is another traditional favorite, thought to have originated in Brunswick County in the southeast; it is a thick vegetable stew with meat. Then there is peanut soup which dates back to colonial times as well as a vast selection of seafood the closer you get to the coast. Being a city, Richmond offers a mix of that and more. With traditional favorites and international cuisine, some of the top picks as rated on TripAdvisor include places like Momma J's Kitchen, Hogs Head Cafe, Tarrant's Cafe, Lemaire Restaurant, Buz and Ned's Real Barbeque, Perly's, Stella's, Can Can Brasserie, and Tobacco Company Restaurant and Club.


By plane, Richmond International Airport is the largest, and is served by Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and United Express. It is located about 7 miles southeast of downtown Richmond.

By train, the city is served by two Amtrak Stations: Staples Mill Station and Main Street Station.

By bus, Greyhound has a large terminal located on Boulevard about 4 miles west of the downtown. The city is also served by Eastern Travel with a station located near the intersection of Boulevard and Broad Street. Additionally, Megabus offers service from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, and Hampton. Buses arrive and depart at the Richmond Travel Plaza on E Main St across from Main St Station.

By car, Richmond is on I-95, about 2 hours south of Washington DC. I-65 also runs through the city east-west for easy access to Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Charlottesville.


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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.

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