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Roanoke, Virginia, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Roanoke?

You should plan to spend around $164 per day on your vacation in Roanoke. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $48 on meals
  • $23 on local transportation
  • $191 on hotels

A one week trip to Roanoke for two people costs, on average, $2,294. 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 Roanoke cost?

A one week trip to Roanoke usually costs around $1,147 for one person and $2,294 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Roanoke on average costs around $2,294 for one person and $4,587 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 Roanoke will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Roanoke on average costs around $4,915 for one person and $9,830 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 Roanoke 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 Roanoke expensive to visit?

Prices in Roanoke 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, Roanoke is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Santa Barbara or Chapel Hill.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $191
Local Transportation 1 $23
Food 2 $48
Entertainment 1 $35
Alcohol 2 $15 - 45
Accommodation Budget in Roanoke
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Roanoke is $96. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Roanoke is $191. 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 Roanoke

Looking for a hotel in Roanoke? 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 Roanoke 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 Roanoke
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Roanoke is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $23 per person, per day, on local transportation in Roanoke.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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

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  • While meal prices in Roanoke can vary, the average cost of food in Roanoke is $48 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Roanoke should cost around $19 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Roanoke is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Roanoke
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Roanoke typically cost an average of $35 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 Roanoke
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  • The average person spends about $30 on alcoholic beverages in Roanoke per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Roanoke On a Budget
Roanoke Roanoke, Virginia
Roanoke is a charming city located in the western region of the U.S. state of Virginia. Sometimes called the "Star City of the South" or the "Magic City," Roanoke lies in the scenic Roanoke Valley with Mill Mountain as a local icon, topped with a lighted 100-foot star. The city itself is home to many museums and opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Roanoke is a city flourishing with culture, dotted with history, and surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains just outside. Beginning in the Downtown district, some of the more historic sights one might come across include the Boxley Building, Campbell Avenue Complex, Colonial National Bank, First National Bank, Patrick Henry Hotel, and Fire Station No. 1 which was in operation from 1907 to 2007. There are also a handful of historic sub-districts in the downtown, plus museums dedicated to local and surrounding history. Center in the Square is one such museum and cultural center located on the City Market. Then there is the O. Winston Link Museum located in a former passenger rail station downtown, Taubman Museum of Art, as well as the Virginia Museum of Transportation which houses many Norfolk and Western Locomotives that used to run through Roanoke, and also features some aviation and automobiles.

As far as entertainment goes, some of the more notable venues include the Roanoke Civic Center, Jefferson Center, Grandin Theatre, and Mill Mountain Theatre. These centers host a variety of live performances, films, and shows throughout the year. You might also catch a movie at a local theatre, or enjoy the nightlife scene with live music in a handful of the downtown restaurants.

Taking a step back, Roanoke has some unique quirks on the grander scale. You might catch sight of a restored neon sign, Dr. Pepper H & C Coffee gleaming from the rooftops against the night sky. Or you might see the famed Mill Mountain Star, placed on a mountain overlooking the city in 1949. There is an accessible overlook nearby that offers beautiful views of the city, especially at night.
Downtown Roanoke is the central business district of the city, first beginning to grow with the completion of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad in 1882. Today, the downtown has evolved into a center of activity for just about everything with a handful of places on the National Historic Register, hotels, museums, parks, and plenty of options for shopping and dining. One of its focal points has become the City Market-a market for fresh produce, plants, crafts, gifts, arts, collectibles, and more open year-round 7 days a week. It is located in the heart of Downtown Roanoke at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Market Street. Elmwood Park is the downtown's premier concert and festival venue, while smaller live music performances can be heard every night in several of the downtown restaurants. There are plenty of galleries and studios for those interested in the art scene, and a few theatres providing further entertainment in the performing arts.

Roanoke offers opportunities for sight-seeing, shopping, dining, and entertainment to compete with any city. The culture is alive with museums, galleries, and performing arts, the streets are always bustling with visitors and locals enjoying the market scene and activities out on the town, and throughout the year, Roanoke hosts parades, festivals, and concerts for all to enjoy.

Just outside city limits, there are also opportunities to get closer to nature. The Appalachian Trail is just minutes away, along which you can find opportunities for boating, camping, fishing, and hiking. Mill Mountain overlooking the city is surrounded by a regional park for outdoor recreation activities. There is also the Mill Mountain Zoo atop the mountain which is home to about 160 animals, and hosts programs and events regularly.
Food and Dining
As far as food goes, some of the more traditional meals in Virginia include dishes like barbeque pork, Brunswick stew, and peanut soup-which was especially popular during colonial times. Desserts like marble cake and shoofly pie come largely from the Pennsylvania Dutch, while fried peaches with vanilla ice cream is considered a more upscale dessert. And, of course, the closer you get to the coast, the more likely you will able to indulge in fresh seafood dishes. Being a city, Roanoke features restaurants that cater to all budgets and flavors of the world. Some of the more classic hometown eats can be found at places like Local Roots, Hollywood's Restaurant & Bakery, and Mission BBQ; finer dining options include Billy's or the Regency Dining Room, while Cedars Lebanese Restaurant Southern Comfort on the Market offer menu items that are internationally inspired.

By plane, the nearest airport is the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport with service to Washington, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Chicago, Tampa area (St. Petersburg), and New York. It is located about 10 minutes from the downtown right next to Valley View Mall.

By bus, there is a Greyhound station located on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke.

There is no train service directly to Roanoke, but the nearest Amtrak stops are in Lynchburg and Clifton Forge, both within a two-hour drive of the city.

By car, Roanoke is at exit 146 on I-81, about 40 minutes northeast of Blacksburg, and 40 minutes south of Lexington. It is about a 4-hour drive from Washington and 3 hours from Richmond.


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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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