Travel Budget for Texas

United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Texas?

How much money will you need for your trip to Texas? You should plan to spend around $155 per day on your vacation in Texas, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $31 on meals for one day and $41 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Texas for a couple is $124. So, a trip to Texas for two people for one week costs on average $2,171. 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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A vacation to Texas for one week usually costs around $1,086 for one person. So, a trip to Texas for two people costs around $2,171 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $4,343 in Texas. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 Texas can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Texas?

How much does a trip to Texas cost? Is Texas expensive? The average Texas trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Texas prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Texas can vary, the average cost of food in Texas is $31 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Texas should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Texas is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Texas is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $41 per person, per day, on local transportation in Texas.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Flights to Texas

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

Typical tour prices for Texas

How much do tours to Texas cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    14 days
    $ 2030
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    14 days
    $ 2375
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    12 days
    $ 2025
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 2800
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Texas On a Budget
Texas San Antonio Riverwalk
Texas is the second largest and second most populated state in the United States. It measures 267,000 square miles in size and exploring even a large section of the state takes longer than you might expect. The size and distinctive culture of the area brings much pride to the state's natives. The state was briefly its own country for ten years, starting in 1836 after the residents rebelled as a territory of first Spain and then Mexico. It then joined the United States in 1845. The state maintains its independent personality and many Texans proudly display the state flag near their home or car.

Because of its large size, Texas's climate is quite diverse. The area around the Gulf Coast has mild winters, while the northern regions can be much colder. You can expect snow in the Panhandle and mountainous areas in the west, but much less often in other parts of the state. Average summer high temperatures in the mountains might be around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while other areas may reach into the triple digits.
Texas offers visitors a wide diversity of landscape, geography, culture, and history. Sights within the state include national parks, scenic overlooks, historic landmarks, and cosmopolitan cities. Notable places to visit include the Alamo in San Antonio, the port city of Galveston, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the state capital building in Austin, and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The King Ranch is a fascinating, uniquely Texas place to visit. It's a working ranch that is larger than the state of Rhode Island. If you're interested in experiencing the Hispanic culture in an American city, head to El Paso, which is the largest city on the US/Mexico border. Also check out the Hill Country when the wildflowers are in bloom. It is truly a breathtaking sight!
Texas can be divided into seven different regions. The Plains of the Panhandle is where you'll find Lubbock, Amarillo and Abilene. The Prairies and Lakes area surrounds Dallas and Fort Worth. Piney Woods is noted for its pine forests, bayous and history during the Civil War. The Gulf Coast has many beautiful beaches and port cities such as Galveston. The South Texas Plains run along the Rio Grande and include San Antonio. The Hill Country is where you'll find Austin, and Big Bend Country is famous for Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Activities in Texas range from outdoor hiking in national parks, rock climbing, swimming in rivers or springs, or relaxing on the beach. There are a good number of amusement parks in the state with some of the most notable being Six Flags, Sea World, Schlitterbahn, and Wonderland Park. National Parks in the state include Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. You can also visit Palo Duro Canyon or the Rio Grande Valley.
Food and Dining
Texas has a very diverse and unique regional cuisine. Popular cuisines in the state include Texas barbecue, chili and Tex-Mex. Texas barbecue often includes sliced beef brisket and sausage and is served with white bread, potato salad, coleslaw and beans. Tex-Mex is a Texan take on classic Mexican dishes. Nachos, crispy tacos, crispy chalupas, chili con queso and fajitas all found their roots in Texas.

In addition to local eateries, there is no shortage of chain restaurants throughout Texas. As you travel through the more rural areas you will find plenty of fast food joints at exits off the interstate. In the most rural areas these may be your only option for some distance. Prices are cheap though and the food is predictable, all though not particularly good.

If you're hoping to explore Texas with any level of detail then a car is a must. The state's vast size makes it difficult to cover if you're short on time. Despite the excellent road network, do not underestimate the significant distance and travel times between many cities. Driving throughout the state is relatively easy and safe. Gas stations become less frequent in rural areas so it is best not to let you tank drop to empty. Speed limits are also strictly enforced, particularly in and around smaller towns. The rural speed limit is usually 70 MPH though it may be 80 MPH in some areas.

Amtrak does offer several lines within the state, although train travel is usually slow, expensive, and inconvenient. Flying may be your best option for traveling across the state. There are major airports in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso. There are also smaller airports in many cities throughout the state. Greyhound and Megabus both offer intercity bus routes, but again, these can be slow and uncomfortable.


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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.

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