US Virgin Islands Travel Budget - Visit US Virgin Islands on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to the US Virgin Islands?

You should plan to spend around $249 per day on your vacation in the US Virgin Islands. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $51 on meals
  • $35 on local transportation
  • $261 on hotels

A one week trip to the US Virgin Islands for two people costs, on average, $3,486. 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
    $249
  • One Week Per person
    $1,743
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $3,486
  • One Month Per person
    $7,470
  • One Week For a couple
    $3,486
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $6,972
  • One Month For a couple
    $14,939
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to the US Virgin Islands cost?

A one week trip to the US Virgin Islands usually costs around $1,743 for one person and $3,486 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to the US Virgin Islands on average costs around $3,486 for one person and $6,972 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 the US Virgin Islands will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to the US Virgin Islands on average costs around $7,470 for one person and $14,939 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in the US Virgin Islands?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in the US Virgin Islands is $238 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.


Independent Travel

Traveling Independently 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 the US Virgin Islands expensive to visit?

The US Virgin Islands is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within the Caribbean Islands, which is known to be an expensive region, the US Virgin Islands is moderately priced compared to the other countries. The overall cost of travel here is comparable to Puerto Rico or the Bahamas.

For more details, see Is the US Virgin Islands Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to the US Virgin Islands?

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


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $261
Local Transportation 1 $35
Food 2 $51
Entertainment 1 $57
Alcohol 2 $14 - 42
Accommodation Budget in the US Virgin Islands
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in the US Virgin Islands is $131. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in the US Virgin Islands is $261. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $131
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $261

Hotel Prices in the US Virgin Islands

Looking for a hotel in the US Virgin Islands? 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 the US Virgin Islands based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $387. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Recommended Properties


Local Transportation Budget in the US Virgin Islands
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in the US Virgin Islands is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $35 per person, per day, on local transportation in the US Virgin Islands.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $35

Recommended Services

What did other people spend on Local Transportation?

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $5.00
  • Scooter Rental
    $65


Food Budget in the US Virgin Islands
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in the US Virgin Islands can vary, the average cost of food in the US Virgin Islands is $51 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in the US Virgin Islands should cost around $20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in the US Virgin Islands is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $51

Recommended


Entertainment Budget in the US Virgin Islands
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in the US Virgin Islands typically cost an average of $57 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.
    $57

Recommended Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

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


  • Full Day Surfboard Rental
    $80
  • Full Day Kayak Rental
    $99


Alcohol Budget in the US Virgin Islands
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $28 on alcoholic beverages in the US Virgin Islands per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $28


The US Virgin Islands On a Budget
US Virgin Islands Saint John
The US Virgin Islands (USVI) are an unincorporated organized territory of the USA. They are located east of Puerto Rico and generally have a comfortable climate. They do have a rainy season between May and November, which also corresponds with hurricane season. The islands have rolling hills and rugged mountains throughout, so there is very little flat land. This makes from some dramatic and beautiful landscape. They're generally a fun and safe way to experience the Caribbean and are highly recommended for American and international travelers. It's a popular travel destination for many Americans during the winter months when the mild climate is a wonderful escape from the cold winter weather up north.

There are three main islands that make up the USVI. Saint Croix is the largest of the islands and is to the south of the rest of the region. Saint John is a beautiful vacation option with a more relaxed atmosphere. There are a handful of resorts, a small town, and Virgin Islands National Park on the island as well. The national park covers sixty percent of the island, so the area is peaceful, isolated, and generally quiet. Saint Thomas is where you will find the busy capital city of the region.

Most travelers arrive in the U.S. Virgin islands by either plane or cruise ship. There are airports on both Saint Croix and Saint Thomas. Once on the islands you can travel throughout by passenger ferry. Ferries also connect the USVI to the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during peak seasons.

Most people choose to explore the islands by rental car. Although this can be a somewhat expensive option, it really is the best way to get around and see everything that is available on the islands. There is limited public transportation at best so if you're hoping to make the best use of your vacation time and want to experience the island outside of your resort, a rental car is recommended.
At A Glance
  • If you head to Saint Croix, you'll find the largest island in the area. It has many picturesque towns, rolling hills, and impressive rainforest. Some of the top sights on the island include Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. George Village Botanical Garden, and Christiansted Historic Site.

  • Saint John is both the smallest, and arguably the most beautiful island of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Over half of its area is made up of the Virgin Islands National Park. You'll also find beautiful beaches, and impressive sights on the island, one of which is the U.S. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.

  • Saint Thomas is the most populated island in the area. It is also home to Charlotte Amalie, which is the capital city. Some of the best sights include the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, Paradise Point, which looks out over the harbor, St. Thomas Synagogue, and Coral World.

  • If you're interested in local art, you'll find plenty here. The most popular area to see and buy art is Christiansted, where you'll find plenty of nice galleries. You'll have a good selection and variety of art that is worth checking out, and if you're in the market for a nice piece you can likely get a good price.

  • Many of the bars and pubs have happy hours. If you look around you'll find several places that offer dollar drinks during happy hour. The islands are also duty free, so you can pick up any number of souvenirs without the burden of taxes.



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Top Tourist Attractions
Christiansted National Historic Site: This area is made up of five different preserved structures. Each structure is designed to represent the Danish economy and culture between the years of 1733 and 1917. It's a fascinating place to visit if you're interested in history and culture in the Caribbean.

Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve: This is where you will find the largest mango forests in the Virgin Islands. It also has many beautiful coral reefs and a submarine canyon.

Virgin Islands National Park: This is the largest national park in the USVI and it covers sixty percent of Saint John. It has over seven thousand acres and is both a historical and natural representation of the island.

Popular Foods
You can find many excellent restaurants in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many of the best, fine dining restaurants are geared toward tourists and are often affiliated with hotels. There are some casual, more local options available as well. Seafood is the food of choice for many people, but you can also enjoy many different fruits and vegetables. Local cuisine is often made with either fish, goat, or pork. Many of the dishes are based on stews or soups and are heavily flavored with vegetables and herbs. You can generally find fresh, seasonal fruit at roadside stands. This can make for a nice and cheap lunch or breakfast. There are several culinary festivals throughout the year as well if you're interested in the cuisine of the area.

Fungi: This dumpling like dish is a popular food option throughout the area. It is generally made from salted cornmeal which has been mixed with a combination of water, shortening, and often okra. It's considered a side dish and is often served along side of fish or meat dishes during a meal.

Callaloo: Callaloo is a hearty soup or stew that is made with the leaves of the dasheen plant. Occasionally they use a different green leafy plant like taro leaves or spinach. The soup is seasoned with okra, salted meats, black pepper, fish, onions and various spices. It has been compared to the gumbo stews available in Louisiana.

Rice and Beans: This is a traditional and common meal that is served throughout the area. It's usually seasoned with herbs and spices to give it more flavor. If you are ever in a local's home or a local restaurant, you're sure to have some experience with this dish. It's sometimes referred to as rice and peas, but generally beans are the accompaniment.

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.