How Much Things Cost in the UK

Creating your travel budget becomes a whole lot easier when you know how much everything is going to cost. To give you an idea of how much everything is going to cost for your trip to the UK, we've listed some information about things you'll need on your holiday like accomodation, transport, food and more!

All the prices we've quoted in this article are in New Zealand dollars, but you can visit our currency converter to find out what the exchange rate is between the NZD and GBP right now!

Before you head off, learn about:

  • Is it expensive to visit the UK?
  • How much you need to bring to the UK
  • The cost of food
  • Accomodation

Is it Expensive to Visit the UK?

Costs of goods and services are very different in the UK compared to New Zealand. In this table, we have a comparison of some things you might do in the UK and associated costs. The prices are approximate and can change city to city within the UK.


New Zealand vs UK

Expense Cost in NZ Cost in the UK
Breakfast with Coffee $15 NZD $25 NZD
1 full day of public transport $2-12 NZD $9 NZD
Full priced Movie ticket $12 NZD $27 NZD
Museum Entry $12 NZD $24 NZD  (most are free!)
A pint of beer $9 NZD $7.4 NZD

How much money do I need to bring?

The answer to this question really depends on the type of holiday you're planning. Will you be backpacking and staying in hostels? Will you be living it up at the Ritz in London? If you want to do it on a budget, you easily can or you can splurge and go on a luxury holiday.

It all depends on what you're doing, where you're staying and how long you're planning to travel.

Here we have listed an estimate of what you'd need, per person, per day depending on your holiday.

Budget holiday: Up to $100 NZD

Middle of the range holiday: Up to $250 NZD

Luxury holiday: Up to $550 NZD

How much does food cost in the UK?

Food is a pretty important part of a holiday, and a great way to get to know a country. In the UK you can really decide how much you want to spend on food everyday. You could get by on as little as $15 NZD or if you're fine dining, you could spend hundreds! Below we've listed some general prices for eating and drinking out, and the cost of some other bits and bobs.

Eating out:

  • First course: $5 - $20 NZD
  • Main course: $20 - $50 NZD
  • Dessert: $8 - $20 NZD


  • Coffee: $5 NZD
  • Beer: $5 - 15 NZD
  • Glass of wine: $10 - $30 NZD

Some other examples:

  • Bread: $1.60 NZD
  • Big Mac meal: $10 NZD
  • Sandwich and Coffee from Pret a Manger: $11 NZD
  • Fish and chips: $8 NZD


You can really be flexible about how much you spend on accomodation when you get to the UK. If you're keeping it low key and don't want to spend much, there are hostels in most major cities, or you could live it up! Below are some rough guides on how much you can expect to pay.

Accomodation on a budget, like hostels cost about $35 to $90 NZD a night.

Mid-range accomodation like a double room in a 3 star hotel will probably cost between $100 and $150 NZD a night.

A double luxury hotel room will cost between $200 to $1000 NZD per night.

Using the following sites will give you an even better idea of how much the accomodation you're after will cost you.

Oscar Murray
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Last updated
March 8th, 2021