Costs of the USA?????

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1. Posted by hyypiaem (Full Member 69 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

am going to be travelling some of america briefly later this year! was wondering on the accomodation and travels costs really and how much i should be budgetting for!! help is much appreiciated!!
Em xxx

2. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Em,

How long are you going for and where do you plan to go ? I travelled around the Western States on Greyhound buses about 6 years ago, so I can't really give you exact details of current prices.

What I would say, though, is that Greyhound buses, though the cheapest option, aren't particularly comfortable and you get complete whack-jobs travelling on them. That maybe isn't too bad once you're on the bus, but the bus stations, to keep their costs down, are often located in the slightly dodgier parts of town, so not only will you have to wait around in the stations along with above mentioned whack jobs (the buses we took were often late), you'll also have to have your wits about you on your way to the stations. The only advantages of Greyhounds is the price, the network is pretty extensive and you can save yourself hotel costs by taking overnight coaches (if you can get comfortable enough to fall sleep).

An Amtrak Pass is a fair bit more expensive than a Greyhound Pass, but you'll have to weigh the extra costs against the lesser comfort of Greyhounds, the difference in speed, and, without meaning to sound too much like a toff, the quality of your fellow travellers !!

You can definitely find decently priced ho(s)tels in the cities...for New York try New York is expensive to drink in, especially if you're going to the trendier hangouts. But even so it's not as expensive as London, especially with the Dollar being so poorly valued.

Anything else I can tell you please let me know.


3. Posted by hyypiaem (Full Member 69 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

ah thanks simon,thats interesting to know about the greyhound busses as i have no idea about the best way of travelling around america!! thankyou very much xx

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hosteling International would be a good place to start for places to stay. They quote $25-$35 a night for big city, $10-$14 for smaller places. A step up (maybe) from hostels and sharing rooms would be motels and hotels. They can run anywhere from $30 (rare) to $70, depending on location and such.

I would budget $30 a day for food minimum, unless you are going to do your own cooking. That's hard if you are moving around a lot though. Breakfast and lunch, even at fast food joints or food courts is going to cost you $5 - $8, and dinner will be a bit more.