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How Much Does it Cost to Visit London in 2024? [Cost Calculator]

As you plan your trip to London, you’ve probably noticed one thing: that place is expensive! London is one of the most expensive cities in the world – both for visitors and for locals who live there. (I can attest to both as I’ve spent a lot visiting and definitely ran out of money while living there!)

Having a good estimate for a London budget can go a long way to helping you actually make your trip a reality since you can know exactly how much you need to save and how much you’ll plan to spend.

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Based on my many trips over the years and throughout the different seasons, I’ve come up with a good estimate for the cost to visit London. Read on to discover my estimates for the various costs associated with planning a London trip, plus a handy calculator where you can get a personalized estimate for the cost of your London trip.

This post was originally published in February 2022, and was updated most recently in January 2024.

Average Cost to Visit London

Cost to Visit London - Estimates

The average price of a 7-day summer trip to London is $4,000 for a solo traveler, $5,600 for a couple, and $9,100 for a family, with the main components of cost being (1) flights, (2) hotels/accommodation, and (3) meals.

In 2024, flights range from about $815 in the off-season to over $1400 during the peak, summer season; the average in the summer is about $1,150 across the whole season.. London hotels are more expensive in the summer, averaging about $400 per night for a three-star hotel.

For one more important cost to keep in mind, you should budget between $50-$100 per day, per person for meals, depending on whether you choose budget dining options or splurge at fancier restaurants.

After big jumps in cost post-pandemic, these are only marginally higher than the costs in 2023, but it’s still a good idea to add 10-20% to your travel budget if you were planning to visit last year and rescheduled your trip to 2024.

Read on for more details about the cost for each party size, or use my London cost calculator at the end of this post.

Solo Traveler

The average cost for a solo traveler to visit London for 7 days in the summer is $4,000; here’s a breakdown:

  • Flights in the summer cost about $1,150 per person.
  • Hotels cost an average of $400 per night for a 3-star stay, or $2,400 for a six-night (seven-day) trip.
  • You should budget $300 to $600 for food and drinks during your 7-day solo London trip.

Couple

The average cost for a couple visiting London for 7 days is $5,600; here’s a breakdown:

  • Flights to London in the summer cost around $1,150 per person, or $2,300 for a couple.
  • Hotels cost an average of $400 per night for a 3-star stay, or $2,400 for a weeklong trip.
  • You should budget $600 to $1,200 for food and drinks during your 7-day couple’s London trip.

Family (of 4)

The average cost for a family of four to visit London for 7 days is $9,100; here’s a breakdown:

  • Flights to London will be around $1,150 per person, or $4,600 for a family.
  • Assuming everyone stays in the same room, hotels cost an average of $400 per night for a 3-star stay, or $2,400 for a weeklong trip.
  • You should budget $1,400 to $2,800 for food and drinks during your 7-day family London trip.

Peak vs Shoulder Season in London

Cost to Visit London - Flights

As flights are one of the biggest expenses in planning your trip, one of the biggest factors that affect the cost of visiting London is the season or month you visit.

During the peak season (summer), flights are about 40% more expensive than in the off-season (an average of $1,150 in the summer vs $815 in the other months) – but December is also a peak month to visit, and is about 25% more expensive that other off-season months.

2024 London Flight Prices
Source: Kayak

All this suggests that if you really want to save when visiting London, you need to look at the off-season months: January, February, March, April, September, October, or November. May can also be quite affordable, at least based on the data this year.

If you’re looking for another way to save but have your heart set on a specific season you want to visit London, the best way to save is by booking your flights in advance.

Whereas the urban legend is that flights are at their cheapest about two months (45-60 days) before departure, the data this year no longer supports that (see the chart). Instead, the sooner you book your tickets, the better; the closer to departure, the more you’ll pay.

2024 London Departure Prices
Source: Kayak

My favorite tool for finding London flight deals is Kayak. If your dates are flexible, there are some really cool services that keep an eye out for flight deals from your home city – and you can occasionally get a great deal on London flights that way. Check out Dollar Flight Club and Going, to signup for those services.

Accommodation Costs in London

Hotels are the other big expense you’ll face when planning your London trip, and unfortunately, I’ve never found a cheap way to save much on this part of planning.

As you might guess based on the seasonality of flight costs, hotels are also more expensive in the summer months than during other parts of the year.

Typically, a 3-star hotel is about $400 per night during sunny May, June, July, and August, while it falls as low as about $310 per night during grey, rainy January and February.

Hotels are at their cheapest during the winter after the holiday season (unlike flights), while spring and autumn costs rise quickly and stay high (also unlike flights).

2024 London Hotel Prices
Source: Kayak

Historically, Airbnb has shared its own average nightly rates for both rooms (private rooms within a home) and for staying in an entire vacation rental. As of this year, they’ve removed all that data – which is pretty frustrating on top of the extra fees and costs baked into that particular platform. (If you’re looking for an alternative option, I’ve heard great things about Plum Guide, and their units are very eye-catching; they also do not share average nightly cost data, unfortunately.)

Food & Drink Costs in London

One other important cost to consider is food and drink – after all, London has an incredible dining scene and there’s way more to try than just British food (London has every ethnic cuisine you might want to try!).

To estimate food and drink costs in my London cost calculator, here are the breakdowns:

  • Takeaway meals: £5-£8
  • Pub meals: £6-£10
  • Restaurant meals: £20-£40+
  • Pints: £2.50-£3

Assuming you have one of each of these each day (i.e. takeaway from Pret for breakfast, pub for lunch, restaurant for dinner with a pint…), your food costs will range from around $40-$85 per day.

To make this more reasonable, I assumed that budget-conscious travelers would spend $50 (£35) to $100 (£70) if you want to splurge on nice meals and other food experiences like afternoon tea – per day.

The Cost for Tours & Excursions in London

One last expense you might want to consider is for tours. You actually don’t need to spend anything on tours to have a great time in London; most museums are free and you can enjoy lots of attractions from the outside without paying admission.

If you do choose to spend money on any tours or attractions, I recommend buying the London Pass. It gets you free admission to many popular London attractions and helps you save a ton if you do want to go inside some of the attractions that charge admission.

If you choose to spend on tours, attractions, and excursions, I recommend setting aside at least $200 per person for that part of your budget.

London Travel Cost Calculator

Ready to get a more exact estimate for your trip? Use my cost calculator below to come up with a personalized London budget.

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While London isn’t a cheap destination, there are certainly ways to spend less – by planning your trip at the right time and taking advantage of the tips I suggest. Have any other questions about how much it costs to visit London? Let me know in the comments!

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Valerie fell in love with London on her first trip to the city way back in 2011. Since then, she spent a year living in London and visits as often as she can (you can find her recent trip recaps here!). She launched LOMM in 2021 to help other travelers fall in love with her favorite city on earth.

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