Cost guide to New York

Find out how much you'll be paying for your morning cup of coffee or your favourite ice cream cone on your next trip to New York city with our handy guide.

Travellers are advised to read the FCO travel advice at for the country they are travelling to.

All recommendations have been reviewed and approved as of March 2018 and will be checked and updated annually. If you think there is any incorrect or out-of-date information in this guide please email us at

Whether you're trying to plan a budget break or a luxury getaway, our handy cost infographic will give you that all-important overview. Want to know how much to budget from beer to your daily latte? Look no further. Make sure you take a look at our top 10 foodie things to try in New York and our cultural etiquette guide to experience the city like a true New Yorker. 

Need the costs in local currency? Read the prices below.

Cup of coffee = $2.75
Soft drink = $2
Beer = $7
Cocktail = $15
Neighbourhood meal for two (no alcohol) = $35
Ice cream (one scoop) = $4

How to tip in New York city

When in doubt, always tip at 20 percent and preferably in cash, but servers, baristas, and bartenders will gladly accept a tip via card if that’s all you have on you.

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What's your top tip for living like a local in New York? Leave a comment below...

Travellers are advised to read the FCO travel advice for the country they are travelling to.

These prices are accurate as of March 2018. If you think any of this information is out of date please email us at

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