Scotland is the most northern country of the United Kingdom. Explore its wilderness to discover the lochs surrounded by the Highlands or go on a road trip on the famous North Coast 500. You can also explore its rich history in some of the most popular British cities to visit in Scotland: Aberdeen, Edinburgh (capital), Glasgow, and Inverness. Discover Scotland travel costs in each of these fantastic destinations below!
In the place where the Dee and Don rivers flow into the North Sea stands the port city of Aberdeen. Home of sailors who dock their boats right in the city center, Aberdeen is split into two parts which happily coexist: old Aberdeen and Footdee. The latter is a fisherman’s village, with small cottages, in full contrast to the otherwise cosmopolitan university city.
How much does it cost to visit Aberdeen?
A budget visit to Aberdeen will cost you about £ 43 per day, without including accommodation costs. Look below to find detailed Scotland travel costs in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen accommodation costs
|Hotel or hostel for one person||£ 23 – 96|
|Typical double room||£ 45 – 193|
Aberdeen food and drinks costs
|Meal in an inexpensive restaurant||£ 10 – 20|
|Meal in a mid-range restaurant||£ 20 – 35|
|Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)||£ 3.10 – 4|
|Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *||£ 0.70 – 2|
* Tap water is safe to drink in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen fares and public transport
|One-way public transportation ticket||£ 2.50|
|Taxi (price per kilometer)||£ 2 – 2.65|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||£ 1.16 – 1.33|
Aberdeen visiting costs
|Top attractions in Aberdeen|
|Aberdeen Maritime Museum||Free|
|Duthie Park Winter Gardens||Free|
|The Gordon Highlanders Museum||£ 8|
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Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh is interesting to visit for its medieval Old Town, but also for its New Town with neoclassical buildings. It’s also a good place to learn about Scottish history through a visit to Edinburgh’s Castle and/or to Arthur’s Seat.
How much does it cost to visit Edinburgh?
Visiting beautiful Edinburgh on a budget? Well, you should expect to spend around £ 48 per day, without accommodation. Look below to discover the detailed Scotland travel costs in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh accommodation costs
|Hotel or hostel for one person||£ 23 – 163|
|Typical double room||£ 45 – 325|
Edinburgh food and drinks costs
|Meal in an inexpensive restaurant||£ 9.50 – 17|
|Meal in a mid-range restaurant||£ 22 – 45|
|Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)||£ 3.75 – 4.80|
|Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *||£ 0.50 – 1|
* Tap water is safe to drink in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh fares and public transport
|One-way public transportation ticket||£ 1.70|
|Taxi (price per kilometer)||£ 0.62 – 1.65|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||£ 1.20 – 1.31|
Edinburgh visiting costs
|Top attractions in Edinburgh|
|Royal Yacht Britannia||£ 16.50|
|National Museum of Scotland||Free|
|Edinburgh Old Town||Free|
|Edinburgh Castle||£ 17.50|
|City pass *|
|One-day Edinburgh City Pass||£ 45|
|Two-day Edinburgh City Pass||£ 55|
* The Edinburgh City Pass offers free admission to 18 attractions, museums, and tours in Edinburgh. It also includes free airport transfer.
Another Scottish port city, Glasgow grew from its shipbuilding and trading activities. Nowadays, thanks to its museums and performance theaters, Glasgow is a world-famous cultural center. The city is also renowned for its architecture from the Victorian period.
How much does it cost to visit Glasgow
If you’re a budget traveler who plans to visit Glasgow, expect spending around £ 45 per day. That is without taking accommodation into account.
You can check below to learn more details on Scotland travel costs in Glasgow.
Glasgow accommodation costs
|Hotel or hostel for one person||£ 21 – 107|
|Typical double room||£ 42 – 214|
Glasgow food and drinks costs
|Meal in an inexpensive restaurant||£ 7.50 – 16.34|
|Meal in a mid-range restaurant||£ 20 – 30|
|Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)||£ 3 – 4|
|Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *||£ 0.50 – 1.20|
* Tap water is safe to drink in Glasgow.
Glasgow fares and public transport
|One-way public transportation ticket||£ 2.30|
|Taxi (price per kilometer)||£ 1 – 2.50|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||£ 1.19 – 1.30|
Glasgow visiting costs
|Top attractions in Glasgow|
|Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum||Free|
|The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel||Free|
|Glengoyne Distillery||£ 11.50|
|University of Glasgow||Free|
|Celtic Park Stadium Tour||£ 12.50|
Inverness is the largest city of the Scottish Highlands. Located where the River Ness flows into the Moray Firth of the Nord Sea, this coastal city is well worth a visit. Inverness boasts a beautiful Old Town, with well-preserved buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, and an indoor Victorian Market.
How much does it cost to visit Inverness
The answer: a lot more than Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow! Even if you’re traveling on a budget, you will spend around £ 82 per day. And that’s without accommodation!
If you still want to make it to Inverness, look below to find out what Scotland travel costs you will incur daily.
Inverness accommodation costs
|Hotel or hostel for one person||£ 34 – 277|
|Typical double room||£ 67 – 554 ?|
Inverness food and drinks costs
|Meal in an inexpensive restaurant||£ 7.50 – 17|
|Meal in a mid-range restaurant||£ 15 – 32|
|Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)||£ 2.80 – 4|
|Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *||£ 0.50 – 1.50|
* Tap water is safe to drink in Inverness.
Inverness fares and transportation costs
|One-way public transportation ticket||£ 2|
|Taxi (price per kilometer)||£ 0.62 – 2.50|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||£ 1.15 – 1.30|
Inverness visiting costs
|Top attractions in Inverness|
|North Coast 500||£ 15|
|Fort George||£ 9|
|Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre||£ 25|
|Inverness Botanic Gardens||Free|
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Scotland travel costs sources
- Accommodation costs via Budgetyourtrip.com
- Food, drinks, and transportation costs via Numbeo.com
- Tap water safety researched separately via Google answers for each city in Belgium. Tap water seems to be safe to drink all over Belgium, though.
- Top attractions selected using TripAdvisor. Each attraction name is a link to the official website page of that attraction, if available
- Ticket costs / free access information via the official websites of the attractions. I mentioned the cost of a regular adult ticket, for permanent exhibitions. Discounts and temporary exhibition prices are available on their official websites.
- City pass information about prices and what each includes is from the official website for each travel pass. A link is available for each pass in order to easily find more information and/or to purchase a pass.