The actual cost depends on several factors. You will need a number of books and charts. These may total in the range to $200 to $300. The medical certificate varies with respect to the physician who issues it. However, it may cost in the range of $95 to $125. The major expense is the aircraft and instructor time. The aircraft rental prices vary with respect to which plane is used. Overall, one can expect to spend in the range of $9000 to $12,000 to get a private pilot certificate.