How Much Would a Trip to China Cost?

Cost of dining in China is really affordable.
Cost of dining in China is really affordable.
 Is traveling cost in China very expensive?

 Answer: No, travel in China is affordable compared with other places in the world. Prices are much cheaper than in most western countries, for everything from meals to train or plane tickets, but the cost is actually increasing year by year.

 How much would a trip to China cost?

 Answer: Sorry, every trip will be different in what it costs. It depends on where you go and the level of comfort you require. Besides, travel in the big cities is usually more expensive than the smaller ones and travel during holiday times is more expensive.  Admission fees to some attractions are often a great part of your expenditure.

 What may be the biggest expense for traveling to China?

 Answer: The round-trip plane tickets may be the biggest expense.

 What about the standard cost for food and accommodation?

 Answer: Delicious food in China is much cheaper, even in superior restaurants, and a budget or luxurious hotel with very clean and well-appointed rooms are also inexpensive. Don't worry about this!

Buy Souvenirs in China
Buy Souvenirs in China
Transportation in China is cheap and convenient.
Transport in China is cheap and convenient.
 What is the transportation cost in China?

 Answer: Public transportation costs are reasonable in China and easily affordable. No doubt buses are the most economical public vehicle. However, traveling by metro, taxi or hiring a private driver can make your visit more comfortable and more efficient.

 What about the souvenirs in China, are they expensive?

 Answer: No, the souvenirs are cheap, but it requires you to be skillful in haggling.

 Do taxis in China cost a lot?

 Answer: Trains and buses are more reasonable while taxis are relatively high. Taxi fares in different cities are quite different.

The table below is a taxi fare list of 32 major cites at daytime in 2012 (excludes fuel surcharge):   

City Flag-Down Rate (CNY) Price per km
City Flag-Down Rate (CNY) Price per km
Beijing 13 2.3 Lhasa



Chongqing 10 2 Macau MOP 15 MOP 1.5
(per 230 m)
Shanghai 14 2.4 Nanchang 6 2
Tianjin 8 1.7 Nanjing 9 2.9


1.9 Nanning 9 2
Changsha 6 1.8 Shenyang 8 1.9
Fuzhou 12 2 Shenzhen 10 2.4
Guangzhou 10 2.6 Shijiazhuang 8 1.6
Guilin 7 1.6 Taibei NT$ 70 NT$ 5
(per 300 m)
Guiyang 8 1.6 Taiyuan 8 1.6
Harbin 8 1.9 Urumqi 10 1.3
Hefei 8 1.3 Wuhan 8 1.4
Hong Kong HK$ 22 HK$ 1.6
(per 200 m)
Xi'an 6 1.5
Jinan 8 1.5 Xining 6 1.3
Kunming 8 1.8 Yinchuan 7 1.4
Lanzhou 7 1.4 Zhengzhou 8 1.5

 Note: It is suggested that you bring 150% or 200% of your budget, especially if you to shop – and China is the place where your money goes far – or require a higher standard of travel arrangements. Of course it will still be an enjoyable trip, even if you travel under a limited budget, keeping your average down as much as possible.

 More about Money and Cost in China:
 Chinese Currency & Money Exchange
 Bank Account, Credit Card & Traveler's Cheque        

- Last modified on Mar. 17, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Traveling Cost in China
Asked by sarah elsayegh from LEBANON | Mar. 15, 2019 03:29Reply
trying to plan trip from lebanon to china
hello im trying to plan my trip to china and hoping to find some help
i would like to visit beijing, xi'an , chengdu , guilin, zhangjiajie and shanghai
my first concern : is what transportation to choose between the mentioned cities ( trains/ flight) and in what order to go
my second question is how much such trip would cost for 15 days if im planning to travel on a budget , no 5 stars hotels or so
as some travel agencies are sending quotations around 8000$ excluding international flights
thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 17, 2019 18:54

Hi, the order can be Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie and Shanghai. From Guilin to Zhangjiajie and from Zhangjiajie to Shanghai, you can take flights. About other journey, you can take high speed trains.

The fare is hard to estimate since you have so many destinations and I'm not very sure what attractions you will visit. Maybe you can consult the TravelChinaGuide for a detailed price and they can tailor a trip for you:
Asked by moses from USA | Sep. 06, 2018 19:10Reply
where is the cheapest city to spend a week in china?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fisia from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 09, 2018 23:55

Dear, it is hard to say, and you need give the specific destinations what you want to go and what your budget is.
Asked by Kelly.C from MALAYSIA | Sep. 04, 2018 18:22Reply
Hi there, is RMB 4,000 enough for 2 person (meal and transportation) in Nanning for 9 days?
Answers (4)
Answered by Eva from CANADA | Sep. 05, 2018 18:52

I'm afraid RMB4,000 is not enough for the 9 days' trip in Nanning.
Answered by Kelly.C from MALAYSIA | Sep. 05, 2018 21:22

Hi Eva, thank you for your reply.
How much would you suggest then?
Answered by Eva | Sep. 05, 2018 22:39

It is hard to say. where would you visit and which kind of hotel would you prefer? The ticket price of the flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nanning is about CNY 2000 - 5000 per person in a single trip.
Answered by Kelly.C from MALAYSIA | Sep. 06, 2018 01:24

We will be staying in Nanning for 9 days.
We already book air ticket and accommodation.
The money we bringing will be for food and transportation.
Asked by Mitra from INDIA | Aug. 18, 2018 01:50Reply
Will RMB 900 / day enough for two persons for 7 days?
Air tickets hotels and local travel is arranged for. Is 900 RMB per day enough for two persons?
Answers (2)
Answered by Lecea from USA | Aug. 19, 2018 23:15

I'm afraid it cannot be enough unless you don't purchase anything.
Answered by Imran from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 02, 2019 10:26

To answer your question as an Aussie living in China - third trip here & relocating for work: if your accomodation and transport is paid for - you can manage on a 4-5 star western style experience with 200RMB/A$40 per person a day max. This would be enough for 2-3 dishes for lunch and 2-3 dishes for dinner, 10+ cans of beer, and 4 local taxis and even 1x Starbucks coffee or a 1x McDonald’s combo meal /Burger King meal. It’s shockikngly cheap compared to home.

If you want to buy souvenirs, shirts or nicknacks from the markets you could spend 100RMB for one item. Or you could drop a 100RMB between several vendors and walk out of the marker with bags and bags of things.

If you’re not interested in buying super cheap and cool ripoffs for yourself or your family / friends - come with just 200RMB per person per day and you will eat and drink yourself stupid with that amount.

It’s like backpacker budget for 5 star items and service here !
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