Travel budget and cost of living in China how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in China

China: calculate your travel budget

China: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in China for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 28 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.8 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 589* (3752 Ұ)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 63 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 3.6 per person
  • $ 7.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 1536* (9800 Ұ)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 95 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 19 per person
  • $ 6.9 per person
  • $ 16 per person

Total budget:

$ 2483* (15834 Ұ)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in China in 2019

Cost of living: China VS United States

On average, the cost of living in China in 2019 is 38% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in China in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in China by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in China compared to the national average.

Cities /China View Details
Hong Kong 58% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hong Kong
Macao 30% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Macao
Guangzhou (Canton) 39% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Guangzhou (Canton)
Nanning 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nanning
Beijing 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Beijing
Shanghai 24% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Shanghai

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Local prices in China by expense type

Restaurant budget in China

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in China costs 61% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3.5/person
($ 2.4 to $ 5)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 7.9 to $ 16)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.8/person
($ 4.3 to $ 6.3)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 1.9)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2 for 330ml
($ 1.3 to $ 3.1)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.3/cup
($ 3.1 to $ 5.5)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in China

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in China costs 50% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 41/night
($ 15 to $ 212)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 52/night
($ 15 to $ 643)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 73/night
($ 18 to $ 846)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 118/night
($ 28 to $ 911)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 212/night
($ 55 to $ 2363)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 42/month
($ 18 to $ 234)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 109/month
($ 27 to $ 1069)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 158/month
($ 33 to $ 2356)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 73/month
($ 24 to $ 1388)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in China

On average, the price of supermarket food in China costs 33% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 2/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

131% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.7/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 2.9)

37% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.6)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 3.1)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 14/kg
($ 6.9 to $ 24)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.9/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 6.3)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.1)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1 to $ 3.1)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.9)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.3)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 10.5/kg
($ 6.3 to $ 16)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in China

On average, the price of transport in China costs 46% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 20/month
($ 9.6 to $ 33)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.4/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.6
($ 1.3 to $ 2)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 28/24hrs
($ 22 to $ 54)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in China

On average, the cost of housing in China costs 46% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 59/month
($ 33 to $ 97)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 16/month
($ 9.4 to $ 26)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 573/month
($ 285 to $ 1103)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 331/month
($ 158 to $ 631)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1280/month
($ 474 to $ 2647)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 689/month
($ 316 to $ 1419)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 40/month
($ 21 to $ 79)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 512/month
($ 285 to $ 946)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 19457/yr
($ 7876 to $ 31500)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in China

On average, budget for leisure activities in China costs 32% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 7.9/ticket
($ 5.5 to $ 11)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 12/hr
($ 6.3 to $ 24)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in China

On average, shopping budget in China is essentially the same as in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.1/pack
($ 2.4 to $ 3.9)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 69
($ 33 to $ 112)

45% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 40
($ 24 to $ 64)

6% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 94
($ 64 to $ 127)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 94
($ 48 to $ 158)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

London → Shanghai
London → Shanghai
London → Shanghai
$ 759
(fair price: $ 634)
London → Beijing
London → Beijing
London → Beijing
$ 807
(fair price: $ 694)
New York City → Hong Kong
New York City → Hong Kong
New York City → Hong Kong
$ 1039
(fair price: $ 892)
Dublin → Hong Kong
Dublin → Hong Kong
Dublin → Hong Kong
$ 738
(fair price: $ 659)
Manchester → Hong Kong
Manchester → Hong Kong
Manchester → Hong Kong
$ 860
(fair price: $ 701)
Los Angeles → Hong Kong
Los Angeles  → Hong Kong
Los Angeles  → Hong Kong
$ 837
(fair price: $ 676)
Toronto (Ontario) → Hong Kong
Toronto (Ontario) → Hong Kong
Toronto (Ontario) → Hong Kong
$ 1001
(fair price: $ 796)
Los Angeles → Beijing
Los Angeles  → Beijing
Los Angeles  → Beijing
$ 869
(fair price: $ 661)
Los Angeles → Shanghai
Los Angeles  → Shanghai
Los Angeles  → Shanghai
$ 827
(fair price: $ 658)
New York City → Shanghai
New York City → Shanghai
New York City → Shanghai
$ 1046
(fair price: $ 844)
Manchester → Beijing
Manchester → Beijing
Manchester → Beijing
$ 772
(fair price: $ 646)
London → Hong Kong
London → Hong Kong
London → Hong Kong
$ 740
(fair price: $ 627)
Dublin → Beijing
Dublin → Beijing
Dublin → Beijing
$ 664
(fair price: $ 562)
Manchester → Shanghai
Manchester → Shanghai
Manchester → Shanghai
$ 786
(fair price: $ 649)
New York City → Beijing
New York City → Beijing
New York City → Beijing
$ 1151
(fair price: $ 873)
Edinburgh → Hong Kong
Edinburgh → Hong Kong
Edinburgh → Hong Kong
$ 864
(fair price: $ 751)
Dublin → Shanghai
Dublin → Shanghai
Dublin → Shanghai
$ 696
(fair price: $ 592)
Edinburgh → Beijing
Edinburgh → Beijing
Edinburgh → Beijing
$ 763
(fair price: $ 667)
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
$ 964
(fair price: $ 783)
Toronto (Ontario) → Beijing
Toronto (Ontario) → Beijing
Toronto (Ontario) → Beijing
$ 1015
(fair price: $ 830)

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About the information on the cost of living in China

The information about the cost of living in China shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in China updated on 08-03-2019.

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