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:

  • $ 39 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 5.3 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 734* (4928 Ұ)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 63 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 3.6 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 1516* (10178 Ұ)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 97 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 6.8 per person
  • $ 15 per person

Total budget:

$ 2439* (16366 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 2020

Cost of living: China VS United States

On average, the cost of living in China in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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 130% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hong Kong
Guangzhou (Canton) 105% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Guangzhou (Canton)
Macao 97% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Macao
Shanghai 32% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Shanghai
Beijing 29% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Beijing
Shenzhen 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Shenzhen

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Local prices in China by expense type

China: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in China costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 3/person
($ 2.3 to $ 7.4)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 12/person
($ 7.4 to $ 27)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.3/person
($ 4.4 to $ 6)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.1 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 3)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.9 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 3)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.1/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 5.9)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

China: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in China costs 38% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 45/night
($ 34 to $ 59)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 51/night
($ 33 to $ 77)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 75/night
($ 47 to $ 115)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 120/night
($ 76 to $ 182)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 208/night
($ 134 to $ 310)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 65/month
($ 54 to $ 78)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 122/month
($ 79 to $ 177)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 155/month
($ 93 to $ 241)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 72/month
($ 47 to $ 103)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 279/month
($ 149 to $ 492)

60% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

China: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in China costs 32% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 3)

139% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.7/500g
($ 1 to $ 3.7)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.8)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1 to $ 3)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 14/kg
($ 6 to $ 30)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.9/kg
($ 2.5 to $ 6.2)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 3.2)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.9/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 3.7)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 2.6)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 1.7)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.4)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 18)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

China: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in China costs 41% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 23/month
($ 12 to $ 39)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.4/km
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.2)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.4
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 35/24hrs
($ 20 to $ 147)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

China: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in China costs 52% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 55/month
($ 30 to $ 102)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 15/month
($ 9 to $ 30)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 524/month
($ 269 to $ 1191)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1375
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 293/month
($ 150 to $ 671)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1099
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1088/month
($ 521 to $ 2976)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2203
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 618/month
($ 328 to $ 1488)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1741
Gym
Gym
$ 38/month
($ 15 to $ 76)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 488/month
($ 224 to $ 1131)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 952
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 17903/yr
($ 7437 to $ 30341)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16573

China: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in China costs 32% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 7.2/ticket
($ 5.3 to $ 12)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 6 to $ 24)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

China: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in China costs 3% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3/pack
($ 2.5 to $ 4.4)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 65
($ 30 to $ 120)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 15 to $ 69)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 88
($ 60 to $ 120)

12% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 94
($ 46 to $ 150)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 98

Plane ticket budget

London → Shanghai
London → Shanghai
London → Shanghai
$ 709
(fair price: $ 578)
London → Hong Kong
London → Hong Kong
London → Hong Kong
$ 678
(fair price: $ 576)
London → Beijing
London → Beijing
London → Beijing
$ 752
(fair price: $ 585)
Manchester → Hong Kong
Manchester → Hong Kong
Manchester → Hong Kong
$ 786
(fair price: $ 640)
Sydney → Beijing
Sydney → Beijing
Sydney → Beijing
$ 764
(fair price: $ 629)
Los Angeles → Hong Kong
Los Angeles  → Hong Kong
Los Angeles  → Hong Kong
$ 758
(fair price: $ 592)
New York City → Hong Kong
New York City → Hong Kong
New York City → Hong Kong
$ 949
(fair price: $ 787)
Los Angeles → Beijing
Los Angeles  → Beijing
Los Angeles  → Beijing
$ 782
(fair price: $ 556)
Los Angeles → Shanghai
Los Angeles  → Shanghai
Los Angeles  → Shanghai
$ 776
(fair price: $ 594)
New York City → Shanghai
New York City → Shanghai
New York City → Shanghai
$ 966
(fair price: $ 764)
London → Guangzhou (Canton)
London → Guangzhou (Canton)
London → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 820
(fair price: $ 611)
Toronto (Ontario) → Hong Kong
Toronto (Ontario) → Hong Kong
Toronto (Ontario) → Hong Kong
$ 1019
(fair price: $ 814)
New York City → Beijing
New York City → Beijing
New York City → Beijing
$ 1021
(fair price: $ 753)
Dublin → Hong Kong
Dublin → Hong Kong
Dublin → Hong Kong
$ 734
(fair price: $ 624)
Manchester → Beijing
Manchester → Beijing
Manchester → Beijing
$ 794
(fair price: $ 598)
New York City → Guangzhou (Canton)
New York City → Guangzhou (Canton)
New York City → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 1042
(fair price: $ 786)
Manchester → Shanghai
Manchester → Shanghai
Manchester → Shanghai
$ 858
(fair price: $ 627)
Los Angeles → Guangzhou (Canton)
Los Angeles  → Guangzhou (Canton)
Los Angeles  → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 897
(fair price: $ 623)
Dublin → Beijing
Dublin → Beijing
Dublin → Beijing
$ 762
(fair price: $ 537)
Edinburgh → Hong Kong
Edinburgh → Hong Kong
Edinburgh → Hong Kong
$ 781
(fair price: $ 674)
Manchester → Guangzhou (Canton)
Manchester → Guangzhou (Canton)
Manchester → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 760
(fair price: $ 655)
Sydney → Shanghai
Sydney → Shanghai
Sydney → Shanghai
$ 684
(fair price: $ 549)
Dublin → Shanghai
Dublin → Shanghai
Dublin → Shanghai
$ 821
(fair price: $ 596)
Toronto (Ontario) → Beijing
Toronto (Ontario) → Beijing
Toronto (Ontario) → Beijing
$ 1030
(fair price: $ 738)
Auckland → Beijing
Auckland → Beijing
Auckland → Beijing
$ 815
(fair price: $ 607)
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
$ 1128
(fair price: $ 784)
Edinburgh → Beijing
Edinburgh → Beijing
Edinburgh → Beijing
$ 708
(fair price: $ 612)
Sydney → Chengdu
Sydney → Chengdu
Sydney → Chengdu
$ 688
(fair price: $ 579)
Melbourne → Beijing
Melbourne → Beijing
Melbourne → Beijing
$ 677
(fair price: $ 574)
Auckland → Hong Kong
Auckland → Hong Kong
Auckland → Hong Kong
$ 1001
(fair price: $ 707)
London → Chengdu
London → Chengdu
London → Chengdu
$ 744
(fair price: $ 618)
Montreal → Beijing
Montreal → Beijing
Montreal → Beijing
$ 974
(fair price: $ 760)
Edinburgh → Shanghai
Edinburgh → Shanghai
Edinburgh → Shanghai
$ 794
(fair price: $ 664)
London → Macao
London → Macao
London → Macao
$ 1258
(fair price: $ 830)
Montreal → Shanghai
Montreal → Shanghai
Montreal → Shanghai
$ 1122
(fair price: $ 833)
Melbourne → Shanghai
Melbourne → Shanghai
Melbourne → Shanghai
$ 683
(fair price: $ 563)
Montreal → Hong Kong
Montreal → Hong Kong
Montreal → Hong Kong
$ 1035
(fair price: $ 808)
Manchester → Chengdu
Manchester → Chengdu
Manchester → Chengdu
$ 952
(fair price: $ 715)
Auckland → Shanghai
Auckland → Shanghai
Auckland → Shanghai
$ 797
(fair price: $ 612)
Dublin → Chengdu
Dublin → Chengdu
Dublin → Chengdu
$ 1169
(fair price: $ 673)
Sydney → Hong Kong
Sydney → Hong Kong
Sydney → Hong Kong
$ 684
(fair price: $ 549)
Toronto (Ontario) → Guangzhou (Canton)
Toronto (Ontario) → Guangzhou (Canton)
Toronto (Ontario) → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 1091
(fair price: $ 868)
New York City → Chengdu
New York City → Chengdu
New York City → Chengdu
$ 953
(fair price: $ 756)
Los Angeles → Chengdu
Los Angeles  → Chengdu
Los Angeles  → Chengdu
$ 771
(fair price: $ 596)
Perth → Beijing
Perth → Beijing
Perth → Beijing
$ 698
(fair price: $ 584)
Auckland → Guangzhou (Canton)
Auckland → Guangzhou (Canton)
Auckland → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 1026
(fair price: $ 678)
Perth → Shanghai
Perth → Shanghai
Perth → Shanghai
$ 690
(fair price: $ 598)
Sydney → Guangzhou (Canton)
Sydney → Guangzhou (Canton)
Sydney → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 734
(fair price: $ 542)
Edinburgh → Guangzhou (Canton)
Edinburgh → Guangzhou (Canton)
Edinburgh → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 836
(fair price: $ 721)
Melbourne → Chengdu
Melbourne → Chengdu
Melbourne → Chengdu
$ 738
(fair price: $ 624)
Manchester → Macao
Manchester → Macao
Manchester → Macao
$ 1400
(fair price: $ 997)
Melbourne → Hong Kong
Melbourne → Hong Kong
Melbourne → Hong Kong
$ 695
(fair price: $ 560)
Perth → Guangzhou (Canton)
Perth → Guangzhou (Canton)
Perth → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 634
(fair price: $ 519)
Melbourne → Guangzhou (Canton)
Melbourne → Guangzhou (Canton)
Melbourne → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 700
(fair price: $ 568)
Perth → Hong Kong
Perth → Hong Kong
Perth → Hong Kong
$ 658
(fair price: $ 525)
Dublin → Guangzhou (Canton)
Dublin → Guangzhou (Canton)
Dublin → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 758
(fair price: $ 635)
Edinburgh → Macao
Edinburgh → Macao
Edinburgh → Macao
$ 1176
(fair price: $ 1040)
Melbourne → Macao
Melbourne → Macao
Melbourne → Macao
$ 824
(fair price: $ 538)
Sydney → Macao
Sydney → Macao
Sydney → Macao
$ 869
(fair price: $ 580)
Auckland → Chengdu
Auckland → Chengdu
Auckland → Chengdu
$ 781
(fair price: $ 598)
Perth → Chengdu
Perth → Chengdu
Perth → Chengdu
$ 695
(fair price: $ 592)
Perth → Macao
Perth → Macao
Perth → Macao
$ 762
(fair price: $ 474)
Toronto (Ontario) → Chengdu
Toronto (Ontario) → Chengdu
Toronto (Ontario) → Chengdu
$ 1162
(fair price: $ 944)
Los Angeles → Macao
Los Angeles  → Macao
Los Angeles  → Macao
$ 1588
(fair price: $ 748)
New York City → Macao
New York City → Macao
New York City → Macao
$ 1126
(fair price: $ 978)
Montreal → Guangzhou (Canton)
Montreal → Guangzhou (Canton)
Montreal → Guangzhou (Canton)
$ 1249
(fair price: $ 1054)
Edinburgh → Chengdu
Edinburgh → Chengdu
Edinburgh → Chengdu
$ 848
(fair price: $ 733)
Toronto (Ontario) → Macao
Toronto (Ontario) → Macao
Toronto (Ontario) → Macao
$ 1199
(fair price: $ 1070)
Auckland → Macao
Auckland → Macao
Auckland → Macao
$ 1794
(fair price: $ 967)
London → Lhasa
London → Lhasa
London → Lhasa
$ 1230
(fair price: $ 1102)

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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 16-09-2020.

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