How much does it cost to travel to China? is a bit like asking ‘How long is our favorite noodle?’.
While it’s not impossible to answer this question, because there are so many variables, it can be hard to give a definitive answer that meets every traveler’s needs.
So, to keep things simple, we’ve decided to break down the answer to the trip-to-China-cost question for all those people dreaming about the day that borders reopen and planes fly again. *sigh*
Believe us when we say, we’re just as keen as you to start exploring again, which is why we thought it wise to share some of our biggest insider tips with our lovely customers.
Feet feeling itchy and ready to unleash your travel revenge?
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Is it expensive to travel to China?
Comparatively speaking, once you’ve arrived in the Middle Kingdom (that’s China), you’ll find expenses are considerably lower than in most developed western countries. You can thank the lower cost of labor and relatively low unemployment. Consequently, expect to get more bang for your buck when you’re traveling or shopping. Of course, be sure to check the exchange rate, which can be calculated quickly via a smartphone app, before making any purchases so you can be confident you’re getting everything you expect.
How much does it cost for a flight to China?
Well, in these unusual times, there’s been a widely acknowledged spike in flight costs for travel anywhere around the world, however, generally, an international air ticket to China from the USA ranges from USD800 to USD1200.
Looking to save your cash for all those take home travel mementos? Perfect! Choose a flight with stopovers, because there are savings to be made. Make the most of your extra dollars by enjoying an in-country layover somewhere else en route (bonus!) or save the cash for special experiences when you arrive in China. And remember the insider’s secret weapon for the best cost for a flight to China: Book early and save!
Is eating in China expensive?
Most western travelers don’t realize just how fabulous Chinese food is – until they arrive – and then start sampling real Beijing Duck, authentic Sichuan hot pot, and genuine Xiao Long Bao dumplings (we’re getting hungry just writing this!).
Not only is it really good, it is incredibly inexpensive too. There is a super abundance of options, from street food stalls to Michelin star fine dining, however a good rule of thumb is to allow USD10 to USD20 for a meal in a regular restaurant.
Unlike a western dinner, a typical Chinese meal involves more than one dish. You might start with a wonton noodle soup (USD3 – USD5), follow it with a plate of dumplings (USD1 – USD5), then round it out with fried rice (USD2 – USD5) and a dish of Sichuan chilli chicken and some sweet and sour pork USD5-6, USD4 to USD10).
What does it cost to travel around China?
Once known as the land of bicycles, modes of transport in China have certainly evolved in keeping with the country’s almost unceasing march towards development.
From Beijing to Xi’an, roughly a 5 hour trip covering 1,200 kilometers, expect to pay about USD80 for a second class seat. From Xi’an to Chengdu – about 600 kilometers and a duration of four hours, a second class ticket is about USD40. The great thing about train travel is that unlike air