The average price of a 7-day trip to China is $1,235 for a solo traveler, $2,056 for a couple, and $1,622 for a family of 4. China hotels range from $38 to $183 per night with an average of $69, while most vacation rentals will cost $90 to $380 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to China (from all airports) are between $820 and $1,178 per person for economy flights and $2,575 to $3,699 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $32 to $65 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit China

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to China and stay in a China hotel:

  • February 12th to April 22nd
  • August 13th to December 9th

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in China is usually early September.

 

Average China Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit China for a week is $1,052-$1,904($150-$272 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $32 to $65 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $528 to $1,041 for economy

Lodging: $50 to $68 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $54 to $65 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit China for a week is $1,798-$3,406($257-$487 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $63 to $131 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,057 to $2,081 for economy

Lodging: $50 to $68 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $54 to $65 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit China for a week is $3,475-$6,800($496-$971 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $126 to $261 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,113 to $4,163 for economy

Lodging: $99 to $135 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $80 to $99 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to China

How cheap can you make a vacation to China? The cheapest trip to China is about $119 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 15% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $19 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $32.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit China for a week is $832-$1,841($119-$263 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $16 to $32 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $528 to $1,041 for economy

Lodging: $32 to $38 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $66 to $96 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit China for a week is $1,473-$3,105($210-$444 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $32 to $64 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,057 to $2,081 for economy

Lodging: $32 to $38 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $66 to $96 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit China for a week is $2,951-$5,916($422-$845 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $64 to $127 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,113 to $4,163 for economy

Lodging: $65 to $76 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $99 to $144 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is easy to travel to China cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury China Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in China.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit China for a week is $2,338-$7,807($334-$1,115 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $63 to $130 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,327 to $2,601 for first class

Lodging: $95 to $183 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $358 to $716 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit China for a week is $4,106-$11,317($587-$1,617 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $126 to $260 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,654 to $5,201 for first class

Lodging: $95 to $183 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $358 to $716 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit China for a week is $8,206-$20,487($1,172-$2,927 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $252 to $521 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $5,308 to $10,402 for first class

Lodging: $189 to $366 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $536 to $1,073 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

China Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in China is lower than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in China due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

China Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on China hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in China.

 

Flight Costs to China

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,178 average in late December to a low of $820 in early September. Median flight price is $821. These prices are based on millions of flights. For China our data includes thousands of originating airports, and hundreds of airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In China, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $358, so you can easily save about 44% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around China can easily cost $239 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $16 per person. Private tours can cost $477 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

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