Struggling To Find Up To Date Costs. Any Help?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 2, 2013 6:32 PM Last Post By: jiejie
Jan 29, 2013 2:04 PM
Struggling To Find Up To Date Costs. Any Help?Hey,
I'm looking into daily travel costs for China at the moment but everything the searches on here and Google are bringing up is out of date.
Need rough ideas on.....
Daily food budget (happy to keep it basic and stick to cheap local places & street food).
Budget accommodation (hostels or preferably cheap guesthouses / hotels)
Transport costs around the country (trains / buses)
Beer & night out costs.
Jan 29, 2013 3:10 PM
Jan 30, 2013 1:33 AM
Jan 30, 2013 7:18 AM
3http://TravelChinaGuide.com has the train schedule with prices. http://www.hostelbookers.com also lists guesthouses. http://travelzen.com also lists domestic flights -- ctrip.com was fully booked for my dates. http://www.traveladvisor.com lists guesthouses in some locations not covered by the other two search engines.
Jan 30, 2013 8:32 AM
Jan 31, 2013 4:50 AM
Jan 31, 2013 12:59 PM
6I traveled in Shanghai, Beijing and a few smaller surrounding areas in November. Food costs were higher in the big cities, as mentioned. We normally at at mid-level sit down cafes, nothing fancy, and ate breakfasts in the hostels.
Breakfast was generally around 15 RMB each for a American style breakfast (eggs, sausage, toast); fruit bowls were cheaper. We usually spent around 30-40 RMB in the cities each for lunch (entree plus beer), less outside the cities (maybe around 25 or so for the same). Dinner ranged from 30-50 per person at the sit down places in Beijing (dinner and beers) but at the street markets, we had fill (and then some) for around 10 each with a variety of sampling.
We ate out of the grocery stores very cheaply -- big bowl of noodles and hot water. Can't beat it. Forget how much they cost but it wasn't much.
The most expensive thing we encountered was coffee. Typically 15-25 RMB for an Americano or a Cappuccino. McDonalds has drip for much less; Starbucks, for much more.
Hope this helps.
Feb 2, 2013 6:32 PM
7China is more expensive than SE Asia when you compare apples to apples on equivalent accommodation, food, local and longer-distance transport. I'd scale up by 50%. Entry fees to sights in China are a particular item to budget for as since 2009, they have become a substantial cost, esp for a budget traveler.
Accommodation: RMB 80-100 for a bed in a shared dorm, RMB 100-200 for a cheaper private room with ensuite, a/c, etc in a Chinese hotel or chain motel like Home Inn, Jinjiang Inn, etc. Add 30 to 50% to those numbers for Beijing and Shanghai.
Food: Eating Chinese, small local restaurants, food courts, etc. RMB 100-120 per day should fill you up with reasonable mix of healthy foods. Pretty much what #6 has written. Western food is quite expensive. Like #6, I also do quite a few hot lunches at major city supermarkets; they have some good stuff in there that is fresh-made or quick-cooked to order.
Transport costs for look ups: Plane: check ticket prices on www.ctrip.com but if your travel dates are more than 2 months into the future, use a dummy date for about 4-6 weeks out from now. Train: check www.travelchinaguide.com/trains as they have an easy user interface for lookups, and they keep their prices pretty accurate. The official site is in Chinese language. Bus: no easy master lookup. You can Google, or use jiejie's rough bus budget tool by looking up the distance in kilometers. Regular bus: (km x 0.35 RMB/km). Sleeper bus: (km x 0.50 RMB/km). Fare is generally + or - 20% around this number.
Beer and night out costs: Could be very cheap for a couple of local beers at an outdoor festival/amusement park, or RMB hundreds or thousands for big city nightclubs with lots of liquor, karaoke, and girls.
Entry fees: Best to plan your routing and then look up the current costs. There is no "average per day" to budget off of...this is best done by actual-cost method of budgeting. The information is out there if you google, just make sure you're looking at an updated website. If you want to crosscheck on this forum, put out a list of your possible/probable targets and the costs you've found. We'll confirm or update, but don't make us do your research. Without knowing your itinerary and # of days in-country, I wouldn't begin to be able to give you a lump sum or even a daily entry/ancillary fee budget.
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