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Chengdu, Sichuan, China

How much does it cost to travel to Chengdu?

You should plan to spend around $50 (¥365) per day on your vacation in Chengdu. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $22 (¥157) on meals
  • $5.94 (¥43) on local transportation
  • $42 (¥302) on hotels

A one week trip to Chengdu for two people costs, on average, $706 (¥5,104). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Chengdu cost?

A one week trip to Chengdu usually costs around $353 (¥2,552) for one person and $706 (¥5,104) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Chengdu on average costs around $706 (¥5,104) for one person and $1,411 (¥10,208) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Chengdu will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Chengdu on average costs around $1,512 (¥10,937) for one person and $3,024 (¥21,875) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Chengdu has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Chengdu expensive to visit?

Chengdu is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in China, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Chengdu is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Hyderabad or Pune.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Chengdu Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Chengdu?

The average Chengdu trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Chengdu travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥302 ($42)
Local Transportation 1 ¥43 ($6)
Food 2 ¥157 ($22)
Entertainment 1 ¥116 ($16)
Alcohol 2 ¥14 - 43 ($2 - 6)
Accommodation Budget in Chengdu
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Chengdu is $21 (¥151). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Chengdu is $42 (¥302). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Chengdu

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Transportation Budget in Chengdu
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Chengdu is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $5.94 (¥43) per person, per day, on local transportation in Chengdu.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Chengdu
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Chengdu can vary, the average cost of food in Chengdu is $22 (¥157) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Chengdu should cost around $8.68 (¥63) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Chengdu is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Chengdu
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Chengdu typically cost an average of $16 (¥116) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Chengdu
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Chengdu is $21 (¥155), as reported by travelers.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Chengdu
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $3.94 (¥28) on alcoholic beverages in Chengdu per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Chengdu
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  • On average, people spend $0.78 (¥5.61) on bottled water in Chengdu per day. The public water in Chengdu is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Chengdu On a Budget
Chengdu Chengdu, China
Chengdu is in China's Sichuan Provence and is in what is known as the Red Basin. It is a particularly fertile region in China that is known for its agriculture. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the "Land of Milk and Honey". The Funan River cuts through the city but has almost no boat traffic anymore. The city itself has a wonderful relaxed vibe compared to the rest of China and is filled with green parks and places to relax. It is considered one of the most livable cities in China.

Chengdu is the fifth largest city in China with a population of almost 15 million in the metropolitan area. It's also an important economic, financial, commerical, and cultural center for China.

Chengdu has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate. There are four seasons with most of the rain falling during the warmer months. Snow is rare during the winter months but frost may occur.
There are a good number of sights in Chengdu, including People's Park, Tianfu Square, Wuhouci Temple, Kuanzhaixiangzi, and Jinsha Archaeological Site, among others. Museums in the city include the Sichuan University Museum and the Sichuan Science and Technology Museum.

Many people come to Chengdu specifically for the Chengdu Panda Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. It is located in the outskirts of town and you can reach it by catching bus 902 at the Xinnanmen Bus Station. You can also pick up a taxi, which will cost you about 30 yuan from downtown assuming minimal traffic. The park has about 60 giant pandas, which are considered an endangered species in large part because of habitat destruction. They also have some red pandas and black-necked cranes. There is a viewing area where you can visit the giant pandas and the best time to visit is the morning when the pandas are moving around and more active. They usually feed the pandas sometime between 9:30 and 10:00. One of the main activities is to have your photo taking while holding a baby panda. This will set you back 1000 yuan and the entry cost of the facility is roughly 60 yuan. While it is a unique opportunity that you can't have anywhere else in the world, the whole experience feels very forced and awkward. You can expect little more than a moment to hold the animal while they quickly snap your photo. If you want a little more out of the experience you can hire an English speaking guide for the cost of 100 yuan.
Chengdu's metropolitan area can be divided into five urban districts, four suburban districts, and nine counties. The city core is where you will find the Qingyang District, Jinjiang District, Jinniu District, Wuhou District, and Chenghua District.

There are a variety of activities that you can enjoy while you're in Chengdu. There are many places where you can relax, sip tea, read books, play Weiqi, or have a massage. Chunxi is a shopping street that is pleasant to walk along during the afternoon. It's lined with clothing shops, book stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and arcades. Other activities include visiting the Happy Valley amusement park or going to the Sichuan Opera or a traditional show.
Food and Dining
Sichuan food is everywhere in Chengdu. The dishes are quite spicy but it is possible to order it without spice or a little spicy at most restaurants. It's also possible to break through the spice with sweetened soy, almond, peanut, or milk.

The spiciest food in Chengdu is the hotpot. Sichuan hot pots are large soups that cook in the middle of the table. You can select meat, vegetables, and other ingredients to flavor the soup. Unlike eastern hotpots, you do not drink the soup but instead fish out the ingredients and eat them with chopsticks.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is about 20 kilometers outside of the city center. It's a major transportation hub for the country and there are flights from all over China as well as many international destinations. You can take a bus from the airport to the city center and, of course, taxis are available.

There are also train bus connections to many cities within China.

Chengdu opened a metro service in 2010. The original line ran north and south between the North and South Railroad stations along Renmin Road. In 2014, Line 2 was opened between Xipu in the northwest and Longquanyi in the southeast.

There is a very comprehensive bus system in Chengdu. The system can be confusing and crowded, but it is a good option if you can figure it out. In general, rush hour has horrible traffic in Chengdu and traveling during these hours is best avoided.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.