Is Dali Expensive?

Is Dali expensive to visit?

While Dali is a popular place for travelers, it is also somewhat affordable and less expensive to visit. The average daily cost is $48, which is one of the many reasons for its popularity with tourists. When compared to other destinations in Asia, many visitors find it to be a reasonably affordable destination. It's in the top 25% of places in Asia for its affordability, and our cost analysis found it to be comparable to Koh Lanta and Koh Chang.



Dali, Yunnan, China

How expensive is Dali?

Travelers spend an average of $48 per day when visiting Dali (U.S. Dollars). This is according to our calculations which come from the expenses of previous visitors. While this is an average cost, prices can vary by travel style, the length of your trip, and other factors. You can stay fairly close to this average if you stay at moderately priced hotels, eat at affordable restaurants, and take public transportation when possible. See more travel costs for Dali here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to Dali?

Based on the travel expenses of others, a weekend trip to Dali costs around $144 on average, per person. This includes food, sightseeing, local transportation, accommodation, and nightlife. For two people, a weekend trip costs $288.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to Dali?

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a one week trip to Dali will cost around $336 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a one week trip would cost $673.

Is it expensive to backpack in Dali?

Dali attracts a few backpackers, but traveling on a budget can be challenging because there are only a small number of hostels found here. The average cost of a dorm bed in a hostel in Dali is $14 per night. The cheapest beds cost about $6 and the most expensive are more than $22 per night. (See hostel prices in Dali here.)

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Dali.

  • $22 for a dorm bed at The Jade Emu International Hostel
  • $6 for a dorm bed at The Lily Pad

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Dali?

In Dali, the cost of activities and things to do can vary by the type of activity, its length, and the location. To provide an estimate of what to expect during your visit, below are several popular activities that are common in the area. On average, previous travelers have spent around $18 per day on sightseeing and entertainment, which is more than the country's average of $17.

    • Private tour to Xizhou old town local market Erhai lake three Pagodas from Dali: $184
    • Dali Yunnan Local Market + Pottery Making Eco Tour: $220
    • 1-Day Erhai Sightseeing in Dali: $129
    • 1 day Dali Highlights Mini Group Tour: $140
    • 1-Day Tie Dye Experience Tour in Dali: $160
    • Private Day Tour of Dali Explore the Ancient City: $175
    • Private hiking tour to Cangshan Mountain from Dali: $175
    • Dali Private Tour to Xizhou Ancient Town and Erhai Lake : $186

    Is food expensive in Dali?

    In Dali, the cost of food can vary by the type of restaurant and food options available. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible. On average, previous travelers have spent around $18 per day on food, which is less than the country's average of $23.

    Is transportation expensive in Dali?

    Exploring local transportation in Dali shows that the price can vary greatly by the type of transportation used. On average, previous travelers have spent $9 per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $16. If you want to save money, use public transit as it's much cheaper than taxis or private drivers.

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