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Harbin, Heilongjiang, China

How much does it cost to travel to Harbin?

You should plan to spend around $54 (¥394) per day on your vacation in Harbin. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $14 (¥100) on meals
  • $1.48 (¥11) on local transportation
  • $41 (¥299) on hotels

A one week trip to Harbin for two people costs, on average, $756 (¥5,516). 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 Harbin cost?

A one week trip to Harbin usually costs around $378 (¥2,758) for one person and $756 (¥5,516) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Harbin on average costs around $756 (¥5,516) for one person and $1,512 (¥11,031) 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 Harbin will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Harbin on average costs around $1,620 (¥11,819) for one person and $3,240 (¥23,638) 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 Harbin 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 Harbin expensive to visit?

Harbin 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 25% 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, Harbin is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Amritsar or Surat Thani.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥299 ($41)
Local Transportation 1 ¥11 ($1)
Food 2 ¥100 ($14)
Entertainment 1 ¥380 ($52)
Tips and Handouts 1 ¥0 - 1 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 ¥28 - 85 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Harbin
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Harbin is $20 (¥149). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Harbin is $41 (¥299). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

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Transportation Budget in Harbin
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Harbin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.48 (¥11) per person, per day, on local transportation in Harbin.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Harbin
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Harbin can vary, the average cost of food in Harbin is $14 (¥100) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Harbin should cost around $5.51 (¥40) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Harbin is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Harbin
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Harbin typically cost an average of $52 (¥380) 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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Tips and Handouts Budget in Harbin
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Harbin is $0.09 (¥0.63) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Harbin is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Harbin
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $7.78 (¥57) on alcoholic beverages in Harbin 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 Harbin
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  • On average, people spend $5.98 (¥44) on bottled water in Harbin per day. The public water in Harbin is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Harbin On a Budget
Harbin The Ice Festival in Harbin, China
Harbin, China is the northernmost major city in the country, with a population of over 10 million. Harbin was founded in 1897 by Russia, which has resulted in a lot of Russian influence throughout the city and many Russian citizens. The city is most famous for their annual International Snow and Ice Festival, a two-month-long festival running from January through February of each year.

Harbin is well-known for their long, cold, winters which see temperatures averaging 10-35 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is a great time to visit as the weather is breezy with temperatures in the high 70's, and far less humid than other Chinese cities.
Some of the most popular sights in Harbin are the 19th century Russian buildings, which maintain much of their original splendor. You'll find the majority of these buildings in Harbin's Old Quarter near the Songhua River. One of the most famous buildings is the St. Sophia Cathedral, a stunning former Russian Orthodox church built in 1907 turned Museum of Architecture.

Sun Island is a lovely park where you'll find newlyweds taking photos in the summer and snow sculptures in the winter. The park is great for strolling around, feeding the petting deer, and enjoying the turtle pond. Harbin is also home to a few temples, the most famous of which is the Confucius Temple which is one of the largest temples in northeast China. The Temple of Heavenly Bliss is another popular destination, it is a large and active Buddhist temple which you can visit on tourist days.
Harbin is a huge city, with over nine districts throughout the city itself. Keep in mind, many of these districts are industrial and residential, making them of little interest to tourists.

The three main districts that make up the urban core are Daowai, Songbei, and Nangang. You'll find the large majority of tourist attractions here.

Daoli District is famous for Central Street, one of the main business streets in Harbin.

If you're around in the winter, specifically late December through February, you'll be able to enjoy the huge Harbin International Ice and Snow Scultpure Festival. Sun Island comes to life with dozens of snow scultptures while Ice and Snow World is created west of Sun Island and has a number of buildings and scultptures made of ice.

Harbin also hosts an annual International Beer Festival in late August, with the local Harbin Brewery being the center of the show. It is one of the largest beer festivals in the world, rivaling the size of US and German Oktoberfests, and features beer from all over the world. The festival boasts live music, entertainers, and giveaways. Harbin also hosts a Summer Music Festival in July, held in the city square, where famous Chinese bands play a free concert. The festival is held every two years and brings thousands of Chinese and Russian tourists.
Food and Dining
Harbin has a truly special blend of food options, taking inspiration from Russia, Mongolia, Korea and other areas of China. You'll find the food to be hearty, with a lot of stews using cabbage, potatoes, and corn. Shaokao, or Chinese BBQ, and Hot Pot are popular in Harbin as well. A popular food here is actually anything that comes on a stick! From Haws-fruit stacked on a skewer and covered in frozen syrup- to grilled bread buns, you'll find plenty of awesome options. Also, due to the influence from Russia, expect to find a lot of Russian bakeries throughout the city.

Harbin is considered to be one of the less traditional cities in China, meaning they have a pretty lively night life! You'll find a lot of people start the night in cheap Hot Pot restaurants drinking local beers, then move on to some of the dancing clubs. No matter what your preferred night out involves, you're bound to find it in Harbin!

Harbin is very easy to get in to, from domestic and international airports to trains, buses, and cars. Getting around Harbin is best done either on foot or by taxi. It's easy enough to navigate on foot, although some destinations are fairly far apart and require other modes of transportation to get to them. Taxis are pretty cheap and there are always plenty around. Just make sure the meter is on to avoid later issues with negotiating the price. Also, make sure you have the address of your destination written in Chinese characters and knowing some key phrases in Madarin will help when traveling via taxi.


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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.

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