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Kunming, Yunnan, China

How much does it cost to travel to Kunming?

You should plan to spend around $68 (¥487) per day on your vacation in Kunming. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $23 (¥162) on meals
  • $13 (¥97) on local transportation
  • $66 (¥476) on hotels

A one week trip to Kunming for two people costs, on average, $948 (¥6,822). 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 Kunming cost?

A one week trip to Kunming usually costs around $474 (¥3,411) for one person and $948 (¥6,822) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Kunming on average costs around $948 (¥6,822) for one person and $1,896 (¥13,644) 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 Kunming will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Kunming on average costs around $2,031 (¥14,618) for one person and $4,062 (¥29,237) 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 Kunming 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 Kunming expensive to visit?

Kunming 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 falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Kunming is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Dewa Sanzan or Malang.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥476 ($66)
Local Transportation 1 ¥97 ($13)
Food 2 ¥162 ($23)
Entertainment 1 ¥131 ($18)
Tips and Handouts 1 ¥1 - 2 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 ¥63 - 188 ($9 - 26)
Accommodation Budget in Kunming
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Kunming is $33 (¥238). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Kunming is $66 (¥476). 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 Kunming
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Kunming is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 (¥97) per person, per day, on local transportation in Kunming.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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What did other people spend on Transportation in Kunming?

Typical prices for Transportation in Kunming are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Kunming, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Taxi Ride

Food Budget in Kunming
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Kunming can vary, the average cost of food in Kunming is $23 (¥162) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Kunming should cost around $9.00 (¥65) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Kunming is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Kunming
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Kunming typically cost an average of $18 (¥131) 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 Kunming
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Kunming is $0.17 (¥1.25) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Kunming is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Kunming
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $17 (¥125) on alcoholic beverages in Kunming 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 Kunming
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  • On average, people spend $0.85 (¥6.13) on bottled water in Kunming per day. The public water in Kunming is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Kunming On a Budget
Kunming The Stone Forest, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Kunming, located in southern China, is the modern capital city of the Yunnan province. It is a transportation hub for visitors entering the region, and good transfer point to just about everywhere else in the province by train or bus. Within the city itself there are many things to see and do with a full range of parks and zoos, museums, temples, theatres, and scenic areas.
Often called the "City of Eternal Spring," Kunming has a pleasant climate that allows for flowers to bloom almost year-round. Many take advantage of the warmer weather to explore the sights of the city which dates back to the zenith of the Silk Road. Taking a walk through its streets will lead you past some beautiful traditional architecture, especially in its temples. Yuantong Temple, in the northern part of Kunming is the grandest and most important Buddhist Temple in the Yunnan Province with a history of more than 1,200 years. Tanhua Temple, on the outskirts of the city, is another popular destination-the epitome of Kunming's natural scenery with many beautiful flowers and plants. Other important buildings include the Daguan Pavilion which is located in Daguan Park with wonderful views of Dianchi Lake and Qiongzhu Temple which has some outstanding examples of sculptural artwork.

Being the "City of Eternal Spring," Kunming also has many parks and lake areas offering some of the best scenic views in the city. Dianchi Lake, for example, offers a beautiful picture of forested mountain to the west and traditional fishing boats cutting through the mist of the waters in the east. Green Lake Park is another small but popular one with pedestrian paths. And then there are the stone and earth forests located just outside of the city, offering prime examples of the area's karst topography where jagged mountain pillars stand tall against the sky.
The city center of Kunming consists of two squares-Jinma Biji Square and Dongfeng Square-surrounded by five intersecting roads. Jinma Biji Square is the more eye-catching of the two decked with elaborate archways and traditional architecture plus plenty of opportunities to pick up souvenirs like the wood carvings and tie-dye textiles of the local ethnicities. Qingnian Road, Zhengyi Road and Renmin Road are the main commercial areas with much to offer in dining, shopping, and entertainment while Nanping Street, Jingxing Flowers & Birds Market, and Jinma Biji Fang make up the most popular pedestrian areas. Guandu Old Town is located south of the city center and offers another sampling of classic architecture with access to parks, pavilions and bridges, souvenir stalls, and abundant shops and restaurants. Old Town is usually bustling on weekends and is also home to the Gudu Liyuan Theater, where traditional Yunnanese Opera is staged.

As Kunming is the main entry point for the Yunnan Province, many visitors take a few days sightseeing before moving on to explore other parts of the area. Temples and traditional architecture can be found amidst bustling streets and markets full of local goods and trinkets. You might spend a day wandering these streets, find yourself relaxing an afternoon in one of the city's parks, or perhaps dive into the culture and history of the place at one of the many museums. Yunnan University Wu Mayao Museum of Anthropology, Kunming Zoology Museum, and the Yunnan Railway Museum are just a few examples.

Other attractions include Kunming Zoo which exhibits over 300 species of animals, and Kunming Botanical Gardens which has collected over 4,000 species of precious flowers, medicinal herbs, important trees, and endangered plants of the province.
Food and Dining
Be aware most dishes in Kunming and the Yunnan Province as a whole are usually very spicy. A favorite throughout the province is Guo Qiao Mi Xian, or Over the Bridge Noodles-a local style of steamy noodles with a variety of vegetables, meats, and usually a raw quail egg. Steam Pot Chicken is also popular as is Yiliang Roasted Duck and Xuanwei ham. Each is cooked with a mix of local spices, especially ginger. Erkuai is a kind of chewy rice cake, while other common snacks include sweet Tonghai peapowder candy, Qujing pickled chives flower, sweet pickled Kaiyuan Chinese onion, and smoked tofu. A walk through Kunming will bring you past a full range of flavors from savory street food to sit-down restaurants serving a full sampling of traditional food and international options. The main bar streets in town-Wenlin Street and Wenhua Alley-are lined with many Western cafes and restaurants, as well as a few Japanese, Korean, and Indian ones.

By plane, Kunming Changshui International Airport is located about 22 kilometers from the city center. There are a number of transfer buses available at the airport for taking visitors to hotels and passenger terminals in the downtown area. The airport provides non-stop service from Beijing, Xiamen, and other Chinese cities. There are also flights to Southeast Asia to places including Seoul, Hanoi, Bangkok, Vientiane, Mandalay, Yangon, and Dhaka.

Kunming is also the hub of train transport in Yunnan. Day and night trains now go both to Dali and Lijiang. Buses are also widely available from Kunming to just about every place in Yunnan.

Due to ongoing construction of the railroad, if headed south to Vietnam or Laos, it may be faster to take the bus to the border.

Within the city bicycle rentals, local buses, and taxis are also available.


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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.