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Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

How much does it cost to travel to Nanjing?

You should plan to spend around $96 (¥693) per day on your vacation in Nanjing. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $28 (¥203) on meals
  • $39 (¥277) on local transportation
  • $93 (¥669) on hotels

A one week trip to Nanjing for two people costs, on average, $1,347 (¥9,695). 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 Nanjing cost?

A one week trip to Nanjing usually costs around $674 (¥4,848) for one person and $1,347 (¥9,695) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Nanjing on average costs around $1,347 (¥9,695) for one person and $2,694 (¥19,391) 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 Nanjing will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Nanjing on average costs around $2,886 (¥20,776) for one person and $5,773 (¥41,551) 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 Nanjing 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 Nanjing expensive to visit?

Prices in Nanjing are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Nanjing is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Yaeyama Islands or Zhengzhou.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥669 ($93)
Local Transportation 1 ¥277 ($39)
Food 2 ¥203 ($28)
Entertainment 1 ¥67 ($9)
Alcohol 2 ¥34 - 103 ($5 - 14)
Accommodation Budget in Nanjing
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Nanjing is $46 (¥334). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Nanjing is $93 (¥669). 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 Nanjing
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Nanjing is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $39 (¥277) per person, per day, on local transportation in Nanjing.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Nanjing
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Nanjing can vary, the average cost of food in Nanjing is $28 (¥203) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nanjing should cost around $11 (¥81) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nanjing is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Nanjing
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Nanjing typically cost an average of $9.33 (¥67) 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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Alcohol Budget in Nanjing
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $9.53 (¥69) on alcoholic beverages in Nanjing per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Nanjing On a Budget
Nanjing Nanjing, China
Nanjing is the capital city of the Jiangsu Province on the central eastern coast of China, just north of Shanghai. This historically and culturally rich city lies at the lower end of the Yangtze river, resulting in lush and scenic landscapes. Nanjing is well-known for having many popular historical sites, some of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Nanjing experiences hot, humid, and rainy summers that often reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The best time to visit tends to be in Autumn when temperatures cool to the 60's and are much dryer than summer months.
There's no shortage of sights to see in Nanjing, with everything from ancient tombs to presidential palaces, and much more. One of the most popular sights are the Ruins of the Ming Dynasty Imperial Palace which was built in 1366 by the first Ming Emperor. While it was destroyed in the Qing Dynasty, there are still fragments of the bridges, arches, and even megaliths with ancient carvings on them.

Head over to the Gate of China, which is actually a series of gates that allow entrance through the old city wall. The southern gate area has the best preserved parts of the wall while the main gate area has exhibits and scale models of the old town. From here, take a walk along the Qin Huai River, which is considered to be the life blood of the city. From the river, you can catch views of the Confucius Temple, Zhanyuan Gardens, and Zhonghua Gate.

As there are so many things to see in Nanjing, it is well worth purchasing a city pass that allows you free entry into 21 locations. Passes can be purchased at various tourist centers or online.
Nanjing is divided into six districts, some of which are more intriguing to tourists than others:

Xuanwu: The old eastern district within the city wall and acts as the center of the ancient culture of Nanjing.

Gulou: Makes up the north and west parts of the old city where you'll find many of the major hotels.

Xiaguan: Known as the northern gate of the city and is predominately residential

Baixia: This is the shopping and business center of the city

Qinhuai: Located along the Qinhuai River, this district is famous for being home to the Confucius Temple

Jianye: Considered to be the new city center with a large science and technology park

Take in the natural beauty of Nanjing with a hike and tour on the Purple Mountain. The mountain is scattered with ancient tombs, including those of a few important emperors such as Ming Xiaoling and Sun Quan. The Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular sites on the mountain. There are 9 parks throughout the mountain, so if you plan to visit 3 or more, it is worth purchasing a Purple Mountain Pass to get you into the parks at a discount.

After a day of hiking, take a relaxing dip in the Tangshan Regalia hot springs which offers vistas and sights of the Purple Mountain. Or, take a paddleboat ride on Xuanwu Hu Lake where you can ride to the three different islands to visit the zoo and amusement parks while enjoying views of the Purple Mountain.
Food and Dining
Nanjing's greatest specialties are their thin skinned dumplings, there are two main types: xiaolongbao, which are filled with soup and meat, and tanbao which are filled with crab meat and soup. The city is also known for their yaxue fensi duck blood noodles.

You can find many of these specialties in the some of the smaller restaurants scattered about the city. Nanjing has an interesting mix of restaurants, ranging from classic Chinese to French and Italian.

Nanjing is known for their nightlife, with countless bars and clubs to explore. The 1912 district has the majority of clubs while the Shanghai Lu college area has more pubs and bars.

Nanjing has an international airport with buses and subways making it easy to get from the airport to the city center. Buses, trains, and even Yangtze River boats are also great options for getting into the city.

It is fairly easy to get around via bus or subway; you can purchase a IC-tong pass from the bus terminals to save money on fares and easily move about. Taxis are a popular option, although be sure to have them turn the meter on and have the address of your destination written down in Mandarin.


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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.