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Qingdao, Shandong, China

How much does it cost to travel to Qingdao?

You should plan to spend around $57 (¥417) per day on your vacation in Qingdao. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $20 (¥142) on meals
  • $12 (¥88) on local transportation
  • $52 (¥381) on hotels

A one week trip to Qingdao for two people costs, on average, $801 (¥5,843). 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 Qingdao cost?

A one week trip to Qingdao usually costs around $400 (¥2,921) for one person and $801 (¥5,843) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Qingdao on average costs around $801 (¥5,843) for one person and $1,601 (¥11,685) 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 Qingdao will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Qingdao on average costs around $1,716 (¥12,520) for one person and $3,432 (¥25,040) 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 Qingdao 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 Qingdao expensive to visit?

Qingdao 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, Qingdao is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Yichang or Nanchang.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥381 ($52)
Local Transportation 1 ¥88 ($12)
Food 2 ¥142 ($20)
Entertainment 1 ¥146 ($20)
Tips and Handouts 1 ¥19 - 56 ($3 - 8)
Alcohol 2 ¥51 - 154 ($7 - 21)
Accommodation Budget in Qingdao
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Qingdao is $26 (¥191). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Qingdao is $52 (¥381). 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 Qingdao

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Transportation Budget in Qingdao
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Qingdao is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 (¥88) per person, per day, on local transportation in Qingdao.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Qingdao
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Qingdao can vary, the average cost of food in Qingdao is $20 (¥142) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Qingdao should cost around $7.81 (¥57) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Qingdao is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Qingdao
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Qingdao typically cost an average of $20 (¥146) 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 Qingdao
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Qingdao is $5.14 (¥38) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Qingdao is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Qingdao
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $14 (¥103) on alcoholic beverages in Qingdao per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Qingdao On a Budget
Qingdao Qingdao, China
Qingdao, China, located in the Shandong Province, is a very large city right on the Yellow Sea coast. The city, whose name means "The Green Island" due to it's gorgeous landscapes and interesting geography, was named China's most livable city in 2012. The city is rich in history, having almost become a German territory in 1897 and being occupied by the Japanese during WWI. Evidence of these occupiers is present in much of the architecture around the city, which includes a few Catholic and Protestant churches.

Weather is at its best during the spring, from April to May, with temperatures staying in the 60's Fahrenheit. Early summers are also enjoyable, although can be a little humid. Late summers are hot and do often get hit by heavy rainfall due to it being in prime monsoon territory. Fall and winter are fairly mild, with temperatures in the 50's during fall and the low 20's in winter.
Qingdao had a large German population from the 19th Century and into the mid-20th Century, so much so that for the Protestant Church there, they brought over a tower bell from Germany. The church is well worth a visit, especially as you explore the older part of the city, you'll find a large auditorium and bell tower that is open to visitors. For something more traditional, check out the Zhanshan Temple, situated on over 215,000 square feet, the temple has five halls, a pagoda, and a huge collection of beautifully carved statues of Buddha.

Qingdao boasts a large number of beautiful parks, including the Xiao Qingdao Park which is situated on a lush, green, island and home to a German built lighthouse and botanical gardens. At Xinhaoshan Park, you'll find great walking paths and a revolving tea shop where you can get a panoramic view of the city, including the famous Heart to Heart Bridge where couples place a lock on the bridge to represent their love.
The city is divided between large metropolitan districts, surburban districts, and rural ones. The metropolitan distracts include: Shinan, the downtown part of Qingdao which runs along the sea and is home to the major attractions; Shibei, home to the oldest parts of the city and some new residential developments; and Licang, a huge Peach Blowwon Tourism spot.

The suburban districts are: Laoshan, home to the Laoshan mountain and great beaches; Chengyang, home to a large Korean population and great Korean restaurants; and Huangdao, which is on the Jiaozhou Bay shore and has a few good beaches. The rural districts are primarily agricultural and therefore do not have much for tourists to do there.

Being on the coast, Qingdao boasts a number of amazing beaches to visit, ranging from the family friendly, to the remote and relaxing. Laoshan Beach is one of the more relaxing ones, and is often far less crowded as it is surrounded by mountains. Diyi Haishui Yuchang is a more family friendly beach with lots of things for kids to do and is often fairly crowded. The nearby Dier Haishui Yuchang beach is a good option if you want to stay more local but need something more quiet than Diyi beach.

Qingdao is also famous for the Tsingtao Brewery, which you can take a tour of to see the bottling plant, informative exhibits, and tour the brewery itself. The tour also includes a sample of raw, unfiltered, beer as well as a draft beer. In honor of Qingdao's brewing history, the Qngdao International Beer Festival is held annually at the end of August. During the day, you'll find fun carnival games and food, while at night, the streets come to life with different beer vendor tents, karaoke, and concerts.
Food and Dining
On Yunxiao Road, you'll find a huge variety of Chinese food options, ranging from the provincial Shandong style to Cantonese and Sichuan. The Shandong style includes a lot of grains and seafood cooked by quick fry or roasted. For more international fare, Minjiang Road has more amazing restaurants in a variety of cuisines from around the world.

As you could have guessed, beer is a popular drink here, thanks to the Tsingtao brewery. You'll find a variety of beer gardens and bars to enjoy the freshest Tsingtao at. The nightlife here is also growing fast, with many Chinese-style clubs and bars as well as a few western-style clubs.

There are a variety of ways to get into Qingdao, including boats from South Korea and Japan, the Qingdao Liuting International Airport, and the Qingdao Railway Station. Getting around is pretty easy, especially thanks to a new metro system and a large bus network. Buses can be confusing so make sure you have a good idea of your route before boarding. Taxis are quite common, though can be expensive and occasionally hard to find. Be sure to have the number of a taxi company on hand just in case. Also, be mindful to have passports and visas with you at all times, as authorities are known to check for them, especially when traveling around.


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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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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