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Shenzhen, Guangdong Sheng, China

How much does it cost to travel to Shenzhen?

You should plan to spend around $125 (¥893) per day on your vacation in Shenzhen. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $20 (¥144) on meals
  • $15 (¥105) on local transportation
  • $181 (¥1,293) on hotels

A one week trip to Shenzhen for two people costs, on average, $1,751 (¥12,498). 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 Shenzhen cost?

A one week trip to Shenzhen usually costs around $876 (¥6,249) for one person and $1,751 (¥12,498) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Shenzhen on average costs around $1,751 (¥12,498) for one person and $3,503 (¥24,996) 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 Shenzhen will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Shenzhen on average costs around $3,753 (¥26,781) for one person and $7,506 (¥53,562) 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 Shenzhen 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 Shenzhen expensive to visit?

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

Within Asia, Shenzhen is a somewhat more expensive destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Asia for its travel costs. While some cities in the region are more expensive, Shenzhen is generally more expensive than most.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥1,293 ($181)
Local Transportation 1 ¥105 ($15)
Food 2 ¥144 ($20)
Entertainment 1 ¥122 ($17)
Tips and Handouts 1 ¥20 - 61 ($3 - 9)
Alcohol 2 ¥69 - 207 ($10 - 29)
Accommodation Budget in Shenzhen
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Shenzhen is $91 (¥646). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Shenzhen is $181 (¥1,293). 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 Shenzhen

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Transportation Budget in Shenzhen
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Shenzhen is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $15 (¥105) per person, per day, on local transportation in Shenzhen.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Shenzhen
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Shenzhen can vary, the average cost of food in Shenzhen is $20 (¥144) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Shenzhen should cost around $8.08 (¥58) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Shenzhen is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Shenzhen
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Shenzhen typically cost an average of $17 (¥122) 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 Shenzhen
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Shenzhen is $5.69 (¥41) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Shenzhen is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Shenzhen
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $19 (¥138) on alcoholic beverages in Shenzhen per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Shenzhen On a Budget
Shenzhen Shenzhen
Located in the Guangdong Province of southeastern China, Shenzhen is a metropolis that connects Hong Kong to China's mainland. It is one of China's most populous cities, inhabited by vast array of people from other Chinese regions.  It is perhaps best known for it shopping, collection of amusement parks, green parks, museums and galleries, and a few historic sites. It is on UNESCO's Creative Cities list.
Shenzhen is largely defined by its theme parks, visited by locals and international tourists alike. Window of the World, a theme-park near Shenzhen Bay, is one such highlight, showcasing miniature versions of more than 130 world famous sites from each of the five continents. There is even a park featuring replicas of China's greatest landmarks at Splendid China: China Folk Culture Villages.  The park additionally offers unique insight into the cultures of many Chinese ethnic groups. Happy Valley is probably the largest of the parks, featuring themed areas like Spanish Square, Cartoon City, Mt. Adventure, Gold Mine Town, Shangri-la Woods, Sunshine Beach, Typhoon Bay, Playa Maya Water Park, and Happy Times.  Other amusement areas include Minsk World, Overseas China Town East, and Sea World Shekou China.
The city is also home to a vast range of green areas. Lianhua Mountain Park, for example, is Shenzhen’s main and most central park offering beautiful gardens and opportunities for recreation.  Fairy Lake Botanical Garden is also very scenic, sprawling over miles of foothills, valleys, rivers, and lakes before climbing halfway up Wutong Mountain.  Featuring abundant plant species, the place is divided into multiple unique gardens, some of which include Butterfly Orchid Garden, Rare Plant Garden, Palm Plant Garden, Bamboo Garden, Peach Garden, Shade Plant Garden, Desert Landscape Garden, and Aquatic Plant Garden. Additional green areas include Safari Park, Mangrove National Park, and Shenzhen Garden and Flower Exposition Center, amongst others.
Shenzhen is a modern financial and commercial metropolis, largely distinguished by its shopping zones. Dongmen Pedestrian Street is perhaps the most popular, featuring many kinds of shops, restaurants, and cinemas. Nanshan, Renmin Nan, and Shen Nan Zhong are also shopping zones with their own unique characteristics. Another hotspot for visitors is the Overseas China Town, a development in the Yantian District that showcases theme parks, theme towns, golf courses, and theme hotels. Chung Ying street-translating from the Cantonese to "China England"-is especially popular here.  Located on the border between mainland China and Hong Kong, this street has always been a hub for tourists.  Besides tax-free shopping, Chung Ying street also features boundary monuments, a historical museum, warning bell, ancient well, and banyan tree.

Many people visit Shenzhen for its shopping opportunities and amusement parks. Sightseeing and enjoying the parks can occupy an entire trip, however, there are a few additional activities worth consideration.  Dafen Oil Painting Village, for example, offers a unique opportunity to buy oil paintings, watercolors, and embroidered paintings. He Xiangning Art Museum displays exhibits of modern art, while Shenzhen Museum features artifacts important to local history and culture.  Significant religious structures include places like Hong Fa Buddhist Temple, Chiwan Tin Hau Temple, and Dongshan Monastery, while nearby historic sites include Tomb of the Young Song Emperor, Xin’an (Nantou) Ancient City, and Dapeng Ancient Fort.  Shenzhen also has plenty of opportunities for experiencing local performing arts at a theater or concert hall, as well as establishments that specialize in spa and massage.
Food and Dining
As a migrant city, the cuisine of Shenzhen reflects just about every region of China. The locals enjoy a vast range of dishes, including the hot and spicy specialties of Sichuan Province, preserved ham of Hunan Province, cold dishes of northeast China, recurrent Cantonese meals, and even international selections with both Japanese and Thai restaurants. The people of Shenzhen also participate in a tradition that involves the drinking of morning tea along with dim sum, which is a style of Chinese cuisine prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim sum and tea are also served during lunch hours. Beyond these Chinese specialties, there are some restaurants that offer Western fare as well.

For the most part, visitors should obtain visas from a Chinese embassy before arrival. The nearest airport is Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, which offers domestic flights and limited international flights through Air Asia, Silk Air, and Scoot. For a greater range of international flights, use Hong Kong International Airport. From Hong Kong visitors can reach Shenzhen via public transportation (bus, train, or ferry). Within Shenzhen itself, the Shenzhen Metro is the most convenient method of navigating the city.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

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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