The Best Affordable Budget Tours to China

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Ready to explore China on a budget with an organized tour? These budget-friendly tours are your ticket to an unforgettable adventure without emptying your wallet. We've carefully evaluated low-cost tours from highly reviewed companies, ensuring that you get the most out of your travel budget. From wallet-friendly prices and glowing guest ratings to excellent service, captivating destinations, and immersive activities, these handpicked budget tours to China offer an unbeatable combination of affordability and excitement.


The Top 3:

  • 12 Days, $1295.00

  • 7 Days, $1008.00

  • 15 Days, $2121.00

What are budget and low-cost tours like in China?

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Here are the important factors:

  • 17 trip options analyzed
  • $112 average price per day (USD)
  • 4 to 26 days in length
  • 4.52 of 5 average rating
  • 16 people or less on average

Curious about the diverse range of budget tours? Prepare to be amazed by the array of options available to suit every traveler's preferences. It comes as no surprise that visitors adore these tours, given their exceptional average guest rating of 4.52 out of 5 stars. When it comes to group sizes, the average maximum capacity stands at 16 people, allowing for a comfortable and sociable experience. The shortest tour is 4 days, while the longest is 26 days. Looking at physical activity, the tours are easy, serious, and moderate, with the most as easy. With a comprehensive analysis encompassing 17 budget tours, you can rest assured that China has something tailored to your interests and preferences, promising an unforgettable experience for all.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

So, let's get to it and see...

The 10 Best Budget Tours in China
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for budget tours.
by Intrepid Travel



12 Days Beijing to Shanghai 5 Destinations 16 People at Most Ages 15 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Set off on an extraordinary journey that has been awarded a 4.4 out of 5 stars by previous guests. With a duration of 12 days, this journey offers an intimate group setting, accommodating 16 individuals, while extending a warm welcome to travelers aged 15 or older. With 5 destinations to explore, you'll get the chance to see Xi'an, Shanghai, and Huangshan, and more. Beginning in beautiful Beijing, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Shanghai. Brought to you by Intrepid Travel, this exceptional deal is an incredible steal at a mere $81 per day.

  • In-depth Cultural
$971
TourRadar
by Tibet Vista



7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu 9 Destinations through China, Nepal 12 People at Most Ages 7 to 80 Guest Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

With this option you can experience an unparalleled voyage for 7 unforgettable days, visiting China and Nepal. It ensures an intimate group setting with 12 participants at most. Along the way, this journey encompasses 9 destinations, including Everest Base Camp, Gyirong County, Shannan, and Gyantse. Lhasa will mark the start of your journey, while Kathmandu will serve as its final destination. Tibet Vista, the organizer of this journey, extends a warm invitation to guests travelers aged 7 to 80 years old. You're in for an epic adventure with a strong emphasis on overlanding and family-friendly activities. This extraordinary opportunity offers exceptional value at only $144 per day.

  • Overland Truck
  • Family
$1,008
TourRadar
by Tibet Vista



15 Days Shannan to Mount Kailash 7 Destinations through China, Nepal 12 People at Most Ages 7 to 80 Guest Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This fantastic voyage has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, visiting China and Nepal. You'll create amazing memories while experiencing sightseeing and mountain hikes. This itinerary covers 7 captivating destinations, with stops in Everest Base Camp, Saga County, Lhasa, and Gyantse, among others. Shannan marks the starting point, while Mount Kailash stands as the final stop on your incredible journey. You'll love the emphasis on wildlife and family-friendly activities, too. Lasting 15 days, the maximum group size is 12 people, and it's good for travelers aged 7 to 80 years old. Organized by Tibet Vista, this is a great deal because it's only $141 per day.

  • Wildlife
  • Sightseeing
  • Family
  • Mountain Hikes
$2,121
TourRadar
  • On Sale: 10% Off
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for budget tours.
by The Dragon Trip



10 Days Beijing to Shanghai 3 Destinations 20 People at Most Ages 7 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

With a stellar 4.5 out of 5 rating, this extraordinary trip is the perfect choice. Beginning in beautiful Beijing, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Shanghai. Spanning across 10 days, the trip accommodates 20 individuals, and is suitable for travelers aged 7 or older. Offered by The Dragon Trip, this remarkable trip is priced at just $84 per day. Don't miss out on this incredible experience.

  • Family
$930 $837
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for budget tours.
by The Dragon Trip



9 Days Hong Kong to Chengdu 4 Destinations 20 People at Most Ages 18 to 55 Guest Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This exceptional trip offering by The Dragon Trip has received a 4.5 out of 5 rating. On this 9-day voyage you can unwind while also making new memories. Uncover the beauty of 4 destinations on this itinerary, with highlights such as Yangshuo and Guilin. Hong Kong will mark the start of your journey, while Chengdu will serve as its final destination. With a group size of 20 people, it's suitable for travelers aged 18 to 55 years old. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $89 per day.

  • In-depth Cultural
$797
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for budget tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by The Dragon Trip



26 Days Start/End in Hong Kong 8 Destinations 20 People at Most Ages 7 to 99 Guest Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Check out this trip that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 4.6 out of 5 rating. Traverse through 8 enchanting destinations, with Beijing, Hangzhou, Yangshuo, and Chengdu among the must-see stops along the route. Your adventure starts and ends in Hong Kong. Rest assured, this trip is all about local culture and family-friendly activities, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. Spanning across 26 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 20 participants, and it's great for travelers aged 7 or older. Brought to you by the renowned The Dragon Trip, this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $95 per day - an unbeatable value.

  • Train & Rail
  • In-depth Cultural
  • Family
$2,462
TourRadar
  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for budget tours.
by The Dragon Trip



22 Days Start/End in Shanghai 8 Destinations 20 People at Most Ages 7 to 99 Guest Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

This 22-day journey is ideal for travelers aged 7 or older. And priced at only $83 per day, it's a great value, too. This trip visits 8 destinations, including Beijing, Yangshuo, Guilin, and Chengdu along the way. Shanghai will be the beginning and end of your trip. It's offered by The Dragon Trip, a very popular company with rave reviews and knowledgeable guides.

  • Train & Rail
  • In-depth Cultural
$1,836
TourRadar
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Great Tibet Tour



8 Days Start/End in Lhasa 5 Destinations through China, Nepal 12 People at Most Ages 3 to 80 Guest Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars

Priced at just $115 per day, this terrific 8-day voyage, visiting China and Nepal, is ideal for travelers aged 3 to 80 years old. Experience a trip that takes you to 5 remarkable destinations, including Gyantse, Shigatse, and Xegar. Begin and conclude your remarkable journey in the gorgeous destination of Lhasa. Organized by the reputable Great Tibet Tour, this is one of the best tours on this list.

  • Family
$921
TourRadar
by On The Go Tours



22 Days Start/End in Shanghai 8 Destinations 20 People at Most Ages 18 to 55 Guest Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Check out this incredible journey that has received a 4.5 out of 5 rating from previous guests. With a duration of 22 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 20 people, and is good for travelers aged 18 to 55 years old. Explore 8 incredible locations on this trip, including Yangshuo, Chengdu, Xi'an, and Zhengzhou. You'll start and end your journey in beautiful Shanghai. This fantastic option, organized by On The Go Tours, presents an unbeatable value at just $118 per day.

$2,585
TourRadar
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
by Great Tibet Tour



15 Days Start/End in Lhasa 10 Destinations through China, Nepal 12 People at Most Ages 12 to 70 Guest Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars

Spanning over 15 days, this voyage, visiting China and Nepal, has a maximum size of 12 individuals. Welcoming travelers aged 12 to 70 years old, it is organized by Great Tibet Tour, a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. Discover a journey that spans 10 destinations, with notable stops in Saga County, Mount Kailash, Burang, and Lhatse. Lhasa kicks off your expedition, serving as both the starting and finishing point. Available at an unbeatable price of only $135 per day, this option also has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars from previous guests.

  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Family
$2,018
TourRadar

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Also, if you're departing from a specific destination, see The Best 3-Day Tours from Chengdu, The Best 3-Day Tours from Xi'an, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Beijing, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lhasa, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Chengdu, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Shanghai, The Best 10-Day Tours from Beijing, The Best 10-Day Tours from Shanghai, The Best 10-Day Tours from Lhasa, The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, The Best 2-Week Tours from Shanghai, The Best 2-Week Tours from Lhasa, or The Best 2-Week Tours from Chengdu for more package tour options.

How much do budget tours cost in China?

Average Daily Price Budget Tours
$112

Travelers to China will have a large number of terrific options for budget tours at a variety of great prices. The price of budget tours here can vary by type, destinations, length, and travel style. Based on thorough data from 17 budget tours, their average daily price is a very reasonable $112 per day. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in China.

And for more information on China, see China Travel Costs and China Hotel Costs.


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