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Xigatse, Tibet, China

How much does it cost to travel to Xigatse?

You should plan to spend around $61 (¥443) per day on your vacation in Xigatse. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $23 (¥171) on meals
  • $12 (¥90) on local transportation
  • $56 (¥406) on hotels

A one week trip to Xigatse for two people costs, on average, $850 (¥6,203). 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 Xigatse cost?

A one week trip to Xigatse usually costs around $425 (¥3,101) for one person and $850 (¥6,203) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Xigatse on average costs around $850 (¥6,203) for one person and $1,700 (¥12,405) 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 Xigatse will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Xigatse on average costs around $1,822 (¥13,291) for one person and $3,643 (¥26,583) 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 Xigatse 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 Xigatse expensive to visit?

Xigatse 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, Xigatse is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Yogyakarta or Kuala Lumpur.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥406 ($56)
Local Transportation 1 ¥90 ($12)
Food 2 ¥171 ($23)
Entertainment 1 ¥98 ($13)
Alcohol 2 ¥11 - 34 ($2 - 5)
Accommodation Budget in Xigatse
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Xigatse is $28 (¥203). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Xigatse is $56 (¥406). 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 Xigatse

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Transportation Budget in Xigatse
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Xigatse is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $12 (¥90) per person, per day, on local transportation in Xigatse.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Xigatse
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Rental Cars in Xigatse
The price of renting a car in Xigatse will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Xigatse
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Xigatse can vary, the average cost of food in Xigatse is $23 (¥171) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Xigatse should cost around $9.36 (¥68) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Xigatse is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Xigatse
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Xigatse typically cost an average of $13 (¥98) 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.

Alcohol Budget in Xigatse
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $3.13 (¥23) on alcoholic beverages in Xigatse per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Xigatse On a Budget
The second largest city in Tibet behind Lhasa, Xigatse, commonly known as Shigatse, is home to sights and attractions like the Tashilhunpo Monastery, plenty of markets, and the ruins of Shigatse temple. All places of interest are fairly walkable, though auto-rickshaws are also available.
Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the most important sights of the city, founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. The monastery is also the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking in Tibetan Buddhism. With an area covering an impressive 300,000 square meters, the grounds of the monastery are also home to the largest gilded bronze Buddhist statue in the world-a statue of Maitreya Buddha, decorated with gold, copper, pearl, amber, coral, diamond, and other precious stones. The main structures of the monastery include The Maitreya Chapel, The Panchen Lama's Palace, and The Kelsang Temple-all standing beautifully with shining gold roofs above bright red and white walls. Other notable religious sites in the area include the Sakya Monastery, the Xialu Temple, and Nadang Temple.

The Shigatse Gold, Silver, and Copper Crafts Factory, built in 1955, is also worth a visit if you're interested in the production of silver, gold, and copper ware vessels. You can go to see the place and buy some vessels as souvenirs. And then there are a handful of sights in the surrounding counties that make up the Shigatse prefecture, some of which include the Rongbuk Monastery with breathtaking views of Mount Everest, the Pala Manor which preserves lifestyles of Tibetan nobility, the historic Dzong Fortress, and the beautiful natural scenery to be found amongst it all in a land surrounded by snow-capped mountains, winding rivers, lush forests, and wildflowers. Zhangmu Town in Nylam County is a good place to get lost in the beauty of Tibet's landscape.
While Shigatse City is the hub of activity, the entirety of the Shigatse Prefecture consists of about seventeen counties-a few of which include Tingri County, Gyangtse County, and Nylam County. Each has its own outstanding attractions, many mentioned above, from temples and monasteries to views of Mount Everest and other striking landscapes. In Shigatse City there are plenty of opportunities for a mix of it all, plus a chance to indulge in the shopping and dining scene of Tibet. In the northern section of the city there is a bazaar perfect for stocking up on daily supplies, while the markets in the southern part of the city cater more to handicrafts like gold and silver wares, textiles, and jewelry. Food can be found just about anywhere with options ranging from traditional Tibetan fare to the more spiced Sichuan cuisine. Most of the restaurants of Sichuan and Tibetan styles are located in Jiefang North Road and Qomolangma Road.

When it comes to activities in Shigatse, or anywhere in Tibet, the focus revolves around monasteries and mountains. With the number of temples and monasteries throughout the region, one could spend an entire trip just seeing the important holy sites. Some come on pilgrimages drawn to the spiritual journey of it all, while others find the architecture and history of the places to be just as beautiful. And then there are the mountains, prime locations for explorers to trek to their heart's desire. Everest, of course, remains the beast of them all, though a few others in the area include Kangbala Mountain and Luozi Peak.
Food and Dining
Traditional Tibetan cuisine is largely limited to barley, meat (usually mutton or yak), and dairy products. Very few spices and vegetables are used in the cooking, though most dishes are served with a very hot chili sauce on the side. Tibetan restaurants also usually serve westernized food options, and there are an abundance of good Chinese restaurants as well. Tea houses, too, can be found just about everywhere, being a place where many locals come to sit down with friends. In a larger city like Shigatse both sweet and salted teas are served, while smaller villages only serve salted. There are many dining options available around the Samdup Hotel. Some Tibetan staples include:

Momos: dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, steamed or fried

Tingmo: bland, nearly tasteless steamed bread

Thukpa: a hearty noodle soup with vegetables or meat

Thenthuk: thukpa with handmade noodles

Yak butter tea: salty tea churned with butter, a Tibetan staple and usually an acquired taste for most Westerners

Chang: a Tibetan beer made of barley, light in flavor

Shigatse Heping Airport is located in Jiangdang Township, Shigatse Region, about 43 kilometers (26.7 miles) from the downtown area-however flights here are limited. The Gonggar Airport in Lhasa may be a better option with connecting airports located in Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Xining, Xian, Lanzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Chongqing. From here, Shigatse is about 300 km (186 miles) away and can be reached by a long distance bus from Lhasa. The ride takes about 4 hours.

Visitors can also reach Shigatse from Lhasa by train, via the Lhasa-Shigatse Railway. The journey takes about 2.5-3 hours.

Once in the city, the best way to travel is on foot, though taxis and chartered cars are available too.


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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.

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