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Yunnan, China

How much does it cost to travel to Yunnan?

You should plan to spend around $52 (¥377) per day on your vacation in Yunnan. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $19 (¥138) on meals
  • $12 (¥88) on local transportation
  • $43 (¥314) on hotels

A one week trip to Yunnan for two people costs, on average, $730 (¥5,278). 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
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Yunnan cost?

A one week trip to Yunnan usually costs around $365 (¥2,639) for one person and $730 (¥5,278) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Yunnan on average costs around $730 (¥5,278) for one person and $1,459 (¥10,556) 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 Yunnan will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Yunnan on average costs around $1,564 (¥11,310) for one person and $3,127 (¥22,620) 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 Yunnan 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 Yunnan expensive to visit?

Yunnan 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, Yunnan is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥314 ($43)
Local Transportation 1 ¥88 ($12)
Food 2 ¥138 ($19)
Entertainment 1 ¥112 ($16)
Tips and Handouts 1 ¥1 - 2 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 ¥37 - 112 ($5 - 15)
Accommodation Budget in Yunnan
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Yunnan is $22 (¥157). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Yunnan is $43 (¥314). 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 Yunnan

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

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Yunnan
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Rental Cars in Yunnan
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Food Budget in Yunnan
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  • While meal prices in Yunnan can vary, the average cost of food in Yunnan is $19 (¥138) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Yunnan should cost around $7.62 (¥55) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Yunnan is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Yunnan
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  • Entertainment and activities in Yunnan typically cost an average of $16 (¥112) 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.

Recommended Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in Yunnan
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Yunnan is $0.17 (¥1.25) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Yunnan is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Yunnan
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  • The average person spends about $10 (¥74) on alcoholic beverages in Yunnan per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Yunnan
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  • On average, people spend $1.16 (¥8.41) on bottled water in Yunnan per day. The public water in Yunnan is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Yunnan On a Budget
Yunnan Lijiang, China
Located in southwestern China, Yunnan is a province known for its large number of ethnic minorities as well as its varied landscape from snow-capped mountains and rice terraces to lakes and deep gorges. It is also one of the most diverse provinces in China with the Northwest being heavily influenced by Tibet and the South being influenced by the cultures of Laos and Burma.
The sights of Yunnan Province are many and varied. Starting with the natural landmarks, one of the most popular is the stone forest of Shilin National Park near Kunming. Exhibiting unique karst topography, the cropping of large stones is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other notable natural sights include Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Cangshan Mountain, and Lugu Lake.

If its culture you seek, Yunnan is the most diverse province of China. Good places to immerse yourself in some of Yunnan's ethnic gems are the historic districts of the province. One such place is the Dali Ancient City, or Old Town, dating back to the early Ming Dynasty and ranking as one of the most noted historical and cultural cities in China. Huoguo Road, or Foreigner Street, is the central thoroughfare which is most frequented by tourists. From here the opportunity to explore is abundant with traditional architecture, heritage sites, local food and handicrafts, as well as plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants. The streets are paved with cobble and lined with traditional folk houses, temples, and workshops of the Bai ethnic minority. Much of the architecture is decorated with grey-green roof tiles, woodcarvings, colored patterns, as well as marble and wash drawings. Other cultural hubs like this can be found in Lijiang, Heshun, and Guandu.

Throughout the province, you are also bound to come across beautiful architecture both new and traditional. Temples and pagodas can be found in just about any city, usually painted brightly in reds and golds.
Yunnan covers a large area with varying landscapes, cities, towns, and communities. Kunming Prefecture is the heart of the province, with Kunming city being its capital. It is the main point of entry for most visitors with a good variety of accommodations and places to eat. Central Yunnan is west of Kunming with rugged hills that are popular with backpackers. The city of Dali is also located here. Eastern Yunnan is full of rolling hills and plateaus, while Southeastern Yunnan is extremely diverse with a mix of arid badlands, lush pine forests, barren hills, rice terraces, and tropical rainforests. The urban centers of the southeast are very compact and easy to get from one to the next, with Yuxi being the largest. Southern Yunnan is culturally and ethnically more a part of Southeast Asia, serving as a tropical escape where many Chinese residents flee from winter, while Western Yunnan is very rugged and former home of the famous Burma Road. And finally, there is Northwestern Yunnan which offers a sampling of Tibet in towering mountains and local culture.

While in Yunnan, visitors have access to a full range of activities from hiking, backpacking, and camping in the rugged hills and swimming in pristine lakes to dining, shopping, touring, and entertainment in the cultural hubs and cities of the province. Just about any of the larger cities even have tours available for the visitors who prefer a more guided experience of Yunnan's sights and cultures. The province of Yunnan promises a spread of opportunities as many and varied as the people who inhabit the place itself.
Food and Dining
The people of Yunnan are accustomed to cooking and eating very spicy food. Beyond this, each area of the province has its specialties, for example, Shi Ping County is known for its tofu while Xinping County is known for its sauerkraut. Guo Qiao Mi Xian, a favorite throughout the province, is a local style of steamy noodles with a variety of vegetables, meats, and usually a raw quail egg. Another common specialty is RuBing, or Yunnan goat cheese, which is soft and usually served fried with vegetables, mushrooms, or meat. LaoNaiYangYu, or Grandmother's Potatoes, are also a Yunnan favorite, a kind of spicy mashed potato with green onions, as is SuHongDou which is a kind of deep fried kidney bean dish. Each city of Yunnan will have a variety of places to eat from sit down restaurants to street food. A few of the more frequented hubs include Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang.

By plane, Kunming Changshui International Airport is the newest airport of the province, located about 22 kilometers from the urban center of Kunming. There are a number of transfer buses available at the airport for taking visitors to hotels and passenger terminals in the downtown area. The airport provides non-stop service from Beijing, Xiamen, and other Chinese cities. There are also flights to Southeast Asia to places including Seoul, Hanoi, Bangkok, Vientiane, Mandalay, Yangon, and Dhaka.

Within the province, Kunming is the hub of train transport in Yunnan. Day and night trains now go both to Dali and Lijiang. Buses are also widely available from Kunming to just about every place in Yunnan.


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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.