A Travel Price Comparison for China Tibet vs. Sichuan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tibet or Sichuan?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Tibet and Sichuan can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Tibet

An autonomous region of China, Tibet is known to be the highest place on Earth with the Himalayas and Mount Everest located right along its western border. The area has long been inhabited by Tibetans, whose culture remains strong and central to the place itself, deeply embedded in religion. Most visitors come to Tibet to trek the mountains and see its holy places, monasteries, and temples dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism.

Sichuan

The Sichuan Provence of China is a fairly large Provence in the south central area near Tibet. The area has a wealth of history, natural beauty, and is famous for their cuisine which is known worldwide. You'll find that most young people in larger cities speak some English, although the majority of the area speaks a variant of Mandarin.

Which city is cheaper, Sichuan or Tibet?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Tibet is $62, while the average daily cost in Sichuan is $43. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Tibet and Sichuan in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $58 for a double occupancy room in Tibet If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The prices for places to stay in Sichuan can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $18, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $36.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tibet $29
    Sichuan $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tibet $58
    Sichuan $36

Food

The average traveler spends about $22 per day in Tibet for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

Sichuan food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Tibet $22
    Sichuan $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tibet

For Tibet, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Chengdu Private Food Tour (With Visit to Kuanzhai Alley and Hotpot Experience): $32
  • Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum and Sanxingdui Museum Private Day Tour with Hotpot Dinner: $76
  • Dim Sum Cooking Class and Wet Market Visit in Shanghai: $78
  • Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuk Tuk: $80
  • Chengdu Panda Base Private Day Tour and Sichuan Cooking Class: $83
  • Beijing Food Culture & Cooking Class: $137

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sichuan

For Sichuan, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Chengdu Private Food Tour (With Visit to Kuanzhai Alley and Hotpot Experience): $32
  • Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum and Sanxingdui Museum Private Day Tour with Hotpot Dinner: $76
  • Dim Sum Cooking Class and Wet Market Visit in Shanghai: $78
  • Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuk Tuk: $80
  • Chengdu Panda Base Private Day Tour and Sichuan Cooking Class: $83
  • Beijing Food Culture & Cooking Class: $137

Local Transportation

Tibet's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $16 per person, per day on transportation in Tibet.

Sichuan's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $4.95 per person, per day on transportation in Sichuan.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tibet $16
    Sichuan $4.95

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tibet

Also for Tibet, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private City Transfers between Zhongshan and Hong Kong: $313
  • Private City Transfers between Foshan and Hong Kong: $296
  • Private City Transfers between Guangzhou and Hong Kong: $283
  • Private City Transfers between Huizhou and Hong Kong : $230
  • Private MPV City Transfer between Guangdong & Hong Kong: $187
  • Private Transfers Between Xiamen City and Gaobei Tulou Cluster & Chuxi Tulou Cluster: $186
  • Private Changsha Huanghua International Airport Transfers (CSX) for Downtown Zhangjiajie or Wulingyuan District: $186
  • Private Transfers between Dongguan and Hong Kong : $159
  • Private City Transfers Between Xiamen and Zhangzhou Volcanic Island Resort: $147
  • Private Transfer Between Xiamen City and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster & Yun Shui Yao Ancient Town: $147
  • Private Transfers Between Xiamen City and Yongding Tulou: $147
  • Private City Transfers between Shenzhen and Hong Kong Island, Kowloon & New Territories: $134

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sichuan

Also for Sichuan, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • [Up to 20% Off] Private City Transfers for Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing : $23
  • [Up to 15% Off for Round Trip Transfers] Private Beijing Capital Airport Transfers (PEK) for Beijing : $37
  • Yangshuo and Li River Highlights Day Tour with Transfers: $111
  • Shared Shenzhen Airport (SZX) Coach Transfers for Hong Kong (Trans-Island): $12
  • Shared Hong Kong International Airport Transfers (HKG) for Shenzhen: $15
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Shunde and Hong Kong: $14
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Shenzhen Bay Port and Hong Kong (Trans-island): $6.45
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Panyu and Hong Kong by Eternal East Bus: $11
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Hong Kong and Huadu by Eternal East Bus: $13
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Foshan and Hong Kong by Eternal East Bus: $13
  • Shared Coach Transfers between Foshan and Hong Kong: $14
  • Shared Coach Transfers Between Hong Kong and Zhaoqing by EE Bus: $12

Is it cheaper to fly into Tibet or Sichuan?

Prices for flights to both Sichuan and Tibet change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Tibet can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Sichuan can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tibet $14
    Sichuan $14

Tours and Activities in Tibet

For Tibet, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Lionsgate Entertainment World Ticket in Henqin Zhuhai : $31
  • 2 Days Shanghai Private Tour: $178
  • 2D1N Mount Emei Monastery Cultural Tour: $51
  • 2D1N Mount Emei Tour from Chengdu: $199
  • 2D1N Mount Emei and the Leshan Giant Buddha Tour from Chengdu: $216
  • 3 Day Essential Hangzhou Private Tour: $297
  • 3 Day Guilin Highlights & Rice Terraces Private Tour: $222
  • 4 Day Guilin and Yangshuo Private Tour: $348
  • Anchang Ancient Town and Yangshan Stone Quarry Day Private Tour from Hangzhou: $61
  • Baofeng Lake Admission Ticket in Zhangjiajie (with Boat Ride) : $16
  • Barca Experience Ticket in Haikou: $20
  • Beijing Alleys, Beihai Park, and Prince Gong's Mansion Private Day Tour: $76

Tours and Activities in Sichuan

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sichuan.

  • Lionsgate Entertainment World Ticket in Henqin Zhuhai : $31
  • 2 Days Shanghai Private Tour: $178
  • 2D1N Mount Emei Monastery Cultural Tour: $51
  • 2D1N Mount Emei Tour from Chengdu: $199
  • 2D1N Mount Emei and the Leshan Giant Buddha Tour from Chengdu: $216
  • 3 Day Essential Hangzhou Private Tour: $297
  • 3 Day Guilin Highlights & Rice Terraces Private Tour: $222
  • 4 Day Guilin and Yangshuo Private Tour: $348
  • Anchang Ancient Town and Yangshan Stone Quarry Day Private Tour from Hangzhou: $61
  • Baofeng Lake Admission Ticket in Zhangjiajie (with Boat Ride) : $16
  • Barca Experience Ticket in Haikou: $20
  • Beijing Alleys, Beihai Park, and Prince Gong's Mansion Private Day Tour: $76

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Tibet spend on average $4.11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Sichuan, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.22.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tibet $4.11
    Sichuan $3.22


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tibet and Sichuan, we can see that Tibet is more expensive. And not only is Sichuan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sichuan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sichuan and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Tibet would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tibet than you might in Sichuan.

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