Beijing prices


10 CNY = 1.58 USD

Beijing hotel prices

Rating Price (USD)
13.00 - 36.00
18.00 - 98.00
29.00 - 150.00
50.00 - 172.00
69.00 - 299.00

Beijing hostel prices

Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
6.92 - 22.00

Hotel seasons


Hotels in Beijing typically consider their high season to be the months from May through October, but some start as early as April and go as late as November. Prices between the seasons generally don’t change too much at the budget hotels, though great bargains can appear at the higher end during the low season months from November through March.

Beijing is one of the more expensive cities in China, but it’s still a great bargain for most Western tourists. Hotels are generally of high quality, and the prices can be very appealing, especially for those on package tours. Beijing is not an easy city for tourists who don’t speak any Chinese because almost nothing is built for us. Shanghai is much easier and more enjoyable in that regard.

The attractions in the city are also very reasonably priced, though scammers and hucksters are common, so it’s wise to do some research and keep your wits about you. Transportation is also very cheap, with the buses and subways being especially good bargains.

Food and drinks are also extremely cheap by most Western standards, though you’ll have to pay a fair bit more for menus with English translations in tourist neighborhoods. Street food is hard to find in Beijing, but you can get amazing food bargains if you go to local restaurants with photos and prices rather than English translations.

Beijing attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Great Wall (Badaling or Juyongguan) These two sections of the Wall are closest to Beijing, and are often part of bus tours. Prices are a bit lower in the colder months. adults 16.56
Forbidden City This huge complex is the other must-see attraction in Beijing and one that is very popular. Low season rates are lower. adults 9.46
Tiananmen Gate Between the (free) Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City you can see inside this famous gate. A visit here takes about half an hour. adults 2.37

Beijing transportation prices USD

Taxi from airport to city center 11.04 - 18.93
Airport express train to city center 3.94
Shuttle bus from airport to city center 2.52
3km taxi ride in Beijing 2.05 - 3.15
Subway ride in Beijing 0.47 - 1.42
Bus ride in Beijing 0.32

Beijing food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Chinese-style breakfasts, including noodles, can be very cheap. Western breakfasts will cost much more. 1.74 - 4.73
Budget lunch Going to the places where the locals eat will get you great bargains and authentic meals. 2.68 - 5.52
Budget dinner As always, bargains are available, but fancier places will charge a lot more. 4.42 - 7.89
Beer (.33l can) Beer is much cheaper in restaurants than in bars. 1.74 - 3.94
Cocktails (glass) Mixed drinks are available all over at a wide range of prices. 4.73 - 7.89
Beer (bottle, retail) Local Chinese beers can be cheap if you buy them to drink elsewhere. 0.63 - 0.95

Beijing miscellaneous costs USD

Name Description Price
Cigarettes (pack) Finding cheap smokes shouldn't be a problem here. 1.58 - 2.21
Bottled water (1.5L) Fortunately, bottled water is quite cheap and easy to find in Beijing. 0.63 - 0.95

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Beijing facts

Population 22,000,000
Metro area 22,000,000
Time zone UTC+8
Currency Chinese Yuan
Airports Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

Avg temps & precip


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Weather in Beijing can be tricky because during the peak summer months of July and August you typically get high temperatures and humidity along with fairly frequent rainfall. With this in mind, April, May, September, and October are generally the best months to visit, with generally pleasant temperatures without much rainfall. Winters get very cold, but at least snowfall rarely accumulates to much.

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