Generally speaking, life in Chengdu is cheap compared to Europe or North America. It’s possible to live on as little as 50 CNY10 AUD
6 GBP
50 CNY
7 EUR
11 NZD
415 RUB
7 USD
 to 100 CNY21 AUD
12 GBP
100 CNY
14 EUR
23 NZD
831 RUB
14 USD
 per day to cover the necessities, though how much you spend largely depends on your lifestyle and what you plan to do. Here you can find a list of the most common things you’ll need during your time in Chengdu and their average cost.

 

Please note, this page is intended to provide a rough guide of how much things cost in Chengdu. Prices will of course fluctuate, so if you’re planning a precise budget you should check cost of living websites as well.

 

Daily Life in Chengdu

Below you'll find a selection of prices for basic goods and services you will need to buy or use during your time in Chengdu. Just hover over the price in Chinese Yuan to see the conversion is various world currencies. 

 

TRANSPORT

 

Bus ticket

1 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
1 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
8 RUB
0 USD
-2 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
16 RUB
0 USD

Subway ticket

2 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
16 RUB
0 USD
-4 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
4 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
33 RUB
0 USD

Taxi

starts at 8 CNY1 AUD
0 GBP
8 CNY
1 EUR
1 NZD
66 RUB
1 USD

 

FOOD/DRINK

 

Cheap Chinese meal

 

10 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
10 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
83 RUB
1 USD
-30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
249 RUB
4 USD

Mid-range meal

 

50 CNY10 AUD
6 GBP
50 CNY
7 EUR
11 NZD
415 RUB
7 USD
-120 CNY25 AUD
14 GBP
120 CNY
17 EUR
28 NZD
997 RUB
17 USD

Cheap Western meal

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
9 NZD
332 RUB
5 USD
-80 CNY17 AUD
9 GBP
80 CNY
11 EUR
18 NZD
665 RUB
11 USD

Expensive Western meal

150 CNY32 AUD
18 GBP
150 CNY
21 EUR
35 NZD
1247 RUB
22 USD
-200 CNY42 AUD
24 GBP
200 CNY
28 EUR
47 NZD
1662 RUB
29 USD

Fast food meal

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
166 RUB
2 USD
-40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
9 NZD
332 RUB
5 USD

Loaf of bread

10 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
10 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
83 RUB
1 USD

500g boneless chicken breast

15 CNY3 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
2 EUR
3 NZD
124 RUB
2 USD

Cappuccino in western style café

30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
249 RUB
4 USD

Local draft beer (0,5L)

5 CNY1 AUD
0 GBP
5 CNY
0 EUR
1 NZD
41 RUB
0 USD

Bottle of local wine

70 CNY15 AUD
8 GBP
70 CNY
9 EUR
16 NZD
582 RUB
10 USD

Can of soda

3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
24 RUB
0 USD

1L bottle of water

3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
24 RUB
0 USD

 

LEISURE

 

Gym membership

10 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
10 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
83 RUB
1 USD
-30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
249 RUB
4 USD

Cinema

50 CNY10 AUD
6 GBP
50 CNY
7 EUR
11 NZD
415 RUB
7 USD
-120 CNY25 AUD
14 GBP
120 CNY
17 EUR
28 NZD
997 RUB
17 USD

Drink at a nightclub

 

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
9 NZD
332 RUB
5 USD
-80 CNY17 AUD
9 GBP
80 CNY
11 EUR
18 NZD
665 RUB
11 USD

Women's haircut

 

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
166 RUB
2 USD
-40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
9 NZD
332 RUB
5 USD

Men's haircut

 

70 CNY15 AUD
8 GBP
70 CNY
9 EUR
16 NZD
582 RUB
10 USD


Sightseeing in Chengdu

 

During your time in Chengdu, you’ll no doubt want to explore the city and visit some of the local attractions. Fortunately, there is much you can see and do, like visiting the Giant Panda Research Base and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Below you can find the entrance fees for the most popular destinations.

 

Giant Panda Research base

 

58 CNY12 AUD
7 GBP
58 CNY
8 EUR
13 NZD
482 RUB
8 USD

Leshan Giant Buddha

 

90 CNY19 AUD
10 GBP
90 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
748 RUB
13 USD

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

90 CNY19 AUD
10 GBP
90 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
748 RUB
13 USD

Sanxindui Museum

80 CNY17 AUD
9 GBP
80 CNY
11 EUR
18 NZD
665 RUB
11 USD

Mount Qingcheng

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
166 RUB
2 USD
-100 CNY21 AUD
12 GBP
100 CNY
14 EUR
23 NZD
831 RUB
14 USD

 

Pocket Money Guide

 

If you’re still unsure how much money you should allow for, see our pocket money guide below. Each of our budgets assume that you’ll be living in Hutong School accommodation and won’t need to pay monthly rent, bills and internet. If you’re budgeting to includes these things, you should add an additional 1000-2000 per week.

LOCAL LIFE BUDGET (500 CNY107 AUD
60 GBP
500 CNY
70 EUR
118 NZD
4157 RUB
74 USD
-
1000 CNY214 AUD
121 GBP
1000 CNY
141 EUR
236 NZD
8314 RUB
149 USD
 P/W)

For people looking to save some money and immerse themselves in the local way of life, whilst enjoying the occasional treat or night out.

Item

Average Cost

Details

Transport

30-50 CNY

Mainly travel by bus, metro or bike

Food

200-250 CNY

Mainly eat at Chinese restaurants (10-30 RMB) and at home, with occasional western meal out (40-80 RMB)

Social

200-300 CNY

One night out per week at a western style bar

HS Events

50-75 CNY

Sometimes attend Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

0-100 CNY

Workout for free at local fitness communities, join the occasional exercise class

 


LOCAL & WESTERN MIX BUDGET (1000 CNY214 AUD
121 GBP
1000 CNY
141 EUR
236 NZD
8314 RUB
149 USD
-
2000 CNY429 AUD
243 GBP
2000 CNY
283 EUR
472 NZD
16629 RUB
298 USD
P/W)

For those looking to enjoy a good balance between a Chinese & Western lifestyle and sometimes visit places outside of Chengdu.

 

 

Expense

Average Cost

Details

Transport

70-100 CNY

Travel by both public transport (bus, metro, bike) and frequently take taxis

Food

400-550 CNY

A good balance between eating at local (10-30 RMB) and western (40-80) restaurants

Leisure

300-400 CNY

A few nights out each week at a western style bar, occasional massage, occasional trip outside of Hangzhou

HS Events

50-100 CNY

Attend most Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

100-200 CNY

Join a mid-range gym or exercise group

 
 

WESTERN LIFESTYLE BUDGET (2000 CNY429 AUD
243 GBP
2000 CNY
283 EUR
472 NZD
16629 RUB
298 USD
-
3000 CNY644 AUD
365 GBP
3000 CNY
425 EUR
708 NZD
24943 RUB
447 USD
 P/W)

For those who can’t live without their home comforts.

 

Expense

Average Cost

Details

Transport

150-300 CNY

Travel mainly by taxi, with occasional trip on public transport

Food

500-700 CNY

Mainly eating at western restaurants and regularly buying imported goods

Leisure

600-800 CNY

Several nights out each week at a western style bar, trips to spa, shopping trips, regular trips outside of Hangzhou

HS Events

100-200 CNY

Attend all Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

400-600 CNY

Join a good gym/exercise group

 

 

If you'd like to begin your adventure in Chengdu, get in touch with our team or launch an application today!