Generally speaking, life in Hangzhou is cheap compared to Europe or North America. It’s possible to live on as little as 50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
486 RUB
7 USD
 
to 100 CNY20 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
13 EUR
21 NZD
973 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 Hangzhou and their average cost.

 

Please note, this page is intended to provide a rough guide of how much things cost in Hangzhou. 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 Hangzhou

 

Below you'll find a selection of prices for basic goods and services you will need to buy or use during your time in Hangzhou. 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
9 RUB
0 USD
-2 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
19 RUB
0 USD

Subway ticket

2 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
19 RUB
0 USD
 for journeys under 6km, then 1 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
1 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
9 RUB
0 USD
 for each additional 10km

Taxi

11 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
11 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
107 RUB
1 USD
for the first 3 km, 2.5 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
24 RUB
0 USD
 per additional km

New bicycle

300 CNY62 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
39 EUR
65 NZD
2920 RUB
44 USD

 

FOOD/DRINK

 

Cheap Chinese meal

15 CNY3 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
146 RUB
2 USD
-40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
389 RUB
5 USD

Mid-range meal

50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
486 RUB
7 USD
-120 CNY25 AUD
13 GBP
120 CNY
15 EUR
26 NZD
1168 RUB
17 USD

Cheap Western meal

50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
486 RUB
7 USD
-100 CNY20 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
13 EUR
21 NZD
973 RUB
14 USD

Expensive Western meal

150 CNY31 AUD
17 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
32 NZD
1460 RUB
22 USD
-300 CNY62 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
39 EUR
65 NZD
2920 RUB
44 USD

Fast food meal

30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
292 RUB
4 USD
-50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
486 RUB
7 USD

Loaf of bread

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

500g boneless chicken breast

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
194 RUB
2 USD

Cappuccino in western style café 

35 CNY7 AUD
3 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
340 RUB
5 USD

Local draft beer (0,5L)

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

Bottle of local wine

70 CNY14 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
9 EUR
15 NZD
681 RUB
10 USD

Can of soda

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

1L bottle of water

3.3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
32 RUB
0 USD

 

LEISURE
 

Gym membership

300 CNY62 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
39 EUR
65 NZD
2920 RUB
44 USD
per month

Cinema

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
389 RUB
5 USD

Drink at a nightclub

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
389 RUB
5 USD
+

Women's haircut at a western salon

120 CNY25 AUD
13 GBP
120 CNY
15 EUR
26 NZD
1168 RUB
17 USD
-300 CNY62 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
39 EUR
65 NZD
2920 RUB
44 USD

Men's haircut at a western barbers

60 CNY12 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
13 NZD
584 RUB
8 USD
-300 CNY62 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
39 EUR
65 NZD
2920 RUB
44 USD

 

 

Sightseeing in Hangzhou

 

average cost of living in Hangzhou china

During your time in Hangzhou, 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 for free or cheap, like visiting the West Lake, the Grand Canal, or the Meijiawu tea plantation. Other attractions charge an entry fee, the average prices of which you can find below. 

 

Leifeng Pagoda

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
389 RUB
5 USD

Xixi National Wetland Park

80 CNY16 AUD
9 GBP
80 CNY
10 EUR
17 NZD
778 RUB
11 USD

Botanical Gardens

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

The Grand Canal

Free

Wuzhen water town

150 CNY31 AUD
17 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
32 NZD
1460 RUB
22 USD

Meijiawu tea plantation

Free

Song Dynasty Town

300 CNY62 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
39 EUR
65 NZD
2920 RUB
44 USD

Qinghefeng Ancient Street

Free

 

It’s certainly possible to make the most of your time in Hangzhou without spending too much. Don’t forget, you’re always encouraged to join our weekly cultural activities, which are designed to be budget friendly whilst also giving you the chance to socialise and experience as much of the local culture as possible. 

 

 

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 are based on the assumption 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 CNY104 AUD
56 GBP
500 CNY
65 EUR
108 NZD
4868 RUB
74 USD
-
1000 CNY208 AUD
113 GBP
1000 CNY
131 EUR
217 NZD
9736 RUB
148 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 (25-40 RMB) and at home, with occasional western meal out (40-150) 

Social

150-300 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

0-150 CNY

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

 

LOCAL & WESTERN MIX BUDGET (1000 CNY208 AUD
113 GBP
1000 CNY
131 EUR
217 NZD
9736 RUB
148 USD
-
2000 CNY417 AUD
227 GBP
2000 CNY
262 EUR
434 NZD
19472 RUB
297 USD
P/W)

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

 

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 (25-40 RMB) and western (40-150) 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

70-200 CNY

Join a mid-range gym or exercise group

 

WESTERN LIFESTYLE BUDGET (2000 CNY417 AUD
227 GBP
2000 CNY
262 EUR
434 NZD
19472 RUB
297 USD
-
3000 CNY625 AUD
341 GBP
3000 CNY
393 EUR
652 NZD
29208 RUB
446 USD
 P/W)

For those who can’t live without their home comforts and want to make the most of living in China’s most international city.

 

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

50-150 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 Hangzhou, get in touch with our team or launch an application today!