If you are planning a long-term trip to the continent, we detail how much money to travel to Asia country by country, considering transportation, accommodation, excursions and meals.
First of all, it is necessary to clarify that the expenses we are going to describe below were incurred in our 14-month long trip through Asia, where we traveled as a couple and with a medium-low budget.
This means that traveling as a backpacker to Asia you can even spend a little less and traveling with a medium-high budget you would have to add at least 30% to the prices we mentioned.
These prices for calculating how much a trip to Asia costs in terms of meals and accommodations were calculated by eating local food in markets or cheap restaurants and sleeping in mid-range hotels in a double room.
Now let’s see How much money to travel to Asia, country by country.
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How much money to travel in Russia?
Daily cost per person: 29 euros. We were in St. Petersburg and Moscow, which are more expensive cities, and doing the Trans-Siberian, with intermediate stops.
This price includes accommodation in Moscow (in St. Petersburg we did Couchsurfing), in Yekaterinburg, Tomsk, Irkutsk and Khuzhir; train tickets between St. Petersburg and Russia’s border with Mongolia; our short excursion to Khuzhir from Irkutsk; entrance fees to St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin.
How much money to eat in Russia? 7 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Russia? 26 euros for a double room.
How much moneyt to travel in Mongolia?
Daily cost per person: 31 euros, including the Gobi desert tour. Without the tour: 15 euros. Mongolia is cheap. The food is very good at a very economical price. Accommodation is also ideal for those traveling on a budget (we stayed in a hostel with a shared room and bathroom).
We got a good price on the Gobi desert tour, doing it privately and on our own. Then taking away the amount of the tour, the 15 euros per day includes the private car that we paid for the tour. crossing the border from Russia to MongoliaThe train from Sukhbaatar to Ulan Bator and the train from Ulan Bator to Erenhot or Erlian, the first city after crossing from Mongolia to China.
How much money to eat in Mongolia? 3 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Mongolia? 10 euros double base room; average price for the days we were in Ulaanbaatar, not on the tour.
How much money to travel in China?
Daily cost per person: 29 euros. It includes accommodation in a private room, with or without shared bathroom, transfers between cities by train which, except for the Beijing-Shanghai section, the rest we did in the lowest class available (short distances: hard seat / long distances: hard bed) and meals (we were habitué at Mc Donalds).
We did not pay for a private room more than 20 euros a night, when a hostel is around 8-10 euros a bed in a shared room, so we think we got good prices.
Excursions in China are usually between 8 to 15 euros per person. The most expensive tickets were: Shaolin Temple: 12.50 euros each, the Xi’An wall walk, bike rental included, also for 12.50 euros and access to the Xi’An Terracotta Warriors for 21 euros each. The visit to the Chinese wall also cost us about 15 euros each to go, return and entrance.
How much money to eat in China? 8 euros per person
How much money to sleep in China? 13 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Hong Kong?
Daily expense per person: 35 euros, excluding the departure ticket to the Philippines. In Hong Kong we stayed only two days, because it is expensive to be around there compared to the Southeast Asian countries where we were going to go.
It is an excellent airport of departure to any point, given the wide offer of cheap tickets. We bought for 80 euros the one-way ticket to the Philippines two days in advance (before they were much cheaper but from China we could not complete the purchase).
The 35 euro fee includes private room with private bathroom in a hotel, meals, transportation within the city (although we walked quite a bit more than we went down to the subway) and the climb to Victoria Peak.
How much money to eat in Hong Kong? 9 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Hong Kong? 35 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Sri Lanka?
Daily cost per person: 13 euros. The country, despite its proximity to India, is slightly more expensive, although the quality of accommodation is far superior. Basic but clean double rooms with private bathroom and WIFI do not exceed 8 euros if you bargain, except in Colombo where prices are much higher paying for the same quality between 10 to 15 euros a night.
Regarding transportation, the train is ridiculously cheap although slow, paying only 1 euro for a 200 km trip. For the stretches is that there is no train, the bus is also very cheap but a little uncomfortable. You can eat at low prices for 2 to 3 euros per person, dishes such as noodles, fried rice or the famous rice&curry. Entrance fees to historic sites are prohibitively expensive, ranging from $25 to $30.
How much money to eat in Sri Lanka? 5,50 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Sri Lanka? 8 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in India?
Daily cost per person: 12 euros. India is one of the cheapest countries in the world to travel, but always bargain shamelessly. Except for certain entrance fees to tourist attractions such as the Taj Mahal, which cost more than 10 euros, food, transportation and accommodation are very affordable.
As for lodging, a clean, decent double room with private bathroom has a maximum price of 10 euros, although you can get rooms between 3 to 5 euros (it is true that some lack cleanliness).
As for transportation, the train is the best option, and if you travel in sleeper class the cost will be minimal, being able to sleep on the trains. The food is very cheap, for less than 1 euro you can eat different Indian dishes, if you want a western dish the price will be double. Entrance fees to historical sites are expensive in relation to other expenses, although somewhat more affordable than in other countries, ranging from 4 euros for the cheapest to 10 euros for the most expensive.
How much money to eat in India? 5 euros per person
How much money to sleep in India? 8 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Kyrgyzstan?
Daily cost per person: 25 euros. The food is very cheap, a typical local dish is between 1 to 2 euros. As for accommodation, a double room with private bathroom is priced between 30 to 40 euros in the capital Bishkek, but in the Issyk-Kol or Song-Kol lake areas you can get it for 15 euros.
As far as transportation is concerned, the train network is almost non-existent, so the most common option is the marshrutka (15-seat van), which does not have a departure timetable but leaves once all its seats are filled. Most sites of interest can be visited free of charge.
How much money to eat in Kyrgyzstan? 5 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Kyrgyzstan? 20-30 euros per room on a double basis
How much does money to travel in Kazakhstan?
Daily cost per person: 30 euros. Here it should be clarified that we were only in the city of Almaty. It is the most expensive country in Central Asia, both to eat and to stay. We ate samsas (a kind of empanadas) at street stalls or bought food at the supermarket, as restaurants were expensive.
As for lodging, a bed in a shared dormitory can start at 10 euros and a double room with private bathroom in the center is around 50 euros. Regarding transportation, the marshrutka and the metro are the best option and the price for transportation within the city is 80 tenges (about 0.40 euros).
How much does money to eat in Kazakhstan? 8 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Kazakhstan? 30-40 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Tajikistan?
Daily cost per person: 22 euros. It is the poorest country in Central Asia, although transport prices are one of the most expensive, due to its mountainous geography and poor roads. The price of meals is similar to Kyrgyzstan, between 1 to 2 euros for a typical local dish.
A double room in the capital, Dushanbe, is around 20 to 40 euros, while in the Pamir it can be obtained for 15/20 euros. As for transportation, there are only shared cabs or 4×4 vans for the mountainous areas, which are quite expensive per trip. Of course, if you hire a tour to go to the Pamir, for example, the daily expense will increase significantly.
How much money to eat in Tajikistan? 6 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Tajikistan? 20 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Uzbekistan?
Daily cost per person: 17 euros. The most touristic country in Central Asia, but not expensive. You can eat for about 2 euros a typical local dish. A double room in the tourist cities is around 30 euros, while in other places you can get it for 15/20 euros. As for transportation, shared cabs have the highest frequency, although in some places there are also trains and buses.
How much money to eat in Uzbekistan? 5 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Uzbekistan? 20 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Turkmenistan?
Daily expenditure per person: 45 euros Undoubtedly the most expensive in Central Asia, where tourism is not welcome. Accommodation is around 50 euros for a basic double room, with a very low quality-price ratio in the capital Ashgabat (keep in mind that tourists pay between 60/80% more than locals).
Food is a bit more expensive than in the rest of Central Asian countries, although you can eat for about 3 euros in the bazaars. As for transportation, shared cabs and marshrutka are the most common.
How much money to eat in Turkmenistan? 6 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Turkmenistan? 40 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Iran?
Daily cost per person: 26 euros. We thought it was going to be a little cheaper, but the price of the hotels is not so cheap. Accommodation is around 17 euros for a basic double room, but always with air conditioning, as it was very hot when we went there.
If you eat at street stalls or simple street-side restaurants, you will spend about 2.50 euros per plate. Transportation is very cheap due to the low price of fuel as it is an oil producing country, the buses are modern and very comfortable.
How much money to eat in Iran? 5 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Iran? 17 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Armenia?
Daily expense per person: 17 euros . The country is cheap, you can get accommodation for 15 euros for a basic double room, although in the capital Yerevan the price can be between 20 to 25 euros. The food is very tasty and cheap, for about 2/3 euros you eat abundantly. Transportation is through marshrutka mainly with a price of 4 euros per 100 kms approximately.
How much money to eat in Armenia? 5 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Armenia? 15 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Georgia?
Daily cost per person: 17 euros. Very similar to the prices in Armenia, accommodation is around 15 euros for a basic double room, in the capital Tbilisi you can get it from 30 euros. Food is cheap, slightly higher in price than Armenia. Transportation is through marshrutka.
How much money to eat in Georgia? 6 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Georgia? 15 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Turkey?
Daily cost per person: 24 euros. The most westernized country in Asia. Accommodation is available from 20 euros, although in the most touristy places it will not go below 30/40 euros.
You can eat a cheap kebab at street stalls for about 2 euros. Transportation is more expensive than in the rest of Asia, especially for short distances.
How much money to eat in Turkey? 6 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Turkey? 20 euros for a double room
How much money to travel in Nepal?
Daily cost per person: 16 euros including trekking. Although Nepal is a cheap country at the level of India, trekking increases the expenses considerably, especially in the food item as well as in those expenses necessary for the trek (permits, purchase or rental of trekking clothes).
If we exclude this and only move around the cities, the average daily expenditure per person can be 13 euros. As for transportation, we moved by bus, spending between 300 to 600 rupees depending on the route (between 5.50 to 11 euros). Food is cheap as in India, a local dish can be paid between 1 to 2 euros. Entrance fees to historical sites are expensive, ranging from 500 rupees (5 euros) the cheapest to 1500 rupees (15 euros) the most expensive.
How much money to eat in Nepal? 7,50 euros per person
How much money to sleep in Nepal? 8 euros for a double room
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