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Hong Kong is bustling metropolis that combines high rise buildings with traditional street markets and temples. You have a large expat population, good shopping, fantastic nightlife, and delicious food. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world and I never get tired of visiting!

How much spending money will you need for Hong Kong?

Hong Kong isn’t cheap, but since it’s such a diverse and massive city, there’s something here for every budget and preference!

On a backpacking budget, you should plan to spend 315-475 ($40-60 USD). This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel dorm, eating fast food occasionally but mainly cooking your own meals, using public transportation, and participating in basic activities like visiting museums.

On a mid-range of budget of 785-1,215 HKD ($100-155 USD) per day, you can stay in budget hotels, take buses between destinations, eat fast food, and do more excursions.

Here’s how much you can expect to pay for things in Hong Kong:

  • Meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant: 400 HK$ (£40)
  • Bottle of water: 7.90 HK$ (80p)
  • Bottle of domestic beer: 50 HK$ (£5)
  • Cappuccino: 36 HK$ (£3.50)
  • Bottle of wine in a supermarket: 120 HK$ (£12)
  • One-way ticket on public transport: 10 HK$ (£1)

Budget your Hong Kong trip

Hong Kong packs a lot of activities into a small amount of space — and that space is expensive! Prices here are much high than mainland China (as well as most of Asia) but there are still some ways you can save money.

Low budget

Medium budget

High budget

Overall budget for 1 day pp: KH$ 300 (£30)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: HK$ 1,520 (£150)

Overall budget for 1 day pp: More than HK$ 12,130 (£1200)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Meal per one: HK$ 50 (£5)
  • Cheap hostel room: HK$ 150 (£15)
  • Beer: HK$ 50 (£5)
  • Coffee: HK$ 36 (£3.50)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Mid-range hotel: HK$ 500 (£50) 
  • A two-course meal: HK$ 200 (£20)
  • Coffee x2: HK$ 72 (£7.10)
  • A bottle of wine: HK$ 120 (£12)

Food, drink & accommodation in budget

  • Luxury hotel: HK$ 2200 (£217) 
  • Dinner at a top restaurant: HK$ 800 (£79)
  • Coffee x2: HK$ 72 (£7.10)
  • A bottle of wine: HK$ 120 (£12)

Activities in budget

  • A single ticket for public transport: HK$ 10 (£1)
  • Visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum: free entry
  • Walk down Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront: free
  • Visit the Po Lin Monastery Buddhist temple: free entry

Activities in budget

  • A bus trip to Shenzhen: HK$ 170 (£16.80)
  • Visit the Hong Kong Racecourses in Happy Valley: HK$ 10 (£1) admission fee
  • Sail a boat around the harbour: HK$ 300 (£30)
  • See Cantonese opera: HK$ 200 per ticket (£20)

Activities in budget

  • Fly a helicopter to Macau: HK$ 4,300 one way (£425)
  • Cocktails at the Café Gray Bar on the 49th Floor of The Upper House: HK$ 200 for a glass of champagne (£20) 
  • Pamper yourself at Four Seasons: Wellness packages start around HK$ 4000 (£395)
  • Visit Hong Kong Disneyland: HK$ 620 per ticket (£61)

From traditional street markets and beautiful temples to the fast-moving, skyscraper-dotted streets, to the endless food and drink options, there is so much to do here.

Things to see/ do:

Hiking and trekking: Dragon’s back:   A popular and picturesque hike that offers stunning views of Tai Tam, Shek O and Big Wave Bay as you walk along the mountain ridge. This trail is easily accessible from the city and is a nice way to spend a day outside the hustle and bustle of the city. The trail will take around 4 hours and is moderately difficult, so be sure to bring lots of water. There are also plenty of other trails in and around the city, too!

Traditional culture: Cantonese opera The endangered Unesco-listed art is conserved at the Sunbeam and Yau Ma Tei theatres. Tai O Visit the stilt houses in Hong Kong’s southwestern corner for a glimpse of the city’s fishing culture.

Disneyland: It’s Disneyland – the happiest place on Earth. ’nuff said. You can hit all the popular rides like Hyperspace Mountain and the world’s first Marvel-themed ride Iron Man Experience.  Catch amazing 30-minute stage shows, greet your favourite Disney characters and stay for the dazzling parade in the evening.

Shopping: With a slew of retail shops and restaurants, a Nature Discovery Park on the rooftop and a cinema, this shopping mall is by far one of the most unique and beautiful retail spaces in Hong Kong. From high-end brands to local favourites, the sheer amount of choices available here makes K11 Musea  a mecca for all shopaholics and foodies.

Nightlife: The city’s ground zero for debauchery. Tourists, expats and locals alike party hard in Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife spot and the steep street. Lan Kwai Fong – or as locals like to call it, LKF –comes alive every evening, packed with after-work drinkers and general revellers. With more than 90 restaurants and bars to pick from, there are tons of great happy hour deals to ensure the best time. Hong Kong has some of the craziest nightlife options in Asia, from karaoke bars to wild street parties to packed clubs. Some notable options include the 007 speakeasy (with amazing Old Fashioned cocktails) and Dragon I, where you can dance until the early hours of the morning.

The Big Budha: Tian Tan Buddha (more commonly referred to as the Big Buddha) is the largest outdoor seated Buddha in the world. Visitors must climb a calf-aching 268 steps before reaching to the statue. It’s easily Hong Kong’s most recognisable and iconic attraction (not counting the city skyline). Also, the Buddha sits at Po Lin Monastery, one of the world’s most important Buddist sanctums.

Markets: Hunt for the best bargains at Mong Kok Ladies’ Market: Hongkongers’ go-to place for the best knock-offs and bargain hunts. You can find anything here from a fake Gucci watch and Beat headphones to a potato peeler. It’s impossible to leave empty-handed! The Ladies Market is also the best place for cheap smartphone cases and to pick up your requisite ‘I Love Hong Kong’ T-shirt.

What denominations does Hong Kong Dollar come in?

The Hong Kong Dollar comes in the following denominations:


10, 20, 50,100, 500 and 1,000 HK$


10, 20, 50 cents; 1, 2, 5 and 10 HK$

Leftover Hong Kong Dollars?

No problem. We’ll buy back left over Hong Kong Dollars at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

Hong Kong Dollar FAQs

How much is a meal in Hong Kong?

While meal prices in Hong Kong can vary, the average cost of food in Hong Kong is HK$205 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Hong Kong should cost around HK$82 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.

Can I use Hong Kong Dollars in China?

Although Hong Kong is officially part of China, its currency is not the same. There’s no need to change your home currency to Chinese yuan or renminbi, the Chinese currency in the mainland. Just convert to Hong Kong dollars instead. You will get more value for it and the entire county can accept the currency

Should I tip in Hong Kong?

Tipping is not generally part of Hong Kong’s culture, except in hotels, where tipping is considered mandatory. HK$10 to HK$20 should be given to bellboys and maids, and remember to tip your concierge if you make use of the service

Do I need visa for Hong Kong?

UK passport: You can visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa.

Can I use US Dollars in Hong Kong?

US dollar is not a legal tender in HK. you need to exchange your usd cash to HK dollars. there may be some shops who would accept USD cash, but you should not count on it. US credit cards should work no problem.

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