A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Agra vs. Beijing for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Agra or Beijing?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Agra or Beijing, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Agra or Beijing?


In the north of India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh is the city of Agra. This land is home to great tales of emperors and majestic temples. It is the home to a magnificent past and the greatest symbol of love known to man, the Taj Mahal.

While this incredible structure is the main draw to this area, there is much more to see. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, Agra can claim three different UNESCO World Heritage sites - the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikiri.


Beijing is the capital of China and, with 21.5 million people, it is the second most populated city in the world after Shanghai. It is a city that keeps pockets of its history hidden in old neighborhoods or back alleys, despite the constant change and modernization that goes on around it. As the capital city of China, there is plenty of history and culture. You can still get yourself lost in one of the last remaining hutongs, which are old neighborhoods that remain untouched by the city's modernization. The alleys that weave between the old homes are lined with drying clothes, corner markets, and people going about their daily lives the way they have for centuries. Surrounding these hutongs you'll find modern buildings and a booming economy, all threatening to destroying these last bits of Beijing's history. Beijing offers a glimpse into a microcosm that represents the entire country of China. Make sure you give yourself enough time in China to truly experience Beijing. You can pass a lot of time soaking up life in the city, which remains as diverse as the country it resides within.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Mumbai, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to India, The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to China.

Which place is cheaper, Beijing or Agra?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Agra is $45, while the average daily cost in Beijing is $76. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Agra and Beijing in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Agra $16
    Beijing $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Agra $32
    Beijing $78
Compare Hotels in Agra and Beijing

Looking for a hotel in Agra or Beijing? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Agra

Hotels in Beijing

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Agra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Agra $10
    Beijing $7.71
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Agra

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Agra:

  • Tuk Tuk Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Agra

Also for Agra, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer Agra to Delhi Airport.: $50
  • Affordable transfer from Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri: $33
  • Affordable transfer from Agra to Lucknow: $60
  • Agra : Transfer To Jaipur Via Chand Baori & Fatehpur Sikri: $50
  • Agra Full Day City Sightseeing Guided Tour - Transfer Option: $31
  • Agra Half-Day City Tour and Transfer to Delhi: $88
  • Agra to Delhi (one-way shared transfer): $67
  • Agra to Delhi Airport Transfers by Car: $87
  • Agra to Delhi Private Luxury Transfer: $76
  • Agra to Delhi airport transfer by air-conditioned car: $130
  • Agra to Delhi airport transfer by air-conditioned car: $51
  • Agra to Jaipur (one-way shared transfer): $67

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Beijing

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Beijing:

  • Taxi
  • Train from Airport for Two
  • Taxi to Hotel
  • 2 Metro Passes
  • Metro

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beijing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Beijing:

  • Private Beijing Downtown Transfer for 10 hours Up to 30pax: $723
  • Tank Driving Experience (hotel pickup & Roundtrip Transfer): $450
  • Private Beijing Downtown Transfer for 10 hours Up to 15pax: $417
  • Private Beijing Downtown Transfer for 10 hours Up to 5pax: $323
  • Beijing Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall Slow-Paced Visit: $280
  • Beijing Great Wall and Imperial Palace Private Tour with Airport Transfer: $256
  • Beijing Layover Private Tour: City Highlights With Airport Transfer: $250
  • Private Day Tour of Beijing City Overview with Airport Transfer: $245
  • Beijing Layover of Comprehensive City Tour With Airport Transfer: $240
  • Beijing Hutong Culture Experience with Airport Transfer: $236
  • Private Transfer from Tianjin Cruise port to Mutianyu Great Wall of China : $221
  • Private Transfer from Tianjin Cruise Port to Beijing with stop at Great Wall : $221

Is it cheaper to fly into Agra or Beijing?

Prices for flights to both Beijing and Agra change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Agra $16
    Beijing $19
Typical Food Prices in Agra

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Agra:

  • Breakfast for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Agra

For Agra, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Agra Food Tour: $4.79
  • Agra best Cooking class after Taj Mahal: $5.99
  • Street Food Tour with Spice Market on Tuk-Tuk: $11
  • Agra Cooking Classes & Experiences (Pick up and Drop): $18
  • Agra Heritage Walk with Food Tour: $20
  • Local Food Tour with Cooking Class in Home Agra Including Lunch or Dinner: $20
  • Indian Food Private Cooking Class: $22
  • Old City Food Tour with Local Guide and Tastings: $23
  • Indian Home Visit Cooking Demo: $25
  • The Spirit of Agra - Old Market Walking and Food Tour: $26
  • Cooking Class and Much More in a Local Family Home: $29
  • Cooking Workshop and Vegetarian Dinner in Agra with Family: $30

Typical Food Prices in Beijing

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Beijing:

  • Popcorn
  • Hot Pot Dinner
  • Dumpling Breakfast for Two
  • Watermelon
  • Peking Duck Dinner for 2
  • Two Popsicles

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beijing

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Beijing.

  • Online Cooking Class Beijing Dumplings and Cuisine by Sunflowerli Renowned Chef : $20
  • Online Cooking Class Orange Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Kungpao Chicken: $20
  • Beijing Acrobatic Show Tickets w/ Optional Dinner or Transfer: $48
  • 3.5-Hour Walking Food Tour: A Bite of History at Beijing Niujie Street: $49
  • Temple of Heaven Private Tour w/Option Show &Dinner: $54
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $55
  • Hidden Gems Guided Food Tour with Beer and Tastings: $75
  • Acrobatic Show with Peking Duck Dinner Private Tour: $80
  • Authentic Lunch or Dinner Tour in Beijing's Best Hidden Spots: $80
  • Beijing Gulou Night Market Food Tour: $85
  • Discovery more local Beijing evening food Tour: $89

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Agra $20
    Beijing $24
Typical Entertainment Prices in Agra

For Agra, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Entry to the Red Fort for Two
  • Taj Mahal for Two

Tours and Activities in Agra

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Agra.

  • Mughal Carpet Co. Agra :- Handmade Carpet Demonstration Tour: $0.84
  • Handmade Marble Demonstration Tour: $1.02
  • Sunrise Taj Mahal Skip-the-Line Guided Tour: $1.19
  • Skip-the-line entry ticket on Taj Mahal tour: $1.20
  • Agra:Taj Mahal Skip-The-Line Guided Tour with Free Breakfast: $1.20
  • Private Taj Mahal Skip-The-Line Tour: $1.80
  • Skip-the-Line Taj Mahal Guided Tour with Multi Options: $1.86
  • Taj Mahal Sunrise & Agra Day Tour with Options: $1.92
  • Sunset Taj Mahal Tour with Skip-The-Line & Lateral Entry: $2.04
  • Taj Mahal and Mausoleum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry: $2.10
  • Private Taj Mahal Guided & Skip The Line Tour: $2.10
  • Taj Mahal Guided Tour with Skip The Line: $2.16

Typical Entertainment Prices in Beijing

Here are a few typical costs in Beijing for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Entry to Summer Palace for Two
  • Two Opera Tickets
  • Temple of Heaven Park Entrance (for 2)
  • Forbidden City (for 2)
  • Forbidden City Tickets
  • Audio Guides at Forbidden City

Tours and Activities in Beijing

Here are a few actual costs in Beijing for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1-Day Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing Airport Drop off Tour: $235
  • 4 hours Deep Forbidden City Private Tour by Knowledgeable Guide.: $80
  • All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall & Summer Palace Private Tour: $188
  • All Inclusive Private Summer Palace, Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour: $204
  • Beijing 2 Summer Palace Private Garden Tour: $140
  • Beijing Art Tour: Seeing Fantastic Ming Murals at Fa Hai Temple : $220
  • Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall with English Driver : $121
  • China Art Museum and 798 Art Zone Private Tour: $137
  • China National Museum Ticket Pre-booking and Tiananmen Square : $50
  • Forbidden City Tour : $110
  • Full Day Private Tour Incredible Beijing City Highlights: $179
  • Lama temple -Confucius temple - DongYue temple Private Cultural Tour: $156

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Agra $9.69
    Beijing $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Beijing

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Beijing:

  • Full Day Private Chateau Changyu Wine Tour from Beijing: $163
  • 5-Hour Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour from Beijing: $178
  • Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour and Mutianyu Great Wall Visit: $238

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Agra and Beijing, we can see that Beijing is more expensive. And not only is Agra much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Agra would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Agra and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Beijing would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Beijing than you might in Agra.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Agra Expensive? and Is Beijing Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Agra or Beijing?

Beijing has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Agra. When comparing the sizes of Agra and Beijing, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.