A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Beijing for Food, Nightlife, Couples, and Backpackers

Should you visit Bali or Beijing?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Bali and Beijing can help you decide which place is right for you.

Bali

Bali is a stunning, tropical, and lush island. Other popular activities here include scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and hiking.

Beijing

Beijing is a cultural, fascinating, and historic city. With plenty of activities and things to do, it's a huge city that draws plenty of visitors. It's a beautiful place to visit, too. And you can't forget about the nightlife, food, and shopping.

Bali and Beijing: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
Cons
  • Less popular with couples


How is Bali different from Beijing?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Beijing and Bali. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Bali or Beijing better for Food?

Both Bali and Beijing offer a number of unique restaurants to choose from.

Bali has long been recognized as a culinary destination with great restaurants. The food is rich and diverse with a lot of spices and complex flavors. Turmeric is a common spice and many dishes use coconut milk. Popular local dishes include Nasi Ayam (a chicken dish), Satay (grilled chicken), and Babi Guling (a pork dish).

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Beijing is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. The city has a number of iconic dishes that have put it on the culinary map. The most notable dish is Peking Duck, which is a delectable crispy roast duck that is usually served with cucumber, scallions, sweet bean sauce and pancakes or other steamed buns. Hot pots are another must-try experience in the city, and, of course, you have to experience the dumplings. A huge part of a visit to Beijing is experiencing its long running culinary history.

Bali
Beijing


Is Bali or Beijing better for Nightlife?

Both Bali and Beijing are comparable when it comes to partying.

Bali is a world class party destination. The island is known for its crazy raves and all night pool parties. There are multi-story dance clubs as well as upscale bars and beach clubs that host parties late into the night. The best nightlife areas are around Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu.

Beijing has a large number of nightlife venues. Live performances are popular in the city, and range from concerts to magic shows and acrobatics. There is also an active bar scene around town. Some of the most popular nightlife areas include Sanlitun and Houhai.

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Beijing

Is Bali or Beijing better for Shopping?

Both Bali and Beijing are good shopping destinations.

Bali is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. A big appeal of shopping on the island is the affordability. There are many local items that are fun to bring home including jewelry, handicrafts, furniture, and clothing.

Many visitors explore the shopping areas in Beijing. There are many unique handicrafts that you can purchase around town. Popular souvenirs include silk, pearls, and snuff bottles with pictures inside. The city has many shopping streets as well as markets and shopping malls that are worth visiting.

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Beijing

Is Bali or Beijing better for Families?

You'll find kid-friendly activities in either Bali or Beijing.

Bali is a very kid-friendly island. The island has countless activities that kids can enjoy. There are watersports, snorkeling, surfing lessons and beautiful beaches. You can also expose your kids to the spiritual side of the island with kid-friendly yoga classes. Animals lovers will enjoy getting to see the monkeys up close and for a unique culinary experience, you can take a family cooking class.

Beijing is a family-friendly island. The city offers a unique cultural immersion that kids and adults can enjoy. Wander through the Forbidden City or watch your kids be mesmerized by a Chinese acrobatics show. It's also fun to get lost in the Hutongs or test their culinary palates by visiting a snack street.

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Beijing

Is Bali or Beijing better for Couples?

While Beijing and Bali are both popular destinations, overall Bali is considered to be a more popular choice.

For those traveling as a couple, Bali has plenty to offer. This beautiful island offers stunning beaches, adventure sports, and world class snorkeling. There are beautiful resorts with spas as well as couples yoga classes impressive natural areas.

Beijing is a good island for couples to visit. The culture, history, and food all make this a stunning place to visit. While romance doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of Beijing, there are shows and fine dining restaurants that couples will enjoy. There are also many luxury hotels with spas and other amenities.

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Beijing


Is Bali or Beijing better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Both Bali and Beijing are popular destinations for backpackers.

Backpackers and budget travelers come from all over the world to visit Bali. Backpackers flock to this beautiful island for its stunning setting and affordable accommodation. There are many nice places where backpackers can hang out and get to know other travelers. If you want to get off the beaten path, it's best to head into the countryside and away from the main tourist hubs.

Plenty of budget travelers and backpackers visit Beijing. The city has many hostels and budget-friendly options. There isn't the backpacker community vibe that you may get in other Asian cities, but if you organize an excursion through your hostel, you're sure to make a few friends along the way.

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Beijing

Is Bali or Beijing better for Public Transit?

Both Bali and Beijing offer public transit options.

Bali has a few public transit options. There are minibuses and tourist shuttle buses around the island. You can also hire a taxi or rent a car, scooter, or bicycle.

Many visitors use the public transit system in Beijing. The system can be crowded and confusing at first, but it's one of the most convenient and affordable ways to get around town. There's a subway system as well as buses, trolleybuses, and suburban rail.

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Beijing

Is Bali or Beijing a more walkable city?

Bali and Beijing both are comparable when exploring on foot.

Bali is generally not very walkable. There are some walkable towns and cities on the island, but many areas can be challenging to navigate on foot.

Beijing is generally not a very walkable island. While parts of the city are fun to explore on foot, the city itself is very large with long blocks that aren't pedestrian-friendly.

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Beijing

Should I spend more time in Beijing or Bali?

How long in Bali or Beijing?

Both Bali and Beijing have a number of activities to choose from. You can spend a similar amount of time exploring either.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Bali is 5-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Beijing is 3-7 days.


  • How many days in Bali or Beijing? Ideal Length of Stay
    Bali 5-7 
    Beijing 3-7

One day in Bali or Beijing?

In Bali, you'll find nightlife and food. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. This island offers something for everyone. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do.

Beijing is a big city destination where you can fill many days. Take your pick from the many activities offered around the area. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.


A weekend in Bali or Beijing?

In Bali, you'll find food and scuba diving and snorkeling. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.

Beijing is a fun place to experience. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. The entire area has lots to do.

Five days in Bali or Beijing?

Bali is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Bali has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

Beijing is a jam-packed big city where you can fill many days. This city offers something for everyone. Plenty of people spend five days here when traveling. Five days is often enough time to spend here.

A week in Bali or Beijing?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Bali. It's also a relaxing resort destination. With all of its activities, you can easily fill one week here.

Beijing is a cultural city where you can fill many days. Many people spend one week here. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Because of this, one week is usually enough time for a trip here.

Which city is cheaper, Beijing or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $61, while the average daily cost in Beijing is $63. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and Beijing in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $35
    Beijing $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $70
    Beijing $64
Compare Hotels in Bali and Beijing

Looking for a hotel in Bali 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 Bali


Hotels in Beijing


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $7.71
    Beijing $6.21
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bali

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Bali:


  • Motorbike Rental
    $3.31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu: $23
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (13 Seater): $52
  • Airport Transfer Service from Area Ubud / Tanah Lot / Pecatu (8 seater): $41
  • Airport Transfers: $16
  • Airport transfer and tour service: $56
  • Bali Airport: Luxury Private Transfer by Alphard Vellfire: $65
  • Bali Departure Private Transfers from Bali Central to Bali Airport DPS: $83
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Legian & DPS Airport: $17
  • Private Transfer between Airport (DPS) and Seminyak: $12
  • Return Private Transfer for Night Safari: $41
  • Crete Private Transfer from Bali city to Heraklion (HER) Airport: $108
  • Denpasar : Private Transfer to/from Ngurah Rai Intl. Airport: $14

Typical Local Transportation prices in Beijing

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


  • Taxi
    $4.79
  • Train from Airport for Two
    $7.01
  • Taxi to Hotel
    $8.42
  • 2 Metro Passes
    $2.24
  • Metro
    $0.56

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beijing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Beijing:

  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Train Stations: $20
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Train Stations to Hotel: $20
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Beijing to Beijing Capital Int. Airport (PEK): $21
  • Transfer from Beijing hotel downtown to Beijing International Airport: $21
  • Beijing Airport Transfer: $21
  • Private Airport Transfer: Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY) to Beijing: $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Beijing to Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY): $23
  • Beijing Railway Station Departure Transfer: Hotel/Apartment to Railway Station: $23
  • Private airport transfer to or from Peking International Airport max 15 Persons: $23
  • Private airport transfer to or from Peking International Airport Max 15 persons: $24
  • Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) Private Departure Transfer: $24
  • Private Airport Transfer: Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to Beijing: $24

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Beijing?

Prices for flights to both Beijing and Bali 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $17
    Beijing $17
Typical Food prices in Bali

Some typical examples of dining costs in Bali are as follows:


  • Coffee
    $1.32
  • Lunch for Two
    $15
  • Bali Cafe for Two
    $29
  • Lunch for Two
    $8.60
  • Lunch for 2
    $9.53
  • Dinner for 2
    $10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Eat while chef is cooking in front of you: $24
  • Sidemen: Firewood Cooking Class & Organic Farm Tour: $28
  • From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $30
  • Withlocals your Way: 100% Personalised Bali Private Food Tour: $39
  • Bali Cooking Class: $39
  • Ubud: Romantic Barbecue Dinner by the Pool: $57
  • Private Full or Half-Day Authentic Food Tour: $58
  • Romantic Dinner by Oceana Restaurant & Bar: $74
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner among the Rice Fields: $110
  • Ubud: Romantic Dinner on a Forest Tree Deck: $214

Typical Food prices in Beijing

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


  • Popcorn
    $0.84
  • Hot Pot Dinner
    $7.01
  • Dumpling Breakfast for Two
    $2.81
  • Watermelon
    $1.96
  • Peking Duck Dinner for 2
    $17
  • Two Popsicles
    $0.84

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beijing

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

  • Online Cooking Class: $25
  • Private Temple of Heaven Walking Tour with Peking Duck Dinner or Kung Fu Show: $62
  • 3 hours Morning or Afternoon Tea Tasting on Maliandao Street and Tea Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Tour: $69
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $69
  • Old Beijing Dinner Tour: $80
  • Authentic Local Food Tour in Center Beijing: $90
  • Vegetarian / Peking Duck / Hotpot Dinner with Kungfu Show Private Tour: $90
  • Private Evening Hutong Walking Tour with Mongolia Hotpot Dinner: $96
  • Private Nightlife Trip to See Wonderful Acrobatic Show Enjoy Delicious Barbecue Buffet Dinner: $96
  • Peking Duck Dinner with Face Changing show plus Full Body Massage: $98
  • Private Tour: Beijing by Night including Imperial Performance and Dinner: $98
  • Half Day Food Tour with Public Transit of Breakfast or Local Street Snacks: $99

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $9.24
    Beijing $19
Typical Entertainment prices in Bali

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bali are as follows:


  • Spa for Two
    $58
  • Snorkelling Trip
    $13
  • Cooking School
    $30

Tours and Activities in Bali

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bali are as follows:

  • Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance Sunset Small-Group Tour: $16
  • Ubud Traditional Tour Private Guided by Local - Free WiFi: $18
  • Bali Private Tour by Budhi: $19
  • Bali Private Guided Tour : Best point of Ubud & Uluwatu Sunset - Free WiFi: $20
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terraces 1-Hour Electric Bike Tour: $20
  • Tour and Transport Services: $21
  • From Nusa Dua : Private Guided Tour to Ubud - Free WiFi: $21
  • Ubud: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Lunch: $22
  • Discover Hidden Hills & Twin Waterfall Private Guided Tour - Free WiFi: $25
  • Tukad Cepung Waterfall - Tirta Gangga - Lempuyang Private Guided Tour Free WiFi: $25
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $25
  • Ayung River: All Inclusive Rafting Adventure: $26

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
    $8.42
  • Two Opera Tickets
    $60
  • Temple of Heaven Park Entrance (for 2)
    $9.82
  • Forbidden City (for 2)
    $17
  • Forbidden City Tickets
    $17
  • Audio Guides at Forbidden City
    $11

Tours and Activities in Beijing

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

  • Temple of Heaven Tickets Booking: $4.00
  • MTY test product for tours: $5.00
  • Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket: $5.13
  • Train Tickets in China: $5.34
  • Private Tailor made tour for your family only in China around: $5.34
  • Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts Admission Ticket: $6.45
  • Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket: $7.06
  • Summer Palace Tickets Booking: $8.00
  • Beijing Forbidden City Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.21
  • Beijing Automobile Museum Admission Ticket: $8.71
  • Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket: $8.80
  • Skip the Line: Forbidden City Tickets & Optional Guide Tours: $8.88

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $2.73
    Beijing $9.49

Sample the Local Flavors in Beijing

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

  • Evening Food Private Tour with Brewery Taproom Hopping at Slow Boat in Beijing: $138
  • 5-Hour Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour from Beijing: $178
  • Private Wonderful Beijing Bar Crawl Tour: $195
  • Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour and Mutianyu Great Wall Visit: $228


When comparing the travel costs between Bali and Beijing, we can see that Beijing is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Bali or Beijing?

Beijing has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Bali experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Bali or Beijing in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Bali and Beijing. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, many visitors come to Beijing in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Bali is around the same temperature as Beijing. Typically, the summer temperatures in Bali in July are around 27°C (81°F), and Beijing is about 27°C (80°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Beijing this time of the year. In Bali, it's very sunny this time of the year. Bali usually receives more sunshine than Beijing during summer. At this time of the year, Bali gets 253 hours of sunny skies, while Beijing receives 224 hours of full sun.

Beijing receives a lot of rain in the summer. In July, Bali usually receives less rain than Beijing. At this time of the year, Bali gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Beijing receives 176 mm (6.9 in) of rain. April to September in Bali is the dry season.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Beijing 27°C (80°F)

Should I visit Bali or Beijing in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Bali as well as Beijing. Bali attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Additionally, most visitors come to Beijing for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Bali is generally much warmer than Beijing. Temperatures in Bali average around 27°C (81°F), and Beijing stays around 14°C (56°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Beijing. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Bali this time of the year. In the autumn, Bali often gets more sunshine than Beijing. Bali gets 266 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Beijing receives 227 hours of full sun.

Bali usually gets more rain in October than Beijing. Bali gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Beijing receives 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain this time of the year. October to March in Bali is the rainy season.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Beijing 14°C (56°F)

Should I visit Bali or Beijing in the Winter?

Both Beijing and Bali are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bali throughout the year. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Beijing because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Beijing can be very cold. Bali is much warmer than Beijing in the winter. The temperature in Bali is usually 26°C (79°F) in January, and Beijing stays around -4°C (26°F).

It's quite sunny in Beijing. Bali usually receives less sunshine than Beijing during winter. At this time of the year, Bali gets 170 hours of sunny skies, while Beijing receives 201 hours of full sun.

In January, Bali usually receives more rain than Beijing. At this time of the year, Bali gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Beijing receives 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain. The rainy season in Bali is October to March.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bali 26°C (79°F) 
    Beijing -4°C (26°F)

Should I visit Bali or Beijing in the Spring?

Both Beijing and Bali during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Bali because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Also, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Beijing this time of year.

In the spring, Bali is much warmer than Beijing. Typically, the spring temperatures in Bali in April are around 27°C (81°F), and Beijing is about 14°C (57°F).

In Beijing, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Bali. In the spring, Bali often gets less sunshine than Beijing. Bali gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Beijing receives 247 hours of full sun.

Bali usually gets more rain in April than Beijing. Bali gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Beijing receives 26 mm (1 in) of rain this time of the year. April to September is the dry season in Bali.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bali 27°C (81°F) 
    Beijing 14°C (57°F)

Typical Weather for Beijing and Bali

Bali Beijing
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) -4°C (26°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Feb 26°C (79°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) -1°C (30°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 6°C (42°F) 9 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 26 mm (1 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 25°C (76°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 27°C (80°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 25°C (78°F) 182 mm (7.2 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 50 mm (2 in) 20°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 14°C (56°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 5°C (41°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) -1°C (29°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)


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