A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. Xi'an for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bali or Xi'an?

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 Xi'an can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Bali or Xi'an?


Known as the "Island of the Gods," it's not difficult to see why the Gods would want to set up shop in Bali. With a beautifully diverse landscape of hills, mountains, coastlines, beaches, vibrant rice fields and volcanic hillsides, you'll easily go into sensory overload.

Bali is home to 4 million people who all hold true to a deeply spiritual and unique culture. With champion surfing, world class resorts and challenging hiking trails, this Indonesian island accommodates travelers from every walk of life. It's often called, "paradise on earth, " and no one disagrees.


Xi'an is an ancient city in the Shaanxi Province in China. Today it is most notable as the location of the Terracotta Warriors, but for visitors who choose to linger, there is so much more to see and do in the area. The city itself is more than 3,000 years old and for about one thousand years, through 13 dynasties and 73 emperors, it was the capital. Because of its rich history there are many historical ruins and a strong culture in the city. Today the city is a pleasant place to visit, although much of it's influence and power has dwindled. The city has both cosmopolitan and modern areas as well as historic and culturally rich areas. The neighborhoods are diverse and by exploring the city in depth you can learn a little more about what China really has to offer.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Tours for Seniors to Indonesia, The Best G Adventures Tours to Indonesia, The Best 10-Day Tours in China, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China.

Which place is cheaper, Xi'an or Bali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $71, while the average daily cost in Xi'an is $94. 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 Bali and Xi'an in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $41
    Xi'an $60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $82
    Xi'an $120
Compare Hotels in Bali and Xi'an

Looking for a hotel in Bali or Xi'an? 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 Xian

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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: Bali Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $8.83
    Xi'an $12
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bali

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

  • Motorbike Rental

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • BALI PARAGLIDING Fly, Swing and Soaring above the sea with private transfer: $103
  • Bali DPS Airport Private Transfer from-to Nusa Dua: $23
  • Bali DPS Airport Private Transfer from-to Uluwatu & South Kuta: $31
  • Bali Gili Fast Boat Transfer Ticket All Inclusive: $60
  • Bali Massage with Transfer to International Bali Airport (DPS): $58
  • Bali Parasailing Adventure with Including Hotel Transfer: $45
  • Bali Parasailing Adventure,Banana Boat,Jet Ski and Donut Boat with Transfers: $59
  • Bali Quad Bike Through Cave and Waterfall with Private Transfer: $57
  • Bali Quad and Buggy Discovery Tour, Including Round-Trip Transfer: $76
  • Bali Spa Treatment with Airport Transfers (Departure): $56
  • Bali Tours 4U Airport and Seaport transfers. 24 hours a day.: $21
  • Bali Water Sport : Sea Walker,Donut Boat and Banana Boat with Hotel Transfers: $64

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Xi'an

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Xi'an:

  • Xi'an Airport Transfer: $17
  • Private Departure Transfer to Xi'an International Airport from City Hotels: $22
  • Private Transfer from Xi'an Hotel to Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY): $25
  • Private Transfer from Xi'an hotel to Xi'an train station: $27
  • Airport Transfer] Xi'an Airport Xi'an City Transfer High reputation for service! : $27
  • Xi'an Terracotta Army Tickets with Optional Guide/Transfer: $28
  • Xian City to Xian Xianyang Airport (XIY) - Departure Private Transfer: $28
  • Xian Xianyang Airport (XIY) to Xian City - Arrival Private Transfer: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: Xi'an Hotel to Xianyang International Airport: $29
  • Xi’an Railway Station Private Arrival Transfer to City Area: $29
  • Private Departure Transfer:Xi'an City Hotel to Any Xi'an Railway Station: $30
  • Xi'an North Railway Station Transfer To Downtown Hotel: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or Xi'an?

Prices for flights to both Xi'an 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 Meals for one day
    Bali $20
    Xi'an $12
Typical Food Prices in Bali

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

  • Coffee
  • Lunch for Two
  • Bali Cafe for Two
  • Lunch for Two
  • Lunch for 2
  • Dinner for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

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

  • Private Tour Rafting Uluwatu Kecak Dance Sunset and Dinner in Jimbaran Bay: $28
  • Best Romantic Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Beach Sunset : $29
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner under sunset in the Beach: $30
  • Private Tour Uluwatu Sunset Kecak Dance and Dinner at Jimbaran: $31
  • Bali Sunset and Dinner: Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and Jimbaran: $32
  • Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $32
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise with Shows, Games, and Music: $32
  • Amazing Private Tour-Uluwatu Kecak Dance and Romantic Seafood Dinner: $33
  • From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village: $35
  • Bali Private tour Beach,Traditional dance, Uluwatu Temple, Sunset, Dinner: $45
  • Seminyak: Balinese Cooking Class & Market Tour: $45
  • Spice Garden, Jamu & Cooking Class in Bali Village: $45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Xi'an

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Xi'an.

  • Skip the Line: Xi'an Tang Dynasty Show Ticket & Dumpling Dinner or Royal Banquet: $32
  • Xian Muslim Quarter: 2-Hour Small Group Walking Food Tour : $36
  • Private Home Cooking Class:Dumpling Cooking Class Tour in Xi'an: $50
  • Tang Dynasty Show with Optional Dinner: $51
  • Tang Dynasty Dinner Show with Private transfer: $55
  • Xi'an Vegetarian Food Tour: $60
  • Half-day Xi'an Biang Biang Noodles Cooking Class with Spice Market Visit: $65
  • Private Xi'an Food Tour: $65
  • Private Old Xi'an Authentic Local Beer Dinner Tour: $68
  • Xi'an Evening Food Tour by TukTuk: $69
  • 3-Hour Biang Biang Noodles Cooking Class in Xi'an: $75
  • Authentic Muslim Alley Food Tour in Xi'an: $75

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $11
    Xi'an $35
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bali

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

  • Spa for Two
  • Snorkelling Trip
  • Cooking School

Tours and Activities in Bali

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

  • Bali Water Sports Adventure: $7.89
  • Bali Tanjung Benoa Water Sport Adventure: $8.34
  • Bali Bird Park 1-Day Admission Ticket: $8.83
  • Private Tour to New Indonesia Urban Destination: $12
  • Uluwatu Temple Tour with Optional Kecak Dance Ticket: $13
  • Kecak and Fire Dance Ticket at Uluwatu Temple: $14
  • Best of Ubud Full Day Private Guided Tour: $14
  • Kecak Dance Uluwatu Temple Half Day Sunset Tour: $14
  • Watersport activity Ocean walker, Parasailing Adventure & Banana Boat: $18
  • Wonderful Of Ubud Private Guided Tour: $18
  • Tanah Lot Temple Guided Tour: $18
  • All-Inclusive White Water Rafting Adventure in Ubud: $19

Tours and Activities in Xi'an

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

  • 6 Hour Bus Tour: From Xi'an to Terra Cotta Warriors Museum Round Trip (8:30am): $13
  • Terracotta Warriors 5-Hour Private Tour w/ Optional Pickup Point: $26
  • Terra-cotta Warriors Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $26
  • Terracotta Army Ticket Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Warriors Tickets Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Army Tickets Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Army Ticket: $28
  • Terracotta Army Ticket Booking: $28
  • Terracotta Army Tickets: $28
  • Group Bus Tour to Terracotta Warriors with Hotel Pickup & Lunch: $35
  • Tang Dynasty Palace Show Tickets Booking: $37
  • Xi'an City Wall: Guided Tour with Cycling Option: $43

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $3.13
    Xi'an $7.22

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and Xi'an, we can see that Xi'an is more expensive. And not only is Bali much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bali would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bali 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 Xi'an would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Xi'an than you might in Bali.

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

Which is Bigger, Bali or Xi'an?

Xi'an has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Bali. When comparing the sizes of Bali and Xi'an, 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.