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

Should you visit Beijing or Guatemala City?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Beijing and Guatemala City can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Beijing or Guatemala City?


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.

Guatemala City

Referred to by the locals as "Guate," Guatemala City is the largest and most modern city in Guatemala, as well as its capital. While the atmosphere of the place is big, dirty, and dangerous with city fumes and skyscrapers, it is the hub of the country. It is the place where travelers first step foot into Guatemala and, though it is a place of modern chaos, it does have some of the best galleries and museums as well as a selection of bars, cafes, and restaurants.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to China, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Guatemala City, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Guatemala.

Which place is cheaper, Guatemala City or Beijing?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beijing is $76, while the average daily cost in Guatemala City is $44. 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 Beijing and Guatemala City in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beijing $39
    Guatemala City $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beijing $78
    Guatemala City $48
Compare Hotels in Beijing and Guatemala City

Looking for a hotel in Beijing or Guatemala City? 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 Beijing

Hotels in Guatemala City

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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: Guatemala City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beijing $7.71
    Guatemala City $6.17
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 Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour w/ Optional Guide/Transfer: $15
  • From Mutianyu Great Wall Transfer with Pick-Up: $17
  • Beijing Daxing International Airport shuttle bus transfer service: $20
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Train Stations to Hotel: $22
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Train Stations: $22
  • Beijing Railway Station Departure Transfer: Hotel/Apartment to Railway Station: $23
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Airport (PEK or PKX) to Hotel: $27
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Airport (PEK or PKX) to Hotel: $27
  • Private One Way Transfer Services from Train Stations in Beijing to Your Hotels : $27
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Airport (PEK or PKX): $27
  • Private One Way Transfer Service from Your Hotels to Train Stations in Beijing: $27
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Airport (PEK or PKX): $27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guatemala City

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guatemala City:

  • From Panajachel: Transfer to Guatemala City: $240
  • Guatemala Airport Roundtrip Transfer to Antigua Guatemala: $56
  • Guatemala City Airport (GUA) to Quetzaltenango-Arrival Transfer: $66
  • Guatemala City Airport GUA to San Felipe de Lara-Arrival Transfer: $78
  • Guatemala City Airport(GUA) to Quetzaltenango-Round-Trip Transfer: $132
  • One way private transfer to Antigua: $74
  • Private Airport Transfer La Aurora airport to Guatemala: $24
  • Private Airport Transfer to Antigua Guatemala: $45
  • Private Arrival Transfer: La Aurora International Airport to Antigua Hotel: $35
  • Private Ground Transfer Airport - Antigua Guatemala: $23
  • Private Ground Transfer Guatemala City To Panajachel, LakeAtitlan: $150
  • Private Transfer From Airport to Hotel in Guatemala City: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Beijing or Guatemala City?

Prices for flights to both Guatemala City and Beijing 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
    Beijing $19
    Guatemala City $15
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 Kungpao Chicken: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Orange Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Beijing Acrobatic Show Tickets w/ Optional Dinner or Transfer: $48
  • Temple of Heaven Private Tour w/Option Show &Dinner: $54
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $55
  • 3 hours Morning or Afternoon Tea Tasting on Maliandao Street and Tea Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Tour: $69
  • Hidden Gems Guided Food Tour with Beer and Tastings: $75
  • discovery more Beijing back street evening food tour with locals : $79
  • Old Beijing Dinner Tour: $80
  • Acrobatic Show with Peking Duck Dinner Private Tour: $80
  • Beijing Hutong Neighborhood: Food and Dinner Tour: $80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guatemala City

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

  • Cooking class/Pepian Workshop: $35
  • Taste Antigua Guatemala Walking Food Tour : $75
  • Small-Group Cooking Class in Antigua from Guatemala City: $120
  • Antigua Market, Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City: $178
  • Pacaya Volcano Vistas + Enjoy Pizza Cooked Under Volcanic Heat: $180

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beijing $24
    Guatemala City $1.21
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:

  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.99
  • Temple of Heaven Group Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Summer Palace Group Walking Tour: $5.00
  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.34
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket: $6.50
  • Beijing Lama Temple Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $7.00
  • Panda House+City Attractions or Mutianyu Day Tour: $7.18
  • Beijing Temple of Heaven Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $7.88
  • Beijing Summer Palace Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $7.88
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket Booking: $7.90
  • Confucius Temple and Imperial College Entrance Ticket : $8.00
  • Summer Palace+Ming Tombs/Heaven Temple/China National Museum Tour: $8.00

Tours and Activities in Guatemala City

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

  • Culinary Experience in Guatemala City: $15
  • Half Day Antigua Guatemala Tour: $17
  • Guided Walking Tour in Guatemala City: $25
  • Half Day Guatemala City Tour: $27
  • 2-Hour Culture and Historical Tour From Guatemala: $29
  • Half-Day Guatemala City Explorer Tour: $34
  • Graffiti Walking Tour in 4 Grados Norte Guatemala City : $35
  • UNESCO JEWELS: Antigua Half Day Tour from Guatemala City: $38
  • Guatemala city walking tour on afternoon 14.00, 2 persons and up: $39
  • Private Tour in the Historic Center of Guatemala City: $45
  • City walking tour Guatemala City and Relieff Map: $47
  • Private Night City Photo Tour in Guatemala: $50

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beijing $11
    Guatemala City $6.85

Sample the Local Flavors in Beijing

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

  • Beijing Brewery Bike Tour: $99
  • Private Tour-Drum Tower, Hutong Food Taste and Local Brewery Beer: $120
  • Full Day Private Chateau Changyu Wine Tour from Beijing: $164

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Beijing and Guatemala City, we can see that Beijing is more expensive. And not only is Guatemala City much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Beijing is in Asia and Guatemala City is in Central America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Guatemala City would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Guatemala City 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 Guatemala City.

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

Which is Bigger, Beijing or Guatemala City?

Beijing has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Guatemala City. When comparing the sizes of Beijing and Guatemala City, 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.