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

Should you visit Beijing or Rio de Janeiro?

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 Rio de Janeiro 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 Rio de Janeiro?

Beijing

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.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most popular travel destination in Brazil. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. A portion of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. It's also famous for Carnival, it's gorgeous beaches, and world-famous landmarks. Rio's appeal as a travel destination is apparent year round due to the great weather and plenty of fun activities. The city has a wonderful natural harbor that is surrounded by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, creating an absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting.

Which place is cheaper, Rio de Janeiro or Beijing?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beijing is $78, while the average daily cost in Rio de Janeiro is $108. 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 Rio de Janeiro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beijing $40
    Rio de Janeiro $68
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beijing $80
    Rio de Janeiro $136
Compare Hotels in Beijing and Rio de Janeiro

Looking for a hotel in Beijing or Rio de Janeiro? 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 Rio de Janeiro


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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: Rio de Janeiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beijing $7.68
    Rio de Janeiro $8.18
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Beijing

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


  • Taxi
    $4.74
  • Train from Airport for Two
    $6.95
  • Taxi to Hotel
    $8.34
  • 2 Metro Passes
    $2.22
  • Metro
    $0.56

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beijing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Beijing:

  • Jinshanling Great Wall Self-hiking Tour by Private Transfer Service : $98
  • Private English Transfer to Shilin Gorge Platform And Ming City Wall : $140
  • Private One-Way Transfer Between Beijing Railway Station and Hotel: $30
  • Private Round Transfers to Gubei Water Town & Night View of Simatai Great Wall: $184
  • 1-Day Beijing Layover Private Tour: Forbidden City with Round Airport transfers: $198
  • 1-Day Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall with Round Airport Transfers: $208
  • 1-Day Bejing Layover Tour:Mutianyu Great Wall,Forbidden City & Airport Transfers: $250
  • 1-Way Private Transfer between Beijing Airport and City Hotels: $30
  • 1-day Jinshanling Great Wall round-trip transfer from Beijing: $77
  • 4-Hour Huanghuacheng Great Wall Sunset Tour with Airport Transfer: $160
  • 5 Hours Round Trip Transfer Service to Mutianyu Great Wall: $70
  • Acrobatic Show at Red Theater With Private Transfer: $45

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rio de Janeiro

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.01

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rio de Janeiro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro:

  • A transfer with safety and comfort in Rio: $45
  • Airport Private Transfer - Premium Service: $65
  • All Private Transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande: $275
  • All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Churrascaria in Rio de Janeiro with Transfer: $80
  • Angra dos Reis Private Transfer from Rio de Janeiro : $107
  • Angra dos Reis Shared Transfer From Rio de Janeiro: $53
  • AquaRio Small Group Guided Tour with entrance and transfer: $60
  • Arraial do Cabo Private Transfer From Rio de Janeiro: $123
  • Arraial do Cabo Shared Transfer From Rio de Janeiro: $54
  • Arrival Private Transfer GIG or SDU Airport to Rio City by Minivan: $91
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Rio Airports to Angra dos Reis by Sedan Car: $116
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Rio Airports to Buzios by Minivan: $205

Is it cheaper to fly into Beijing or Rio de Janeiro?

Prices for flights to both Rio de Janeiro 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Beijing $21
    Rio de Janeiro $21
Typical Food Prices in Beijing

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


  • Popcorn
    $0.83
  • Hot Pot Dinner
    $6.95
  • Dumpling Breakfast for Two
    $2.78
  • Watermelon
    $1.94
  • Peking Duck Dinner for 2
    $17
  • Two Popsicles
    $0.83

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 Handmade Noodles by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Kungpao Chicken: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Orange Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • 3.5-Hour Walking Food Tour: A Bite of History at Beijing Niujie Street: $35
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $55
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $55
  • Temple of Heaven Private Tour w/Option Show &Dinner: $60
  • 3 hours Morning or Afternoon Tea Tasting on Maliandao Street and Tea Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Tour: $69
  • Beijing back street evening food tour with locals : $75
  • Acrobatic Show with Peking Duck Dinner Private Tour: $80
  • Beijing Hutong Neighborhood: Food and Dinner Tour: $80

Typical Food Prices in Rio de Janeiro

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Popcorn
    $0.60
  • Corn on the Cob
    $0.80
  • Hamburger
    $1.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rio de Janeiro

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Waterfront Dinner & Live Music Experience: $47
  • Waterfront Dinner and Live Music in Rio de Janeiro: $48
  • Feijoada Food Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off: $80
  • Dinner & Rio Scenarium Nightclub Admission with Transfer: $85
  • 9-Recipe Boozy Brazilian Cooking Class: $85
  • 9-Recipes Boozy Brazilian Cooking Class with Market Tour: $85
  • Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private): $86
  • Copacabana Local Street Bars Food Tour: $93
  • Rio Bar Food Tour with a Local - All Included: $99
  • Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar: $108
  • Rio Bar Food Tour with a Local: $114
  • Rio Scenarium: Fast Track Entrance, Dinner & Open Bar: $115

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beijing $24
    Rio de Janeiro $22
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
    $8.34
  • Two Opera Tickets
    $59
  • Temple of Heaven Park Entrance (for 2)
    $9.72
  • 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:

  • Entry Ticket to Forbidden City or Tian’anmen Square in Beijing: $3.00
  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.99
  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.34
  • The Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square Entry Ticket: $5.78
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket: $6.50
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket Booking: $6.50
  • Beijing The Forbidden City Ticket OR Tiananmen Square : $7.00
  • Beijing Lama Temple Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $7.00
  • Beijing Summer Palace Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.00
  • Confucius Temple and Imperial College Entrance Ticket : $8.00
  • The Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace Entry Ticket: $8.00
  • The Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Entrance Ticket: $8.00

Tours and Activities in Rio de Janeiro

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

  • A Self-Guided Black History Audio Tour of Rio de Janeiro’s Little Africa: $5.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Santa Teresa: the staircase: $6.99
  • Rio de Janeiro (Ipanema & Copacabana) Self-Guided Tour: $7.94
  • Rio de Janeiro (Urca) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $7.94
  • Rio de Janeiro(Ipanema-Copacabana)Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour: $8.13
  • Rio de Janeiro (Urca) Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.13
  • Salvador Sights Self Guided Tour (Pelourinho): $8.13
  • Rio de Janeiro Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - Imperial Rio: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour-Story of Bossanova: Rhythm and soul of Rio: $10
  • Hiking Experience to Pedra do Telégrafo: $10
  • Favela tour in copacabana with local guide!: $10

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beijing $12
    Rio de Janeiro $12

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
  • Evening Food Private Tour with Brewery Taproom Hopping at Slow Boat in Beijing: $110
  • Full Day Private Chateau Changyu Wine Tour from Beijing: $164
  • 5-Hour Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour from Beijing: $178
  • Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour and Mutianyu Great Wall Visit: $228

Sample the Local Flavors in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Pub Crawl in Lapa: $17
  • Rio: Pub Crawl in Lapa with Cachaça Tasting and Live Samba: $19
  • Rio de Janeiro Pub Crawl (Lapa district): $35
  • Walking tour + Pub crawl in Lapa: $35
  • Petropolis City Tour with Imperial Museum and Optional Lunch & Bohemia Brewery: $40
  • Petropolis Bohemia: Historic tour and visit to the Bohemian Brewery: $58
  • Petropolis City Tour + Bohemia Brewery + Lunch: $77
  • Petrópolis City and Brewery Bohemia Tour - Best of Rio's Mountains: $110
  • Brazilian Wine Tasting Evening: $110
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $125
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $134


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

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


Which is Bigger, Beijing or Rio de Janeiro?

Beijing has a larger population, and is about 24% larger than the population of Rio de Janeiro. When comparing the sizes of Beijing and Rio de Janeiro, 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.


When is the best time to visit Beijing or Rio de Janeiro?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Rio de Janeiro is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Beijing has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Beijing or Rio de Janeiro in the Summer?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Beijing are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Beijing because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

Beijing is around the same temperature as Rio de Janeiro in the summer. The daily temperature in Beijing averages around 27°C (80°F) in July, and Rio de Janeiro fluctuates around 26°C (79°F)in January.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Rio de Janeiro. It's quite rainy in Beijing. In July, Beijing usually receives more rain than Rio de Janeiroin January. Beijing gets 176 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 114 mm (4.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Beijing 27°C (80°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Beijing or Rio de Janeiro in the Autumn?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Beijing during the autumn are popular places to visit. The city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Beijing this time of year.

In the autumn, Beijing is much colder than Rio de Janeiro. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Beijing in October average around 14°C (56°F), and Rio de Janeiro averages at about 25°C (77°F)in April.

Rio de Janeiro gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Beijing usually gets less rain in October than Rio de Janeiroin April. Beijing gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Beijing 14°C (56°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Beijing or Rio de Janeiro in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Beijing and Rio de Janeiro. Many travelers come to Beijing for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Beijing. In January, Beijing is generally much colder than Rio de Janeiroin July. Daily temperatures in Beijing average around -4°C (26°F), and Rio de Janeiro fluctuates around 21°C (70°F).

In January, Beijing usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin July. Beijing gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Beijing -4°C (26°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Beijing or Rio de Janeiro in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Beijing as well as Rio de Janeiro. Many visitors come to Beijing in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Beijing is much colder than Rio de Janeiro in the spring. The daily temperature in Beijing averages around 14°C (57°F) in April, and Rio de Janeiro fluctuates around 23°C (73°F)in October.

Beijing usually gets less rain in April than Rio de Janeiroin October. Beijing gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Beijing 14°C (57°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 23°C (73°F)

Typical Weather for Rio de Janeiro and Beijing

Beijing Rio de Janeiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -4°C (26°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 26°C (79°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Feb -1°C (30°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Mar 6°C (42°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 14°C (57°F) 26 mm (1 in) 25°C (77°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Jun 25°C (76°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 27°C (80°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Aug 25°C (78°F) 182 mm (7.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 20°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 14°C (56°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 23°C (73°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 5°C (41°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 24°C (75°F) 96 mm (3.8 in)
Dec -1°C (29°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)