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

Should you visit Beijing or Santiago?

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 Santiago 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 Santiago?

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.

Santiago

Santiago is the capital city of Chile. It is centrally located in the long and narrow country, making it a good jumping off point to explore everywhere else. It's convenient location means that you can go skiing in the Andes one day, and hang out at the beach the next.

Santiago has a cool semi-arid climate that is similar to Mediterranean climates. The summers, which are between November and March, are warm and dry. The temperatures climb to around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters, between June and August, are humid with cold mornings. The daily highs are around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows stay a few degrees above freezing. Rain is more common in the winter months and the dry season is between December and March.

Which place is cheaper, Santiago 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 Santiago is $140. 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 Santiago in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beijing $40
    Santiago $109
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beijing $80
    Santiago $218
Compare Hotels in Beijing and Santiago

Looking for a hotel in Beijing or Santiago? 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 Santiago


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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: Santiago Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beijing $7.68
    Santiago $5.33
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:

  • Ming Tombs Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided &Transfer Service: $8.00
  • Juyongguan Great Wall Entrance Ticket with Guide&Transfer Service: $11
  • From Mutianyu Great Wall Transfer with Pick-Up: $17
  • Beijing Airport Transfer: $21
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Train Stations: $22
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Train Stations to Hotel: $22
  • Beijing Railway Station Departure Transfer: Hotel/Apartment to Railway Station: $23
  • Beijing Railway Station Arrival Transfer: Railway Station to Hotel/Apartment: $23
  • Private Airport Pick Up or Drop Off Transfer: $26
  • Private One Way Transfer Service from Your Hotels to Train Stations in Beijing: $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

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Santiago

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


  • Metro Ride
    $1.11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Santiago- Santiago Airport (SCL): $28
  • Airport transfer between Santiago city center and Arturo Merino Benítez Airport: $51
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Santiago Airport SCL to Santiago by Luxury Van: $71
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Santiago Airport SCL to Santiago in Business Car: $68
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Santiago Airport SCL to Santiago in Luxury Van: $85
  • Arrival Transfer - Santiago International Airport to Hotel in Santiago: $35
  • Arturo Merino Benítez Intl Airport: Shared Transfer: $24
  • Departure Private Transfer Santiago to Santiago Airport SCL in a Luxury Van: $71
  • Departure Private Transfers : Santiago to Santiago Airport SCL in Business Car: $68
  • Departure Private Transfers : Santiago to Santiago Airport SCL in Luxury Van: $85
  • Departure Transfer - Hotel in Santiago to Santiago International Airport: $35
  • From Farellones/Valle Nevado Roundtrip Transfer: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Beijing or Santiago?

Prices for flights to both Santiago 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
    Santiago $13
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 Santiago

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


  • Empanada
    $1.86
  • Hamburger
    $2.46
  • Dinner
    $25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago

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

  • Sunset Winery Tour with Wine Tastings and Dinner: $50
  • Sunset at Alyan Family Wines Winery with Dinner: $103
  • Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago: $107
  • Traditional Chilean Show with Dinner and Private Transportation in Santiago: $107
  • Santiago City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour by Night Including Dinner: $109
  • Bali Hai Dinner & Show Including Transport: $115
  • Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show: $116
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Chilean Cooking Class in a Local Home: $117
  • Sunset Alyan + 6 wines + savory board + rustic dinner + dessert: $119
  • Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show: $120
  • San Cristobal Hill Night Tour with Dinner Show: $129
  • Private Tour: Santiago at Night with Dinner and Show: $131

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beijing $24
    Santiago $47
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 Booking: $6.50
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket: $6.50
  • Beijing Lama Temple Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $7.00
  • Beijing The Forbidden City Ticket OR Tiananmen Square : $7.00
  • Beijing Temple of Heaven Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.00
  • The Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace Entry Ticket: $8.00
  • The Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Entrance Ticket: $8.00
  • Confucius Temple and Imperial College Entrance Ticket : $8.00

Tours and Activities in Santiago

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

  • Santiago Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Official Tour of Santiago Cathedral: $11
  • Santiago Cathedral's Bell Tower Official Tour: $11
  • Cable Car Admission Ticket: $13
  • Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino Admission Ticket: $15
  • Undurraga Sibaris Tour Ticket: $22
  • Cousiño Macul Official Winery Tour with Tasting: $23
  • "Tour Tradicional" Viña Cousiño Macul Oficial español: $23
  • Skip the Line: Concha y Toro Traditional Tour Ticket: $25
  • Walking tour by the Old Santiago of Chile - small group: $25
  • Walking tour through Santiago: $26
  • Viña Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour: $28

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beijing $12
    Santiago $8.27

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 Santiago

Also in Santiago, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Premium Wine Tour in Viña Cousiño Macul Spanish official: $37
  • Winery Tour with Entry and Wine Tasting: $44
  • Concha y Toro Ticket and Tour with Wine Tasting: $44
  • Undurraga Wine tour: $63
  • Half Day Trip to Undurraga Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $65
  • Half Day Trip to Concha y Toro Vineyard from Santiago - Wine Tasting Included: $65
  • Undurraga Wine Tasting Tour from Santiago: $68
  • Private Tour: Santa Rita Vineyard with Wine Tastings: $72
  • Premium Wine Tasting in Santiago de Chile: $77
  • Private Tour: Undurraga Vineyard Experience with Premium Wine Tasting: $92
  • From Concha y Toro Marqués Half-Day Wine Tasting: $94
  • half day wine tour to concha y toro from Santiago seasonal offer: $95


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Beijing and Santiago, we can see that Santiago 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 Santiago 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 Santiago would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Santiago 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 Santiago Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Beijing or Santiago?

Beijing has a larger population, and is about 55% larger than the population of Santiago. When comparing the sizes of Beijing and Santiago, 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 Santiago?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Santiago 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 Santiago in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Beijing and Santiago. The city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Beijing this time of year.

In July, Beijing is generally a little warmer than Santiagoin January. Daily temperatures in Beijing average around 27°C (80°F), and Santiago fluctuates around 21°C (70°F).

Beijing gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Beijing usually receives more rain than Santiagoin January. Beijing gets 176 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Beijing 27°C (80°F) 
    Santiago 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Beijing or Santiago in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Beijing as well as Santiago. Many travelers come to Beijing for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Beijing is around the same temperature as Santiago in the autumn. The daily temperature in Beijing averages around 14°C (56°F) in October, and Santiago fluctuates around 15°C (59°F)in April.

Beijing usually gets more rain in October than Santiagoin April. Beijing gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Beijing 14°C (56°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Should I visit Beijing or Santiago in the Winter?

Both Santiago and Beijing are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Beijing in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Beijing can get quite cold in the winter. In the winter, Beijing is much colder than Santiago. Typically, the winter temperatures in Beijing in January average around -4°C (26°F), and Santiago averages at about 9°C (48°F)in July.

In January, Beijing usually receives less rain than Santiagoin July. Beijing gets 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Beijing -4°C (26°F) 
    Santiago 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Beijing or Santiago in the Spring?

Both Santiago and Beijing during the spring are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Beijing for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

In April, Beijing is generally around the same temperature as Santiagoin October. Daily temperatures in Beijing average around 14°C (57°F), and Santiago fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

Beijing usually gets more rain in April than Santiagoin October. Beijing gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Santiago receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Beijing 14°C (57°F) 
    Santiago 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Santiago and Beijing

Beijing Santiago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -4°C (26°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb -1°C (30°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 6°C (42°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 14°C (57°F) 26 mm (1 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 25°C (76°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 9°C (48°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 27°C (80°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 25°C (78°F) 182 mm (7.2 in) 10°C (50°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 20°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 12°C (54°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Oct 14°C (56°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 15°C (59°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 5°C (41°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec -1°C (29°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)