A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Beijing vs. Suzhou

Should you visit Beijing or Suzhou?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Beijing and Suzhou can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

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.

Suzhou

Suzhou is a city in Jiangsu province famed for its beautiful gardens and traditional waterside architecture, featuring elaborate canals and bridges. Located on the Yangtze Delta, the city consists largely of waterways making Suzhou a kind of 'Venice of the Orient.' It is also a hub for scholars, artists, and skilled craftsmen.

Which city is cheaper, Suzhou or Beijing?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Beijing is $70, while the average daily cost in Suzhou is $92. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Beijing and Suzhou in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Beijing is $72. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Suzhou is $70. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beijing $36
    Suzhou $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beijing $72
    Suzhou $70


Food

In Beijing travelers spend around $19 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

The average traveler spends about $29 per day in Suzhou for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Beijing $19
    Suzhou $29
Typical Food prices in Beijing

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


  • Popcorn
    $0.94
  • Hot Pot Dinner
    $7.85
  • Dumpling Breakfast for Two
    $3.14
  • Watermelon
    $2.20
  • Peking Duck Dinner for 2
    $19
  • Two Popsicles
    $0.94

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
  • Path Hutong Food Tour: $30
  • Kung fu Show and Peking Roasted Duck Dinner: $58
  • Private Temple of Heaven Walking Tour with Peking Duck Dinner or Kung Fu Show: $62
  • Acrobatic Show w/ Peking Duck Dinner Private: $68
  • Beijing Historical Center with Peking Opera and Duck Dinner: $69
  • 3 hours Morning or Afternoon Tea Tasting on Maliandao Street and Tea Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Tour: $69
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $69
  • 4-Hour Peking Duck Dinner & Kung Fu Show Night: $80
  • Old Beijing Dinner Tour: $80
  • Vegetarian / Peking Duck / Hotpot Dinner with Kungfu Show Private Tour: $90
  • Authentic Local Food Tour in Center Beijing: $90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Suzhou

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

  • Suzhou Alleyway Walking Food Tour With Locals: $49
  • Half-Day Private Customized Suzhou Highlights with Lunch or Dinner Option: $123
  • Private Suzhou Night Tour:Master of the Nets Garden, Ancient Canal with Dinner: $145
  • Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Lunch or Dinner Option: $154


Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $6.95 per day to get around in Beijing.

The cost of a taxi ride in Suzhou is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $52 per person, per day, on local transportation in Suzhou.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beijing $6.95
    Suzhou $52
Typical Local Transportation prices in Beijing

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


  • Taxi
    $5.36
  • Train from Airport for Two
    $7.85
  • Taxi to Hotel
    $9.42
  • 2 Metro Passes
    $2.51
  • Metro
    $0.63

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beijing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Beijing:

  • Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options: $12
  • Beijing Railway Station - Hotel Transfer and Vice Versa: $14
  • Beijing Capital International Airport Private Transfer: $16
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Train Stations to Hotel: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Train Stations: $20
  • From Mutianyu Great Wall Transfer with Pick-Up: $21
  • 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
  • Kungfu Panda Show Ticket with Optional Transfer: $22
  • Private Airport Transfer: Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY) to Beijing: $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Beijing to Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY): $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Suzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Suzhou:

  • 1-way Transfer Between Suzhou Downtown and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport At Per Vehicle Price: $75
  • 1-way Transfer between Suzhou Downtown and Ningbo Downtown Per Vehicle Price: $244
  • Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $227
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town: $138
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Xitang Water Town: $138
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Suzhou Train Station to Hotels in Suzhou: $44
  • Private Day Tour: Gardens and Old Street in Suzhou with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $214
  • Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $227
  • Private Departure Transfer:Suzhou Hotel to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA): $40
  • Private Departure Transfer:Suzhou Hotel to Shanghai Pudong Airport(PVG): $45
  • Private Round Trip Transfer from Suzhou to Luzhi Water Town: $64
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Tianping Mountain from Suzhou: $45


Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $22 per person, per day in Beijing. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Entertainment and activities in Suzhou typically cost an average of $8.48 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beijing $22
    Suzhou $8.48
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
    $9.42
  • Two Opera Tickets
    $67
  • Temple of Heaven Park Entrance (for 2)
    $11
  • Forbidden City (for 2)
    $19
  • Forbidden City Tickets
    $19
  • Audio Guides at Forbidden City
    $13

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
  • Skip-the-Line Yonghe Lama Temple Ticket: $7.30
  • Summer Palace Tickets Booking: $8.00
  • Mutianyu: Great Wall Admission Tickets: $8.18
  • Beijing Forbidden City Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.21
  • Beijing Automobile Museum Admission Ticket: $8.71

Tours and Activities in Suzhou

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

  • Suzhou City Walk - Explore Suzhou 3.5h - small group tour: $33
  • Suzhou Half-Day Tour: Boat Ride&Pingjiang Canal Street: $37
  • Independent Tour of Tianping Mountain and Mudu Water Town from Suzhou: $45
  • Zhouzhuang and Tongli Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou with Drop-off Options: $65
  • Suzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $65
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Flexible Tour with Garden and Boat Ride Option: $67
  • 4-Hour Suzhou City Private Tailor-Made Tour: $67
  • 4-Hour Tongli Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride: $89
  • Suzhou Private English Tour Guide /Interpreter Service: $91
  • Wuxi Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou by Private Car: $97
  • Suzhou Private Walking Tour with Panmen Gate, City Moat and Yiyuan Garden: $101
  • Half Day Suzhou Silk Culture Tour: $109


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Beijing may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about $5.82 on alcoholic beverages in Suzhou per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beijing $11
    Suzhou $5.82

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 we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Beijing and Suzhou, we can see that Suzhou is more expensive. And not only is Beijing much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. 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 Suzhou would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Suzhou than you might in Beijing.

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