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

Should you visit Chengdu or Suzhou?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Chengdu and Suzhou. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Chengdu or Suzhou?


Chengdu is in China's Sichuan Provence and is in what is known as the Red Basin. It is a particularly fertile region in China that is known for its agriculture. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the "Land of Milk and Honey". The Funan River cuts through the city but has almost no boat traffic anymore. The city itself has a wonderful relaxed vibe compared to the rest of China and is filled with green parks and places to relax. It is considered one of the most livable cities in China.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Cultural Tours in China, The Best Luxury Tours to China, The Best Budget Tours to China, and The Best Tours for Seniors to China.

Which place is cheaper, Suzhou or Chengdu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Chengdu is $50, while the average daily cost in Suzhou is $102. 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 Chengdu and Suzhou in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Chengdu $21
    Suzhou $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Chengdu $42
    Suzhou $76
Compare Hotels in Chengdu and Suzhou

Looking for a hotel in Chengdu or Suzhou? 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 Chengdu

Hotels in Suzhou

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Chengdu $5.94
    Suzhou $57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chengdu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chengdu:

  • Chengdu City to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (CTU) - Departure Private Transfer: $19
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Base Ticket w/ Optional Transfer or Guide: $20
  • Chengdu to Chengdu Airport (CTU) - Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • [Airport Transfer] Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Kosheng City Transfer High reputation for service! : $22
  • Panda Breeding Base Tickets with Guide/Transfer: $23
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Chengdu International Airport (CTU): $23
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Chengdu Train Stations: $23
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chengdu International Airport (CTU) to Hotel: $23
  • Private Transfer from Chengdu hotel to Chengdu Train Station: $27
  • Private Transfer Chengdu (TFU & CTU) Airport Pickup Service: $29
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Transfer to Downtown Hotel: $32
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Chengdu Airport (CTU or TFU): $34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Suzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Suzhou:

  • Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Private Departure Transfer from Suzhou: $80
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town : $143
  • Nanjing Downtown hotels to Lukou Intl Airport (NKG) - Departure Private Transfer: $33
  • 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 to Shanghai Airport from Suzhou City Hotel: $68
  • Private Departure Transfer to Suzhou Train Station from City Hotel: $44
  • Private Round Trip Transfer from Suzhou to Luzhi Water Town: $64
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Tianping Mountain from Suzhou: $51
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Tongli Water Town and Suzhou City : $58
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Zhouzhuang Water Town and Suzhou City: $58

Is it cheaper to fly into Chengdu or Suzhou?

Prices for flights to both Suzhou and Chengdu 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
    Chengdu $22
    Suzhou $32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chengdu

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

  • Sichuan Opera Face-Changing Show And Hotpot Dinner Evening Tour: $40
  • Half-Day Chinese Bun Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $56
  • Private Sichuan Cooking Class including Local Wet Market Visit: $59
  • Chengdu evening food tour by local guide: $60
  • Half day Chengdu Dumpling making Cooking Class: Make from Scratch: $62
  • Half-Day Chengdu Cooking Class with Local Market Visit: $66
  • Tuktuk Food Tour Through Chengdu's Local Eats: $69
  • Half-Day Professional Mapo Tofu Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit: $69
  • Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour With Local Spice Market Visit: $71
  • Sichuan Opera Show VIP Seat Tickets w/ Transfer or Dinner: $72
  • Half Day Chengdu Tofu Making Class with Mapo Tofu Cooking: $72
  • Half-Day Chengdu Farm Cooking Class & Spice Market Exploration: $75

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: $55
  • Half-Day Private Customized Suzhou Highlights with Lunch or Dinner Option: $123
  • Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Lunch or Dinner Option: $154

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Chengdu $16
    Suzhou $9.34

Tours and Activities in Chengdu

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

  • local people's opera house experience: $10
  • Chengdu Panda Research Base Tickets And Half Day Tour(Private): $16
  • Chengdu Panda Base and Dujiangyan One-Day Private Tour: $17
  • Chengdu Sichuan Opera Show Ticket - Shu Feng Ya Yun: $17
  • Skip the Line: Sichuan Opera Chengdu Ticket: $21
  • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket: $22
  • Panda Breeding Base Tickets Booking: $22
  • Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Ticket: $22
  • Sichuan Opera Shu Feng Yan Yun Evening Show Ticket: $29
  • Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera House Tickets Booking: $29
  • Chengdu Sichuan Opera Evening Show Ticket-Shu Feng Yan Yun : $29
  • Private Half-Day Walking Tour Unveil Night Life of Chengdu: $30

Tours and Activities in Suzhou

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

  • Suzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service : $65
  • Zhouzhuang and Tongli Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou with Drop-off Options : $70
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Customized Tour: $80
  • Suzhou Private English Tour Guide Service: $91
  • Suzhou Private Walking Tour with Panmen Gate, City Moat and Yiyuan Garden: $101
  • 4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour: $114
  • Suzhou Private Flexible City Tour with Lunch Option: $121
  • Wuzhen and Xitang Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou with Drop-off Options : $123
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Flexible Tour with Garden and Boat Ride Option: $125
  • 4-Hour Tongli Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride : $127
  • Private Flexible Suzhou Day Tour with Old and New Highlights: $127
  • Private Suzhou City Amazing Day Tour in Your Way : $127

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Chengdu $3.94
    Suzhou $6.41

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Chengdu and Suzhou, we can see that Suzhou is more expensive. And not only is Chengdu much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Chengdu would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Chengdu 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 Chengdu.

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

Which is Bigger, Chengdu or Suzhou?

Chengdu has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Suzhou. When comparing the sizes of Chengdu and Suzhou, 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.