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

Should you visit Dali or Suzhou?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Dali and Suzhou can help you decide which place is right for you.

Dali

Dali is a city in southern China with a long and glorious history dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Xiaguan neighborhood of the city is the modern industrial center where most public transportation arrives; however, the Old Town of Dali is the place that draws the most visitors. Being one of China's ancient cities, Dali is said to have been a gateway to the Silk Road, and still attracts attention with its traditional architecture, beautiful scenery, ethnic cultures, and nightlife.

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 Dali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dali is $20, 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 Dali and Suzhou in more detail.




Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $13 in Dali For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

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
    Dali $6.66
    Suzhou $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dali $13
    Suzhou $70


Food

The average traveler spends about $7.50 per day in Dali 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.

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
    Dali $7.50
    Suzhou $29
Typical Food prices in Dali

For Dali, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch
    $5.02
  • Breakfast
    $3.93

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dali

For Dali, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 1-Day Dali Baba Cooking and Cruise Tour: $150

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

Dali's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $0.66 per person, per day on transportation in Dali.

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.
    Dali $0.66
    Suzhou $52
Typical Local Transportation prices in Dali

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


  • Local Bus
    $0.47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dali

Also for Dali, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Dali Airport Chauffeur Service,Dali Airport Transfer: $40
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Shaxi Ancient Town from Dali: $88
  • Private One Way Transfer to Lijiang from Dali: $96
  • Private Transfer from Dali to Lijiang/Shuhe hotel: $140
  • Private Transfer from Dali to Lijiang/Shuhe hotel and Stops at Shaxi Old Town: $150

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Suzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Suzhou:

  • Transfer from Suzhou SIP Hotel to Shanghai Pudong Airport Per Vehicle Price: $97
  • Transfer from Suzhou Downtown to Yangzhou Downtown Per Vehicle Price: $166
  • Transfer from Suzhou Downtown to Shanghai Pudong Airport Per Vehicle Price: $149
  • Transfer from Suzhou Downtown to Hangzhou Downtown: $84
  • Suzhou to Beijing Bullet Train Ticket with Local Private Transfer: $178
  • Suzhou Private Transfer to Zhouzhuang Water Town with Shanghai Drop-off Option: $84
  • Suzhou Private Transfer to Tongli Water Town with Shanghai Drop-off Option: $84
  • Suzhou Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $89
  • Suzhou Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $89
  • Suzhou Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Railway Station: $23
  • Suzhou Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport Private Departure Transfer from Suzhou: $87


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Dali can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.71 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

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.
    Dali $4.71
    Suzhou $8.48

Tours and Activities in Dali

For Dali, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Half-Day Shangri-La Thangka Tour: $88
  • 1-Day Erhai Sightseeing in Dali: $129
  • One day tour to Rehai Hot Sea and Heshun Old Town in Tengchong: $149
  • 1-Day Dali Mountain and Cuisine Tour: $150
  • 1-Day Electric Bike Tour in Dali: $160
  • 1-Day Tie Dye Experience Tour in Dali: $160
  • Private Tour: Explore the Ancient City of Dali: $171
  • Private Day Tour of Dali Explore the Ancient City: $171
  • Private hiking and trekking tour to Cangshan Mountain from Dali: $175
  • Private tour to Xizhou old town local market Erhai lake three Pagodas from Dali: $184
  • Dali Private Tour to Xizhou Ancient Town and Erhai Lake: $186
  • 1-Day Dali tour with the Daili old town, Xizhou Village and Three Pagodas: $195

Tours and Activities in Suzhou

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

  • 1-day private tour to Suzhou (Departure from Shanghai): $214
  • 2-Day Customized Suzhou Sightseeing Tour with Tongli Water Town: $295
  • 3-Day Private Tibet Tour from Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake and Khampa La Pass: $925
  • 4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour: $114
  • 4-Hour Suzhou City Private Tailor-Made Tour: $67
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Flexible Tour with Garden and Boat Ride Option: $67
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Tour: Humble Administrator’s Garden,Tiger Hill and Canal: $125
  • 4-Hour Tongli Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride: $89
  • 4-Hour Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride: $115
  • 6-Day Private China Highlights Tour from Beijing, Xi'an and Guilin: $2,058
  • All Inclusive Suzhou Highlight Tour with Boat Ride and Lunch: $179
  • All Inclusive Suzhou Private City Tour with Garden Exploration: $118


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Dali spend on average $2.53 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

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
    Dali $2.53
    Suzhou $5.82



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

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