A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Dalian vs. Chongqing

Should you visit Dalian or Chongqing?

Should I visit Dalian or Chongqing? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Dalian

Dalian, China is a very large peninsula city located in the southernmost part of the Liaoning Province in northeast China. The area has a wealth of history, with roots in Russian and Japanese rule, resulting in unique architecture and many universities that attract foreign students and teachers. Dalian is also known for their beautiful green spaces and relaxing beaches which juxtapose a lot of the more industrial cities found throughout other areas of northern China.

Chongqing

Chongqing, China is a large city in central China and one of only four cities in the country that are not part of a province. While Chongqing is famous for being an economically important city, brush away its industrial surface and you'll find a naturally beautiful city with plenty of hidden wonders. Although you'll find many expats in the city, English is rarely spoken, meaning knowing some basic Mandarin will come in handy.

Which city is cheaper, Chongqing or Dalian?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dalian is $93, while the average daily cost in Chongqing is $78. 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 Dalian and Chongqing in more detail.




Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $98 in Dalian For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $90 for a double occupancy room in Chongqing.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dalian $49
    Chongqing $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dalian $98
    Chongqing $90


Food

In Dalian travelers spend around $25 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.

In Chongqing travelers spend around $22 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Dalian $25
    Chongqing $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chongqing

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

  • Chongqing Liangjiang Night Cruise Including Authentic Hot Pot Dinner: $86
  • Chongqing City private night tour with Hot Pot dinner: $148
  • Chongqing Port Transfer Service with Half-Day Tour and Hot Pot Dinner: $193
  • From Port Transfer with Half Day Tour and Hot Pot Dinner: $197
  • 250 USD Per Group Private Chongqing Night Tour with Hot-pot Dinner: $213


Local Transportation

Dalian'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 $37 per person, per day on transportation in Dalian.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $17 per day to get around in Chongqing.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dalian $37
    Chongqing $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dalian

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

  • Dalian Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $89
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $30
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $27
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport from Dalian Downtown: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Any Guiyang Railway Station: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport(DLC): $32
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer:Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport(DLC): $62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chongqing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chongqing:

  • Three Gorges Cruises with Transfer in Chongqing and Yichang: $466
  • Chongqing Private Round Trip Transfer to Wulong National Park: $178
  • Chongqing Private Round Trip Transfer to Dazu Rock Carvings: $136
  • Departure Private Transfer Chongqing to Chongqing Airport CKG by Executive Sedan: $124
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chongqing Airport CKG to Chongqing by Executive Sedan: $124
  • Half-day Private tour of Chongqing Zoo with Transfer to Chongqing Airport: $91
  • Chongqing Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) to Hotel: $74
  • Arrival Private Transfer Chongqing Airport CKG to Chongqing City by Minivan: $72
  • Departure Private Transfer Chongqing City to Chongqing Airport CKG by Minivan: $72
  • Private One Way Transfer (English Service) between Airport & Hotel & Cruise Port: $57
  • Chongqing Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Dalian can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.35 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $12 per person, per day in Chongqing. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dalian $4.35
    Chongqing $12

Tours and Activities in Dalian

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Dalian.

  • Dalian City Highlight Private Day tour: $73
  • Dalian City Private Day Tour in Your Way: $150
  • Flexible Dalian City Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch: $188
  • Private Dalian Night Tour: $200
  • Private 2 Day Tour of Dalian City: $250
  • All Inclusive Private Lushun(Port Arthur) Full-Day Tour: $300
  • All-Inclusive Private Dalian Port Layover Tour with Lunch: $300
  • All Inclusive 2-Day Private Tour of Beijing City Highlights from Dalian by Air: $738
  • 3-Day Private Tibet Tour from Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake and Khampa La Pass: $925
  • 4 Days Private History and Culture Tour of Beijing and Xi'an: $1,088
  • All Inclusive 3-Day Private Tour of Xi'an and Beijing from Dalian with Hotel: $1,278
  • 7-Day Private China Tour from Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai: $2,328

Tours and Activities in Chongqing

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

  • 1 Day Private Tour of Chongqing Highlights Including lunch and Optional Photo in Sichuan Opera Costume: $114
  • 1 Day Private Tour of Most Beautiful Heishan Valley in Chongqing Including Lunch: $166
  • 1 Day Private Tour of Wulong Stone Bridges and Canyon in Chongqing Including Lunch: $195
  • 1-Day Chongqing City Private Tour with the Hot pot Lunch: $150
  • 1-Day Chongqing Dazu Rock Carvings Private Tour With the Lunch: $230
  • 1-Day Private Tour: Wulong Tiankeng Three Bridges and Fairy Mountain: $366
  • 199 USD Per Group Private Chongqing City Hiking Tour: $199
  • 2-Day Private Customized Harbin Tour from Chongqing by Air: $958
  • 2-Day Private Lijiang Highlights Tour from Chongqing by Plane: $798
  • 2-Day Private Tour from Chongqing with Hotel:Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes: $798
  • 2-Days Chongqing City Highlights Sightseeing Private Tour: $398
  • 2-Days Private Tour of Chengdu City Highlights from Chongqing by Bullet Train: $428


Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Dalian, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.74.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Chongqing may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.28 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dalian $5.74
    Chongqing $6.28



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

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