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

Should you visit Guangzhou or Chengdu?

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

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 Guangzhou and Chengdu can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Guangzhou or Chengdu?

Guangzhou

With a population of more than 12 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. Though it has a long history, founded in 214 BC, the city has also many modern attractions, a mix of the old and new with temples and parks as well as skyscrapers and shopping centers. Its location on the Pearl River has contributed to this growth, making Guangzhou a major port and commercial hub.

Chengdu

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China, The Best 2-Week Tours in China, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in China, and The Best Adventure Tours to China.


Which place is cheaper, Chengdu or Guangzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guangzhou is $89, while the average daily cost in Chengdu is $50. 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 Guangzhou and Chengdu in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guangzhou $57
    Chengdu $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guangzhou $114
    Chengdu $42
Compare Hotels in Guangzhou and Chengdu

Looking for a hotel in Guangzhou or Chengdu? 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 Guangzhou


Hotels in Chengdu


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guangzhou $14
    Chengdu $5.93

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Fast Train Ticket from Guangzhou to Hong Kong with Station Transfer in Guanghou: $95
  • Guangzhou Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou - Arrival Private Transfer: $34
  • Guangzhou Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou Round-Trip Private Transfer: $69
  • Guangzhou Airport Transfer by 6 seat mpv: $74
  • Guangzhou Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 15 Pax: $170
  • Guangzhou Airport: Private Transfer to/from Guangzhou: $70
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou City - Arrival Private Transfer: $34
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $69
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , To Guangzhou Transfer,Pickup: $71
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Dongguan Transfer: $120
  • Guangzhou Downtown Hotel - Baiyun Airport OneWay Private Transfer: $35
  • Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou with Private Transfer: $69

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chengdu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chengdu:

  • 1-Day Chengdu Layover Tour: Panda Base, city central with Round Airport Transfer: $192
  • Airport transfer between Tianfu(TFU) and Chengdu downtown: $40
  • Arrival Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu City by Sedan: $52
  • Arrival Transfer Chengdu Airport CTU to Chengdu by Luxury Sedan: $91
  • Chengdu Airport (CTU) to Chengdu - Arrival Private Transfer: $21
  • Chengdu Airport (CTU) to Chengdu - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $42
  • Chengdu Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 40 pax: $230
  • Chengdu Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 5 pax: $120
  • Chengdu City to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (CTU) - Departure Private Transfer: $19
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Base Ticket w/ Optional Transfer or Guide: $20
  • Chengdu Private Transfer from Chengdu central to Chengdu Airport (CTU): $82
  • Chengdu Shuangliu Airport Chauffeur Service, Chengdu Airport Transfer, Pickup: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Guangzhou or Chengdu?

Prices for flights to both Chengdu and Guangzhou 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
    Guangzhou $19
    Chengdu $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Evening Food Tour Through Local Neighborhood: $65
  • Guangzhou Night View Cruise Tour with Dinner: $90
  • Private Guangzhou Evening Food Tour with Pearl River Night Cruise: $140
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • 3-Hour Guangzhou Private Cooking Class with Local Market Visit : $165
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $176
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Michelin Restaurant&Local Food Market: $180
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Yumcha and Local Food Market Explore: $180
  • Cantonese Dim Sum Dinner with Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou: $199
  • Guangzhou Private Night Tour: Lychee Bay, Beijing Road, Cruise, Dinner: $204
  • Private Cooking Canton Cuisine Cooking Class in Guangzhou : $266

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
  • Sichuan Opera Show VIP Seat Tickets w/ Transfer or Dinner: $71
  • Half Day Chengdu Tofu Making Class with Mapo Tofu Cooking: $72
  • Cooking Class with Fresh Market Half Day Experience: $79
  • Spicy Local Food Tour through Chengdu: $80

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guangzhou $18
    Chengdu $16

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • Foshan Classic Old Town Tour : $15
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise Ticket (Redemption Required): $21
  • Original Martial Arts Tour : $40
  • Discovery more Guangzhou evening foodie tour with locals : $65
  • 5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting: $72
  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou: $77
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise Tour: $77
  • Small Group Guangzhou Layover Tour: $87
  • Foodie Tour with a Guide: $88
  • Guangzhou Walking Tour To Explore The Old Xiguan Area: $89
  • Walking Tour of Xiguan Ancient Town: $89

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 Sichuan Opera Show Ticket - Shu Feng Ya Yun: $17
  • Chengdu Panda Base and Dujiangyan One-Day Private Tour: $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

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guangzhou $14
    Chengdu $3.93


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


Which is Bigger, Guangzhou or Chengdu?

Chengdu has a larger population, and is about 25% larger than the population of Guangzhou. When comparing the sizes of Guangzhou and Chengdu, 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.