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

Should you visit Guilin or Guangzhou?

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

Guilin

Guilin is a city in Southern China situated on the west bank of the Li River with Hunan to the north. Its name means, "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus," owing to the large number of fragrant Sweet Osmanthus trees located in the city. Products like tea, sugar, and wine, can be made from the tree and are found in many shops throughout Guilin. A popular tourist destination, the city is renowned for its scenery of karst topography with unique mountains jutting out of the urban landscape.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Guangzhou or Guilin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guilin is $21, while the average daily cost in Guangzhou is $81. 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 Guilin and Guangzhou in more detail.




Accommodation

Guilin's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $24. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $12.

Guangzhou's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $104. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $52.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guilin $12
    Guangzhou $52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Guangzhou $104


Food

The price of a meal in Guilin can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $6.78 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $2.71 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The average traveler spends about $18 per day in Guangzhou 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
    Guilin $6.78
    Guangzhou $18
Typical Food prices in Guilin

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


  • Fresh Coconut Drink
    $1.57

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guilin

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

  • Half day Yangshuo Cooking lesson Small Group Tour: $60
  • Yangshuo Country Life Experience with Cooking Class like a Local: $108
  • One-Day Li River Cruise and Chinese Cooking Class Tour: $215
  • Full-Day Li-River with the 4 Star Luxury Boat VIP Room and Yangshuo Cooking Tour: $273
  • 5-Day Small-Group Yangshuo Bike Adventure with Rock Climbing, Hiking, Kayaking or Cooking Class: $737
  • 5-Day Yangshuo Family Adventure: Biking, Caving, River Cruise and Cooking Class: $868

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guangzhou

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

  • Pearl River Night Dinner Cruise in Guangzhou: $73
  • The Great Guangzhou Food Tour with Authentic Flavors: $81
  • From Pearl River Night Cruise with Buffet Dinner: $87
  • Guangzhou Night View Cruise Tour with Dinner: $90
  • Guangzhou Night Tour of Pearl River Cruise with Buffet Dinner: $91
  • Night Pearl River Cruise with Buffet Dinner: $98
  • Cantonese Dim Sum Dinner with Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou: $139
  • Private Guangzhou food tour: $150
  • Half day private layover tour with Cantonese dim sum lunch/dinner: $160
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Pearl River Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner: $160
  • 3-Hour Guangzhou Private Cooking Class with Local Market Visit: $161
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $166


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Guilin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $0.83 per person, per day, on local transportation in Guilin.

The cost of a taxi ride in Guangzhou is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Guangzhou.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guilin $0.83
    Guangzhou $13
Typical Local Transportation prices in Guilin

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Guilin are as follows:


  • Taxi
    $3.14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guilin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guilin:

  • 2-hours Yangshuo Yulong Bamboo Boat Tour with the Round-way Private Transfers: $79
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Guilin International Airport to Hotel: $73
  • Departure Private Transfer: Hotel to Guilin International Airport: $73
  • Guilin Liangjiang Airport (KWL) to YANGSHUO City - Arrival Private Transfer: $80
  • Guilin Liangjiang Airport (KWL) to YANGSHUO City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $159
  • Guilin Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $56
  • Guilin Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56
  • Guilin Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $89
  • Guilin Private Transfer (English-speaking) Between Guilin Hotels & Yangshuo: $87
  • Guilin Private Transfer Services: Airport, Train Station & Hotel Transfer: $20
  • Guilin Private Transfer in English-speaking Services: Airport to Hotel Roundtrip: $93
  • Guilin boutique hotel with transfer and Four Lakes walking tour: $161

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Canton Fair Private Transfer between Guangzhou City Center and Pazhou Complex: $32
  • Chimelong Circus Show with Private Transfer in Guangzhou: $139
  • China Private Baiyun Airport(CAN) transfer to/from Guangzhou city: $52
  • Fast Train Ticket from Guangzhou to Hong Kong with Station Transfer in Guanghou: $95
  • Guangzhou & Fushan to Hong Kong Private Transfer: $422
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou City - Arrival Private Transfer: $50
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $100
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Guangzhou Transfer, Pickup: $27
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Guangzhou Transfer, Pickup: $36
  • Guangzhou Chimelong International Circus Private Transfer Service: $38
  • Guangzhou City to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) - Departure Private Transfer: $50
  • Guangzhou Night Pearl River Cruise VIP Seating with Private Transfer: $71


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Guilin typically cost an average of $8.91 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Guangzhou typically cost an average of $16 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.
    Guilin $8.91
    Guangzhou $16
Typical Entertainment prices in Guilin

Here are a few typical costs in Guilin for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entrance to the Caves
    $19

Tours and Activities in Guilin

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

  • Guilin Yangshuo & Longji Rice Terrace 4 days tour: $21
  • Private Customized Tour: $24
  • Guqin Experience and Traditional Tea Ceremony: $40
  • Guilin Four lakes night cruise with the English speaking driver from Guilin hotel: $45
  • One-Day Private Yangshuo Tai-chi and Biking Tour: $49
  • Private Bike Tour: Yangshuo Countryside: $49
  • Half-Day Self-Guided Yangshuo Xianggong Hill Sunrise Tour: $50
  • Half/Full-Day Yangshuo Countryside Moderate Cycling and Sightseeing Private Tour: $60
  • Full/Half-Day Yangshuo Xianggong Mountain Sunrise Private Tour: $65
  • Private City Full-Day Tour of Reed Flute Cave: $69
  • Half/Full day Yangshuo Cuiping hill Sunset Private Tour: $70
  • Relaxing 4-Star Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo with Buffet Lunch: $70

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • 4-Hour Guangzhou Layover Bus Tour: $30
  • Guangzhou City Walk - One Day Eating Tour - Small Group: $53
  • 4-hour Fascinating Guangzhou Nightlife Tour: $60
  • Private Guangzhou night tour with Pearl River Cruise and Canton Tower: $60
  • Guangzhou Half Day Layover Bus Tour: $70
  • Self-Guided Guangzhou City Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $71
  • Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou: $73
  • Guangzhou half day private tour with public transportation: $75
  • Private half day shopping tour in Guangzhou: $75
  • Explore the best views of Shenzhen bay and experience the night: $77
  • Flexible Private Guangzhou Shopping Tour with Local Shopping Guru: $77
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise Tour: $77


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Guangzhou may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $13 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guilin -
    Guangzhou $13



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

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