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

Should you visit Guilin 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 Guilin and Suzhou 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.

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 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 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 Guilin and Suzhou 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.

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
    Guilin $12
    Suzhou $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guilin $24
    Suzhou $70

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 $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
    Guilin $6.78
    Suzhou $29
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 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

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 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.
    Guilin $0.83
    Suzhou $52
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:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Hotel to Guilin Train Stations: $12
  • Private Arrival Transfer:Guilin Liangjiang Airport(KWL) to City Hotel: $17
  • Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Guilin Liangjiang Airport(KWL): $17
  • Private Departure Transfer: Downtown Guilin Hotel to Airport (KWL): $17
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Guilin International Airport (KWL) to Downtown Hotel: $17
  • Private Transfer from Yangshuo(Xingping) Train Station to Yangshuo Hotel: $20
  • Guilin Private Transfer Services: Airport, Train Station & Hotel Transfer: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer:Guilin City Center to Any Guilin Railway Station: $23
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Guilin Airport to Guilin City Hotel: $25
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Guilin International Airport (KWL) to Yangshuo: $33
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer:Guilin Liangjiang Airport(KWL) to City Center: $34
  • Transfer from Guilin Hotels to Yangshuo Town: $35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Suzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Suzhou:

  • 1-way Transfer Between Suzhou Downtown and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport At Per Vehicle Price: $75
  • 1-way Transfer between Suzhou Downtown and Ningbo Downtown Per Vehicle Price: $244
  • Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $227
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town: $138
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Xitang Water Town: $138
  • 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:Suzhou Hotel to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA): $40
  • Private Departure Transfer:Suzhou Hotel to Shanghai Pudong Airport(PVG): $45
  • Private Round Trip Transfer from Suzhou to Luzhi Water Town: $64
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Tianping Mountain from Suzhou: $45

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 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.
    Guilin $8.91
    Suzhou $8.48
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 Suzhou

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

  • Suzhou City Walk - Explore Suzhou 3.5h - small group tour: $33
  • Suzhou Half-Day Tour: Boat Ride&Pingjiang Canal Street: $37
  • Independent Tour of Tianping Mountain and Mudu Water Town from Suzhou: $45
  • Zhouzhuang and Tongli Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou with Drop-off Options: $65
  • Suzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $65
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Flexible Tour with Garden and Boat Ride Option: $67
  • 4-Hour Suzhou City Private Tailor-Made Tour: $67
  • 4-Hour Tongli Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride: $89
  • Suzhou Private English Tour Guide /Interpreter Service: $91
  • Wuxi Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou by Private Car: $97
  • Suzhou Private Walking Tour with Panmen Gate, City Moat and Yiyuan Garden: $101
  • Half Day Suzhou Silk Culture Tour: $109

Alcohol

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
    Guilin -
    Suzhou $5.82


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Guilin and Suzhou, we can see that Suzhou 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 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 Guilin.

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