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

Should you visit Hangzhou or Dali?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Hangzhou and Dali. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a city in Eastern China, about an hour by train from Shanghai, renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. Each year it attracts more than 20 million tourists who come to see what the city has to offer. Set amongst the natural scenery of lakes and mountains, Hangzhou is modern city that coexists with the old. Historic pagodas and cultural sites built around the central lake sit like they belong amidst the skyscrapers and bustling markets of today.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Dali or Hangzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hangzhou is $34, while the average daily cost in Dali is $20. 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 Hangzhou and Dali in more detail.




Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $30 for a double occupancy room in Hangzhou.

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


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hangzhou $15
    Dali $6.66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hangzhou $30
    Dali $13


Food

While meal prices in Hangzhou can vary, the average travelers spends about $5.50 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Hangzhou should cost around $2.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Hangzhou is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hangzhou $5.50
    Dali $7.50
Typical Food prices in Hangzhou

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


  • Breakfast Pastries
    $2.67
  • Pizza Hut Lunch
    $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hangzhou

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

  • Hangzhou Night Tour: Dinner and Romance of the Song Dynasty Show: $52
  • All Inclusive Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Dinner: $117
  • Eat Like A Local - Hangzhou Night Food Tour: $117
  • VIP Seated Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Tour with Authentic Dinner: $127
  • Hangzhou Cooking Class and Local Market Tour: $148
  • Private Amazing Hangzhou Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option: $161
  • Half Day Westlake Highlights Tour with Optional Lunch or Dinner: $163
  • Wuzhen Ancient Water Town Private Night Tour from Hangzhou with Dinner Option: $185
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou West Lake Show VIP Ticket with Authentic Dinner: $191
  • Xitang Water Town Private Night Tour from Hangzhou with Dinner: $191
  • Hangzhou Night Tour With Food Street For Dinner and Beer Tasting: $196
  • Hangzhou Private Tour to Wuzhen Water Town with Lunch or Dinner: $213

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


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Hangzhou is $0.39 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hangzhou $0.39
    Dali $0.66
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hangzhou

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Hangzhou:


  • Local Bus for Two
    $0.63

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hangzhou:

  • Xitang Water Town Self-Guided Tour with Private Transfer from Hangzhou: $92
  • Wuzhen Water Town Self-Guided Tour with Private Transfer from Hangzhou: $83
  • Wuzhen & Xitang Water Town Self-Guided Tour with Private Transfer from Hangzhou: $97
  • Water Town and West Lake Sightseeing with Hangzhou Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $217
  • VIP Seated Impression West Lake Show with Private Hassel-Free Transfer Service: $85
  • VIP Seated Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show with Private Transfer: $83
  • Transfer from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport to City Center: $37
  • Transfer from Hangzhou Downtown to Suzhou Downtown: $84
  • Transfer from Hangzhou (HGH) to Hangzhou: $50
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show VIP Seat Ticket with Pick-up Transfer: $80
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show Ticket with Pick-up Transfer: $70
  • Private airport transfer to or from Hangzhou International Airport max 5: $38

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


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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hangzhou -
    Dali $4.71

Tours and Activities in Hangzhou

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

  • 1 Day Hangzhou Group Tour from Shanghai: $238
  • 1-day Village Tea Picking, Roasting & Serving Guided Private Tour from Hangzhou: $244
  • 2 Days 1 Night Classic Tour to Catch the Highlights in Hangzhou: $418
  • 2 Days 1 Night Classic Tour to Wuzhen Ancient Water Town in Hangzhou: $523
  • 2-Day Beijing Private Tour Include Great Wall from Hangzhou by Bullet Train: $508
  • 2-Day Hangzhou Private Tour with Wuzhen Watertown Visit: $503
  • 2-Day Hangzhou and Wuzhen Water town Private Tour with All Inclusive Option: $289
  • 2-Day Huangshan Mountain Sunset Climb & Sunrise Camp Guided Tour from Hangzhou: $162
  • 2-Day Huangshan and Hongcun Village Private Tour from Hangzhou by Bullet Train: $499
  • 2-Day Live-in Temple Buddhist Monk Mediation Experience from Hangzhou: $252
  • 2-Day Mt Huangshan and Xidi Village Private Tour from Hangzhou by Bullet Train: $499
  • 2-Day Private Customized Harbin Tour from Hangzhou by Air: $928

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


Alcohol

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hangzhou -
    Dali $2.53



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Hangzhou and Dali, we can see that Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hangzhou than you might in Dali.

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