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

Should you visit Hangzhou or Guangzhou?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Hangzhou and Guangzhou. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Hangzhou or Guangzhou?

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.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to China, The Best Sightseeing Tours in China, The Best Cultural Tours in China, and The Best Luxury Tours to China.


Which place is cheaper, Guangzhou or Hangzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hangzhou is $65, while the average daily cost in Guangzhou is $89. 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 Hangzhou and Guangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hangzhou $23
    Guangzhou $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hangzhou $46
    Guangzhou $114
Compare Hotels in Hangzhou and Guangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Hangzhou or Guangzhou? 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 Hangzhou


Hotels in Guangzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hangzhou $8.13
    Guangzhou $14
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Hangzhou

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


  • Local Bus for Two
    $0.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hangzhou:

  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Area : $29
  • 2-Day Putuo Mountain Self-Guided Tour from Hangzhou by Private Transfer: $282
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou West Lake Show VIP Ticket with Private Transfer: $128
  • Hangzhou Downtown transfer to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport: $35
  • Hangzhou East Railway Station Transfer To Hangzhou Downtown City: $32
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer to Shanghai with Drop-off Options : $131
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer to Shanghai with stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town: $165
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer: Railway Station to City Hotels: $33
  • Hangzhou Railway Station Private Arrival Transfer to City Area : $29
  • Hangzhou Railway Station Private Departure Transfer from City Area : $29
  • Hangzhou West Lake Impression Ticket with Private Transfer: $122
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan Int'l Airport Private Departure Transfer from City Area : $29

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
  • Guangzhou Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou Round-Trip Private Transfer: $68
  • 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 - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $68
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , To Guangzhou Transfer,Pickup: $71
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , To Guangzhou Transfer,Pickup: $59
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Shenzhen Transfer: $100
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Dongguan Transfer: $120
  • Guangzhou Chimelong International Circus Private Transfer Service: $38
  • Guangzhou Downtown Hotel - Baiyun Airport OneWay Private Transfer: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Hangzhou or Guangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Guangzhou and Hangzhou 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
    Hangzhou $18
    Guangzhou $19
Typical Food Prices in Hangzhou

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


  • Breakfast Pastries
    $2.35
  • Pizza Hut Lunch
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hangzhou

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

  • All Inclusive Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Dinner: $117
  • VIP Seated Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Tour with Authentic Dinner: $127
  • Private Amazing Hangzhou Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option : $170
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou West Lake Show VIP Ticket with Authentic Dinner: $191

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 walking tour with dimsum dinner&Zhujiang river cruise: $100
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • 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
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise and Din Tai Feng Dinner: $199
  • Guangzhou Private Night Tour: Lychee Bay, Beijing Road, Cruise, Dinner: $204
  • Private Cooking Canton Cuisine Cooking Class in Guangzhou : $266

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hangzhou $20
    Guangzhou $18

Tours and Activities in Hangzhou

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

  • Hangzhou Lingyin Temple Tour : $28
  • Hangzhou Longjing Tea Culture Experience Tour : $53
  • Best Price: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $59
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $65
  • Zuiyi Hangzhou Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $69
  • Hangzhou West Lake Highlights Half Day Tour : $85
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Ticket with Private Transport: $89
  • Independent Tour to Shaoxing City from Hangzhou: $94
  • Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Hefang Heritage Street : $95
  • Hangzhou Impressoin West Lake- Enduring Memory of Hangzhou Show Tour: $100
  • Songcheng Park & Lengend of Song Dynasty Show Ticket: $100
  • 4-Hour Hangzhou City Private Customized Tour with Options: $112

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: $76
  • Foodie Tour with a Guide: $88
  • Guangzhou Walking Tour To Explore The Old Xiguan Area: $89
  • Walking Tour of Xiguan Ancient Town: $89
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • Private Half-Day Guangzhou City Tour with Pickup: $98

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hangzhou $10
    Guangzhou $14


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Hangzhou Expensive? and Is Guangzhou Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Hangzhou or Guangzhou?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 68% larger than the population of Hangzhou. When comparing the sizes of Hangzhou and Guangzhou, 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.


When is the best time to visit Hangzhou or Guangzhou?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Hangzhou or Guangzhou in the Summer?

Both Guangzhou and Hangzhou are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

In July, Hangzhou is generally around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Hangzhou average around 29°C (85°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Guangzhou. It's quite rainy in Hangzhou. In July, Hangzhou usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Hangzhou gets 129 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Hangzhou 29°C (85°F) 
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Hangzhou or Guangzhou in the Autumn?

Both Guangzhou and Hangzhou during the autumn are popular places to visit.

Hangzhou is cooler than Guangzhou in the autumn. The daily temperature in Hangzhou averages around 19°C (66°F) in October, and Guangzhou fluctuates around 25°C (76°F).

Hangzhou usually gets more rain in October than Guangzhou. Hangzhou gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Hangzhou 19°C (66°F) 
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Hangzhou or Guangzhou in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Hangzhou and Guangzhou.

Hangzhou can be very cold during winter. In the winter, Hangzhou is much colder than Guangzhou. Typically, the winter temperatures in Hangzhou in January average around 5°C (41°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 14°C (58°F).

In January, Hangzhou usually receives more rain than Guangzhou. Hangzhou gets 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Hangzhou 5°C (41°F) 
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Hangzhou or Guangzhou in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Hangzhou as well as Guangzhou.

In April, Hangzhou is generally cooler than Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Hangzhou average around 16°C (61°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).

It's quite rainy in Guangzhou. Hangzhou receives a lot of rain in the spring. Hangzhou usually gets less rain in April than Guangzhou. Hangzhou gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Hangzhou 16°C (61°F) 
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Guangzhou and Hangzhou

Hangzhou Guangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 6°C (42°F) 88 mm (3.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 10°C (50°F) 115 mm (4.5 in) 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 159 mm (6.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 185 mm (7.3 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in)
Jul 29°C (85°F) 129 mm (5.1 in) 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 145 mm (5.7 in) 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 171 mm (6.7 in) 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 13°C (56°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Dec 7°C (45°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)