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

Should you visit Hangzhou or Guilin?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Hangzhou and Guilin. 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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Guilin 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 Guilin is $21. 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 Guilin 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.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hangzhou $15
    Guilin $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hangzhou $30
    Guilin $24

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 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hangzhou $5.50
    Guilin $6.78
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 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

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.

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hangzhou $0.39
    Guilin $0.83
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:

  • 2-Day Putuo Mountain Self-Guided Tour from Hangzhou by Private Transfer: $267
  • China Private Xiaoshan Airport(HGH) transfer to/from Hangzhou city: $39
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou West Lake Show VIP Ticket with Private Transfer: $125
  • Great Wall Self-Guided Tour from Hangzhou by Bullet Train with Local Transfer: $300
  • Hangzhou City Center Transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport: $148
  • Hangzhou Downtown Transfer To Hangzhou East Railway Station: $32
  • Hangzhou Downtown transfer to Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport: $35
  • Hangzhou International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to Shaoxing City: $78
  • Hangzhou Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Hangzhou Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $77
  • Hangzhou Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $56
  • Hangzhou Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $32

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

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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hangzhou -
    Guilin $8.91

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 Private Half–Day Tea and Gardens Tour: $43
  • Full-Day Culture Tour / Leifeng Pagoda: $47
  • Hangzhou Longjing Tea Plantation Culture Experience Tour: $50
  • Hangzhou Tea Culture Experience Tour: $53
  • Best Price: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $58
  • Hangzhou Tea Culture Day Tour: $59
  • Songcheng Park & Lengend of Song Dynasty Show Ticket: $60
  • Hangzhou City Tour: West Lake Cruise and Lingyin Temple: $62
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $63
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake VIP Seat Ticket: $63
  • The most beautiful temple in China--Yongfu Temple tour with vegetarian lunch: $64

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

Alcohol

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hangzhou -
    Guilin -


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

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