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

Should you visit Hefei or Guangzhou?

Should I visit Hefei or Guangzhou? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Hefei

While most would consider the city of Hefei a pass-through destination, there are plenty of things to see in the capital city of China's Anhui province.

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 Hefei?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hefei is $56, 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 Hefei and Guangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $26. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Hefei the cost is $52 on average.

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
    Hefei $26
    Guangzhou $52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hefei $52
    Guangzhou $104

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Hefei cost around $19 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $7.60.

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
    Hefei $19
    Guangzhou $18

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 average price of local transportation around Hefei is $15 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 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.
    Hefei $15
    Guangzhou $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hefei

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hefei:

  • Hefei Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $88
  • Hefei Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $88
  • Hefei Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $88

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

Hefei's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $17 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

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.
    Hefei $17
    Guangzhou $16

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 Hefei may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $10 per day on alcoholic beverages.

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
    Hefei $10
    Guangzhou $13


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

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