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

Should you visit Hefei or Suzhou?

Should I visit Hefei or Suzhou? 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.

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 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 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 Hefei and Suzhou 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.

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
    Hefei $26
    Suzhou $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hefei $52
    Suzhou $70


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 $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
    Hefei $19
    Suzhou $29

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 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 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.
    Hefei $15
    Suzhou $52

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 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

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 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.
    Hefei $17
    Suzhou $8.48

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

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.

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
    Hefei $10
    Suzhou $5.82



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

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