A Travel Price Comparison for China Jinghong vs. Kunming for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Jinghong or Kunming?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Jinghong and Kunming can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Jinghong or Kunming?

Jinghong

Located in the southernmost part of the Yunnan Province, Jinghong is a city that attracts visitors each year with its rich culture and folklore, Buddhist temples, and tropical rainforest scenery of palms and mango trees amongst others. It is also an area popular with backpackers as well as a waypoint for travelers passing between China and Laos.

Kunming

Kunming, located in southern China, is the modern capital city of the Yunnan province. It is a transportation hub for visitors entering the region, and good transfer point to just about everywhere else in the province by train or bus. Within the city itself there are many things to see and do with a full range of parks and zoos, museums, temples, theatres, and scenic areas.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Beijing, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lhasa, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Shanghai, and The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing.


Which place is cheaper, Kunming or Jinghong?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Jinghong is $62, while the average daily cost in Kunming is $67. 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 Jinghong and Kunming in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Jinghong $20
    Kunming $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Jinghong $40
    Kunming $66
Compare Hotels in Jinghong and Kunming

Looking for a hotel in Jinghong or Kunming? 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 Jinghong


Hotels in Kunming


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Jinghong $25
    Kunming $13

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kunming

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.52

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kunming

Also for Kunming, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Kunming Airport Private Transfer - Charge by Vehicle: $48
  • Kunming Changshui Airport Chauffeur Service, Kunming Airport Transfer, Pickup: $83
  • Kunming Private Arrival Transfer:Railway Station to City Hotel: $22
  • Kunming Private Round Trip Transfer to Fuxianhu Lake: $90
  • One way Kunming airport to hotel private transfer: $41
  • [Airport Transfer] Kunming Changshui Airport ⇔ Kunming City Transfer ☆ High reputation for service! <Charter charter>: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Jinghong or Kunming?

Prices for flights to both Kunming and Jinghong 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
    Jinghong $27
    Kunming $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kunming

For Kunming, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Kunming evening food tour with locals: $64

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Jinghong $9.17
    Kunming $18

Tours and Activities in Kunming

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Kunming.

  • One day tour to eastern coast region of Daichi Lake: $69
  • One day Kunming leisure city tour: $70
  • Half Day Kunming History Tour: $80
  • Half-Day History Tour in Kunming: $82
  • Private Night Tour to Enjoy Dynamic Yunnan Show: $86
  • Half Day Flower Tour in Kunming: $91
  • Morning Market Tour - Eat like a local: $93
  • 1-Day Self-Guided Stone Forest Geological Park Tour from Kunming: $106
  • 4-Hour Tea-tasting and Cha Guo Zi (茶果子)Experience Tour: $112
  • Private Kunming Illuminated Night Tour: Dianchi Lake,1903 Park and Fountain Show: $118
  • 1- Day Kunming Short Hiking Tour: $122
  • 1-Day Kunming Temple and Market Tour: $122

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Jinghong $5.32
    Kunming $17


When comparing the travel costs between Jinghong and Kunming, we can see that Kunming is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Jinghong or Kunming?

Kunming has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Jinghong. When comparing the sizes of Jinghong and Kunming, 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.