A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kathmandu vs. Beijing for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kathmandu or Beijing?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Kathmandu and Beijing 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: Kathmandu or Beijing?

Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital and largest city in the country of Nepal. Its metropolitan area forms one large urban area that includes the area of Patan to the south. As of 2011 there were 2.5 million residents in the Kathmandu metropolis and over 3 million in the entire metropolitan area. Kathmandu is likely to be your entry point into Nepal and is a great place to pick up supplies and arrange the details for any treks you hope to do. Many travelers rush through Kathmandu, turned off by the pollution and crowds, but to skip Kathmandu is to miss a major cultural, financial, and influential part of what defines the country of Nepal. The city itself is quite fun to explore if you allow it enough time and an open mind.

Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China and, with 21.5 million people, it is the second most populated city in the world after Shanghai. It is a city that keeps pockets of its history hidden in old neighborhoods or back alleys, despite the constant change and modernization that goes on around it. As the capital city of China, there is plenty of history and culture. You can still get yourself lost in one of the last remaining hutongs, which are old neighborhoods that remain untouched by the city's modernization. The alleys that weave between the old homes are lined with drying clothes, corner markets, and people going about their daily lives the way they have for centuries. Surrounding these hutongs you'll find modern buildings and a booming economy, all threatening to destroying these last bits of Beijing's history. Beijing offers a glimpse into a microcosm that represents the entire country of China. Make sure you give yourself enough time in China to truly experience Beijing. You can pass a lot of time soaking up life in the city, which remains as diverse as the country it resides within.

Which place is cheaper, Beijing or Kathmandu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kathmandu is $54, while the average daily cost in Beijing is $78. 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 Kathmandu and Beijing in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kathmandu $38
    Beijing $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kathmandu $76
    Beijing $80
Compare Hotels in Kathmandu and Beijing

Looking for a hotel in Kathmandu or Beijing? 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 Kathmandu


Hotels in Beijing


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Kathmandu Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kathmandu $6.97
    Beijing $7.68
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kathmandu

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Kathmandu:


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kathmandu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kathmandu:

  • Airport & Hotel Transfer in kathmandu by Luxury Vehicle: $40
  • Chandragiri Hill Cable Car Tour with Hotel Transfers from Kathmandu: $60
  • Day Trip to Water and Amusement Park and Kirtipur sightseeing with Transfer : $87
  • Deluxe Toyota Coaster Mini Bus Transfer From Kathmandu to Pokhara or V. V. : $22
  • From Bungee Jump over Bhotekosi River & Transfer: $160
  • From One-Way Private Transfer to Pokhara: $149
  • Kathmandu - Arrival transfer from airport to hotel : $12
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara Private Transfer by Car/Jeep/Minibus: $120
  • Kathmandu - Private departure transfer from Hotel to Airport : $15
  • Kathmandu Airport Arrival Transfer(Airport-Hotel): $22
  • Kathmandu Airport Arrival transfer: $20
  • Kathmandu Airport Meet And Greet Services with Private Transfer: $99

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Beijing

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Beijing:


  • Taxi
    $4.74
  • Train from Airport for Two
    $6.95
  • Taxi to Hotel
    $8.34
  • 2 Metro Passes
    $2.22
  • Metro
    $0.56

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beijing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Beijing:

  • Ming Tombs Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided &Transfer Service: $8.00
  • Juyongguan Great Wall Entrance Ticket with Guide&Transfer Service: $11
  • From Mutianyu Great Wall Transfer with Pick-Up: $17
  • Beijing Airport Transfer: $21
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Train Stations to Hotel: $22
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Train Stations: $22
  • Beijing Railway Station Departure Transfer: Hotel/Apartment to Railway Station: $23
  • Beijing Railway Station Arrival Transfer: Railway Station to Hotel/Apartment: $23
  • Private Airport Pick Up or Drop Off Transfer: $26
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Airport (PEK or PKX): $27
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beijing Airport (PEK or PKX): $27
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beijing Airport (PEK or PKX) to Hotel: $27

Is it cheaper to fly into Kathmandu or Beijing?

Prices for flights to both Beijing and Kathmandu 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
    Kathmandu $8.51
    Beijing $21
Typical Food Prices in Kathmandu

Some typical examples of dining costs in Kathmandu are as follows:


  • Dessert
    $1.36
  • Dinner for Two
    $3.01

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kathmandu

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

  • Momo Making and Cooking class in Kathmandu: $11
  • Half Day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu by Locals: $12
  • Dinner with Cultural Show Kathmandu : $12
  • Half day Immersive Nepali Cooking Class in Thamel: $15
  • Best Half day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu: $15
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Thamel with Local Market Visit: $19
  • Private Cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu - 4 Hours: $22
  • Cooking class in Thamel with Local Market Visit: $24
  • Half-Day Immersive Nepali Cooking Class in Thamel Kathmandu: $25
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Kathmandu: $25
  • Half Day Cooking Class in Kathmandu: $25
  • Momo, Dhalbhat & Thukpa Cooking Class, Nepal: $25

Typical Food Prices in Beijing

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


  • Popcorn
    $0.83
  • Hot Pot Dinner
    $6.95
  • Dumpling Breakfast for Two
    $2.78
  • Watermelon
    $1.94
  • Peking Duck Dinner for 2
    $17
  • Two Popsicles
    $0.83

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beijing

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

  • Online Cooking Class Beijing Dumplings and Cuisine by Sunflowerli Renowned Chef : $20
  • Online Cooking Class Handmade Noodles by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Kungpao Chicken: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Orange Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • 3.5-Hour Walking Food Tour: A Bite of History at Beijing Niujie Street: $35
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $55
  • Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour: $55
  • Temple of Heaven Private Tour w/Option Show &Dinner: $60
  • 3 hours Morning or Afternoon Tea Tasting on Maliandao Street and Tea Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Tour: $69
  • Beijing back street evening food tour with locals : $75
  • Old Beijing Dinner Tour: $80
  • Acrobatic Show with Peking Duck Dinner Private Tour: $80

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kathmandu $8.06
    Beijing $24
Typical Entertainment Prices in Kathmandu

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Kathmandu are as follows:


  • Monkey Temple for Two
    $1.51
  • Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two
    $3.77
  • Swayambhunath Stupa
    $1.51

Tours and Activities in Kathmandu

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Kathmandu are as follows:

  • Discover Kathmandu on a day cycling tour! (Minimum 4 people): $0.20
  • Old A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.40
  • City Highlights Bus Tour: $9.58
  • Privet Day Tours in Kathmandu Nepal : $10
  • Sarngkot Sunrise Himalayas Tour in Pokhara: $10
  • Skywalk Adventure in Nepal: $11
  • Discovering Full-Day City Highlights Bus Tour: $12
  • Tourist Bus Intercity Hassle free Shuttle all over Nepal: $12
  • Bandipur Tourist Bus Ticket: $13
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara Tourist Bus- MNS: $13
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara bus ticket : $13
  • Supper Deluxe Tourist Bus Ticket : $13

Typical Entertainment Prices in Beijing

Here are a few typical costs in Beijing for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Entry to Summer Palace for Two
    $8.34
  • Two Opera Tickets
    $59
  • Temple of Heaven Park Entrance (for 2)
    $9.72
  • Forbidden City (for 2)
    $17
  • Forbidden City Tickets
    $17
  • Audio Guides at Forbidden City
    $11

Tours and Activities in Beijing

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

  • Entry Ticket to Forbidden City or Tian’anmen Square in Beijing: $3.00
  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.99
  • Beijing's Old Hutongs: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.34
  • The Forbidden City or Tiananmen Square Entry Ticket: $5.78
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket: $6.50
  • Temple of Heaven Ticket Booking: $6.50
  • Beijing Lama Temple Entrance Ticket with Optional Guided Service: $7.00
  • Beijing The Forbidden City Ticket OR Tiananmen Square : $7.00
  • The Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Entrance Ticket: $8.00
  • Beijing Summer Palace Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.00
  • Confucius Temple and Imperial College Entrance Ticket : $8.00
  • Beijing Temple of Heaven Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service): $8.00

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kathmandu $5.74
    Beijing $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Beijing

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Beijing:

  • Beijing Brewery Bike Tour: $99
  • Evening Food Private Tour with Brewery Taproom Hopping at Slow Boat in Beijing: $110
  • Full Day Private Chateau Changyu Wine Tour from Beijing: $163
  • 5-Hour Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour from Beijing: $178
  • Private Changyu Chateau Wine Tasting Tour and Mutianyu Great Wall Visit: $228


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kathmandu and Beijing, we can see that Beijing is more expensive. And not only is Kathmandu much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kathmandu would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kathmandu 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 Beijing would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Beijing than you might in Kathmandu.

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


Which is Bigger, Kathmandu or Beijing?

Beijing has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Kathmandu. When comparing the sizes of Kathmandu and Beijing, 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.