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

Should you visit Kathmandu or Hong Kong?

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 Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong?


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.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong you will find a predominantly Cantonese population that has long been influenced by British occupation. Most residents speak English and you can see the obvious effects of years of capitalism. Shopping malls are everywhere and most are thriving. Along the waterfront every night the buildings light up in a dramatic and festive light show that highlights such businesses as Sony and Canon, which are fixtures in the city. The city is a major financial hub, and is very international in nature. The city itself is very densely packed and there are narrow high rises that look vulnerable due to their height. There are two main areas to the city, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Hong Kong Island is the location of the original British settlement. Today it is where you will find the highest skyscrapers, the most modern buildings, and the most popular shopping areas. Kowloon is located on a peninsula that is to the north of Hong Kong Island. The tip of the peninsula is a popular destination for backpackers as it has many of the city's hostels. This area is referred to as Tsim Sha Tsui. There are also a few high end hotels in the area. It is possible to head outside of the city so that you can escape into some rural regions where you can take a break from the crowds.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Nepal, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Nepal.

Which place is cheaper, Hong Kong or Kathmandu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kathmandu is $56, while the average daily cost in Hong Kong is $160. 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 Hong Kong in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kathmandu $40
    Hong Kong $75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kathmandu $80
    Hong Kong $150
Compare Hotels in Kathmandu and Hong Kong

Looking for a hotel in Kathmandu or Hong Kong? 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 Hong Kong

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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 and Hong Kong Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kathmandu $6.94
    Hong Kong $8.73
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kathmandu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kathmandu:

  • Yoga Experience Day Trip with Private Transfer From Kathmandu: $152
  • Thamel: Trishuli River Rafting Tour with Transfers and Lunch: $250
  • Private Transfer: Kathmandu International Airport to Hotel : $25
  • Private Transfer: Hotel to Kathmandu Airport Vehicle : $25
  • Private Sunrise or Sunset Tour of Nagarkot with return transfers from Kathmandu: $129
  • Private Sunrise or Sunset Tour of Dhulikhel with return transfers from Kathmandu: $112
  • Private Day Hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan with Transfer: $130
  • Pokhara: One way transfer To or From Kathmandu: $117
  • One-Way Flight Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara: $130
  • One way Private Car Transfer To/From Kathmandu and Pokhara: $27
  • TIA Kathmandu Airport transfer: $18
  • Mount Everest Scenic Tour by Plane with Transfers: $99

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Hong Kong

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

  • MTR (for 2)
  • Local Bus
  • Ferry Ticket
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Train Ticket

Is it cheaper to fly into Kathmandu or Hong Kong?

Prices for flights to both Hong Kong 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 Meals for one day
    Kathmandu $8.29
    Hong Kong $33
Typical Food Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Dessert
  • Dinner for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kathmandu

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

  • Nepali Cooking Class & Momo Making with Pickup: $7.50
  • Momo Making & Cooking class in Thamel with Pickup: $8.56
  • Half Day cooking class in Kathmandu by Local Chefs & Pickup: $9.34
  • Best Half day cooking class in Thamel Kathmandu with Pickup: $10
  • Nepali Cooking Class in Thamel, Kathmandu with Pickup: $12
  • Cultural Dinner Show with Traditional Dance: $18
  • Cultural Stay in Kathmandu and experience dinner with family: $18
  • Cooking Class in Nepal: $20
  • Nepali cooking class and Homestay experience : $22
  • Embark on a Culinary Voyage: Cooking Class in Kathmandu: $22
  • Momo, Dhalbhat & Thukpa Cooking Class, Nepal: $25
  • Private Nepali Cooking Class (Dal Bhat and MoMo): $27

Typical Food Prices in Hong Kong

For Hong Kong, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Dinner for 2

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kathmandu $8.02
    Hong Kong $95
Typical Entertainment Prices in Kathmandu

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

  • Monkey Temple for Two
  • Patan Durbar Square Entrance for Two
  • Swayambhunath Stupa

Tours and Activities in Kathmandu

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

  • 4 Days Kathmandu Nagarkot Tour : $235
  • Discover Kathmandu Valley: A Day Tour Through Time and Tradition: $96
  • Hire Tour Guide Nepal : $81
  • Kathmandu to Annapurna Base Camp Trek 7 Days Tour: $300
  • One Day Tour inside Chitwan National Park: $116
  • Two Days Sightseeing in Kathmandu Tour UNESCO Heritage sites: $150
  • "Step Back in Time: Kathmandu Heritage Walking Tour": $39
  • "Unleash the Adventure: Conquer the Annapurna Circuit Trek": $1,288
  • 1 Day Cycling Tour in Kathmandu: $311
  • 1 Day Volunteer Tour at Orphanage in Kathmandu: $272
  • 1 Night 2 Days Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour from Kathmandu: $155
  • 1 Night 2 Days Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour from Pokhara or Kathmandu: $141

Typical Entertainment Prices in Hong Kong

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Hong Kong's activities, tours, and tickets:

  • Peak Tram
  • Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Tours and Activities in Hong Kong

For Hong Kong, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Plover Cove Bicycling and Hiking Adventure: $110
  • Ma On Shan Climbing Adventure: $115

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kathmandu $5.76
    Hong Kong $21

Sample the Local Flavors in Kathmandu

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

  • Nepali Nightlife Pub Crawl Experience in Kathmandu's Thamel: $12

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kathmandu and Hong Kong, we can see that Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Kathmandu or Hong Kong?

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