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

Should you visit Kunming or Chongqing?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Kunming and Chongqing. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Kunming or Chongqing?

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.

Chongqing

Chongqing, China is a large city in central China and one of only four cities in the country that are not part of a province. While Chongqing is famous for being an economically important city, brush away its industrial surface and you'll find a naturally beautiful city with plenty of hidden wonders. Although you'll find many expats in the city, English is rarely spoken, meaning knowing some basic Mandarin will come in handy.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to China, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in China, and The Best Historical Tours in China.


Which place is cheaper, Chongqing or Kunming?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kunming is $67, while the average daily cost in Chongqing is $86. 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 Kunming and Chongqing in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kunming $33
    Chongqing $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kunming $66
    Chongqing $98
Compare Hotels in Kunming and Chongqing

Looking for a hotel in Kunming or Chongqing? 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 Kunming


Hotels in Chongqing


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kunming $13
    Chongqing $19
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, Pick up: $71
  • Kunming Changshui Airport Chauffeur Service, Kunming Airport Transfer, Pickup: $83
  • Kunming Private Arrival Transfer:Railway Station to City Hotel: $22
  • Kunming Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chongqing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chongqing:

  • Dazu Rock Carvings Private Transfer or Tour: $278
  • Chongqing Private Round Trip Transfer to Wulong National Park: $168
  • Chongqing Private Round Trip Transfer to Dazu Rock Carvings: $128
  • Chongqing Jiangbei Airport Chauffeur Service, Chongqing Airport Transfer, Pickup: $60
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Pier to Hotel: $39
  • Private Transfer from Chongqing hotel to Chongqing Train Station : $27
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport CKG: $25
  • Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG) private round-trip transfer: $25
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Any Railway Station in Chongqing: $24
  • Private Arrival Transfer:Any Chongqing Railway Station to Hotel: $24
  • [Airport Transfer] Chongqing Airport ⇔ Chongqing City Transfer ☆ High reputation for service! <Charter charter>: $23
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG) to Hotel: $22

Is it cheaper to fly into Kunming or Chongqing?

Prices for flights to both Chongqing and Kunming 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
    Kunming $22
    Chongqing $25

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: $66
  • Private Kunming Night Tour with Dinner: $78
  • Half Day Private Tour of Kunming Flower Market and Flower Pastry Cooking Class: $110

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chongqing

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

  • Chongqing Liangjiang Night Cruise Including Authentic Hot Pot Dinner: $115
  • CHONGQING:Strolling through the city(Include dinner): $127
  • Chongqing City Private Night Tour with Hot Pot Dinner: $158
  • Chongqing Port Transfer Service with Half-Day Tour and Hot Pot Dinner: $193
  • Private Chongqing Night View Tour with Hot Pot or Local Dinner: $199

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kunming $18
    Chongqing $13

Tours and Activities in Kunming

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

  • 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
  • Morning Market Tour - Eat like a local: $93
  • Stone Forest Day Tour: $106
  • 4-Hour Tea-tasting and Cha Guo Zi (茶果子)Experience Tour: $112
  • 1 day Kunming Highlights Mini Group tour: $114
  • One day Stone Forest and Nuohei Yi Village Tour: $114
  • Private Kunming Illuminated Night Tour: Dianchi Lake,1903 Park and Fountain Show: $118
  • 1- Day Kunming Short Hiking Tour: $122
  • 1-Day Panorama Tour in Kunming: $122

Tours and Activities in Chongqing

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

  • 1-Day Chongqing City Private Tour with the Hot pot Lunch: $157
  • 1-Day Chongqing Dazu Rock Carvings Private Tour With the Lunch: $143
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour of Chongqing Shancheng (Mountain City) Lane: $65
  • All-In-One Chongqing Trendy Spots Private Tour: $220
  • Best of Chongqing One Day Tour: Stilwell Museum, Arhat Temple, Eling Park, Panda: $157
  • City Night Cruise and Local Snacks Tour: $174
  • Chongqing All-in-One Private Tour With Entire City Night View: $250
  • Chongqing City Sightseeing Private Day Tour: $196
  • Chongqing Dazu stone carving day tour: $190
  • Chongqing Half Day Morning Private Tour including Eling Park & Chongqing Museum: $135
  • Chongqing Private City Tour Extention: $220
  • Chongqing Wulong Exploration Private Day Tour With the Lunch: $185

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kunming $17
    Chongqing $6.92


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

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


Which is Bigger, Kunming or Chongqing?

Chongqing has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Kunming. When comparing the sizes of Kunming and Chongqing, 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.