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

Should you visit Nanchang or Kunming?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Nanchang and Kunming can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Nanchang or Kunming?


Capital of Jiangxi Province, Nanchang is a city of southern China with a significant history. Landmarks like the Tengwang Pavilion represent the city's distant past, while its nickname - "the city of Heroes" - comes from the 1927 Nanchang Uprising when the Communist Party began. Today the city serves as a center for politics, economy, culture, science, education, commerce, and transportation.


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 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, Kunming or Nanchang?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nanchang is $58, 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 Nanchang and Kunming in more detail.

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

Looking for a hotel in Nanchang 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 Nanchang

Hotels in Kunming

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nanchang $11
    Kunming $13

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kunming

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kunming

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

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Nanchang or Kunming?

Prices for flights to both Kunming and Nanchang 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
    Nanchang $32
    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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nanchang $4.56
    Kunming $18

Tours and Activities in Kunming

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

  • 1-Day Self-Guided Stone Forest Geological Park Tour from Kunming: $106
  • 1-Day Stone Forest Geological Park Private Tour with the Lunch from Kunming: $201
  • Kunming Private Day Tour to Jiuxiang Cave with Boat Ride : $209
  • 1 Day Stone Forest & Jiuxiang Cave Tour: $196
  • 1- Day Kunming Short Hiking Tour: $122
  • 1-Day Dongchuan Red Land Photography Private Tour from Kunming: $269
  • 1-Day Kunming Culture Tour: $156
  • 1-Day Kunming Temple and Market Tour: $122
  • 1-Day Kunming tour with the Green Lake,Bird & Flower market and Yuantong Temple: $201
  • 1-Day Private Tour:Stone Forest and Western Hill(Dragon Gate) from Kunming: $245
  • 4-Hour Tea-tasting and Cha Guo Zi (茶果子)Experience Tour: $112
  • Classical Yunnan 8days highlights tour start from Kunming: $1,395

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nanchang $6.31
    Kunming $17

When comparing the travel costs between Nanchang 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 Nanchang Expensive? and Is Kunming Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Nanchang or Kunming?

Nanchang has a larger population, and is about 83% larger than the population of Kunming. When comparing the sizes of Nanchang 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.