A Travel Price Comparison for China Nanjing vs. Guangzhou for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Nanjing or Guangzhou?

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

Should I visit Nanjing or Guangzhou? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Nanjing or Guangzhou?

Nanjing

Nanjing is the capital city of the Jiangsu Province on the central eastern coast of China, just north of Shanghai. This historically and culturally rich city lies at the lower end of the Yangtze river, resulting in lush and scenic landscapes. Nanjing is well-known for having many popular historical sites, some of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Guangzhou

With a population of more than 12 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. Though it has a long history, founded in 214 BC, the city has also many modern attractions, a mix of the old and new with temples and parks as well as skyscrapers and shopping centers. Its location on the Pearl River has contributed to this growth, making Guangzhou a major port and commercial hub.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Historical Tours in China, The Best 10-Day Tours in China, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China, and The Best 2-Week Tours in China.


Which place is cheaper, Guangzhou or Nanjing?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nanjing is $96, while the average daily cost in Guangzhou is $89. 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 Nanjing and Guangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nanjing $46
    Guangzhou $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nanjing $92
    Guangzhou $114
Compare Hotels in Nanjing and Guangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Nanjing or Guangzhou? 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 Nanjing


Hotels in Guangzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nanjing $38
    Guangzhou $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nanjing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nanjing:

  • Nanjing Railway Station Private Transfer from City Center: $32
  • Nanjing Airport (NKG) to Nanjing - Arrival Private Transfer : $36
  • Nanjing Lukou Airport Chauffeur Service, Nanjing Airport Transfer, Pickup: $53
  • Nanjing Lukou Airport Chauffeur Service, Nanjing Airport Transfer, Pickup: $63
  • Nanjing Lukou Int Airport (NKG): Private Transfer to Nanjing: $178
  • Nanjing Lukou International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Center: $45
  • Nanjing Lukou Intl Airport (NKG) to Nanjing hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $66
  • Nanjing Private Round Trip Transfer to Niushoushan Cultural Park: $67
  • Nanjing Private Transfer from Nanjing central to Nanjing Lukou Airport (NKG): $116
  • Nanjing Railway Station Private Transfer to Lukou International Airport: $45
  • Nanjing Tangshan Hot Spring Spa Experience with Private Transfer: $103
  • Nanjing To Huangshan Bullet Train Ticket with Local Private Transfers: $129

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Canton Fair Private Transfer between Guangzhou City Center and Pazhou Complex : $32
  • Guangzhou Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou Round-Trip Private Transfer: $68
  • Guangzhou Airport Transfer by 6 seat mpv: $74
  • Guangzhou Airport to Hotel: Private Transfer for up to 15 Pax: $170
  • Guangzhou Airport: Private Transfer to/from Guangzhou: $70
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Guangzhou City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $68
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , To Guangzhou Transfer,Pickup: $71
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , To Guangzhou Transfer,Pickup: $59
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Shenzhen Transfer: $100
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service, To Dongguan Transfer: $120
  • Guangzhou Chimelong International Circus Private Transfer Service: $38
  • Guangzhou Downtown Hotel - Baiyun Airport OneWay Private Transfer: $35

Is it cheaper to fly into Nanjing or Guangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Guangzhou and Nanjing 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
    Nanjing $28
    Guangzhou $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nanjing

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

  • 3-Hour Nanjing Authentic Local Food Tour by Public Transportation: $93
  • Flexible Private Nanjing City Night Tour with Dinner Option : $112
  • Nanjing Tangshan Mountain Hot Spring Experience and Hot Pot Dinner: $175
  • Private Amazing Nanjing Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $181

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Evening Food Tour Through Local Neighborhood: $65
  • Guangzhou walking tour with dimsum dinner&Zhujiang river cruise: $100
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $176
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Michelin Restaurant&Local Food Market: $180
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Yumcha and Local Food Market Explore: $180
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise and Din Tai Feng Dinner: $199
  • Guangzhou Private Night Tour: Lychee Bay, Beijing Road, Cruise, Dinner: $204
  • Private Cooking Canton Cuisine Cooking Class in Guangzhou : $266

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nanjing $9.29
    Guangzhou $18

Tours and Activities in Nanjing

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

  • Flexible Private Nanjing Independent Tour : $63
  • Nanjing Self-Guided Day Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $70
  • Private Amazing Nanjing City Day Tour in Your Way: $75
  • Nanjing Private English Tour Guide Service: $75
  • Nanjing Professional English Tour Guide Service: $91
  • Half-Day Nanjing Purple Mountain Private Tour in Your Way: $94
  • Yangzhou Self-Guided Tour from Nanjing with Private Car and Driver Service : $94
  • Half-Day Nanjing City Private Flexible Tour : $109
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour: Xiaoling Tomb, Ming City Wall and Memorial Hall : $115
  • Nanjing Private Flexible Day Tour with Ancient and Modern History: $119
  • Half-Day Private Customized Nanjing City Tour: $122
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour with Xiaoling Tomb and Sun Yatsen Mausoleum : $124

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • Foshan Classic Old Town Tour : $15
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise Ticket (Redemption Required): $21
  • Original Martial Arts Tour : $40
  • Discovery more Guangzhou evening foodie tour with locals : $65
  • 5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting: $72
  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • Guided Cycle Tour of Guangzhou: $76
  • Foodie Tour with a Guide: $88
  • Guangzhou Walking Tour To Explore The Old Xiguan Area: $89
  • Walking Tour of Xiguan Ancient Town: $89
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • Private Half-Day Guangzhou City Tour with Pickup: $98

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nanjing $9.48
    Guangzhou $14


When comparing the travel costs between Nanjing and Guangzhou, we can see that Nanjing 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 Nanjing Expensive? and Is Guangzhou Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Nanjing or Guangzhou?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 2% larger than the population of Nanjing. When comparing the sizes of Nanjing and Guangzhou, 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.


When is the best time to visit Nanjing or Guangzhou?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Nanjing or Guangzhou in the Summer?

Both Guangzhou and Nanjing are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

In July, Nanjing is generally around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Nanjing average around 28°C (83°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Guangzhou. It's quite rainy in Nanjing. In July, Nanjing usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Nanjing gets 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Nanjing 28°C (83°F) 
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Guangzhou in the Autumn?

Both Guangzhou and Nanjing during the autumn are popular places to visit.

Nanjing is cooler than Guangzhou in the autumn. The daily temperature in Nanjing averages around 17°C (63°F) in October, and Guangzhou fluctuates around 25°C (76°F).

Nanjing usually gets less rain in October than Guangzhou. Nanjing gets 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Nanjing 17°C (63°F) 
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Guangzhou in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Nanjing and Guangzhou.

Nanjing can get quite cold in the winter. In the winter, Nanjing is much colder than Guangzhou. Typically, the winter temperatures in Nanjing in January average around 3°C (37°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 14°C (58°F).

In January, Nanjing usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Nanjing gets 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Nanjing 3°C (37°F) 
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Guangzhou in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Nanjing as well as Guangzhou.

In April, Nanjing is generally cooler than Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Nanjing average around 15°C (60°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).

It's quite rainy in Guangzhou. Nanjing receives a lot of rain in the spring. Nanjing usually gets less rain in April than Guangzhou. Nanjing gets 101 mm (4 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Nanjing 15°C (60°F) 
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Guangzhou and Nanjing

Nanjing Guangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (37°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in) 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in) 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in)
May 21°C (69°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in)
Jul 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.9 in) 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 28°C (83°F) 158 mm (6.2 in) 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 105 mm (4.1 in) 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 11°C (52°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Dec 5°C (41°F) 25 mm (1 in) 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)