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

Should you visit Nanjing or Nanchang?

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

Should I visit Nanjing or Nanchang? 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 Nanchang?


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.


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.

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, Nanchang 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 Nanchang is $58. 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 Nanchang in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nanjing $46
    Nanchang $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nanjing $92
    Nanchang $40
Compare Hotels in Nanjing and Nanchang

Looking for a hotel in Nanjing or Nanchang? 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 Nanchang

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nanjing $38
    Nanchang $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nanjing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nanjing:

  • Nanjing Lukou Int Airport (NKG): Private Transfer to Nanjing: $176
  • Nanjing To Huangshan Bullet Train Ticket with Local Private Transfers: $129
  • Nanjing Private Transfer from Nanjing central to Nanjing Lukou Airport (NKG): $115
  • Nanjing Private Transfer from Nanjing Lukou Airport (NKG) to central Nanjing: $115
  • Private Nanjing Airport Transfer to Zhenjiang City: $110
  • Private Transfer to Yangzhou City from Nanjing Lukou Airport : $109
  • Nanjing to Suzhou Bullet Train Ticket with Train Station Transfer: $96
  • Private Transfer to Zhenjiang from Nanjing City Center: $94
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Zhenjiang from Nanjing: $94
  • Nanjing to Huangshan Bullet Train Ticket with Train Station Transfer: $90
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Yangzhou Attractions from Nanjing: $89
  • Private Transfer to Yangzhou from Nanjing City Center: $89

Is it cheaper to fly into Nanjing or Nanchang?

Prices for flights to both Nanchang 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 Meals for one day
    Nanjing $28
    Nanchang $32

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 City Private Night Tour with Qinghuai River Cruise and Dinner Option: $114
  • Nanjing Tangshan Mountain Hot Spring Experience and Hot Pot Dinner: $175
  • Private Amazing Nanjing Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $181

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nanjing $9.26
    Nanchang $4.56

Tours and Activities in Nanjing

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

  • Half-Day Nanjing City Private Flexible Tour : $109
  • 2-Day Unlimited Nanjing Private Flexible Tour with Lunch Option : $295
  • 4-Hour Nanjing City Private Tailor-Made Tour in Your Way : $109
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour with Xiaoling Tomb and Sun Yatsen Mausoleum : $124
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour: Nanjing Jiming Temple, Ming City Wall, Xuanwu Lake: $147
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour: Sun Yatsen Mausoleum, Xiaoling Tomb and City Wall: $190
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour: Xiaoling Tomb, Ming City Wall and Memorial Hall : $115
  • All Inclusive Amazing Nanjing City Highlights Private Day Tour: $193
  • All Inclusive Nanjing City Private Day Tour with Tailor-Made Highlights: $213
  • All-inclusive Customized Nanjing Layover Tour: $201
  • Beijing Great Wall Tour from Nanjing by Bullet Train with Private Car Service: $282
  • By round way bullet train from Shanghai to Nanjing city tour: $650

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nanjing $9.46
    Nanchang $6.31

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

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

Which is Bigger, Nanjing or Nanchang?

Nanjing has a larger population, and is about 65% larger than the population of Nanchang. When comparing the sizes of Nanjing and Nanchang, 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 Nanchang?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Nanjing or Nanchang in the Summer?

Both Nanchang and Nanjing during the summer are popular places to visit.

Nanjing is around the same temperature as Nanchang in the summer. The daily temperature in Nanjing averages around 28°C (83°F) in July, and Nanchang fluctuates around 30°C (86°F).

Nanchang gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Nanjing. Nanjing usually gets more rain in July than Nanchang. Nanjing gets 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Nanchang receives 121 mm (4.8 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Nanjing 28°C (83°F) 
    Nanchang 30°C (86°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Nanchang in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Nanjing and Nanchang.

In the autumn, Nanjing is cooler than Nanchang. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Nanjing in October average around 17°C (63°F), and Nanchang averages at about 20°C (68°F).

In October, Nanjing usually receives less rain than Nanchang. Nanjing gets 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Nanchang receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Nanjing 17°C (63°F) 
    Nanchang 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Nanchang in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Nanjing as well as Nanchang.

Nanjing can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Nanjing is generally much colder than Nanchang. Daily temperatures in Nanjing average around 3°C (37°F), and Nanchang fluctuates around 6°C (43°F).

Nanjing usually gets less rain in January than Nanchang. Nanjing gets 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Nanchang receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Nanjing 3°C (37°F) 
    Nanchang 6°C (43°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Nanchang in the Spring?

Both Nanchang and Nanjing are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

Nanjing is cooler than Nanchang in the spring. The daily temperature in Nanjing averages around 15°C (60°F) in April, and Nanchang fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Nanchang. It's quite rainy in Nanjing. In April, Nanjing usually receives less rain than Nanchang. Nanjing gets 101 mm (4 in) of rain, while Nanchang receives 229 mm (9 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Nanjing 15°C (60°F) 
    Nanchang 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Nanchang and Nanjing

Nanjing Nanchang
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (37°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 6°C (43°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in) 7°C (45°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 12°C (53°F) 158 mm (6.2 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in) 18°C (64°F) 229 mm (9 in)
May 21°C (69°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 232 mm (9.1 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 26°C (79°F) 266 mm (10.5 in)
Jul 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.9 in) 30°C (86°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Aug 28°C (83°F) 158 mm (6.2 in) 30°C (86°F) 98 mm (3.9 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 105 mm (4.1 in) 26°C (78°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 20°C (68°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 11°C (52°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Dec 5°C (41°F) 25 mm (1 in) 8°C (47°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)