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

Should you visit Nanjing or Suzhou?

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

Should I visit Nanjing or Suzhou? 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 Suzhou?

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.

Suzhou

Suzhou is a city in Jiangsu province famed for its beautiful gardens and traditional waterside architecture, featuring elaborate canals and bridges. Located on the Yangtze Delta, the city consists largely of waterways making Suzhou a kind of 'Venice of the Orient.' It is also a hub for scholars, artists, and skilled craftsmen.

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, Suzhou 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 Suzhou is $101. 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 Suzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nanjing $46
    Suzhou $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nanjing $92
    Suzhou $76
Compare Hotels in Nanjing and Suzhou

Looking for a hotel in Nanjing or Suzhou? 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 Suzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nanjing $38
    Suzhou $57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nanjing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nanjing:

  • Huangshan Tunxi International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Area: $20
  • [Airport transfer] Nanjing Lukou International Airport ⇔ Nanjing city transfer ☆ High reputation for service! <Charter charter>: $27
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Nanjing City from Railway Station : $32
  • Nanjing Railway Station Private Transfer from City Center: $32
  • Private Transfer to Nanjing Railway Station from City Hotels: $33
  • Private Transfer between Nanjing Olympic Stadium and City Hotel: $33
  • Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Nanjing Any Railway Station: $34
  • Tangshan Hot Spring Resorts Private Transfer from Nanjing Railway Station: $44
  • Nanjing Lukou International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Center: $45
  • Nanjing Railway Station Private Transfer to Lukou International Airport: $45
  • Private Departure Transfer from Nanjing City Center to Lukou Int'l Airport: $45
  • Private Transfer to Nanjing Railway Station from Lukou Airport : $45

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Suzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Suzhou:

  • Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Private Departure Transfer from Suzhou: $80
  • Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Exploration with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $227
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town : $143
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Suzhou Train Station to Hotels in Suzhou: $44
  • Private Day Tour: Gardens and Old Street in Suzhou with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $214
  • Private Round Trip Transfer from Suzhou to Luzhi Water Town: $64
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Tianping Mountain from Suzhou: $51
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Zhouzhuang Water Town and Suzhou City: $58
  • Shanghai Hongqiao Airport - Suzhou Chauffeur Service,Shanghai Airport Transfer: $240
  • Shanghai Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Tongli Water Town : $90
  • Shanghai Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Zhouzhuang Water Town : $81
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport Private Departure Transfer from Suzhou: $87

Is it cheaper to fly into Nanjing or Suzhou?

Prices for flights to both Suzhou 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
    Suzhou $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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Suzhou

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

  • Suzhou Alleyway Walking Food Tour: $55
  • Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Lunch or Dinner Option: $154

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nanjing $9.26
    Suzhou $9.32

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
  • 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
  • Nanjing Private Flexible Day Tour with Professional Guide and Driver Service: $126
  • Nanjing By Night: Qinghuai River Cruise with Authentic Dining Experience: $138

Tours and Activities in Suzhou

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

  • Suzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service : $65
  • Zhouzhuang and Tongli Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou with Drop-off Options : $70
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Customized Tour: $80
  • Suzhou Private Walking Tour with Panmen Gate, City Moat and Yiyuan Garden: $101
  • Wuxi Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou by Private Car : $103
  • 4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour: $114
  • Suzhou Private Flexible City Tour with Lunch Option: $121
  • Wuzhen and Xitang Self-Guided Tour from Suzhou with Drop-off Options : $123
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Flexible Tour with Garden and Boat Ride Option: $125
  • 4-Hour Tongli Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride : $127
  • Private Suzhou City Amazing Day Tour in Your Way : $127
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Tour: Humble Administrator’s Garden,Tiger Hill and Canal : $134

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nanjing $9.46
    Suzhou $6.40


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


Which is Bigger, Nanjing or Suzhou?

Nanjing has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Suzhou. When comparing the sizes of Nanjing and Suzhou, 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 Suzhou?

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 Suzhou in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Nanjing and Suzhou.

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

Suzhou receives a lot of rain in the summer. Nanjing gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Nanjing usually receives more rain than Suzhou. Nanjing gets 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 128 mm (5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Nanjing 28°C (83°F) 
    Suzhou 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Suzhou in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Nanjing as well as Suzhou.

Nanjing is around the same temperature as Suzhou in the autumn. The daily temperature in Nanjing averages around 17°C (63°F) in October, and Suzhou fluctuates around 19°C (65°F).

Nanjing usually gets less rain in October than Suzhou. Nanjing gets 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Nanjing 17°C (63°F) 
    Suzhou 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Suzhou in the Winter?

Both Suzhou and Nanjing are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

It's quite cold in Suzhou in the winter. The weather in Nanjing can be very cold. In the winter, Nanjing is cooler than Suzhou. Typically, the winter temperatures in Nanjing in January average around 3°C (37°F), and Suzhou averages at about 4°C (39°F).

In January, Nanjing usually receives less rain than Suzhou. Nanjing gets 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Nanjing 3°C (37°F) 
    Suzhou 4°C (39°F)

Should I visit Nanjing or Suzhou in the Spring?

Both Suzhou and Nanjing during the spring are popular places to visit.

In April, Nanjing is generally around the same temperature as Suzhou. Daily temperatures in Nanjing average around 15°C (60°F), and Suzhou fluctuates around 15°C (58°F).

Suzhou gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Nanjing. Nanjing usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Suzhou. Nanjing gets 101 mm (4 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 102 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Nanjing 15°C (60°F) 
    Suzhou 15°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Suzhou and Nanjing

Nanjing Suzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (37°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 4°C (39°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 9°C (48°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in) 15°C (58°F) 102 mm (4 in)
May 21°C (69°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 20°C (67°F) 113 mm (4.5 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 24°C (75°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Jul 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.9 in) 28°C (83°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Aug 28°C (83°F) 158 mm (6.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 133 mm (5.2 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 105 mm (4.1 in) 24°C (75°F) 156 mm (6.1 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 19°C (65°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 11°C (52°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Dec 5°C (41°F) 25 mm (1 in) 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)