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

Should you visit Shenzhen or Guangzhou?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Shenzhen and Guangzhou can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Shenzhen or Guangzhou?

Shenzhen

Located in the Guangdong Province of southeastern China, Shenzhen is a metropolis that connects Hong Kong to China's mainland. It is one of China's most populous cities, inhabited by vast array of people from other Chinese regions.  It is perhaps best known for it shopping, collection of amusement parks, green parks, museums and galleries, and a few historic sites. It is on UNESCO's Creative Cities list.

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 Sightseeing Tours in China, The Best Cultural Tours in China, The Best Luxury Tours to China, and The Best Budget Tours to China.


Which place is cheaper, Guangzhou or Shenzhen?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Shenzhen is $123, 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 Shenzhen and Guangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shenzhen $89
    Guangzhou $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shenzhen $178
    Guangzhou $114
Compare Hotels in Shenzhen and Guangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Shenzhen 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 Shenzhen


Hotels in Guangzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shenzhen $15
    Guangzhou $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shenzhen

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

  • A One-Way Hotel Pick-Up Transfer to Ocean Park Hong Kong: $26
  • A Premium Airport Transfer Service, Meet us at the Arrival Hall!: $131
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Chauffeur Service , to Shenzhen Transfer: $71
  • HK Airport to Cruise Terminal Rounded-Trip Private Transfer by Lexus Luxury Car: $140
  • Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Hong Kong - Arrival Private Transfer: $65
  • Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal - Arrival Private Transfer : $45
  • Hong Kong Airport HKG to Hong Kong Arrival Private Transfer: $59
  • Hong Kong Airport Transfer: $177
  • Hong Kong Disneyland: 1-Day Entry Ticket with Private Transfer: $162
  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Private Transfer: $30
  • Hong Kong Private Arrival Transfer Driver Meet and Greet: Airport to Hotel: $62
  • Hong Kong Private Transfer from Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport to Hong Kong: $78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Zhuhai City Private Arrival Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Int'l Airport : $108
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Guangzhou HTL-APT (CAN): $62
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou city hotels to Shekou Cruise Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou South Railway Station to City Center : $49
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou City Center to South Railway Station: $49
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou Hotel: $88
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou and Zhuhai City Area : $104
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park and City Center: $38
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou Baiyun Mountain and City Area: $44
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport(CAN): $35
  • Private Departure Transfer in English-speaking: Hotel to Airport: $99
  • Private Day Tour to Zhuhai from Guangzhou by Private Transfer: $300

Is it cheaper to fly into Shenzhen or Guangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Guangzhou and Shenzhen 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
    Shenzhen $20
    Guangzhou $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shenzhen

For Shenzhen, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Vegetarian Food Tour: $77
  • Wet market tour & cooking class with local mum: $91
  • Secret Food Tour With the Locals in Tin Hau Hong Kong w/ Private Tour Option: $109
  • Traditional Chinese Pun Choi cooking class in Hong Kong: $112
  • Small Group Local Market Walking Tour and Chinese Cooking Class in Hong Kong: $131
  • Private Food Tour With the Locals in Hong Kong: $144
  • Hong Kong Crazy Rich Asian Food Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private : $163
  • Hong Kong Food Tour with a Local: A Feast for Foodies 100% Personalized: $163
  • The 10 Tastings of Hong Kong With Locals: Private Street Food Tour : $163

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.
    Shenzhen $17
    Guangzhou $18

Tours and Activities in Shenzhen

For Shenzhen, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Skip the Line! Walk to the Peak: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.34
  • Yau Ma Tei: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in the Heart of Kowloon: $5.40
  • Victoria Peak: Climb to the summit via the Mid-Levels escalato on an audio tour: $5.40
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Ticket: $8.41
  • Hong Kong Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • **HK Resident Offer**sky100 Admission Ticket Offer [F-HC_HK]: $14
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Train Tickets(Avoid Heavy Traffic): $15
  • Lovely Hong Kong Self-Guided Audio Tour: $16
  • [Entry After 6pm] sky100 Min. 2pax Ticket Offer (F-II_2P): $17
  • Walking Tour in Hong Kong - Local Experience (New & Best) : $17
  • Dukling Boat Tour in Victoria Harbour: $25
  • Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket on Lantau Island: $26

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • Private Tour of Foshan: The Ancestral Temple and Other Options from Guangzhou : $167
  • 1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from Airport: $260
  • 1-Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private City Tour: $185
  • 4-Hour Baiyun Mountain Yuntai Garden Private Guangzhou City Tour: $180
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • 5-Hour Private Guangzhou Yumcha Tasting with Local Food Market Experience : $118
  • 5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting: $72
  • Ancient Foshan Day Tour from Guangzhou: $201
  • Best of Guangzhou City Sightseeing: $110
  • Big Buddha Mountain Martial Art Culture Countryside Private Tour: $220
  • Canton Tower and Pearl River Cruise Guangzhou Private Night Tour: $140

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shenzhen $19
    Guangzhou $14


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

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


Which is Bigger, Shenzhen or Guangzhou?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Shenzhen. When comparing the sizes of Shenzhen 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 Shenzhen or Guangzhou?

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 Shenzhen or Guangzhou in the Summer?

Both Guangzhou and Shenzhen during the summer are popular places to visit.

In the summer, Shenzhen is around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Typically, the summer temperatures in Shenzhen in July average around 30°C (85°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 29°C (84°F).

In Guangzhou, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Shenzhen. In the summer, Shenzhen often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Guangzhou. Shenzhen gets 231 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Guangzhou receives 220 hours of full sun.

Guangzhou gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Shenzhen. Shenzhen usually gets more rain in July than Guangzhou. Shenzhen gets 323 mm (12.7 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Shenzhen 30°C (85°F) 
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Shenzhen or Guangzhou in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

In October, Shenzhen is generally around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Shenzhen average around 26°C (78°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 25°C (76°F).

Shenzhen usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Guangzhou during autumn. Shenzhen gets 190 hours of sunny skies, while Guangzhou receives 192 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Shenzhen gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Shenzhen usually receives more rain than Guangzhou. Shenzhen gets 143 mm (5.6 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Shenzhen 26°C (78°F) 
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Shenzhen or Guangzhou in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Shenzhen as well as Guangzhou.

Shenzhen is around the same temperature as Guangzhou in the winter. The daily temperature in Shenzhen averages around 16°C (60°F) in January, and Guangzhou fluctuates around 14°C (58°F).

In the winter, Shenzhen often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Guangzhou. Shenzhen gets 140 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Guangzhou receives 133 hours of full sun.

Shenzhen usually gets less rain in January than Guangzhou. Shenzhen gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Shenzhen 16°C (60°F) 
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Shenzhen or Guangzhou in the Spring?

Both Guangzhou and Shenzhen are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In the spring, Shenzhen is around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Typically, the spring temperatures in Shenzhen in April average around 23°C (73°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 22°C (72°F).

Shenzhen usually receives more sunshine than Guangzhou during spring. Shenzhen gets 95 hours of sunny skies, while Guangzhou receives 78 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Guangzhou. It's quite rainy in Shenzhen. In April, Shenzhen usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Shenzhen gets 154 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Shenzhen 23°C (73°F) 
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Guangzhou and Shenzhen

Shenzhen Guangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 16°C (60°F) 26 mm (1 in) 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 23°C (73°F) 154 mm (6.1 in) 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in)
May 27°C (80°F) 325 mm (12.8 in) 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in)
Jun 29°C (83°F) 382 mm (15 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in)
Jul 30°C (85°F) 323 mm (12.7 in) 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 393 mm (15.5 in) 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 300 mm (11.8 in) 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 26°C (78°F) 143 mm (5.6 in) 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 21°C (70°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Dec 17°C (63°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)