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

Should you visit Shenzhen or Hangzhou?

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 Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou?

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.

Hangzhou

Hangzhou is a city in Eastern China, about an hour by train from Shanghai, renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. Each year it attracts more than 20 million tourists who come to see what the city has to offer. Set amongst the natural scenery of lakes and mountains, Hangzhou is modern city that coexists with the old. Historic pagodas and cultural sites built around the central lake sit like they belong amidst the skyscrapers and bustling markets of today.

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, Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou is $65. 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 Hangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shenzhen $89
    Hangzhou $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shenzhen $178
    Hangzhou $46
Compare Hotels in Shenzhen and Hangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Shenzhen or Hangzhou? 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 Hangzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shenzhen $15
    Hangzhou $8.13

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 Hong Kong hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $119
  • Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Kai Tak Port - Round- Trip Private Transfer : $91
  • 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 Hassle free Airport Transfers in Tesla or Benz: $138
  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Private Transfer: $30

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Hangzhou

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


  • Local Bus for Two
    $0.55

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hangzhou:

  • [Airport Transfer] Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport ⇔ Hangzhou City Transfer ☆ High reputation for service! <Charter charter>: $29
  • Xitang Water Town Self-Guided Tour with Private Transfer from Hangzhou : $95
  • Wuzhen Water Town Self-Guided Tour with Private Transfer from Hangzhou : $87
  • Wuzhen & Xitang Water Town Self-Guided Tour with Private Transfer from Hangzhou: $97
  • VIP Seated Impression West Lake Show with Private Hassel-Free Transfer Service: $85
  • VIP Seated Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show with Private Transfer: $83
  • Transfer from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport to City Center: $55
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show VIP Seat Ticket with Pick-up Transfer: $82
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show Ticket with Pick-up Transfer: $72
  • Private Transfer to Wuzhen Water Town from Hangzhou: $88
  • Private Transfer to Suzhou City from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport: $125
  • Private Transfer to Suzhou City from Hangzhou: $113

Is it cheaper to fly into Shenzhen or Hangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Hangzhou 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
    Hangzhou $18

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
  • Hong Kong Guided Dinner + Laser Show Lounge Entry (2023) | 200+ booked : $100
  • Secret Food Tour With the Locals in Tin Hau Hong Kong w/ Private Tour Option: $109
  • The 10 Tastings of Hong Kong With Locals: Private Street Food Tour : $163
  • 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

Typical Food Prices in Hangzhou

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hangzhou:


  • Breakfast Pastries
    $2.35
  • Pizza Hut Lunch
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hangzhou

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

  • All Inclusive Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Dinner: $117
  • VIP Seated Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Tour with Authentic Dinner: $127
  • Private Amazing Hangzhou Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option : $170
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou West Lake Show VIP Ticket with Authentic Dinner: $191

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Shenzhen $17
    Hangzhou $20

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: $6.56
  • Hong Kong Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Hong Kong Airport Express E-Ticket : $14
  • Hong Kong Airport Express Train Tickets(Avoid Heavy Traffic): $15
  • Lovely Hong Kong Self-Guided Audio Tour: $16
  • Hong Kong Fisherman’s Wharf: Aberdeen Fishing Village Boat Tour : $16
  • 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 Hangzhou

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

  • Hangzhou Private Day Tour of West Lake, Lingyin Temple and Tea Village: $199
  • West Lake Private Tour with Boat Ride and Enduring Memories Night Show VIP Seat: $242
  • 2-Day Huangshan Mountain Sunset Climb & Sunrise Camp Guided Tour from Hangzhou : $162
  • 3 days tour Shanghai Huangshan & Hangzhou by bullet trains: $830
  • 4-Hour Hangzhou City Private Customized Tour with Options: $112
  • 4-Hour Hangzhou Summit and Former Residence of Xueyan Hu Private Tour: $141
  • Best Price: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $59
  • Best of A Comprehensive Tour of the City's Top Sights: $153
  • Cirque Du Soleil Ticket : $120
  • Customized Hangzhou Guided Tour Based on Your Interests: $145
  • Day Tour to Discover the Secrets of Hangzhou's Tea Culture: $161
  • Day tour to Enjoy the Picturesque Scenery in Hangzhou: $263

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shenzhen $19
    Hangzhou $10


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Shenzhen and Hangzhou, we can see that Shenzhen is more expensive. And not only is Hangzhou much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hangzhou would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou.

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


Which is Bigger, Shenzhen or Hangzhou?

Hangzhou has a larger population, and is about 87% larger than the population of Shenzhen. When comparing the sizes of Shenzhen and Hangzhou, 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 Hangzhou?

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 Hangzhou in the Summer?

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

In July, Shenzhen is generally around the same temperature as Hangzhou. Daily temperatures in Shenzhen average around 30°C (85°F), and Hangzhou fluctuates around 29°C (85°F).

Hangzhou 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 Hangzhou. Shenzhen gets 323 mm (12.7 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 129 mm (5.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Shenzhen or Hangzhou in the Autumn?

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

Shenzhen is a little warmer than Hangzhou in the autumn. The daily temperature in Shenzhen averages around 26°C (78°F) in October, and Hangzhou fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

Shenzhen gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Shenzhen usually receives more rain than Hangzhou. Shenzhen gets 143 mm (5.6 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Shenzhen 26°C (78°F) 
    Hangzhou 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Shenzhen or Hangzhou in the Winter?

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

Hangzhou can be very cold during winter. In the winter, Shenzhen is much warmer than Hangzhou. Typically, the winter temperatures in Shenzhen in January average around 16°C (60°F), and Hangzhou averages at about 5°C (41°F).

Shenzhen usually gets less rain in January than Hangzhou. Shenzhen gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Shenzhen 16°C (60°F) 
    Hangzhou 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Shenzhen or Hangzhou in the Spring?

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

In April, Shenzhen is generally a little warmer than Hangzhou. Daily temperatures in Shenzhen average around 23°C (73°F), and Hangzhou fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Hangzhou. It's quite rainy in Shenzhen. In April, Shenzhen usually receives more rain than Hangzhou. Shenzhen gets 154 mm (6.1 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Shenzhen 23°C (73°F) 
    Hangzhou 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Hangzhou and Shenzhen

Shenzhen Hangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 16°C (60°F) 26 mm (1 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 6°C (42°F) 88 mm (3.4 in)
Mar 19°C (66°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 10°C (50°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Apr 23°C (73°F) 154 mm (6.1 in) 16°C (61°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
May 27°C (80°F) 325 mm (12.8 in) 21°C (70°F) 159 mm (6.3 in)
Jun 29°C (83°F) 382 mm (15 in) 25°C (77°F) 185 mm (7.3 in)
Jul 30°C (85°F) 323 mm (12.7 in) 29°C (85°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)
Aug 29°C (85°F) 393 mm (15.5 in) 29°C (84°F) 145 mm (5.7 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 300 mm (11.8 in) 24°C (76°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 26°C (78°F) 143 mm (5.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 21°C (70°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 13°C (56°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 17°C (63°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 7°C (45°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)