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

Should you visit Suzhou or Harbin?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Suzhou and Harbin 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: Suzhou or Harbin?

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.

Harbin

Harbin, China is the northernmost major city in the country, with a population of over 10 million. Harbin was founded in 1897 by Russia, which has resulted in a lot of Russian influence throughout the city and many Russian citizens. The city is most famous for their annual International Snow and Ice Festival, a two-month-long festival running from January through February of each year.

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Which place is cheaper, Harbin or Suzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Suzhou is $101, while the average daily cost in Harbin is $54. 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 Suzhou and Harbin in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Suzhou $38
    Harbin $21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Suzhou $76
    Harbin $42
Compare Hotels in Suzhou and Harbin

Looking for a hotel in Suzhou or Harbin? 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 Suzhou


Hotels in Harbin


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Suzhou $57
    Harbin $1.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Suzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Suzhou:

  • Suzhou Private Transfer to Zhouzhuang Water Town with Shanghai Drop-off Option: $84
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport Private Departure Transfer from Suzhou: $87
  • Shanghai Pudong Airport - Suzhou Chauffeur Service,Shanghai Airport Transfer: $280
  • Shanghai Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Tongli Water Town : $90
  • Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou Chauffeur Service, Shanghai Airport Transfer: $240
  • Private Suzhou Garden and Water Town Highlight Trip with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $240
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Zhouzhuang Water Town and Suzhou City: $58
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Tianping Mountain from Suzhou: $51
  • Private Round Trip Transfer from Suzhou to Luzhi Water Town: $64
  • Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $227
  • Private Day Tour: Gardens and Old Street in Suzhou with Hotel or Railway Station Transfer: $214
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Wuzhen Water Town : $143

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Harbin

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

  • Harbin Airport Chauffeur Service, Harbin Airport Transfer: $27
  • Harbin Airport (HRB) : Private Arrival Transfer with Meet & Greet Service: $32
  • Harbin Airport Chauffeur Service, Harbin Airport Transfer: $40
  • Private Departure Transfer to Harbin Railway Station from Harbin City Hotel: $50
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Harbin Railway Station to Harbin City Hotel: $55
  • Harbin Taiping Airport Chauffeur Service, Harbin Airport Transfer, Pick up.: $59
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Harbin West Railway Station to Harbin City Hotel: $65
  • Private HRB Airport Departure Transfer from Harbin City Hotel: $70
  • Private HRB Airport Arrival Transfer to Harbin City Hotel: $70
  • Private Transfer to China's Snow Town from Yabuli Ski Resort: $107
  • Harbin City Car Transfer Service with Driver: $168
  • Private Full Day Transfer Service to Harbin Top Winter Attractions: $168

Is it cheaper to fly into Suzhou or Harbin?

Prices for flights to both Harbin and Suzhou 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
    Suzhou $32
    Harbin $14

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
  • Suzhou Alleyway Food Tour: $65
  • Private Suzhou Night Tour:Master of the Nets Garden, Ancient Canal with Dinner: $145

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Harbin

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

  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow World with Dinner Options: $261
  • Private Full Day Tour to Harbin Beifang Forest Zoo and Optional Seafood Dinner: $261

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Suzhou $9.29
    Harbin $52

Tours and Activities in Suzhou

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

  • Private Shanghai City Tour from Suzhou by Bullet Train with Drop off Option: $232
  • 4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour: $114
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Customized Tour: $80
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Flexible Tour with Garden and Boat Ride Option: $125
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Tour: Humble Administrator’s Garden,Tiger Hill and Canal : $134
  • 4-Hour Tongli Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride : $127
  • 4-Hour Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride: $145
  • Flexible Shanghai Private Day Tour from Suzhou by Bullet Train: $208
  • Full- Day Private Suzhou Tour Guide Service: $150
  • Full-Day Private Tour in Suzhou: $150
  • Full-Day Suzhou Gardens Private Tour with Local Guide: $248
  • Luzhi Ancient Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Lunch: $179

Tours and Activities in Harbin

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

  • 1-Day Harbin Private Tour: $130
  • 4-Hour Private Tour of the Largest Indoor Ice and Snow Paradise: $136
  • Private Half Day City Tour including Russian Town and Harbin Ropeway Ride: $150
  • Private Half Day Tour Harbin ConfucianTemple and Temple of Bliss (Jile Si): $157
  • Harbin City Walking Sightseeing : $198
  • Small Group Night Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow World: $198
  • Harbin Ice Festival New Year Eve Countdown Group Tour on December 31: $200
  • Harbin City Private Day Tour in Your Way in Winter Season: $200
  • Private Harbin Ice Festival Night Tour: $209
  • Private Half Day Tour to Unit 731 Museum in Harbin: $209
  • Full Day Private Tour to Harbin Ice and Snow Festival: $250
  • Revolving Restaurant Dining Experience at Harbin Dragon Tower: $250

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Suzhou $6.38
    Harbin $7.81


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

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


Which is Bigger, Suzhou or Harbin?

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

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 Suzhou or Harbin in the Summer?

Both Harbin and Suzhou during the summer are popular places to visit.

In the summer, Suzhou is a little warmer than Harbin. Typically, the summer temperatures in Suzhou in July average around 28°C (83°F), and Harbin averages at about 24°C (75°F).

Harbin gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Suzhou. Suzhou usually gets less rain in July than Harbin. Suzhou gets 128 mm (5 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Suzhou 28°C (83°F) 
    Harbin 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Suzhou or Harbin in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Suzhou and Harbin.

In October, Suzhou is generally much warmer than Harbin. Daily temperatures in Suzhou average around 19°C (65°F), and Harbin fluctuates around 7°C (44°F).

In October, Suzhou usually receives more rain than Harbin. Suzhou gets 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Suzhou 19°C (65°F) 
    Harbin 7°C (44°F)

Should I visit Suzhou or Harbin in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Suzhou as well as Harbin.

It's quite cold in Harbin in the winter. The weather in Suzhou can be very cold. Suzhou is much warmer than Harbin in the winter. The daily temperature in Suzhou averages around 4°C (39°F) in January, and Harbin fluctuates around -18°C (-0°F).

Suzhou usually gets more rain in January than Harbin. Suzhou gets 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 3 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Suzhou 4°C (39°F) 
    Harbin -18°C (-0°F)

Should I visit Suzhou or Harbin in the Spring?

Both Harbin and Suzhou are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In the spring, Suzhou is much warmer than Harbin. Typically, the spring temperatures in Suzhou in April average around 15°C (58°F), and Harbin averages at about 8°C (46°F).

It's quite rainy in Suzhou. In April, Suzhou usually receives more rain than Harbin. Suzhou gets 102 mm (4 in) of rain, while Harbin receives 21 mm (0.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Suzhou 15°C (58°F) 
    Harbin 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Harbin and Suzhou

Suzhou Harbin
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 4°C (39°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) -18°C (-0°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Feb 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) -14°C (7°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) -3°C (26°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 15°C (58°F) 102 mm (4 in) 8°C (46°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
May 20°C (67°F) 113 mm (4.5 in) 15°C (60°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 152 mm (6 in) 21°C (70°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 28°C (83°F) 128 mm (5 in) 24°C (75°F) 153 mm (6 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 133 mm (5.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 156 mm (6.1 in) 16°C (60°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 19°C (65°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 7°C (44°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 52 mm (2 in) -4°C (24°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Dec 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) -14°C (7°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)