A Travel Price Comparison for China Tianjin vs. Dalian for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tianjin or Dalian?

Should I visit Tianjin or Dalian? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Tianjin

Tianjin is a large metropolis on the north east coast of China. This ancient city, which dates back to prehistoric times, is one of five National Central Cities of China and is rich in culture and history. Tianjin is most famous for its beautiful walking streets and history of European concession territories.

Tianjin experiences hot and humid summers, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are cool and dry with temperatures around 15° (F). Spring and Autumn tend to be the best times to visit as weather is a little more mild, although Spring has a tendency to be a little rainy.

Dalian

Dalian, China is a very large peninsula city located in the southernmost part of the Liaoning Province in northeast China. The area has a wealth of history, with roots in Russian and Japanese rule, resulting in unique architecture and many universities that attract foreign students and teachers. Dalian is also known for their beautiful green spaces and relaxing beaches which juxtapose a lot of the more industrial cities found throughout other areas of northern China.

Which city is cheaper, Dalian or Tianjin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tianjin is $68, while the average daily cost in Dalian is $92. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Tianjin and Dalian in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $62 in Tianjin For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $96 in Dalian For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tianjin $31
    Dalian $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tianjin $62
    Dalian $96

Food

In Tianjin travelers spend around $18 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

In Dalian travelers spend around $24 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Tianjin $18
    Dalian $24

Local Transportation

To get around in Tianjin, the average visitor spends $33 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

Dalian's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $36 per person, per day on transportation in Dalian.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tianjin $33
    Dalian $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tianjin

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

  • 2-Day Beijing Excursion from Tianjin Cruise Port with Round-Way Transfer: $712
  • Beijing Private Package Tour with Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer: $566
  • Tianjin Port To Beijing Private 2- Day Highlights Tour With Round Transfer: $500
  • Private 2-Day Beijing Tour Including Transfer Service From Tianjin Xingang Port: $487
  • Cruise Transfer from Tianjin Port to Beijing Airport: $260
  • 1 Day Tianjin City Tour with Cruise Port Transfer: $255
  • Tianjin Private One Way Transfer to Beidaihe: $246
  • Tianjin Private Day Tour including International Cruise Port Transfers: $232
  • Cruise Transfer from Tianjin Port to Beijing Hotels: $225
  • Tianjin Round Trip Transfer to Chengde Summer Resort and Eight Outer Temples: $216
  • One Way Private Transfer from Tianjin Cruise Port To Beijing with Guide: $216
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Tianjin Hotels to Mutianyu Great Wall: $212

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dalian

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

  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station: $89
  • Dalian Private Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel: $89
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer:Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport(DLC): $62
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport: $56
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport from Dalian Downtown: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Any Guiyang Railway Station: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport(DLC): $32
  • Dalian Private Departure Transfer:City Hotel to Railway Station: $30
  • Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Chauffeur Service , to Dalian Transfer: $27

Is it cheaper to fly into Tianjin or Dalian?

Prices for flights to both Dalian and Tianjin 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.





Entertainment

In Tianjin, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $9.17 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Dalian can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $4.28 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tianjin $9.17
    Dalian $4.28

Tours and Activities in Tianjin

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Tianjin.

  • 1 Day Tianjin City Essence Tour from Tianjin Port: $235
  • 1 Day Tianjin City Tour: $195
  • 1-Day Tour:Tianjin Cruise Port to Beijing City Highlights and back in a day: $355
  • 1-Day Tour:Tianjin Cruise Port to Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall and back in a day: $355
  • 2 Days Beijing Group Tour from Tianjin Port without Shop/Factory Stops: $276
  • 2 to 3hours shopping Tour at Tianjin Tanggu Foreign goods market by Car: $118
  • 2-Day Beijing Private Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port: $545
  • 2-Day Private Tianjin Sightseeing Tour including Huangyaguan Great Wall: $446
  • 2-Day Private Tour of Qinhuangdao and Beidaihe from Tianjin: $708
  • 3 Days Beijing Group Tour from Tianjin Port without Shop/Factory Stops: $340
  • 3-Day Private Tibet Tour from Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake and Khampa La Pass: $925
  • 3-Day Private tour to Beijing and Tianjin from Tianjin Cruise Port: $875

Tours and Activities in Dalian

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Dalian.

  • 3-Day Private Tibet Tour from Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake and Khampa La Pass: $925
  • 4 Days Private History and Culture Tour of Beijing and Xi'an: $1,088
  • 7-Day Private China Tour from Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai: $2,328
  • All Inclusive 2-Day Private Tour of Beijing City Highlights from Dalian by Air: $738
  • All Inclusive 3-Day Private Tour of Xi'an and Beijing from Dalian with Hotel: $1,278
  • All Inclusive Private Lushun(Port Arthur) Full-Day Tour: $300
  • All-Inclusive Private Dalian Port Layover Tour with Lunch: $300
  • Dalian City Highlight Private Day tour: $73
  • Dalian City Private Day Tour in Your Way: $150
  • Flexible Dalian City Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch: $188
  • Private 2 Day Tour of Dalian City: $250
  • Private Dalian Night Tour: $200

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Tianjin, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.88.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Dalian, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.64.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tianjin $9.88
    Dalian $5.64


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

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Tianjin vs. Dalian Travel Comparison

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