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

Should you visit Tianjin or Datong?

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

Should I visit Tianjin or Datong? 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: Tianjin or Datong?

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.

Datong

If you're looking for an old world city, with a renovated feel, you might want to spend some time in Datong, China. This city was once walled-in and the newest initiative is to rebuild their great wall to maintain their old world charm. Datong is definitely done a lot to make itself a contender in the world of vacation destinations.

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, Datong or Tianjin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tianjin is $76, while the average daily cost in Datong is $56. 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 Tianjin and Datong in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tianjin $34
    Datong $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tianjin $68
    Datong $46
Compare Hotels in Tianjin and Datong

Looking for a hotel in Tianjin or Datong? 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 Tianjin


Hotels in Datong


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tianjin $37
    Datong $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tianjin

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

  • Cruise Transfer from Tianjin Port to Beijing Airport: $280
  • Cruise Transfer from Tianjin Port to Beijing Hotels : $225
  • Tianjin Private Transfer to Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall: $196
  • Private Transfer to Huangyaguan Great Wall from Tianjin City: $178
  • Private Tianjin Port Transfer to Huangyaguan Great Wall: $178
  • Private Transfer: Tianjin Cruise Port to Great Wall of China with Beijing Drop-Off: $168
  • Private 1-Way Transfer Between Tianjin Port to Beijing: $138
  • Tianjin Private Round Trip Transfer to Huangyaguan Pass and Eastern Qing Tombs: $132
  • Private One Way Transfer Between Tianjin Port and Beijing: $132
  • Tianjin International Cruise Port Pick up or Drop off with Private Transfer: $130
  • Beijing Daxing or Capital Int’l Airport Private Departure Transfer from Tianjin : $128
  • Tianjin Cruise Port to Beijing Airport/City Private Transfer: $119

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Datong

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

  • Flexible Private Transfer Service from Datong to Pingyao with Sightseeing Stops: $225
  • Private One Way Transfer from Datong to Beijing : $211
  • Chengdu: Private Round-Trip Transfer to Leshan Budda: $128
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer Service to Hanging Temple and Hengshan from Datong: $118
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer to Hanging Temple: $98
  • Datong Hanging Temple Private Transfer from Hotel or Station: $69
  • Transfer from Datong Railway Stations to Hotels in City Center: $35
  • Private Transfer Service from Yungang Airport to Datong Hotel: $29
  • Datong Yungang Airport Chauffeur Service , to Datong Transfer: $12

Is it cheaper to fly into Tianjin or Datong?

Prices for flights to both Datong 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Tianjin $20
    Datong $20

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tianjin $10
    Datong $25

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
  • 4-Hour Shore Excursion: Tianjin City Highlights and Binhai Bullet Train Experience: $259
  • 4-Hour Tianjin Shore Excursion to Porcelain House with Bullet Train Experience: $240
  • 4-Hour Tianjin Shore Excursion to Shijia Mansion with Bullet Train Experience: $210
  • 5-Hour Private Tianjin Shopping Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port: $179
  • All-inclusive Day Tour: China House, Five Avenues, Ancient Street & Tianjin Eye: $224
  • Bullet Train Private Tour: Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall: $239
  • Bullet Train Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven: $219
  • From Tianjin Xingang Port: Private 2-Day Beijing Tour: $550
  • Huangyaguan Great Wall Layover Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port: $265
  • One Day Huangyaguan Great Wall And Qing Tomb Tour Of Beijing: $260
  • Private Great Wall Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port: $248

Tours and Activities in Datong

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

  • 1-Day Pingyao tour from Datong and ends of Beijing or Xi'an by Bullet Train: $267
  • 1-Day Private Tour: Datong Highlights with the Lunch: $215
  • 2-Day Private Datong Tour:Hanging Temple, Yugang Grottoes,Wooden Pagoda and More: $298
  • 4-8 hours Private Datong Great Wall Tour: $99
  • All Inclusive Datong Private Day Tour to Hanging Temple and Yungang Grottoes : $268
  • All Inclusive Datong Private Tour to Hanging Temple and Yingxian Wooden Pagoda: $238
  • All-Inclusive Private Tour to Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple from Datong: $220
  • Datong Classic Day Tour: $135
  • Datong Day Tour to Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple: $203
  • Datong Hanging Temple Wooden Pagoda Self-guided Tour by Car: $95
  • Datong Highlights Sightseeing: Hanging Monastery and Wooden Pagoda: $244
  • Datong Private Day Tour to Deshengbu and Zhenchuankou Great Wall with Lunch: $190

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tianjin $11
    Datong $12


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

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


Which is Bigger, Tianjin or Datong?

Tianjin has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Datong. When comparing the sizes of Tianjin and Datong, 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.

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