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

Should you visit Tianjin or Shenzhen?

Should I visit Tianjin or Shenzhen? 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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Shenzhen 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 Shenzhen is $111. 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 Shenzhen 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.

Travelers usually pay around $160 for a double occupancy room in Shenzhen If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tianjin $31
    Shenzhen $80
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tianjin $62
    Shenzhen $160

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 Shenzhen 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Tianjin $18
    Shenzhen $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tianjin

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

  • Chengdu Private Food Tour (With Visit to Kuanzhai Alley and Hotpot Experience): $32
  • Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum and Sanxingdui Museum Private Day Tour with Hotpot Dinner: $76
  • Dim Sum Cooking Class and Wet Market Visit in Shanghai: $78
  • Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuk Tuk: $80
  • Chengdu Panda Base Private Day Tour and Sichuan Cooking Class: $83
  • Beijing Food Culture & Cooking Class: $137

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shenzhen

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

  • The best night food tour in SZ: ten tastings: $29
  • Chengdu Private Food Tour (With Visit to Kuanzhai Alley and Hotpot Experience): $32
  • Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum and Sanxingdui Museum Private Day Tour with Hotpot Dinner: $76
  • Dim Sum Cooking Class and Wet Market Visit in Shanghai: $78
  • Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuk Tuk: $80
  • Chengdu Panda Base Private Day Tour and Sichuan Cooking Class: $83
  • Beijing Food Culture & Cooking Class: $137

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.

Shenzhen'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 $13 per person, per day on transportation in Shenzhen.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tianjin $33
    Shenzhen $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tianjin

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

  • [Up to 20% Off] Private City Transfers for Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing : $23
  • [Up to 15% Off for Round Trip Transfers] Private Beijing Capital Airport Transfers (PEK) for Beijing : $37
  • Yangshuo and Li River Highlights Day Tour with Transfers: $111
  • Tianjin Round Trip Transfer to Chengde Summer Resort and Eight Outer Temples: $216
  • Tianjin Railway Station Private Transfer to Cruise Port: $59
  • Tianjin Railway Station Private Transfer from Cruise Port: $59
  • Tianjin Private Transfer to Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall: $196
  • Tianjin Private Transfer from Tianjin central to Tianjin Binhai Airport (TSN): $132
  • Tianjin Private Transfer from Railway Station to Cruise Port: $80
  • Tianjin Private Transfer from Cruise Port to Railway Station: $80
  • Tianjin Private Round-Trip Transfer to Huangyaguan Great Wall: $112
  • Tianjin Private Round Trip Transfer to Panshan: $124

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shenzhen

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

  • Private City Transfers between Zhongshan and Hong Kong: $313
  • Private City Transfers between Foshan and Hong Kong: $296
  • Private City Transfers between Guangzhou and Hong Kong: $283
  • Private City Transfers between Huizhou and Hong Kong : $230
  • Private Arrival Transfer : Shenzen Airport to Hong Kong: $193
  • Private MPV City Transfer between Guangdong & Hong Kong: $187
  • Private Transfers Between Xiamen City and Gaobei Tulou Cluster & Chuxi Tulou Cluster: $186
  • Private Changsha Huanghua International Airport Transfers (CSX) for Downtown Zhangjiajie or Wulingyuan District: $186
  • Private Transfers between Dongguan and Hong Kong : $159
  • Private Transfer Between Xiamen City and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster & Yun Shui Yao Ancient Town: $147
  • Private City Transfers Between Xiamen and Zhangzhou Volcanic Island Resort: $147
  • Private Transfers Between Xiamen City and Yongding Tulou: $147

Is it cheaper to fly into Tianjin or Shenzhen?

Prices for flights to both Shenzhen 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 $9.22 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Shenzhen can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tianjin $9.22
    Shenzhen $15

Tours and Activities in Tianjin

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

  • Lionsgate Entertainment World Ticket in Henqin Zhuhai : $31
  • 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 Days Shanghai Private Tour: $178
  • 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
  • 2D1N Mount Emei Monastery Cultural Tour: $51

Tours and Activities in Shenzhen

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

  • Lionsgate Entertainment World Ticket in Henqin Zhuhai : $31
  • 2 Days Shanghai Private Tour: $178
  • 2-Day Danxia Mountain & Nanhua Temple Private Tour From Shenzhen By Bullet Train: $677
  • 2-Day Private Customized Harbin Tour from Shenzhen by Air: $1,118
  • 2-Day Private Lijiang Highlights Tour from Shenzhen by Plane: $848
  • 2D1N Mount Emei Monastery Cultural Tour: $51
  • 2D1N Mount Emei Tour from Chengdu: $199
  • 2D1N Mount Emei and the Leshan Giant Buddha Tour from Chengdu: $216
  • 3 Day Essential Hangzhou Private Tour: $297
  • 3 Day Guilin Highlights & Rice Terraces Private Tour: $222
  • 3 Day Private Silk Road Tour fromShenzhen:Highlights of Xi'an,Jiayuguan,Dunhuang: $1,078
  • 3-Day Private Golden Triangle Tour: Shanghai, Beijing and Xi'an from Shenzhen: $1,378

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 $9.93.

Typically, people visiting Shenzhen spend on average $17 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tianjin $9.93
    Shenzhen $17


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tianjin and Shenzhen, we can see that Shenzhen 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 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 Tianjin.

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