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

Should you visit Wuhu or Hangzhou?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Wuhu and Hangzhou. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Wuhu or Hangzhou?

Wuhu

The city of Wuhu is located in the southeast of the Anhui province of China. It lies on the south bank of the Yangtze River, and about 74 miles from the capital city of Hefei. It is made of floodplains, terraces and low hills, and its plentiful water supply makes it the perfect spot for fish and rice production.

The area has a subtropical climate with a humid monsoon season. When planning your trip, remember that the rainy season is from spring to early winter with the heaviest rainfall from mid-June to early July. So the best trips will be in autumn when it is nice and cool, and the chrysanthemums are in bloom.

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 One Week (7-Day) Tours in China, The Best 2-Week Tours in China, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in China, and The Best Adventure Tours to China.


Which place is cheaper, Hangzhou or Wuhu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Wuhu is $86, 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 Wuhu and Hangzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Wuhu $30
    Hangzhou $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Wuhu $60
    Hangzhou $46
Compare Hotels in Wuhu and Hangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Wuhu 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 Wuhu


Hotels in Hangzhou


Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world. Compare prices for multiple destinations when planning your next trip.


Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Wuhu $26
    Hangzhou $8.08

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:

  • Private Transfer to Impression West Lake show in Hangzhou: $27
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer: City Hotels to Railway Station: $28
  • Hangzhou Railway Station Private Departure Transfer from City Area : $29
  • Hangzhou Railway Station Private Arrival Transfer to City Area : $29
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Area : $29
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan Int'l Airport Private Departure Transfer from City Area : $29
  • Hangzhou East Railway Station Transfer To Hangzhou Downtown City: $32
  • Hangzhou Private Transfer: Railway Station to City Hotels: $33
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport To Hangzhou downtown city one way private transfer: $35
  • Private Hangzhou Airport Transfer from Xixi Wetland Resorts and Hotels: $43
  • Hangzhou to Shanghai Bullet Train Ticket with Train Station Transfer: $45
  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport Chauffeur Service, HangzhouAirport Transfer, Pickup: $59

Is it cheaper to fly into Wuhu or Hangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Hangzhou and Wuhu 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
    Wuhu $39
    Hangzhou $18

Typical Food Prices in Hangzhou

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


  • Breakfast Pastries
    $2.34
  • 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
  • Private Amazing Hangzhou Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner Option : $170
  • Xitang Water Town Private Night Tour from Hangzhou with Dinner: $203
  • Hangzhou Private Tour to Wuzhen Water Town with Lunch or Dinner: $213

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Wuhu $18
    Hangzhou $20

Tours and Activities in Hangzhou

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

  • Fei Lai Peak (Lingyin Temple) E-Ticket: $12
  • Authentic Hangzhou Longjing Tea Culture Experience Tour : $53
  • Hangzhou Longjing Tea Plantation Culture Experience Tour: $53
  • Best Price: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $59
  • Skip the Line: Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $65
  • Zuiyi Hangzhou Impression West Lake Show Ticket: $75
  • Half-Day Hangzhou Tianzhu Buddhist Mountain Hiking Tour with Green Tea Village : $89
  • Enduring Memories of Hangzhou Show Ticket with Private Transport: $89
  • Independent Tour to Shaoxing City from Hangzhou: $94
  • Night Tour with Impression West Lake Show VIP Ticket and Hefang Heritage Street : $95
  • 4-Hour Hangzhou Highlights Tour of Lingyin Temple and West Lake: $99
  • Songcheng Park & Lengend of Song Dynasty Show Ticket: $100

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Wuhu $8.05
    Hangzhou $10


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Wuhu and Hangzhou, we can see that Wuhu 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 Wuhu would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Wuhu 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 Wuhu Expensive? and Is Hangzhou Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Wuhu or Hangzhou?

Hangzhou has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Wuhu. When comparing the sizes of Wuhu 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 Wuhu or Hangzhou?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Wuhu or Hangzhou in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Wuhu and Hangzhou.

In July, Wuhu is generally around the same temperature as Hangzhou. Daily temperatures in Wuhu average around 28°C (83°F), and Hangzhou fluctuates around 29°C (85°F).

Hangzhou receives a lot of rain in the summer. Wuhu gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Wuhu usually receives more rain than Hangzhou. Wuhu gets 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 129 mm (5.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Wuhu 28°C (83°F) 
    Hangzhou 29°C (85°F)

Should I visit Wuhu or Hangzhou in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Wuhu as well as Hangzhou.

Wuhu is around the same temperature as Hangzhou in the autumn. The daily temperature in Wuhu averages around 17°C (63°F) in October, and Hangzhou fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

Wuhu usually gets less rain in October than Hangzhou. Wuhu gets 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Wuhu 17°C (63°F) 
    Hangzhou 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Wuhu or Hangzhou in the Winter?

Both Hangzhou and Wuhu are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

Hangzhou can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Wuhu. In the winter, Wuhu is much colder than Hangzhou. Typically, the winter temperatures in Wuhu in January average around 3°C (37°F), and Hangzhou averages at about 5°C (41°F).

In January, Wuhu usually receives less rain than Hangzhou. Wuhu gets 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Wuhu 3°C (37°F) 
    Hangzhou 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Wuhu or Hangzhou in the Spring?

Both Hangzhou and Wuhu during the spring are popular places to visit.

In April, Wuhu is generally around the same temperature as Hangzhou. Daily temperatures in Wuhu average around 15°C (60°F), and Hangzhou fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).

Hangzhou gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Wuhu. Wuhu usually gets less rain in April than Hangzhou. Wuhu gets 101 mm (4 in) of rain, while Hangzhou receives 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Wuhu 15°C (60°F) 
    Hangzhou 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Hangzhou and Wuhu

Wuhu Hangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 3°C (37°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Feb 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in) 6°C (42°F) 88 mm (3.4 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 10°C (50°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in) 16°C (61°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
May 21°C (69°F) 88 mm (3.5 in) 21°C (70°F) 159 mm (6.3 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 25°C (77°F) 185 mm (7.3 in)
Jul 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.9 in) 29°C (85°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)
Aug 28°C (83°F) 158 mm (6.2 in) 29°C (84°F) 145 mm (5.7 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 105 mm (4.1 in) 24°C (76°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 19°C (66°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 11°C (52°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 13°C (56°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 5°C (41°F) 25 mm (1 in) 7°C (45°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)