A Travel Price Comparison for China Xiamen vs. Guangzhou for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Xiamen or Guangzhou?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Xiamen and Guangzhou 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: Xiamen or Guangzhou?


Xiamen is a coastal city in the Fujian Province of China and has been a major port city and gateway to China for centuries. This vibrant and modern city was named the most livable city in the world in 2002 and one of the first cities to be named a Special Economic Zone. Xiamen is best known for being home to Gulangyu Island, a beautiful island full of historic colonial buildings and lovely walking paths.


With a population of more than 12 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. Though it has a long history, founded in 214 BC, the city has also many modern attractions, a mix of the old and new with temples and parks as well as skyscrapers and shopping centers. Its location on the Pearl River has contributed to this growth, making Guangzhou a major port and commercial hub.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in China, The Best Historical Tours in China, The Best 10-Day Tours in China, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in China.

Which place is cheaper, Guangzhou or Xiamen?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Xiamen is $64, while the average daily cost in Guangzhou is $89. 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 Xiamen and Guangzhou in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Xiamen $31
    Guangzhou $57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Xiamen $62
    Guangzhou $114
Compare Hotels in Xiamen and Guangzhou

Looking for a hotel in Xiamen or Guangzhou? 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 Xiamen

Hotels in Guangzhou

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Xiamen $6.00
    Guangzhou $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Xiamen

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

  • Private Arrival Transfer from Gaoqi Airport to Xiamen City Hotel: $10
  • Private Departure Transfer to North Railway Station from Downtown Xiamen: $15
  • Private Transfer Service between Xiamen City and Nanjing Tulou : $115
  • Private Transfer Service between Xiamen and Anxi : $89
  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Hua’an Earth Building: $89
  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Hui'an county in Quanzhou: $89
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Hekeng Hakka Tulou from Xiamen City : $98
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Yunshuiyao Village from Xiamen City: $93
  • Private Xiamen Gaoqi Airport Arrival Transfer to City Area: $30
  • Private Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Transfers in Xiamen City: $12
  • Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Chauffeur Service ,Xiamen Airport Transfer: $47
  • Xiamen Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Railway Station: $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guangzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guangzhou:

  • Zhuhai City Private Arrival Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Int'l Airport : $108
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Guangzhou HTL-APT (CAN): $62
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou city hotels to Shekou Cruise Port: $62
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou South Railway Station to City Center : $49
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou City Center to South Railway Station: $49
  • Private Transfer from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou Hotel: $88
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou and Zhuhai City Area : $104
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park and City Center: $38
  • Private Transfer between Guangzhou Baiyun Mountain and City Area: $44
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport(CAN): $35
  • Private Departure Transfer in English-speaking: Hotel to Airport: $99
  • Private Day Tour to Zhuhai from Guangzhou by Private Transfer: $300

Is it cheaper to fly into Xiamen or Guangzhou?

Prices for flights to both Guangzhou and Xiamen 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 Meals for one day
    Xiamen $26
    Guangzhou $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guangzhou

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Guangzhou.

  • Guangzhou Evening Food Tour Through Local Neighborhood: $65
  • Guangzhou walking tour with dimsum dinner&Zhujiang river cruise: $100
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour VIP Cruise and Dim-Sum Dinner Option: $146
  • Private Guangzhou Night Tour with Canton Tower and Dim-Sum Dinner: $176
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Michelin Restaurant&Local Food Market: $180
  • Private Guangzhou Food Tour Yumcha and Local Food Market Explore: $180
  • Guangzhou Pearl River Night Cruise and Din Tai Feng Dinner: $199
  • Guangzhou Private Night Tour: Lychee Bay, Beijing Road, Cruise, Dinner: $204
  • Private Cooking Canton Cuisine Cooking Class in Guangzhou : $266

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Xiamen $16
    Guangzhou $18

Tours and Activities in Xiamen

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

  • Xiamen Private English Tour Guide Service: $93
  • Xiamen Private Half Day Tour of Gulangyu Island and Shuzhuang Garden: $97
  • Private Xiamen Half Day Tour to Gulangyu Island and the Hi Heaven Villa: $97
  • A Night Tour to Xiamen Gulang Island: $100
  • Xiamen Private Highlight Tour-Gulangyu Island, Shuzhuang Garden And Piano Museum: $103
  • Private Half-Day Tour to the Most Famous Scenic Jimei School Village in Xiamen: $106
  • Day Tour to Admire the Panorama of Gulangyu Island and Visit the Precious Birds: $110
  • 4-hour Xiamen Private Flexible Tour in Your Way: $113
  • Xiamen Half-Day Private Tour include Gulang Yu Island and Garden : $119
  • 4-Hour Xiamen Private Shore Excursion Tour in Your Way: $121
  • Xiamen Layover Day Tour-Gulangyu,Shuzhuang Garden And Piano Museum: $132
  • Private Xiamen Local Market Tour with Shopping and Food Experience: $140

Tours and Activities in Guangzhou

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

  • Guangzhou Self-Guided Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $75
  • Private Tour of Foshan: The Ancestral Temple and Other Options from Guangzhou : $167
  • 1 Day Historical Guangzhou Layover Tour from Airport: $260
  • 1-Day Guangzhou Airport Layover Visa-Free Private City Tour: $185
  • 4-Hour Baiyun Mountain Yuntai Garden Private Guangzhou City Tour: $180
  • 4-Hour Private Flexible Guangzhou City Tour with Dim-Sum Option: $95
  • 5-Hour Private Guangzhou Yumcha Tasting with Local Food Market Experience : $118
  • 5-Hour Sai Kwan Walking Tour with Unique Food Tasting: $72
  • Ancient Foshan Day Tour from Guangzhou: $201
  • Best of Guangzhou City Sightseeing: $110
  • Big Buddha Mountain Martial Art Culture Countryside Private Tour: $220
  • Canton Tower and Pearl River Cruise Guangzhou Private Night Tour: $140

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Xiamen $17
    Guangzhou $14

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

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

Which is Bigger, Xiamen or Guangzhou?

Guangzhou has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Xiamen. When comparing the sizes of Xiamen and Guangzhou, 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 Xiamen or Guangzhou?

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 Xiamen or Guangzhou in the Summer?

Both Guangzhou and Xiamen during the summer are popular places to visit.

In the summer, Xiamen is around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Typically, the summer temperatures in Xiamen in July average around 30°C (86°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 29°C (84°F).

Guangzhou gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Xiamen. Xiamen usually gets less rain in July than Guangzhou. Xiamen gets 140 mm (5.5 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 228 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Xiamen 30°C (86°F) 
    Guangzhou 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Guangzhou in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Xiamen and Guangzhou.

In October, Xiamen is generally around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Daily temperatures in Xiamen average around 25°C (77°F), and Guangzhou fluctuates around 25°C (76°F).

In October, Xiamen usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Xiamen gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Xiamen 25°C (77°F) 
    Guangzhou 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Guangzhou in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Xiamen as well as Guangzhou.

Xiamen is around the same temperature as Guangzhou in the winter. The daily temperature in Xiamen averages around 14°C (58°F) in January, and Guangzhou fluctuates around 14°C (58°F).

Xiamen usually gets less rain in January than Guangzhou. Xiamen gets 37 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Xiamen 14°C (58°F) 
    Guangzhou 14°C (58°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Guangzhou in the Spring?

Both Guangzhou and Xiamen are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In the spring, Xiamen is around the same temperature as Guangzhou. Typically, the spring temperatures in Xiamen in April average around 20°C (69°F), and Guangzhou averages at about 22°C (72°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Guangzhou. It's quite rainy in Xiamen. In April, Xiamen usually receives less rain than Guangzhou. Xiamen gets 147 mm (5.8 in) of rain, while Guangzhou receives 182 mm (7.2 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Xiamen 20°C (69°F) 
    Guangzhou 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Guangzhou and Xiamen

Xiamen Guangzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (58°F) 37 mm (1.4 in) 14°C (58°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 20°C (69°F) 147 mm (5.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 182 mm (7.2 in)
May 24°C (76°F) 152 mm (6 in) 26°C (79°F) 284 mm (11.2 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 197 mm (7.7 in) 28°C (82°F) 258 mm (10.1 in)
Jul 30°C (86°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 29°C (84°F) 228 mm (9 in)
Aug 30°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 29°C (84°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 28°C (82°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 25°C (76°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 21°C (69°F) 37 mm (1.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Dec 16°C (61°F) 25 mm (1 in) 16°C (61°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)