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

Should you visit Xiamen or Nanjing?

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 Nanjing 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 Nanjing?


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.


Nanjing is the capital city of the Jiangsu Province on the central eastern coast of China, just north of Shanghai. This historically and culturally rich city lies at the lower end of the Yangtze river, resulting in lush and scenic landscapes. Nanjing is well-known for having many popular historical sites, some of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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, Nanjing 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 Nanjing is $96. 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 Nanjing in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Xiamen $31
    Nanjing $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Xiamen $62
    Nanjing $92
Compare Hotels in Xiamen and Nanjing

Looking for a hotel in Xiamen or Nanjing? 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 Nanjing

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Xiamen $6.00
    Nanjing $38

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 City Transfers in Xiamen : $68
  • Private Departure Transfer to North Railway Station from Downtown Xiamen: $15
  • Private Transfer From Xiamen City to Quanzhou City: $79
  • Private Transfer Service between Xiamen and Anxi : $89
  • Private Transfer between Riyue Gu Hotspring Resort and Xiamen City : $32
  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Gaobei Tulou Cluster: $89
  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Hua’an Earth Building: $89
  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster : $89
  • Private Transfer from Xiamen North Railway Station to City Area: $19
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Hekeng Hakka Tulou from Xiamen City : $98
  • Private Xiamen Gaoqi Airport Arrival Transfer to City Area: $30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nanjing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nanjing:

  • Zhenjiang Private Transfer Service from Nanjing City or Lukou Airport : $78
  • Yangzhou Private Transfer Service from Nanjing City or Lukou Airport : $80
  • Tangshan Hot Spring Spa Resorts Private Transfer from Nanjing City : $44
  • Tangshan Hot Spring Resorts Private Transfer from Nanjing Railway Station: $44
  • Private Transfer to Zhenjiang from Nanjing City Center: $94
  • Private Transfer to Yangzhou from Nanjing City Center: $89
  • Private Transfer to Nanjing Railway Station from Lukou Airport : $45
  • Private Transfer to Nanjing Railway Station from City Hotels: $33
  • Private Transfer to Gaochun City from Nanjing Lukou Airport: $88
  • Private Transfer to Gaochun City from Nanjing : $88
  • Private Transfer between Nanjing Jinniuhu Wild Animal Park and City Hotels: $62
  • Private Round Trip Transfer to Zhenjiang from Nanjing: $94

Is it cheaper to fly into Xiamen or Nanjing?

Prices for flights to both Nanjing 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
    Nanjing $28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nanjing

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

  • 3-Hour Nanjing Authentic Local Food Tour by Public Transportation: $93
  • Flexible Private Nanjing City Night Tour with Dinner Option : $112
  • Nanjing Tangshan Mountain Hot Spring Experience and Hot Pot Dinner: $175

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Xiamen $16
    Nanjing $9.29

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
  • Flexible Xiamen Private Half Day Tour with Meal Option: $109
  • 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
  • Tour Guide and Car: Private Day Tour to Gaobei Tulou Cluster from Xiamen: $140

Tours and Activities in Nanjing

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

  • Half-Day Nanjing City Private Flexible Tour : $109
  • 2-Day Unlimited Nanjing Private Flexible Tour with Lunch Option : $295
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour with Xiaoling Tomb and Sun Yatsen Mausoleum : $124
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour: Nanjing Jiming Temple, Ming City Wall, Xuanwu Lake: $147
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour: Xiaoling Tomb, Ming City Wall and Memorial Hall : $115
  • All Inclusive Amazing Nanjing City Highlights Private Day Tour: $193
  • All Inclusive Nanjing City Private Day Tour with Tailor-Made Highlights: $213
  • All-Inclusive Nanjing Purple Mountain Scenic Area Private Day Tour: $187
  • All-inclusive Customized Nanjing Layover Tour: $201
  • Beijing Great Wall Tour from Nanjing by Bullet Train with Private Car Service: $282
  • Flexible Private Nanjing City Highlights Day Tour: $164
  • Flexible Private Nanjing Independent Tour : $63

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Xiamen $17
    Nanjing $9.48

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

Which is Bigger, Xiamen or Nanjing?

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

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 Nanjing in the Summer?

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

In July, Xiamen is generally around the same temperature as Nanjing. Daily temperatures in Xiamen average around 30°C (86°F), and Nanjing fluctuates around 28°C (83°F).

Nanjing 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 Nanjing. Xiamen gets 140 mm (5.5 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Xiamen 30°C (86°F) 
    Nanjing 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Nanjing in the Autumn?

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

Xiamen is a little warmer than Nanjing in the autumn. The daily temperature in Xiamen averages around 25°C (77°F) in October, and Nanjing fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

In October, Xiamen usually receives less rain than Nanjing. Xiamen gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Xiamen 25°C (77°F) 
    Nanjing 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Nanjing in the Winter?

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

The weather in Nanjing can be very cold. In the winter, Xiamen is much warmer than Nanjing. Typically, the winter temperatures in Xiamen in January average around 14°C (58°F), and Nanjing averages at about 3°C (37°F).

Xiamen usually gets more rain in January than Nanjing. Xiamen gets 37 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Xiamen 14°C (58°F) 
    Nanjing 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Nanjing in the Spring?

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

In April, Xiamen is generally a little warmer than Nanjing. Daily temperatures in Xiamen average around 20°C (69°F), and Nanjing fluctuates around 15°C (60°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Nanjing. It's quite rainy in Xiamen. In April, Xiamen usually receives more rain than Nanjing. Xiamen gets 147 mm (5.8 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Xiamen 20°C (69°F) 
    Nanjing 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Nanjing and Xiamen

Xiamen Nanjing
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (58°F) 37 mm (1.4 in) 3°C (37°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Apr 20°C (69°F) 147 mm (5.8 in) 15°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in)
May 24°C (76°F) 152 mm (6 in) 21°C (69°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 197 mm (7.7 in) 25°C (77°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Jul 30°C (86°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.9 in)
Aug 30°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 28°C (83°F) 158 mm (6.2 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 23°C (74°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 17°C (63°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Nov 21°C (69°F) 37 mm (1.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Dec 16°C (61°F) 25 mm (1 in) 5°C (41°F) 25 mm (1 in)