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

Should you visit Xiamen or Suzhou?

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 Suzhou 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 Suzhou?

Xiamen

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.

Suzhou

Suzhou is a city in Jiangsu province famed for its beautiful gardens and traditional waterside architecture, featuring elaborate canals and bridges. Located on the Yangtze Delta, the city consists largely of waterways making Suzhou a kind of 'Venice of the Orient.' It is also a hub for scholars, artists, and skilled craftsmen.

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, Suzhou 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 Suzhou is $101. 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 Suzhou in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Xiamen $30
    Suzhou $38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Xiamen $60
    Suzhou $76
Compare Hotels in Xiamen and Suzhou

Looking for a hotel in Xiamen or Suzhou? 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 Suzhou


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Xiamen $5.98
    Suzhou $57

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 Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Transfers in Xiamen City: $12
  • Private Departure Transfer to North Railway Station from Downtown Xiamen: $15
  • Private Xiamen Gaoqi Airport Arrival Transfer to City Area: $30
  • Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Chauffeur Service ,Xiamen Airport Transfer: $47
  • Private City Transfers in Xiamen : $68
  • Private Transfer between Xiamen City and Hua’an Earth Building: $89
  • Private Transfer Service between Xiamen and Anxi : $89
  • Private Transfer Between Xiamen City and Yun Shui Yao Ancient Town: $89
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Yunshuiyao Village from Xiamen City: $93
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and HongKeng Hakka Tulou from Xiamen City : $98
  • Private Transfer to Tianluokeng Tulou and Hekeng Hakka Tulou from Xiamen City : $98

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Suzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Suzhou:

  • Suzhou Private Transfer to Zhouzhuang Water Town with Shanghai Drop-off Option: $84
  • Suzhou Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Railway Station: $25
  • Suzhou Private Arrival Transfer:Railway Station to City Hotel: $27
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport Private Departure Transfer from Suzhou: $87
  • Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou Chauffeur Service, Shanghai Airport Transfer: $240
  • Shanghai Pudong Airport - Suzhou Chauffeur Service,Shanghai Airport Transfer: $280
  • Shanghai Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Zhouzhuang Water Town : $81
  • Shanghai Private Transfer from Suzhou with Stop-over at Tongli Water Town : $90
  • Shanghai Hongqiao Airport to Suzhou Chauffeur Service, Shanghai Airport Transfer: $240
  • Shanghai Hongqiao Airport - Suzhou Chauffeur Service,Shanghai Airport Transfer: $240
  • Private Transfer to Hangzhou City from Suzhou: $113
  • Private Transfer from Suzhou to Hangzhou City Area : $137

Is it cheaper to fly into Xiamen or Suzhou?

Prices for flights to both Suzhou 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Xiamen $26
    Suzhou $32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Suzhou

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

  • Suzhou Alleyway Walking Food Tour: $55
  • Half-Day Private Customized Suzhou Highlights with Lunch or Dinner Option: $123
  • Private Suzhou Night Tour:Master of the Nets Garden, Ancient Canal with Dinner: $145

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Xiamen $16
    Suzhou $9.32

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
  • Private Xiamen Half Day Tour to Gulangyu Island and the Hi Heaven Villa: $97
  • Xiamen Private Half Day Tour of Gulangyu Island and Shuzhuang Garden: $97
  • A Night Tour to Xiamen Gulang Island: $100
  • Private Half-Day Tour to the Most Famous Scenic Jimei School Village in Xiamen: $106
  • Flexible Private Half-Day Tour to Visit the Top Attraction Xiamen Yuanbo Garden: $110
  • 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 Suzhou

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Suzhou are as follows:

  • Private Shanghai City Tour from Suzhou by Bullet Train with Drop off Option: $232
  • 4-Hour Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Tour: $114
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Customized Tour: $80
  • 4-Hour Suzhou Private Flexible Tour with Garden and Boat Ride Option: $125
  • 4-Hour Tongli Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride : $127
  • 4-Hour Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Tour from Suzhou with Boat Ride: $145
  • Classic Suzhou Tour with Hotel or Railway Station Pickup: $213
  • Essential Suzhou City Sightseeing Private Day Tour: $248
  • Flexible Shanghai Private Day Tour from Suzhou by Bullet Train: $208
  • Flexible Suzhou City Highlights Private Day Tour with Authentic Lunch: $153
  • Full Day Private Tour Incredible Suzhou Highlight: $169
  • Full- Day Private Suzhou Tour Guide Service: $150

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Xiamen $17
    Suzhou $6.40


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


Which is Bigger, Xiamen or Suzhou?

Suzhou has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Xiamen. When comparing the sizes of Xiamen and Suzhou, 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 Suzhou?

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 Suzhou in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Xiamen as well as Suzhou.

In the summer, Xiamen is around the same temperature as Suzhou. Typically, the summer temperatures in Xiamen in July average around 30°C (86°F), and Suzhou averages at about 28°C (83°F).

It's quite rainy in Suzhou. Xiamen receives a lot of rain in the summer. Xiamen usually gets more rain in July than Suzhou. Xiamen gets 140 mm (5.5 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 128 mm (5 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Xiamen or Suzhou in the Autumn?

Both Suzhou and Xiamen are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In October, Xiamen is generally a little warmer than Suzhou. Daily temperatures in Xiamen average around 25°C (77°F), and Suzhou fluctuates around 19°C (65°F).

In October, Xiamen usually receives less rain than Suzhou. Xiamen gets 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Xiamen 25°C (77°F) 
    Suzhou 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Suzhou in the Winter?

Both Suzhou and Xiamen during the winter are popular places to visit.

Suzhou can get quite cold in the winter. Xiamen is much warmer than Suzhou in the winter. The daily temperature in Xiamen averages around 14°C (58°F) in January, and Suzhou fluctuates around 4°C (39°F).

Xiamen usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Suzhou. Xiamen gets 37 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Xiamen 14°C (58°F) 
    Suzhou 4°C (39°F)

Should I visit Xiamen or Suzhou in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Xiamen and Suzhou.

In the spring, Xiamen is a little warmer than Suzhou. Typically, the spring temperatures in Xiamen in April average around 20°C (69°F), and Suzhou averages at about 15°C (58°F).

Suzhou receives a lot of rain in the spring. Xiamen gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Xiamen usually receives more rain than Suzhou. Xiamen gets 147 mm (5.8 in) of rain, while Suzhou receives 102 mm (4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Xiamen 20°C (69°F) 
    Suzhou 15°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Suzhou and Xiamen

Xiamen Suzhou
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (58°F) 37 mm (1.4 in) 4°C (39°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 20°C (69°F) 147 mm (5.8 in) 15°C (58°F) 102 mm (4 in)
May 24°C (76°F) 152 mm (6 in) 20°C (67°F) 113 mm (4.5 in)
Jun 27°C (81°F) 197 mm (7.7 in) 24°C (75°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Jul 30°C (86°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 28°C (83°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Aug 30°C (85°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 133 mm (5.2 in)
Sep 28°C (83°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 24°C (75°F) 156 mm (6.1 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 19°C (65°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 21°C (69°F) 37 mm (1.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Dec 16°C (61°F) 25 mm (1 in) 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)