A Travel Price Comparison for China Xigatse vs. Chongqing for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Xigatse or Chongqing?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Xigatse and Chongqing 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: Xigatse or Chongqing?

Xigatse

The second largest city in Tibet behind Lhasa, Xigatse, commonly known as Shigatse, is home to sights and attractions like the Tashilhunpo Monastery, plenty of markets, and the ruins of Shigatse temple. All places of interest are fairly walkable, though auto-rickshaws are also available.

Chongqing

Chongqing, China is a large city in central China and one of only four cities in the country that are not part of a province. While Chongqing is famous for being an economically important city, brush away its industrial surface and you'll find a naturally beautiful city with plenty of hidden wonders. Although you'll find many expats in the city, English is rarely spoken, meaning knowing some basic Mandarin will come in handy.

For some great organized tour ideas, see Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in China, The Best Adventure Tours to China, The Best Sightseeing Tours in China, and The Best Cultural Tours in China.


Which place is cheaper, Chongqing or Xigatse?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Xigatse is $61, while the average daily cost in Chongqing is $86. 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 Xigatse and Chongqing in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Xigatse $28
    Chongqing $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Xigatse $56
    Chongqing $98
Compare Hotels in Xigatse and Chongqing

Looking for a hotel in Xigatse or Chongqing? 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 Xigatse


Hotels in Chongqing


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Xigatse $12
    Chongqing $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chongqing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chongqing:

  • Dazu Rock Carvings Private Transfer or Tour: $278
  • Chongqing Private Round Trip Transfer to Wulong National Park: $168
  • Private One Way Transfer (English Service) between Airport & Hotel & Cruise Port: $61
  • Chongqing Jiangbei Airport Chauffeur Service, Chongqing Airport Transfer, Pickup: $60
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport(CKG) : $60
  • Chongqing Jiangbei Airport Chauffeur Service, Chongqing Airport Transfer, Pickup: $50
  • Datong Yungang Airport Chauffeur Service , to Datong Transfer: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Pier to Hotel: $39
  • Private Departure Transfer:Hotel to Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport CKG: $39
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport(CKG) to Hotel: $39
  • Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG) private round-trip transfer: $24
  • Private Arrival Transfer:Any Chongqing Railway Station to Hotel: $24

Is it cheaper to fly into Xigatse or Chongqing?

Prices for flights to both Chongqing and Xigatse 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
    Xigatse $23
    Chongqing $24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chongqing

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

  • 4 Hour Walking Historical Local Food Tour: $109
  • Chongqing Liangjiang Night Cruise Including Authentic Hot Pot Dinner: $115
  • CHONGQING:Strolling through the city(Include dinner): $127
  • Chongqing City Private Night Tour with Hot Pot Dinner: $158
  • Private Chongqing night tour with dinner hot pot: $170

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Xigatse $13
    Chongqing $13

Tours and Activities in Chongqing

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

  • 1-Day Chongqing City Private Tour with the Hot pot Lunch: $157
  • 1-Day Chongqing Dazu Rock Carvings Private Tour With the Lunch: $143
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour of Chongqing Shancheng (Mountain City) Lane: $65
  • 4D3N Yangtze River Victoria Cruise: Chongqing to Yichang: $615
  • 5D4N Yangtze River Victoria Cruise: Yichang to Chongqing: $615
  • All-In-One Chongqing Trendy Spots Private Tour: $220
  • Best of Chongqing One Day Tour: Stilwell Museum, Arhat Temple, Eling Park, Panda: $157
  • City Night Cruise and Local Snacks Tour: $218
  • Chongqing Dazu stone carving day tour: $186
  • Chongqing Half Day Morning Private Tour including Eling Park & Chongqing Museum: $135
  • Chongqing Half day Private Tour With Entire City Night View: $220
  • Chongqing Private City Tour Extention: $220

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Xigatse $3.14
    Chongqing $6.88


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

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


Which is Bigger, Xigatse or Chongqing?

Chongqing has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Xigatse. When comparing the sizes of Xigatse and Chongqing, 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.

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