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

Should you visit Xigatse or Shanghai?

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 Shanghai 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 Shanghai?

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.

Shanghai

Shanghai is the largest and most modern city in China. With a population of over 23 million, it is the economic and financial hub of the country. It also continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in China with regular changes to the city's layout and skyline. It is not uncommon for buildings to be torn down, rebuilt and then torn down and rebuilt again. The city also has skyscrapers that rank among the tallest in the world. It has an ever changing downtown and street scape. In Shanghai, the general mantra remains "out with the old, in with the new".

Which place is cheaper, Shanghai or Xigatse?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Xigatse is $62, while the average daily cost in Shanghai is $115. 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 Shanghai in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Xigatse $28
    Shanghai $81
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Xigatse $56
    Shanghai $162
Compare Hotels in Xigatse and Shanghai

Looking for a hotel in Xigatse or Shanghai? 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 Shanghai


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Xigatse $13
    Shanghai $3.89

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Shanghai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Shanghai:


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.61
  • Two Subway Tickets
    $0.83

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shanghai

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Shanghai:

  • Shanghai to Xi’an Bullet Train Ticket with Local Hotel Private Transfers : $245
  • 1 Day-Pass for Disneyland Shanghai and Private Transfer Package: $245
  • Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Private Arrival Transfer to Yiwu City Area : $226
  • Shanghai To Beijing Bullet Train Ticket with Local Private Transfer : $209
  • Shanghai-Suzhou private day tour with private transfer and Lunch: $204
  • Shanghai to Xi'an Bullet Train Ticket with Hongqiao Station Transfer: $177
  • Ningbo City Private Arrival Transfer from Shanghai Pudong International Airport: $177
  • Shanghai to Suzhou and Tongli Water Town Self-Guide Tour Private Round Transfer: $171
  • Shanghai to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Self-Guide Trip with Private Transfer: $171
  • Shanghai Airport (PVG) Arrival Transfer (PVG Airport to central Shanghai): $169
  • Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) Departure Transfer (central Shanghai to Airport): $169
  • Shanghai to Hangzhou Private Transfer with Stop at Wuzhen : $157

Is it cheaper to fly into Xigatse or Shanghai?

Prices for flights to both Shanghai 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 $24
    Shanghai $22

Typical Food Prices in Shanghai

Some typical examples of dining costs in Shanghai are as follows:


  • Dumpling Breakfast
    $1.39
  • Desserts in Jinmao Building Observatory
    $20
  • Ajisen Lunch for Two
    $7.22
  • Cantelope
    $1.67
  • Dumplings and Soup
    $2.08
  • Duck Dinner
    $4.17
  • Pastries
    $2.92
  • Barbeque Dinner
    $8.89

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shanghai

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

  • Online Cooking Class Handmade Noodles by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class General Tso's Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Sesame Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Dim Sum by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Fried Rice by Sunflower Li : $20
  • Private Cooking Class: Make Your Own Dim Sum In Shanghai: $67
  • Private Chinese Cooking Class in Shanghai with Vegetarian Option: $69
  • Private Authentic Chinese Cooking Class in Shanghai with a Lovely Local: $70
  • 2.5hrs Chinese Kitchen Cooking Class: Steamed Colorful Dumplings: $70
  • 2.5hrs Chinese Kitchen Cooking Class: Xiaolongbao Soup Dumplings: $70
  • 3-Hour Biking and Local Food Tour: $70
  • Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai: $77

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Xigatse $14
    Shanghai $8.48

Typical Entertainment Prices in Shanghai

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Shanghai are as follows:


  • 30 Minute River Cruise for Two
    $28
  • Zoo for Two
    $14

Tours and Activities in Shanghai

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

  • Half-Day Private Tour of Shanghai Bund with River Cruise or Tower View: $90
  • Private Shanghai Flexible City Highlight Tour with Night Cruise: $221
  • Private Shanghai Full Day City Tour with Old and New Highlights: $88
  • Shanghai Layover Tour to Xinchang Water Town with City Highlights Option : $135
  • Yiwu International Trade City Private Day Tour from Shanghai by Bullet Train: $183
  • Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Museum Private Shanghai Day Tour: $175
  • Zhouzhuang Water Town Self-Guided Day Tour from Shanghai: $88
  • water village of shagnhai tour: $248
  • 1 Day Shanghai Airport Layover Private Tour for City Highlights: $202
  • 1 Day Shanghai Highlight Small Group Tour: $124
  • 1 Day Shanghai Private Tour: $180
  • 1 Days Shanghai Quality Group Tour: $110

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Xigatse $3.18
    Shanghai $7.40

Sample the Local Flavors in Shanghai

Also in Shanghai, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Shanghai Luxury Bar Crawl in 5-star Hotel or Boutique Hotel: $255


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


Which is Bigger, Xigatse or Shanghai?

Shanghai has a larger population, and is about 180 times larger than the population of Xigatse. When comparing the sizes of Xigatse and Shanghai, 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.