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

Should you visit Zhengzhou or Nanjing?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Zhengzhou and Nanjing can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Zhengzhou or Nanjing?

Zhengzhou

Along the Yellow River, a city from the future and the past resides. Ancient pagodas, futuristic domes, verdant gardens - Zhengzhou is a myriad of many worlds in one urban area. The provincial capital of the Henan Province, Zhengzhou is the encapsulation of a perfect city from its delicate balance of the natural and urban spheres. It was born during the Sui Dynasty, and its actual location was in the modern-day Chenggao. Moreover, Zhengzhou works as the political, economic, technological, and educational center of the province. The city is also one of the eight great ancient capitals of China, with a collection of architecture and art originating during iconic dynasties. These relics of the old world include the Shaolin Monastery, Henan Museum, the Pagoda Forest, the Gaocheng Astronomical Observatory, the Songyue Pagoda, the Emperors of Yan and Huang, and the scenic views of the Yellow River. With over nine million inhabitants, Zhengzhou continues to grow at a thriving rate. It also should be noted that in June 2012, Greater Zhengzhou was named one of the thirteen emerging megacities in China according to the Economist Intelligent Unit. Known internationally for its amazing culmination of culture and history, Zhengzhou is the ideal city for travelers and inhabitants alike.

Nanjing

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 One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Shanghai, The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to China, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in China.


Which place is cheaper, Nanjing or Zhengzhou?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Zhengzhou is $98, 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 Zhengzhou and Nanjing in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Zhengzhou $36
    Nanjing $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Zhengzhou $72
    Nanjing $92
Compare Hotels in Zhengzhou and Nanjing

Looking for a hotel in Zhengzhou 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 Zhengzhou


Hotels in Nanjing


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Zhengzhou $63
    Nanjing $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zhengzhou

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zhengzhou:

  • One-Way Private Transfer from Zhengzhou to Kaifeng: $70
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Zhengzhou to Luoyang: $80
  • Private Transfer from Zhengzhou to Luoyang Longmen Grottoes : $95
  • Private Transfer to Guoliang Village and Tunnel from Zhengzhou: $160
  • Private Transfer to Shaolin Temple or Dengfeng from Zhengzhou Train station: $132
  • Private transfer to Shaolin Temple from Zhengzhou: $108
  • Zhengzhou Airport Transfer( Hotel to Airport): $59
  • Zhengzhou Special Car Service, Zhengzhou Airport Transfer: $27
  • Zhengzhou Xinzheng Airport Chauffeur Transfer , Zhengzhou Airport Transfer : $53
  • Zhengzhou Xinzheng Airport Chauffeur Transfer , Zhengzhou Airport Transfer : $65
  • Zhengzhou Xinzheng Airport Chauffeur Transfer, Zhengzhou Airport Transfer: $27
  • Zhengzhou Xinzheng Airport Chauffeur Transfer, Zhengzhou Airport Transfer: $31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nanjing

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nanjing:

  • Huangshan Tunxi International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Area: $20
  • Nanjing Airport (NKG) to Nanjing - Arrival Private Transfer : $36
  • Nanjing Airport (NKG) to Nanjing - Round-Trip Private Transfer : $72
  • Nanjing Lukou Airport Chauffeur Service, Nanjing Airport Transfer, Pickup: $63
  • Nanjing Lukou Int Airport (NKG): Private Transfer to Nanjing: $176
  • Nanjing Lukou International Airport Private Arrival Transfer to City Center: $45
  • Nanjing Lukou Intl Airport (NKG) to Nanjing hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $65
  • Nanjing Private Transfer from Nanjing Lukou Airport (NKG) to central Nanjing: $115
  • Nanjing To Huangshan Bullet Train Ticket with Local Private Transfers: $129
  • Nanjing to Hangzhou Bullet Train Ticket with Train Station Transfer: $52
  • Nanjing to Huangshan Bullet Train Ticket with Train Station Transfer: $90
  • Nanjing to Suzhou Bullet Train Ticket with Train Station Transfer: $96

Is it cheaper to fly into Zhengzhou or Nanjing?

Prices for flights to both Nanjing and Zhengzhou 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
    Zhengzhou $28
    Nanjing $28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zhengzhou

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

  • Zhengzhou Erqi Square and Night Markets Private Tour including Dinner: $145

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
  • Private Amazing Nanjing Airport Layover Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $181

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Zhengzhou $8.18
    Nanjing $9.26

Tours and Activities in Zhengzhou

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

  • Kaifeng City Highlights Independant Tour from Zhengzhou: $80
  • Private Independent Tour to Shaolin Temple from Zhengzhou: $126
  • Private Independent Tour to Guoliangcun from Zhengzhou: $158
  • Private Independent Tour to Yuntai Mountain from Zhengzhou: $169
  • Independent Tour to Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes from Zhengzhou: $188
  • Private Day Tour to Shaolin Temple from Zhengzhou with Flexiable Departure Time: $198
  • Zhengzhou Yellow River Scenic Spots Private Tour : $209
  • Private Day Tour to Luoyang Longmen Grottoes from Zhengzhou: $210
  • Private tour to Shaolin temple with Kongfu training class 2H: $210
  • Private tour to Shaolin temple and Zen buddihsm Music show: $220
  • All inclusive Anyang Yin Xu ruins and Character Museum day tour from Zhengzhou: $220
  • Private Tour to Zhongyue Temple and Shaolin Temple from Zhengzhou: $233

Tours and Activities in Nanjing

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

  • Flexible Private Nanjing Independent Tour : $63
  • Nanjing Self-Guided Day Tour with Private Car and Driver Service: $70
  • Private Amazing Nanjing City Day Tour in Your Way: $75
  • Nanjing Private English Tour Guide Service: $75
  • Nanjing Professional English Tour Guide Service: $91
  • Half-Day Nanjing Purple Mountain Private Tour in Your Way: $94
  • Zhenjiang Self-Guided Tour from Nanjing with Private Car and Driver service : $101
  • 4-Hour Nanjing City Private Tailor-Made Tour in Your Way : $109
  • Half-Day Nanjing City Private Flexible Tour : $109
  • 4-Hour Nanjing Private Tour: Xiaoling Tomb, Ming City Wall and Memorial Hall : $115
  • Nanjing Private Flexible Day Tour with Ancient and Modern History: $119
  • Half-Day Private Customized Nanjing City Tour: $122

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Zhengzhou $6.31
    Nanjing $9.46


When comparing the travel costs between Zhengzhou and Nanjing, we can see that Zhengzhou is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Zhengzhou or Nanjing?

Nanjing has a larger population, and is about 53% larger than the population of Zhengzhou. When comparing the sizes of Zhengzhou 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 Zhengzhou or Nanjing?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Zhengzhou or Nanjing in the Summer?

Both Nanjing and Zhengzhou are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

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

It rains a lot this time of the year in Nanjing. It's quite rainy in Zhengzhou. In July, Zhengzhou usually receives less rain than Nanjing. Zhengzhou gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Zhengzhou 28°C (83°F) 
    Nanjing 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Zhengzhou or Nanjing in the Autumn?

Both Nanjing and Zhengzhou during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In October, Zhengzhou is generally around the same temperature as Nanjing. Daily temperatures in Zhengzhou average around 16°C (61°F), and Nanjing fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

Zhengzhou usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Nanjing. Zhengzhou gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Zhengzhou 16°C (61°F) 
    Nanjing 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Zhengzhou or Nanjing in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Zhengzhou and Nanjing.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Nanjing. It's quite cold in Zhengzhou in the winter. Zhengzhou is much colder than Nanjing in the winter. The daily temperature in Zhengzhou averages around 1°C (34°F) in January, and Nanjing fluctuates around 3°C (37°F).

In January, Zhengzhou usually receives less rain than Nanjing. Zhengzhou gets 15 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Zhengzhou 1°C (34°F) 
    Nanjing 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Zhengzhou or Nanjing in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Zhengzhou as well as Nanjing.

In the spring, Zhengzhou is around the same temperature as Nanjing. Typically, the spring temperatures in Zhengzhou in April average around 16°C (61°F), and Nanjing averages at about 15°C (60°F).

It's quite rainy in Nanjing. Zhengzhou usually gets less rain in April than Nanjing. Zhengzhou gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Nanjing receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Zhengzhou 16°C (61°F) 
    Nanjing 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Nanjing and Zhengzhou

Zhengzhou Nanjing
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 1°C (34°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 3°C (37°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
Feb 3°C (38°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 9°C (48°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 15°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in)
May 22°C (71°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 21°C (69°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 27°C (80°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 25°C (77°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Jul 28°C (83°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.9 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 121 mm (4.8 in) 28°C (83°F) 158 mm (6.2 in)
Sep 22°C (71°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) 23°C (74°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Nov 9°C (49°F) 25 mm (1 in) 11°C (52°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Dec 3°C (38°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 5°C (41°F) 25 mm (1 in)