Cost of living in Beijing, China

Summary of cost of living in Beijing

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 21,600元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 13,162元
  • Cost of living in Beijing is more expensive than in 71% of cities in Asia (6 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Beijing is cheaper than in 64% of cities in the World (139 out of 217)

List of prices in Beijing, China. Current as of Oct 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 55元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 38元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 12元
12 eggs, large 13元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 62元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 15元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.20元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.80元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 102元
2 liters of coca-cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 12,161元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 7,613元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 319元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 9,687元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,735元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 256元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 80元
40” flat screen tv 2,409元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 543元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 43元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 556元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 249元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 545元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 689元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 125,206元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 184元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 36元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 36元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 54元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 250元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 37元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 35元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 36元
4 rolls of toilet paper 8元
Tube of toothpaste 12元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 93元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 194元
2 tickets to the movies 109元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,136元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 456元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 73元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 36元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 28元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,319元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.81元
1 month of gym membership in business district 432元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 20元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 215 prices entered by 43 different people.
Latest price update: October 27, 2020

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Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
139th
out of 217
asia
6th
out of 17

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