Cost of living in Beijing, China

Change the currency:
Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元55
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元32
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元15
12 eggs, large 元18
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元44
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元7
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元105
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,862
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元7,330
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元387
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元8,990
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元5,055
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元302
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元131
40” flat screen TV 元1,724
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元604
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元38
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元36
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元501
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元313
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元583
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元683
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元134,057
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元207
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元36
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元34
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元46
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元330
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元39
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元33
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元35
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元81
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元221
2 tickets to the movies 元121
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,579
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元613
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元64
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元31
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,356
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.74
1 month of gym membership in business district 元871
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 611 prices entered by 122 different people.
Latest price update: September 22, 2018.

Moving to Beijing with your children?

International Schools in Beijing

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
out of 339
out of 34

Cheapest and most expensive products in Beijing compared to other cities:

the world
the world

Do you live in Beijing? We need your help!

What is the price of

Internet connection 300 Mbps

in Beijing?

1 month

International Cost of Living Index


Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Melbourne costs AU$500 (16 minutes ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Athens costs €1.40 (22 minutes ago)
  • Public transport in Belém costs R$ 198 (40 minutes ago)
  • 1 us gal of whole fat milk in Santa Fe, New Mexico costs $0.79 (about 1 hour ago)
  • 2 liters of whole fat milk in Cape Town costs R 13 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Lulea costs 5,400 kr (about 1 hour ago)