Cost of living in Beijing, China

Summary of cost of living in Beijing

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 25,417元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 16,397元
  • Cost of living in Beijing is more expensive than in 71% of cities in Asia (7 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Beijing is cheaper than in 65% of cities in the World (142 out of 219)
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List of prices in Beijing
Current as of Nov 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 43元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 37元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 13元
12 eggs, large 12元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 9元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 44元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 12元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.47元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 86元
2 liters of coca-cola 9元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15元
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 16,722元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 9,431元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 245元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 8,298元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 4,546元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 179元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 147元
40” flat screen tv 2,308元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 511元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 68元
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 502元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 282元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 613元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 810元
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 160,000元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8元
Monthly ticket public transport 200元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 39元
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 32元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 50元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 281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.) 31元
4 rolls of toilet paper 11元
Tube of toothpaste 15元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 101元
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 243元
2 tickets to the movies 148元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,153元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 352元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 75元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 35元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 13元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,483元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.21元
1 month of gym membership in business district 464元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 21元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 87 prices entered by 18 different people.
Latest price update: November 28, 2022

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Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
142nd
out of 219
asia
7th
out of 21
china
2nd
out of 4

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

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