Cost of living in Shanghai, China

Summary of cost of living in Shanghai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,871 (30,274元)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €2,482 (19,416元)
  • Cost of living in Shanghai is more expensive than in 75% of cities in Asia (5 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Shanghai is more expensive than in 55% of cities in the World (90 out of 198)

List of prices in Shanghai, China. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
CNY EUR
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 78元 (€10)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 36元 (€4.65)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 21元 (€2.64)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17元 (€2.15)
12 eggs, large 19元 (€2.43)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 12元 (€1.48)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 64元 (€8)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 17元 (€2.21)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元 (€0.86)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.67元 (€0.72)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 152元 (€19)
2 liters of coca-cola 8元 (€0.99)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 16元 (€2.03)
Housing [Edit]
CNY EUR
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 19,190元 (€2,454)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 11,586元 (€1,481)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 369元 (€47)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 10,220元 (€1,307)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 6,412元 (€820)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 216元 (€28)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 113元 (€14)
40” flat screen tv 2,437元 (€312)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 553元 (€71)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 47元 (€6)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 40元 (€5.16)
Clothes [Edit]
CNY EUR
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 617元 (€79)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 241元 (€31)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 773元 (€99)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,123元 (€144)
Transportation [Edit]
CNY EUR
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 191,648元 (€24,503)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元 (€0.92)
Monthly ticket public transport 233元 (€30)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 47元 (€6)
Personal Care [Edit]
CNY EUR
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 24元 (€3.12)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 36元 (€4.60)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 874元 (€112)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 63元 (€8)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 49元 (€6)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 41元 (€5.26)
4 rolls of toilet paper 10元 (€1.32)
Tube of toothpaste 19元 (€2.48)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 125元 (€16)
Entertainment [Edit]
CNY EUR
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 252元 (€32)
2 tickets to the movies 115元 (€15)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,584元 (€202)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 606元 (€77)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 98元 (€12)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 36元 (€4.62)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 42元 (€5.39)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,359元 (€429)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.46元 (€0.06)
1 month of gym membership in business district 612元 (€78)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 22元 (€2.87)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 338 prices entered by 54 different people.
Latest price update: February 27, 2021

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Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
90th
out of 198
asia
5th
out of 16

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

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2nd
the world
4th
the world
5th
asia
1st
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1st
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