Cost of living in Shanghai, China

Summary of cost of living in Shanghai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,354 (25,398元)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €2,033 (15,393元)
  • Cost of living in Shanghai is more expensive than in 76% of cities in Asia (6 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Shanghai is cheaper than in 56% of cities in the World (151 out of 270)

List of prices in Shanghai, China. Current as of Feb 2020.

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Food [Edit]
CNY EUR
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 65元 (€9)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 36元 (€4.80)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 19元 (€2.49)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 19元 (€2.56)
12 eggs, large 16元 (€2.06)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 10元 (€1.37)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 64元 (€8)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 18元 (€2.40)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 9元 (€1.21)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.67元 (€0.62)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 120元 (€16)
2 liters of coca-cola 7元 (€0.96)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 16元 (€2.09)
Housing [Edit]
CNY EUR
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 15,026元 (€1,984)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 8,388元 (€1,108)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 421元 (€56)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 9,555元 (€1,262)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 4,788元 (€632)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 278元 (€37)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 102元 (€13)
40” flat screen tv 2,334元 (€308)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 611元 (€81)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 41元 (€5.44)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 41元 (€5.45)
Clothes [Edit]
CNY EUR
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 604元 (€80)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 276元 (€36)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 695元 (€92)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 909元 (€120)
Transportation [Edit]
CNY EUR
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 152,323元 (€20,114)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元 (€0.91)
Monthly ticket public transport 197元 (€26)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 40元 (€5.27)
Personal Care [Edit]
CNY EUR
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 23元 (€3.07)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 33元 (€4.34)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 937元 (€124)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 49元 (€7)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 48元 (€6)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 33元 (€4.38)
4 rolls of toilet paper 10元 (€1.27)
Tube of toothpaste 19元 (€2.57)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 107元 (€14)
Entertainment [Edit]
CNY EUR
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 199元 (€26)
2 tickets to the movies 101元 (€13)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,400元 (€185)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 536元 (€71)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 85元 (€11)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34元 (€4.43)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 42元 (€5.59)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,286元 (€434)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.54元 (€0.07)
1 month of gym membership in business district 526元 (€69)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 21元 (€2.82)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 568 prices entered by 78 different people.
Latest price update: February 18, 2020

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Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
151st
out of 270
asia
6th
out of 21

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

the world
3rd
the world
3rd
the world
5th
asia
1st
asia
1st
asia
2nd

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