Cost of living in Shanghai, China

How expensive is Shanghai compared to the World?

  • 159th out of 334 in the World
  • 5th out of 33 in Asia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元65
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元35
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元22
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元18
12 eggs, large 元18
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元15
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元102
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元21
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.82
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元125
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元17
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元14,821
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,866
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元500
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,310
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元5,045
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元273
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元113
40” flat screen TV 元3,340
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元796
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元60
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元736
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元301
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元816
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元1,017
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元117,008
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元211
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元52
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元34
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元40
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元736
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元34
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元35
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元43
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元96
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元225
2 tickets to the movies 元129
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元947
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元483
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元80
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元35
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元46
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,784
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.51
1 month of gym membership in business district 元502
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,086 prices entered by 176 different people.
Latest price update: November 18, 2017.

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Shanghai position in our World Ranking

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159th
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5th
out of 33

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