Cost of living in Shanghai, China

How expensive is Shanghai compared to the World?

  • 164th out of 337 in the World
  • 5th out of 36 in Asia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元63
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元36
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元21
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元18
12 eggs, large 元19
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元119
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元11
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.81
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元120
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14,282
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,678
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元482
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,267
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,949
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元273
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元112
40” flat screen TV 元2,877
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元753
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元64
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元31
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元762
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元272
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元776
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元859
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215
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元55
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764
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42
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元22
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元95
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元204
2 tickets to the movies 元137
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元999
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元460
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元78
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元35
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元45
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,609
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.51
1 month of gym membership in business district 元410
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,058 prices entered by 177 different people.
Latest price update: January 21, 2018.

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5th
out of 36

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