Cost of living in Shanghai, China

Summary of cost of living in Shanghai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 30,694元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 19,719元
  • Shanghai is the most expensive city in China (1 out of 5)
  • Cost of living in Shanghai is more expensive than in 83% of cities in Asia (5 out of 24)
  • Cost of living in Shanghai is more expensive than in 63% of cities in the World (88 out of 233)
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List of prices in Shanghai
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 64元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 41元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 17元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 20元
12 eggs, large 21元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 13元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 66元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 18元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 149元
2 liters of coca-cola 10元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 18元
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 20,261元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 11,224元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 466元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 9,215元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,612元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 270元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 134元
40” flat screen tv 1,719元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 577元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 64元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 48元
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 607元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 313元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 750元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 963元
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 170,914元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8元
Monthly ticket public transport 221元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 50元
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 27元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 33元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 917元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 62元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 46元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 37元
4 rolls of toilet paper 11元
Tube of toothpaste 18元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 158元
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 328元
2 tickets to the movies 118元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,566元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 442元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 99元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 33元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 25元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,197元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.25元
1 month of gym membership in business district 540元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 26元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 319 prices entered by 27 different people.
Latest price update: September 27, 2022

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Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
88th
out of 233
asia
5th
out of 24
china
1st
out of 5

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

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