Budapest vs Shanghai - Cost of Living Comparison

Budapest Shanghai
🚶 Cost of living one person
$860
$1413
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2158
$4223
🏠 One person rent
$410
$783
🏘️ Family rent
$711
$1826
🍽️ Food expenses
$260
$347
🚐 Transport expenses
$98.6
$111
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$911
$1372
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
18 km
13 km
🎓 Higher education
93
100
😀 Quality of life
78
77
🏙️ Population
1.72M
24.9M

The cost of living in Budapest is 39% less expensive than in Shanghai. Cities ranked 5871st and 2914th ($860 vs $1413) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 5th in Hungary and China, respectively. Check Hungary vs China comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.1 months in Budapest compared to 1 months in Shanghai. Budapest ranked 1st best city to live in Hungary vs Shanghai ranked 4th in China, while ranked 448th and 525th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Budapest vs Shanghai

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Budapest Shanghai
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.89
$6.14
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.4
$48.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.08
$6.01
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.75
$2.68
 Cappuccino
$1.97
$4.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.02
$0.56
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$393
$1078
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$303
$633
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$772
$2745
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$534
$1493
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$76.7
$41.8
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$117
$63.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$12.3
$18.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
7.3%
5.13%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3171
$18571
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2118
$9787
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.89
$0.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$24
$30.7
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$11.7
$6.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.23
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.91
$2.83
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.79
$2.68
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.06
$1.97
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.13
$2.86
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.09
$18.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.87
$5.29
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.53
$13.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.25
$2.41
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.3
$1.68
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.52
$2.29
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.74
$1.7
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.87
$0.99
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.82
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.23
$0.48
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.16
$1.6
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.73
$17
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.82
$0.99
🚬 Cigarette pack
$4.67
$3.94
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$8.15
$4.59
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.09
$5.53
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.27
$1.55
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.39
$2.61
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$32.6
$66.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.44
$9.04
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$50.8
$135
💇 Haircut, simple
$7.93
$18.5
👖 Brand Jeans
$69
$78.9
👟 Brand Sneakers
$65.6
$108
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$346
$1377
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$8726
$27661

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Cities near Budapest

Distance City Cost of living
8.2 km or 5.1 mi Budafok-Teteny
$599
16 km or 9.8 mi Erd
$650
16 km or 10 mi Dunakeszi
$760
17 km or 11 mi Szigetszentmiklos
$601
27 km or 17 mi Godollo
$592
32 km or 20 mi Vac
$652
49 km or 31 mi Tatabanya
$639
58 km or 36 mi Szekesfehervar
$675
58 km or 36 mi Dunaujvaros
$588
67 km or 42 mi Cegled
$636
74 km or 46 mi Komarno
$842
82 km or 51 mi Kecskemet
$605
84 km or 52 mi Nove Zamky
$916
86 km or 53 mi Salgotarjan
$614
86 km or 53 mi Levice
$794
93 km or 58 mi Szolnok
$515
96 km or 59 mi Veszprem
$624
104 km or 65 mi Lucenec
$900
107 km or 67 mi Gyor
$619
109 km or 68 mi Eger
$550
115 km or 72 mi Nitra
$964
121 km or 75 mi Zvolen
$846
123 km or 76 mi Ozd
$539
130 km or 81 mi Szekszard
$569
138 km or 86 mi Banska Bystrica
$884
139 km or 86 mi Mosonmagyarovar
$598
145 km or 90 mi Prievidza
$863
146 km or 91 mi Trnava
$897
146 km or 91 mi Miskolc
$589
146 km or 91 mi Baja
$560
150 km or 93 mi Piestany
$712
153 km or 95 mi Hodmezovasarhely
$593
158 km or 98 mi Kaposvar
$572
160 km or 99 mi Petrzalka
$848
161 km or 100 mi Bratislava
$1032
163 km or 101 mi Subotica
$503
163 km or 101 mi Szeged
$615
170 km or 106 mi Pecs
$534
172 km or 107 mi Trencin
$795
174 km or 108 mi Martin
$840

Cities near Shanghai

Distance City Cost of living
9.4 km or 5.8 mi Pudong
$759
47 km or 29 mi Taicang
$677
53 km or 33 mi Kunshan
$699
74 km or 46 mi Qidong
$677
82 km or 51 mi Suzhou
$921
82 km or 51 mi Jiaxing
$730
85 km or 53 mi Haimen
$673
88 km or 55 mi Changshu
$689
106 km or 66 mi Nantong
$1047
117 km or 73 mi Zhangjiagang
$686
121 km or 75 mi Wuxi
$861
135 km or 84 mi Huzhou
$720
141 km or 87 mi Jiangyin
$681
142 km or 88 mi Zhoushan
$680
144 km or 89 mi Ningbo
$809
148 km or 92 mi Jingjiang
$665
155 km or 96 mi Shaoxing
$745
158 km or 98 mi Yixing
$678
159 km or 99 mi Changzhou
$782
160 km or 100 mi Rugao
$682
161 km or 100 mi Hangzhou
$882
177 km or 110 mi Taixing
$678
179 km or 111 mi Hai'an
$669
191 km or 119 mi Liyang
$666
197 km or 122 mi Yangzhong
$649
198 km or 123 mi Guangde
$657
201 km or 125 mi Danyang
$669
208 km or 129 mi Taizhou
$696
217 km or 135 mi Dongtai
$675
223 km or 139 mi Zhenjiang
$588
235 km or 146 mi Yangzhou
$709
236 km or 146 mi Jurong
$664
244 km or 152 mi Ningguo
$651
246 km or 153 mi Yiwu
$696
250 km or 155 mi Xinghua
$682
250 km or 156 mi Yizheng
$660
259 km or 161 mi Linhai
$675
260 km or 161 mi Xuancheng
$732
262 km or 163 mi Gaoyou
$669
274 km or 170 mi Nanjing
$817