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Cost of Living in Shanghai | China

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$1263
$3603
🛋️ Without rent
$574
$2108
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$689
$1495
🍽️ Food
$318
$825
🚐 Transport
$96.2
$255
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1439
🏙️ Population
23.4M

The average cost of living in Shanghai is $1263, which is in the top 36% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 3343rd out of 9294 in our global list and 4th out of 544 in China.

The median after-tax salary is $1439, which is enough to cover living expenses for 1.1 months. Ranked 472nd (TOP 6%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 4th best city to live in China. With an estimated population of 23.4M, Shanghai is the 1st largest city in China.

✈️ Closest airport13 kmShanghai Hongqiao International Airport
😷 Air qualityModerate35.4 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank178Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Cost of living in Shanghai infographic

Prices in Shanghai

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$33.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.52
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.69
☕ Cappuccino
$4.59
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.69

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$2.8
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.07
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.71
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.56
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$16.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.06
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.55
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.41
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.99
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.11
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.46
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.06
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$18.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.73
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.91
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.82
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.72
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.36
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.76

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.57
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$28
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$5.44
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.99

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$993
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$554
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2249
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1224
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$33.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$52.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$14
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
5.12%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$13914
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$6863

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$62.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$7.83
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$133
💇 Haircut, simple
$12
👖 Brand Jeans
$76.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$99.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$928
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$26170

Shanghai Cost of Living comparison