Shanghai travel budget

Shanghai: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Shanghai

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Shanghai for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 37 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.7 per person
  • $ 2.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 820* (5236 Ұ)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person
  • $ 9.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 1823* (11648 Ұ)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 108 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 9.4 per person
  • $ 19 per person

Total budget:

$ 3012* (19236 Ұ)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Shanghai compared to China in 2021

On average, the cost of living in Shanghai in 2021 is 21% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Shanghai in 2021 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Shanghai by expense type

Restaurant budget in Shanghai

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Shanghai is 45% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.5/person
($ 3.8 to $ 7.9)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 16/person
($ 10.2 to $ 24)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.5/person
($ 3.9 to $ 7.9)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.6 for 500ml
($ 0.8 to $ 4.7)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.5 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.9)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.5/cup
($ 3.1 to $ 5.5)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Shanghai

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Shanghai is 32% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 30 to $ 65)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 53/night
($ 29 to $ 88)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 85/night
($ 48 to $ 144)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 131/night
($ 83 to $ 207)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 254/night
($ 168 to $ 361)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 46/month
($ 28 to $ 61)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 128/month
($ 75 to $ 211)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 187/month
($ 101 to $ 291)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 83/month
($ 45 to $ 131)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 317/month
($ 145 to $ 625)

82% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Shanghai

On average, the price of supermarket food in Shanghai is 11% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.9/litre
($ 1.9 to $ 3.8)

227% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.2/500g
($ 1.6 to $ 3.5)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.4)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.7/12 eggs
($ 1.9 to $ 3.9)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.5/kg
($ 3.9 to $ 9.1)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.9)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 2.9)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2.4)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Public and private transport budget in Shanghai

On average, the price of transport in Shanghai is 27% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.6/ticket
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

61% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.2
($ 2.2 to $ 2.5)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 33/24hrs
($ 18 to $ 171)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in Shanghai

On average, budget for leisure activities in Shanghai is 17% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 9.2/ticket
($ 6.3 to $ 13)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 15/hr
($ 7.9 to $ 29)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Shanghai

On average, shopping budget in Shanghai is 4% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.3/pack
($ 2.9 to $ 4.7)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 73
($ 35 to $ 119)

61% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 41
($ 33 to $ 55)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38

Plane ticket budget

London → Shanghai
London → Shanghai
London → Shanghai
$ 1004
(fair price: $ 648)
Los Angeles → Shanghai
Los Angeles  → Shanghai
Los Angeles  → Shanghai
$ 1248
(fair price: $ 680)
New York City → Shanghai
New York City → Shanghai
New York City → Shanghai
$ 1128
(fair price: $ 823)
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
Toronto (Ontario) → Shanghai
$ 1225
(fair price: $ 836)
Manchester → Shanghai
Manchester → Shanghai
Manchester → Shanghai
$ 985
(fair price: $ 646)
Sydney → Shanghai
Sydney → Shanghai
Sydney → Shanghai
$ 800
(fair price: $ 579)


About this information on the cost of living in Shanghai

The information about the cost of living in Shanghai shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including: Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

The information about the cost of living in Shanghai was updated on 23-07-2021.

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