Generally speaking, life in Shanghai is cheap compared to Europe or North America. It’s possible to live on as little as 50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
to 100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 RUB
14 USD
 per day to cover the necessities, though how much you spend largely depends on your lifestyle and what you plan to do. Here you can find a list of the most common things you’ll need during your time in Shanghai and their average cost.

 

Please note, this page is intended to provide a rough guide of how much things cost in Shanghai. Prices will of course fluctuate, so if you’re planning a precise budget you should check cost of living websites as well.

 

 

Daily Life in Shanghai 

 

Below you'll find a selection of prices for basic goods and services you will need to buy or use during your time in Shanghai. Just hover over the price in Chinese Yuan to see the conversion is various world currencies. 

 

Transport

 

Bus ticket

1 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
1 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
9 RUB
0 USD
-2 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
19 RUB
0 USD

Subway ticket

3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
29 RUB
0 USD
 for journeys under 6km, then 1 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
1 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
9 RUB
0 USD
 for each additional 10km

Taxi

14 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
14 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
135 RUB
2 USD
for the first 3 km, 2.5 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
24 RUB
0 USD
 per additional km

New bicycle

300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

 

Food/Drink

 

Cheap Chinese meal

15 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
145 RUB
2 USD
-50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD

Mid-range meal

70 CNY13 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
15 NZD
678 RUB
10 USD
-150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD

Cheap Western meal

60 CNY11 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
13 NZD
581 RUB
8 USD
-100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 RUB
14 USD

Expensive Western meal

150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

Fast food meal

35 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
339 RUB
5 USD
-50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD

Loaf of bread

15 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
145 RUB
2 USD

500g boneless chicken breast

20 CNY3 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
193 RUB
2 USD

Cappuccino in western style café 

35 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
339 RUB
5 USD

Local draft beer (0,5L)

15 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
145 RUB
2 USD

Bottle of local wine

70 CNY13 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
15 NZD
678 RUB
10 USD

Can of soda

3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
29 RUB
0 USD

1L bottle of water

3.3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
31 RUB
0 USD

 

Leisure
 

Gym membership

400 CNY79 AUD
44 GBP
400 CNY
49 EUR
87 NZD
3877 RUB
58 USD
per month

Cinema

60 CNY11 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
13 NZD
581 RUB
8 USD

Drink at a nightclub

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
+

Women's haircut at a western salon

150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

Men's haircut at a western barbers

80 CNY15 AUD
8 GBP
80 CNY
9 EUR
17 NZD
775 RUB
11 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

 

 

Sightseeing in Shanghai

 

During your time in Shanghai, you’ll no doubt want to explore the city and visit some of the local attractions. Fortunately, there is much you can see and do for free, like visiting the Bund, People’s Park and East Nanjing Road. Other attractions charge an entry fee, the average prices of which you can find below. 

 

Jing’an Temple

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD

Shanghai Tower

180 CNY35 AUD
20 GBP
180 CNY
22 EUR
39 NZD
1744 RUB
26 USD

Oriental Pearl

120 CNY23 AUD
13 GBP
120 CNY
14 EUR
26 NZD
1163 RUB
17 USD
-220 CNY43 AUD
24 GBP
220 CNY
27 EUR
47 NZD
2132 RUB
32 USD

Huangpu River Cruise

120 CNY23 AUD
13 GBP
120 CNY
14 EUR
26 NZD
1163 RUB
17 USD

Water town (Zhujiajiao etc.)

30 CNY5 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
290 RUB
4 USD
-100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 RUB
14 USD

Yuyuan

30 CNY5 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
290 RUB
4 USD
-40 CNY7 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
4 EUR
8 NZD
387 RUB
5 USD

Shanghai Disneyland

370 CNY73 AUD
41 GBP
370 CNY
45 EUR
80 NZD
3586 RUB
53 USD
-900 CNY179 AUD
100 GBP
900 CNY
111 EUR
196 NZD
8724 RUB
131 USD

Century Park

10 CNY1 AUD
1 GBP
10 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
96 RUB
1 USD

 

It’s certainly possible to make the most of your time in Shanghai without spending too much. Don’t forget, you’re always encouraged to join our weekly cultural activities, which are designed to be budget friendly whilst also giving you the chance to socialise and experience as much of the local culture as possible. 

 

 

Pocket Money Guide

 

If you’re still unsure how much money you should allow for, see our pocket money guide below. Each of our budgets are based on the assumption that you’ll be living in Hutong School accommodation and won’t need to pay monthly rent, bills and internet. If you’re budgeting to includes these things, you should add an additional 1000-2000 per week. 

 

Local Life Budget (500 CNY99 AUD
55 GBP
500 CNY
61 EUR
109 NZD
4847 RUB
72 USD
-
1000 CNY199 AUD
111 GBP
1000 CNY
123 EUR
218 NZD
9694 RUB
145 USD
 p/w)

For people looking to save some money and immerse themselves in the local way of life, whilst enjoying the occasional treat or night out.

 

Item

Average Cost

Details

Transport

30 CNY5 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
290 RUB
4 USD
-50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD

Mainly travel by bus, metro or bike

Food

200 CNY39 AUD
22 GBP
200 CNY
24 EUR
43 NZD
1938 RUB
29 USD
-350 CNY69 AUD
39 GBP
350 CNY
43 EUR
76 NZD
3392 RUB
51 USD

Mainly eat at Chinese restaurants (25-40 RMB) and at home, with occasional western meal out (40-150) 

Social

150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

One night out per week at a western style bar

HS Events

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
-75 CNY14 AUD
8 GBP
75 CNY
9 EUR
16 NZD
727 RUB
10 USD

Sometimes attend Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

0 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
0 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
0 RUB
0 USD
-150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD

Workout for free at local fitness communities, join the occasional exercise class

 

Local & Western Mix Budget (1000 CNY199 AUD
111 GBP
1000 CNY
123 EUR
218 NZD
9694 RUB
145 USD
-
2000 CNY399 AUD
223 GBP
2000 CNY
247 EUR
436 NZD
19388 RUB
291 USD
p/w)

For those looking to enjoy a good balance between a Chinese & Western lifestyle and sometimes visit places outside of Shanghai.

 

Expense

Average Cost

Details

Transport

70 CNY13 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
15 NZD
678 RUB
10 USD
-100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 RUB
14 USD

Travel by both public transport (bus, metro, bike) and frequently take taxis

Food

400 CNY79 AUD
44 GBP
400 CNY
49 EUR
87 NZD
3877 RUB
58 USD
-550 CNY109 AUD
61 GBP
550 CNY
68 EUR
119 NZD
5331 RUB
80 USD

A good balance between eating at local (25-40 RMB) and western (40-150) restaurants

Leisure

300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD
-400 CNY79 AUD
44 GBP
400 CNY
49 EUR
87 NZD
3877 RUB
58 USD

A few nights out each week at a western style bar, occasional massage, occasional trip outside of Shanghai

HS Events

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
-100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 RUB
14 USD

Attend most Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

70 CNY13 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
15 NZD
678 RUB
10 USD
-200 CNY39 AUD
22 GBP
200 CNY
24 EUR
43 NZD
1938 RUB
29 USD

Join a mid-range gym or exercise group

 

Western Lifestyle Budget (2000 CNY399 AUD
223 GBP
2000 CNY
247 EUR
436 NZD
19388 RUB
291 USD
-
3000 CNY599 AUD
334 GBP
3000 CNY
371 EUR
654 NZD
29082 RUB
437 USD
 p/w)

For those who can’t live without their home comforts and want to make the most of living in China’s most international city.

 

Expense

Average Cost

Details

Transport

150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

Travel mainly by taxi, with occasional trip on public transport

Food

500 CNY99 AUD
55 GBP
500 CNY
61 EUR
109 NZD
4847 RUB
72 USD
-700 CNY139 AUD
78 GBP
700 CNY
86 EUR
152 NZD
6785 RUB
102 USD

Mainly eating at western restaurants and regularly buying imported goods

Leisure

600 CNY119 AUD
66 GBP
600 CNY
74 EUR
130 NZD
5816 RUB
87 USD
-800 CNY159 AUD
89 GBP
800 CNY
99 EUR
174 NZD
7755 RUB
116 USD

Several nights out each week at a western style bar, trips to spa, shopping trips, regular trips outside of Shanghai

HS Events

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
-150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD

Attend all Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

400 CNY79 AUD
44 GBP
400 CNY
49 EUR
87 NZD
3877 RUB
58 USD
-600 CNY119 AUD
66 GBP
600 CNY
74 EUR
130 NZD
5816 RUB
87 USD

Join a good gym/exercise group

 

If you'd like to begin your adventure in Shanghai, get in touch with our team or launch an application today!