Generally speaking, life in Shanghai is cheap compared to Europe or North America. It’s possible to live on as little as 50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
482 RUB
7 USD
to 100 CNY20 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
965 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
28 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
2 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 CNY60 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
38 EUR
63 NZD
2895 RUB
43 USD

 

Food/Drink

 

Cheap Chinese meal

15 CNY3 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
144 RUB
2 USD
-50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
482 RUB
7 USD

Mid-range meal

70 CNY14 AUD
8 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
14 NZD
675 RUB
10 USD
-150 CNY30 AUD
17 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
31 NZD
1447 RUB
21 USD

Cheap Western meal

60 CNY12 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
12 NZD
579 RUB
8 USD
-100 CNY20 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
965 RUB
14 USD

Expensive Western meal

150 CNY30 AUD
17 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
31 NZD
1447 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY60 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
38 EUR
63 NZD
2895 RUB
43 USD

Fast food meal

35 CNY7 AUD
4 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
337 RUB
5 USD
-50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
482 RUB
7 USD

Loaf of bread

15 CNY3 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
144 RUB
2 USD

500g boneless chicken breast

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
193 RUB
2 USD

Cappuccino in western style café 

35 CNY7 AUD
4 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
337 RUB
5 USD

Local draft beer (0,5L)

15 CNY3 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
144 RUB
2 USD

Bottle of local wine

70 CNY14 AUD
8 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
14 NZD
675 RUB
10 USD

Can of soda

3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
28 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 CNY80 AUD
45 GBP
400 CNY
51 EUR
84 NZD
3860 RUB
58 USD
per month

Cinema

60 CNY12 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
12 NZD
579 RUB
8 USD

Drink at a nightclub

50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
482 RUB
7 USD
+

Women's haircut at a western salon

150 CNY30 AUD
17 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
31 NZD
1447 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY60 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
38 EUR
63 NZD
2895 RUB
43 USD

Men's haircut at a western barbers

80 CNY16 AUD
9 GBP
80 CNY
10 EUR
16 NZD
772 RUB
11 USD
-300 CNY60 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
38 EUR
63 NZD
2895 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 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
482 RUB
7 USD

Shanghai Tower

180 CNY36 AUD
20 GBP
180 CNY
22 EUR
38 NZD
1737 RUB
26 USD

Oriental Pearl

120 CNY24 AUD
13 GBP
120 CNY
15 EUR
25 NZD
1158 RUB
17 USD
-220 CNY44 AUD
25 GBP
220 CNY
28 EUR
46 NZD
2123 RUB
31 USD

Huangpu River Cruise

120 CNY24 AUD
13 GBP
120 CNY
15 EUR
25 NZD
1158 RUB
17 USD

Water town (Zhujiajiao etc.)

30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
289 RUB
4 USD
-100 CNY20 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
965 RUB
14 USD

Yuyuan

30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
289 RUB
4 USD
-40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
386 RUB
5 USD

Shanghai Disneyland

370 CNY74 AUD
42 GBP
370 CNY
47 EUR
78 NZD
3571 RUB
53 USD
-900 CNY180 AUD
103 GBP
900 CNY
114 EUR
190 NZD
8686 RUB
130 USD

Century Park

10 CNY2 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 CNY100 AUD
57 GBP
500 CNY
63 EUR
105 NZD
4826 RUB
72 USD
-
1000 CNY201 AUD
114 GBP
1000 CNY
127 EUR
211 NZD
9652 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

30-50 CNY

Mainly travel by bus, metro or bike

Food

200-350 CNY

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

Social

150-300CNY

One night out per week at a western style bar

HS Events

50-75 CNY

Sometimes attend Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

0-150 CNY

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

 

Local & Western Mix Budget (1000 CNY201 AUD
114 GBP
1000 CNY
127 EUR
211 NZD
9652 RUB
145 USD
-
2000 CNY402 AUD
229 GBP
2000 CNY
255 EUR
423 NZD
19304 RUB
290 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

70-100 CNY

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

Food

400-550 CNY

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

Leisure

300-400 CNY

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

HS Events

50-100 CNY

Attend most Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

70-200 CNY

Join a mid-range gym or exercise group

 

Western Lifestyle Budget (2000 CNY402 AUD
229 GBP
2000 CNY
255 EUR
423 NZD
19304 RUB
290 USD
-
3000 CNY603 AUD
344 GBP
3000 CNY
383 EUR
635 NZD
28956 RUB
435 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

150-300 CNY

Travel mainly by taxi, with occasional trip on public transport

Food

500-700 CNY

Mainly eating at western restaurants and regularly buying imported goods

Leisure

600-800 CNY

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

HS Events

50-150 CNY

Attend all Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

400-600 CNY

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!