Shanghai prices


10 CNY = 1.57 USD

Shanghai hotel prices

Rating Price (USD)
10.00 - 35.00
18.00 - 64.00
25.00 - 78.00
39.00 - 126.00
87.00 - 296.00

Shanghai hostel prices

Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
8.00 - 13.00

Hotel seasons


Shanghai hotels tend to stay quite busy all year round as the city is always a popular business destination. High season for hotel prices is usually April and May plus September through November, but many places also consider the high season to run all summer. The best time for hotel bargains is therefore the winter months from December through March.

Shanghai is certainly one of the most fascinating cities in the world at this point, with an explosion in modern buildings that have made its once humble skyline into one of the planet’s finest. This fast expansion has brought the tourists, as well as millions of new residents.

Compared to most of the rest of China, Shanghai is quite expensive. Still, travelers on a budget can find decent hotels at prices well below those in Europe, and on a similar level with much of the rest of larger Asian cities.

There are plenty of attractions that are free or cheap so once you have a room you can get by on a limited budget. If you are going to do the hop-on, hop-off bus tour and a few of the other main attractions you should check our Go Shanghai Card review as a way to save money. Food and drink prices vary wildly, with street food and simple restaurants mostly patronized by local workers being quite cheap, while tourist-oriented restaurants can be pricey.

Shanghai attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Yuyuan Gardens These classic Chinese gardens are popular with visitors. adults 6.30
Sightseeing bus tour This is for a 48-hour pass with 3 routes on a City Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus tour going past all the main sights. adults 7.87
Shanghai Tower deck Take the world's fastest elevator to the world's highest observation deck. Children who are less than a meter in height pay half price. adults 28.35
Oriental Pearl TV Tower The observation deck in this striking building has a glass floor section. adults 34.65

Shanghai transportation prices USD

Taxi from airport to city center 25.20 - 32.28
Maglev train from airport to city 7.87
Metro from airport to city 1.26
Bus from airport to city center 0.63 - 1.26
3km taxi ride in Shanghai 2.36 - 3.46
Metro ride in Shanghai 0.47 - 1.42
Bus ride in Shanghai 0.24 - 0.31

Shanghai food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Small shops where locals go are great bargains for breakfast. 2.05 - 4.72
Budget lunch There are plenty of casual restaurants and street stands, with good local food at reasonable prices. 3.15 - 5.51
Budget dinner You can eat in nearly any price range in Shanghai. Those on a budget are still in luck. 5.98 - 11.02
Beer (pint) Posh bars can cost far more than this, but local bars can still be cheap. 2.52 - 4.72
Cocktails (glass) Again, it all depends on where you drink. 4.72 - 7.87
Beer (can, retail) Local beer (3% to 4%) in stores is a good bargain for those on a budget who still like to drink. 0.63 - 0.94

Shanghai miscellaneous costs USD

Name Description Price
Cigarettes (pack) The main international brands like Marlboro are still cheap in China. 1.57 - 2.20
Bottled water (1.5L) Cheap bottled water is plentiful in Shanghai. 0.63 - 0.94

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Shanghai facts

Population 19,000,000
Metro area 19,000,000
Time zone UTC+8
Currency Chinese yuan
Airports Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Avg temps & precip


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Shanghai’s weather changes dramatically through the seasons, with summers that are usually muggy and hot, to winters that sometimes freeze. Both extremes make for travel difficulties, so the mild seasons of spring and autumn are best for most visitors. Rain is most common in summer and spring, as autumn and winter tend to be fairly dry.

Sunrise and sunset