Shanghai, China Price Guide Last Updated: Dec 2021

Shanghai is fairly expensive for China, but still quite reasonable by international standards. There aren’t many super cheap hotels or street food so it’s not a place that is ideal for backpackers.

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$50.87
1 USD = 7.1200 CNY
136 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2022

Shanghai Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar10.00 - 35.00
starstarstarstarstar18.00 - 64.00
starstarstarstarstar25.00 - 78.00
starstarstarstarstar39.00 - 126.00
starstarstarstarstar87.00 - 296.00

Shanghai Hostels Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed8.00 - 13.00

Shanghai Attractions Prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Yuyuan GardensThese classic Chinese gardens are popular with visitors.
adults
5.62
Sightseeing bus tourThis 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
7.02
Shanghai Tower deckTake 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
25.28
Oriental Pearl TV TowerThe observation deck in this striking building has a glass floor section.
adults
31.60

Shanghai Food and drink prices

Food Type Description Price(USD)
Budget breakfastSmall shops where locals go are great bargains for breakfast.1.83 - 4.21
Budget lunchThere are plenty of casual restaurants and street stands, with good local food at reasonable prices.2.81 - 4.92
Budget dinnerYou can eat in nearly any price range in Shanghai. Those on a budget are still in luck.5.34 - 9.83
Beer (pint)Posh bars can cost far more than this, but local bars can still be cheap.2.25 - 4.21
Cocktails (glass)Again, it all depends on where you drink. 4.21 - 7.02
Beer (can, retail)Local beer (3% to 4%) in stores is a good bargain for those on a budget who still like to drink.0.56 - 0.84

transportation prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center22.47 - 28.79
Maglev train from airport to city7.02
Metro from airport to city1.12
Bus from airport to city center0.56 - 1.12
3km taxi ride in Shanghai2.53 - 3.09
Metro ride in Shanghai0.42 - 1.12
Bus ride in Shanghai0.21 - 0.28
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