Shanghai, China Price Guide

Last Updated: Jan 2024

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$45.31
1 USD = 7.2000 CNY
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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
5.56
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
6.94
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
25.00
Oriental Pearl TV TowerThe observation deck in this striking building has a glass floor section.
adults
31.25

Shanghai Food and drink prices

Food Type Description Price(USD)
Budget breakfastSmall shops where locals go are great bargains for breakfast.2.50 - 4.86
Budget lunchThere are plenty of casual restaurants and street stands, with good local food at reasonable prices.3.47 - 5.56
Budget dinnerYou can eat in nearly any price range in Shanghai. Those on a budget are still in luck.5.28 - 9.72
Beer (pint)Posh bars can cost far more than this, but local bars can still be cheap.2.22 - 4.17
Cocktails (glass)Again, it all depends on where you drink. 4.17 - 6.94
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 - 0.83

transportation prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center22.22 - 28.47
Maglev train from airport to city6.94
Metro from airport to city1.11
Bus from airport to city center0.56 - 1.11
3km taxi ride in Shanghai2.50 - 3.06
Metro ride in Shanghai0.42 - 1.11
Bus ride in Shanghai0.14 - 0.28
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