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How much money will you need for your trip to Shanghai? You should plan to spend around ¥665 ($98) per day on your vacation in Shanghai, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ¥124 ($18) on meals for one day and ¥22 ($3.31) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Shanghai for a couple is ¥937 ($138). So, a trip to Shanghai for two people for one week costs on average ¥9,309 ($1,372). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Shanghai for one week usually costs around ¥4,654 for one person. So, a trip to Shanghai for two people costs around ¥9,309 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ¥18,617 in Shanghai. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Shanghai can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Shanghai? How much money do I need for Shanghai?

How much does a trip to Shanghai cost? Is Shanghai expensive? The average Shanghai trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Shanghai prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Shanghai
Average Daily Costs

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The average price for one person for accommodation in Shanghai is ¥469. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Shanghai is ¥937.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Shanghai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Shanghai is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ¥22 per person, per day, on local transportation in Shanghai.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Shanghai
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Shanghai?

Typical prices for Transportation in Shanghai are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Shanghai, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Taxi Ride
  • Two Subway Tickets

Food Budget in Shanghai
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Shanghai can vary, the average cost of food in Shanghai is ¥124 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Shanghai should cost around ¥50 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Shanghai is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Shanghai?

Typical prices for Food in Shanghai are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Shanghai, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Dumpling Breakfast
  • Desserts in Jinmao Building Observatory
  • Ajisen Lunch for Two
  • Cantelope
  • Dumplings and Soup
  • Duck Dinner
  • Pastries
  • Barbeque Dinner

Entertainment Budget in Shanghai
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Shanghai typically cost an average of ¥49 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Shanghai?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Shanghai are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Shanghai, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • 30 Minute River Cruise for Two
  • Zoo for Two

Tips and Handouts Budget in Shanghai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Shanghai is ¥34 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Shanghai is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Shanghai
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about ¥43 on alcoholic beverages in Shanghai per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Shanghai
Average Daily Costs

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  • On average, people spend ¥5.54 on bottled water in Shanghai per day. The public water in Shanghai is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Shanghai On a Budget
Shanghai Shanghai, China
Shanghai is the largest and most modern city in China. With a population of over 23 million, it is the economic and financial hub of the country. It also continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in China with regular changes to the city's layout and skyline. It is not uncommon for buildings to be torn down, rebuilt and then torn down and rebuilt again. The city also has skyscrapers that rank among the tallest in the world. It has an ever changing downtown and street scape. In Shanghai, the general mantra remains "out with the old, in with the new".

That doesn't mean that Shanghai and its citizens aren't holding tight to some long held traditions. Culture remains a major part of daily life in Shanghai. The city is also a center for arts and culture. From the city's cuisine to its theater and music scene, there is no shortage of entertainment and activities that you can enjoy.

Shanghai's climate is considered humid subtropical. The summer temperatures can reach the high 90's Fahrenheit with a high level of humidity. Thunderstorms are also quite common during the summer months. The typhoon season is between July and September but they are generally uncommon. Winter temperatures rarely climb above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and often drop below freezing at night. Snow is rare but the humidity can make the temperature feel much colder than it actually is.
There are many sights in Shanghai, but much of the fun comes from simply walking around the changing neighborhoods. A quick visit to the city's Urban Planning Museum gives you a little insight into how quickly it is developing and redeveloping. Other places of interest include the Yuyuan Gardens, Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Jing'an Temple, Chenghuang and Longhua Temple, and Zhujiajiao Water Town.
Shanghai is divided into two parts by the Huangpu River. Puxi is the area west of the river and Pudong is east of the river. Puxi is the older, more central part of the city and Pudong has more modern, high rise development. The inner districts in Puxi include the Bund, Changning, French Concession, Hongkou, Huangpu, Jing'an District, the Old City, Putuo, Yangpu, and Zhabei. Pudong has the disticts of Chongming, Pudong and Zhujiajiao. There are also the western suburbs of Baoshan, Jiading, Qingpu, Northern Songjiang, and Western Minhang as well as the southern suburbs of Jinshan, Fengxian, Southern Songjiang and Eastern Minhang.

There is no shortage of activities that you can enjoy in Shanghai. Check out the opera, theatre, and music or art scenes to see how Shanghai has embraced its cultural history. If you delve a little deeper, you will find that Shanghai has much more to it than just a glitzy surface. Take advantage of the hole in the wall restaurants where you can try any number of specialties. Head to the international university area where you might be able to get yourself a good deal on a computer or some software. Wander through any of the public parks that dot the city. You'll find residents participating in some impromptu karaoke. There's so much to Shanghai beyond the Bund and Jing Mao Tower (although, these are not to be missed as well).

This dynamic city is also a great destination for the whole family. Activities for kids in Shanghai include Disneyland, night cruises on the river, the markets and bazaars, the zoo, and more.
Food and Dining
Shanghai's cuisine is world renowned and it has some of the best street food in the country. Food preparation in Shanghai focuses on freshness and flavor. Food is often sweet and sour with very rich flavors. Fish, shrimp, eel, chicken, and crab are all typical ingredients in dishes. Shanghai soup dumplings are perhaps one of the best local specialties, but don't skip the street barbecue, roasted duck, or other delicacies you'll find around town.

Furthering its image as a modern Asian city, Shanghai is served by many fast moving bullet trains. It's airport is connected by bullet train to the city center, as are many cities that are not far away.

If you're planning to stay in Shanghai for several days then it is worth purchasing th Shanghai Jiaotong Card. This is a prepaid card that works on the city's buses, metros and taxis. The cards are available at metro stations as well as convenience stores.

The city's metro has 14 lines with additional lines under construction. The system is constantly growing to meet the changing needs of the city. It is a fast and affordable way to get around and announcements are done in both Mandarin and English so it is relatively easy to navigate. It can get crowded during rush hour.

The bus system is cheap and comprehensive. It is slower than the metro but travels to areas that are not accessible by subway. There are English announcements on most buses.

Taxis are available all over the city. Most drivers don't speak English so it is helpful to have your address, or the nearest intersection written down. Make sure your driver uses the meter during your trip.

There is a ferry that runs between the Bund and Lujiazui financial district. It is a cheap way to cross the river and the ferry is air conditioned. The boats run every ten minutes and take five minutes to cross the river.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Shanghai Soup Dumplings

By backpackguru in Food
Don't miss out on the Shanghai Soup Dumplings. They're unlike any other dumpling you'll find in China. The soup like filling bursts with flavor when you bite in, but watch out because they're hot! You can enjoy steamed dumplings any time of the day, but they are most popular as a breakfast or lunch dish.

The Best Dumplings in the City!

By Bryan in Food
Shanghai is known for their special dumplings. Make sure you try them. Don't go to a fancy or expensive restaurant to taste these treats. Instead, look for a small hole in the wall restaurant. They usually have the large steamers out in front letting people know that they are selling the dumplings (but not always). Some restaurants only sell them in the morning. The dumplings are made in a special way that lets the juicyness explode in your mouth with flavor. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

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