A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Alexandria vs. Shanghai for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Alexandria or Shanghai?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Alexandria and Shanghai can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Alexandria or Shanghai?

Alexandria

There are few cities in the world with a history as rich, deep, tragic and fascinating than Alexandria, Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Egypt's second largest city has seen the most extreme ups and extreme downs. The city watched the beautiful and iconic Alexandria Lighthouse crumble to the ground after several natural disasters. The Alexandria Library housed their most sacred and historical documents only to be burned to the ground. These structures may be physically gone, but the history remains. Alexandria is a city with an ancient allure that draws in visitors from all over the world. Alexandria is a survivor city ready for a comeback.

Shanghai

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".

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Egypt, The Best Budget Tours to Egypt, The Best 2-Week Tours from Beijing, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to China.


Which place is cheaper, Shanghai or Alexandria?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Alexandria is $16, while the average daily cost in Shanghai is $114. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Alexandria and Shanghai in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Alexandria $7.91
    Shanghai $81
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Alexandria $16
    Shanghai $162
Compare Hotels in Alexandria and Shanghai

Looking for a hotel in Alexandria or Shanghai? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Alexandria


Hotels in Shanghai


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Alexandria Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Alexandria $2.46
    Shanghai $3.85
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Alexandria

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Alexandria:


  • Taxi to Train Station
    $0.08

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alexandria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alexandria:

  • Private Airport Transfer in Alexandria: $22
  • Alexandria Airport Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Alexandria to Alexandria Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $27
  • transfer from Alexandria to Cairo airport, Cairo & Giza hotels: $45
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo/Giza Hotels or Cairo./Giza to Alexandr: $65
  • Private One Way Transfer from Alexandria Hotels to Cairo and Giza Hotels: $68
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria Port to Cairo Int Airport (CAI): $72
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo : $74
  • Private Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria To Cairo: $130
  • Pick Up Transfers From Alexandria Borg Al Arab Airport To Cairo: $130
  • Private Transfer from Alexandria to Cairo in Egypt or vice versa: $160
  • Private transfer from Luxor to Alexandria: $247

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Shanghai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Shanghai:


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.58
  • Two Subway Tickets
    $0.83

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shanghai

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Shanghai:

  • Private Transfer between Shanghai Pudong Int'l Airport & Hongqiao Airport : $45
  • Private Transfer from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Pudong Airport : $43
  • Tongli and Xitang Self-Guided Tour from Shanghai by Private Transfer: $114
  • 1 Day-Pass for Disneyland Shanghai and Private Transfer Package: $245
  • 3-hour Private Transfer to Shanghai ERA Acrobatic Show from City Center: $53
  • Amazing Shanghai Night Lights:River Cruise &Private Transfer: $125
  • Arrival Private Transfer Pudong Airport PVG to Shanghai City by Standard Sedan: $74
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Pudong Airport PVG to Shanghai in Business Car : $115
  • Arrival Transfer by High-Speed Maglev Train: Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Hotel: $79
  • Flexible Hours of Private Shanghai Layover or Transfer Tour: $129
  • Flexible Hours of Shanghai Layover and Transfer Tour with Driver Only: $119
  • Guangzhou Airport Transfer by 5 seat standard car: $53

Is it cheaper to fly into Alexandria or Shanghai?

Prices for flights to both Shanghai and Alexandria change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Alexandria $6.39
    Shanghai $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alexandria

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Alexandria.

  • Half-Day Food Tour in Alexandria, Egypt: $35
  • Alexandria food Tour taste the Egyptian traditional food: $80

Typical Food Prices in Shanghai

Some typical examples of dining costs in Shanghai are as follows:


  • Dumpling Breakfast
    $1.38
  • Desserts in Jinmao Building Observatory
    $20
  • Ajisen Lunch for Two
    $7.15
  • Cantelope
    $1.65
  • Dumplings and Soup
    $2.06
  • Duck Dinner
    $4.13
  • Pastries
    $2.89
  • Barbeque Dinner
    $8.80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shanghai

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Shanghai.

  • Online Cooking Class General Tso's Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Dim Sum by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Handmade Noodles by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Online Cooking Class Sesame Chicken by Sunflower Li: $20
  • Aunthentic Local Food Tour in Downtown Shanghai : $23
  • Evening Walking Food Tour: $69
  • 3-Hour Biking and Local Food Tour: $71
  • Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai: $79
  • Private Cooking Class: Make Your Own Dim Sum In Shanghai: $88
  • Late night food tour in Shanghai's French Concession: $88
  • Late Night Food Tour in the Shanghai's French Concession: $89
  • Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour: $90

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Alexandria $3.46
    Shanghai $8.39

Tours and Activities in Alexandria

Here are a few actual costs in Alexandria for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Pompey's Pillar Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • The Ancient Roman Theater Entry Ticket: $3.80
  • Alexandria Library Entry Tickets With Pickup and Drop Off: $3.80
  • Entry Ticket To The Citadel of Qaitbay: $4.39
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Tickets: $4.39
  • Skip The Line Entry Ticket to Pompey's Pillar in Alexandria: $4.39
  • Skip the Line Tickets for The Catacomb of Kom eL Shoqafa: $6.31
  • Alexandria Library Skip the line Access Entry Ticket: $6.31
  • Qaitbay Citadel Entry Tickets: $6.31
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Ticket with Pick and Drop Off: $14
  • Ancient Roman Theater Entry Ticket with Pick up and Drop Off: $14
  • Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Entry Ticket with Pickup and Drop Off: $16

Typical Entertainment Prices in Shanghai

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Shanghai are as follows:


  • 30 Minute River Cruise for Two
    $28
  • Zoo for Two
    $14

Tours and Activities in Shanghai

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Shanghai are as follows:

  • The History of the French Concession: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.99
  • Yu Garden Shanghai Entry Tickets Booking: $14
  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket and Optional Attractions: $14
  • Yu Garden (Artistic Courtyard) E-ticket: $17
  • Shanghai Yu Garden Tour´╝ÜHarmony & Spirituality in Garden Art: $20
  • Shanghai French Concession Walking Tour: $29
  • Shanghai Highlights Walking Tour: $29
  • Shanghai Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Like a Local Customized Guided Tour: $35
  • 7 Days Shared Tour Visit to China with Meals Included: $36
  • Fudan University Student Guide Tour: $37
  • Shanghai Hotels to Wusongkou Cruise Port:Private with Meet & Great service: $38

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Alexandria $1.33
    Shanghai $7.32

Sample the Local Flavors in Shanghai

Also in Shanghai, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Guided Bar Crawl with Shots and Club Entry: $19
  • Shanghai Luxury Bar Crawl in 5-star Hotel or Boutique Hotel: $255


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Alexandria and Shanghai, we can see that Shanghai is more expensive. And not only is Alexandria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Alexandria is in Africa and Shanghai is in Asia, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Alexandria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Alexandria and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Shanghai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Shanghai than you might in Alexandria.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Alexandria Expensive? and Is Shanghai Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Alexandria or Shanghai?

Shanghai has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Alexandria. When comparing the sizes of Alexandria and Shanghai, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Alexandria or Shanghai?

Shanghai has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Alexandria experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Alexandria or Shanghai in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Alexandria and Shanghai. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Alexandria year-round. Also, most visitors come to Shanghai for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Alexandria is generally around the same temperature as Shanghai. Daily temperatures in Alexandria average around 26°C (79°F), and Shanghai fluctuates around 28°C (83°F).

Shanghai receives a lot of rain in the summer. In July, Alexandria usually receives less rain than Shanghai. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Shanghai receives 128 mm (5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Alexandria 26°C (79°F) 
    Shanghai 28°C (83°F)

Should I visit Alexandria or Shanghai in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Alexandria as well as Shanghai. Alexandria attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Shanghai because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Alexandria is a little warmer than Shanghai in the autumn. The daily temperature in Alexandria averages around 22°C (72°F) in October, and Shanghai fluctuates around 19°C (65°F).

Alexandria usually gets less rain in October than Shanghai. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Shanghai receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Alexandria 22°C (72°F) 
    Shanghai 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Alexandria or Shanghai in the Winter?

Both Shanghai and Alexandria are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Alexandria throughout the year. Also, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Shanghai this time of year.

It's quite cold in Shanghai in the winter. In the winter, Alexandria is much warmer than Shanghai. Typically, the winter temperatures in Alexandria in January average around 13°C (55°F), and Shanghai averages at about 4°C (39°F).

In January, Alexandria usually receives more rain than Shanghai. Alexandria gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Shanghai receives 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Alexandria 13°C (55°F) 
    Shanghai 4°C (39°F)

Should I visit Alexandria or Shanghai in the Spring?

Both Shanghai and Alexandria during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Alexandria because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, many travelers come to Shanghai for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Alexandria is generally a little warmer than Shanghai. Daily temperatures in Alexandria average around 19°C (66°F), and Shanghai fluctuates around 15°C (58°F).

Shanghai gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Alexandria usually gets less rain in April than Shanghai. Alexandria gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Shanghai receives 102 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Alexandria 19°C (66°F) 
    Shanghai 15°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Shanghai and Alexandria

Alexandria Shanghai
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 50 mm (2 in) 4°C (39°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 9°C (48°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (58°F) 102 mm (4 in)
May 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 113 mm (4.5 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (75°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Jul 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (83°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 133 mm (5.2 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (75°F) 156 mm (6.1 in)
Oct 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (65°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 13°C (55°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Dec 14°C (57°F) 50 mm (2 in) 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)