A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Bangkok vs. Shanghai

Should you visit Bangkok or Shanghai?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bangkok and Shanghai can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Bangkok

Bangkok: a name synonymous with all things exotic. The vibrant and exciting capital of Thailand is not just a hub for Southeast Asia, but also a destination into itself. Known for an active nightlife and party scene, as well as great food, historic temples, and busy markets, Bangkok offers a diversity to entertain even the most experienced travelers.

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".

Which city is cheaper, Shanghai or Bangkok?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bangkok is $68, while the average daily cost in Shanghai is $104. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Bangkok and Shanghai in more detail.




Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Bangkok is $74. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $148 for a double occupancy room in Shanghai.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bangkok $37
    Shanghai $74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bangkok $74
    Shanghai $148


Food

The average traveler spends about $16 per day in Bangkok for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The average traveler spends about $19 per day in Shanghai for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bangkok $16
    Shanghai $19
Typical Food prices in Bangkok

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Bangkok:


  • Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (for Two)
    $29
  • Casual Lunch of Prawns (for Two)
    $6.40
  • 2 Rotis (Bread)
    $1.44
  • Mango & Sticky Rice
    $0.96
  • Lunch at KFC (for Two)
    $6.40
  • Pad Thai
    $2.24
  • Airport Lunch for 2
    $18
  • Lunch for 2
    $24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bangkok

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

  • Silom Village Authentic Thai Dinner and Performance Ticket: $17
  • Baiyoke Observation Deck with Lunch/Dinner Buffet: $23
  • Luxurious Afternoon Tea or Dinner at the Erawan Tea Rooms: $26
  • Skip the Line: Baiyoke Sky Hotel Observation Deck Ticket with Lunch or Dinner: $26
  • Bangkok Thai Classical Dance with Thai Set Dinner Ticket: $27
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Tour With Optional Dinner.: $31
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show With Optional Dinner & Transfers: $31
  • 2-Hour Dinner & Shows on White Orchid River Cruise: $32
  • Skip the Line:Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket w/(optional) Dinner &Transfers: $32
  • Bangkok Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River: $34
  • Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers): $34
  • Bangkok White Orchid Dinner Cruise: $34

Typical Food prices in Shanghai

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


  • Dumpling Breakfast
    $1.57
  • Desserts in Jinmao Building Observatory
    $23
  • Ajisen Lunch for Two
    $8.17
  • Cantelope
    $1.88
  • Dumplings and Soup
    $2.36
  • Duck Dinner
    $4.71
  • Pastries
    $3.30
  • Barbeque Dinner
    $10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Shanghai

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

  • Online Chinese Cooking Class: $22
  • Old Shanghai Breakfast Food Tour: $52
  • Cooking Class of Dumplings and Chinese Buns: $56
  • 3-Hour Shanghai Summer Night Local Dinner and Shopping Private Tour: $65
  • Private Chinese Cooking Class in Shanghai with Vegetarian Option: $69
  • Private Authentic Chinese Cooking Class in Shanghai with a Lovely Local: $70
  • 3-Hour Shanghai City Walking Tour with Dinner: $74
  • Shanghai yummy food tour: $75
  • Chinese Cooking Class in a Family Home: $75
  • A Bite of Shanghai Small-Group Food Tour: $80
  • River Cruise, Yuyuan, Tianzifang and Wonton Cooking Class: $85
  • Shanghai Hairy Crab Dinner: $85


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Bangkok is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.60 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bangkok.

The average price of local transportation around Shanghai is $3.52 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bangkok $4.60
    Shanghai $3.52
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Bangkok are as follows:


  • Tuk Tuk to bus station
    $2.56
  • Skytrain Ticket
    $5.12
  • Chao Phraya River Express Ticket
    $1.02
  • Ferry Ride
    $0.83
  • Taxi From Airport
    $8.00
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.88
  • Boat Taxi
    $1.60
  • Trains to airport
    $5.12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bangkok

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bangkok:

  • Boat Transfer to Koh Samui from Bangkok & Southern Thailand: $9.87
  • Bangkok Airport Departure – Shared Transfer: $12
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer (Suvarnabhumi Airport): $13
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Departure Transfer (Shared or Pvt): $13
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport Arrival Transfer (Shared or Private): $13
  • Airport Transfer from Trang Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Bangkok To Pattaya Transfer Service: $14
  • Bangkok Airport Arrival – Shared Transfer: $15
  • Bangkok Airport Private Transfer (Don Mueang Int'l Airport): $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Bangkok: $16
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bangkok to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): $16
  • Boat Transfer to Koh Tao from Bangkok and Southern Thailand: $16

Typical Local Transportation prices in Shanghai

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $4.08
  • Two Subway Tickets
    $0.94

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shanghai

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Shanghai:

  • 1 Day-Pass for Disneyland Shanghai and Transfer service Mini Group package: $146
  • 1-way Private Transfer From Shanghai Pudong Airport to Hangzhou: $123
  • 1-way Private Transfer From Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou New District-SND: $117
  • 1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Kunshan Per Vehicle Price: $74
  • 1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Jiaxing: $153
  • 1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Kunshan Per Vehicle Price: $95
  • 1-way Transfer Between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Yiwu Per Vehicle Price: $388
  • 1-way Transfer Between Shanghai and Nanxun Water Town Per Vehicle Price: $164
  • 1-way Transfer Between Shanghai and Wuzhen Water Town Per Vehicle Price: $159
  • 1-way Transfer Between Shanghai and Zhouzhuang Water Town Per Vehicle Price: $93
  • 1-way Transfer between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Changshu Per Vehicle Price: $135
  • 1way Transfer from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Suzhou Downtown: $48


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Bangkok typically cost an average of $13 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Shanghai's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $7.67 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bangkok $13
    Shanghai $7.67
Typical Entertainment prices in Bangkok

Here are a few typical costs in Bangkok for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Movie Ticket
    $5.12
  • Grand Palace Entrance Ticket
    $11
  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Ticket
    $1.60
  • Dusit Zoo Entrance Fee (for Two)
    $6.40
  • Club Cover Charge
    $12
  • Thai Boxing Tickets (for Two)
    $77
  • Fish Pedicure
    $4.80
  • Wat Pho entrance ticket
    $3.20
  • Siriraj Museum (2)
    $13

Tours and Activities in Bangkok

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

  • Old Bangkok Instagram Tour: $4.70
  • Road to Democracy Audio Tour: Discover Thailand's volatile modern politics: $5.00
  • Bangkok Chinatown Eats Self-guided Walking and Eating Tour by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Red Lights, Hummus, and a Beer Stop or Three: Audio Tour of Nana by VoiceMap: $5.13
  • Kids Special: Bangkok Fantasia Lagoon Water Park Tickets: $10
  • Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket in Bangkok: $10
  • Bangkok Calypso Cabaret Show Ticket: $10
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Entrance (Ticket Only): $10
  • 1-Hour Guided Patpong Museum Tour: $12
  • Art in Paradise Bangkok Tickets: $12
  • Baiyoke Sky Hotel: Observation Deck & Revolving Point Ticket: $13
  • The Patpong Museum Bangkok Ticket: $14

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
    $31
  • Zoo for Two
    $16

Tours and Activities in Shanghai

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

  • half day tour of shanghai: $5.34
  • Shanghai Yu Garden Ticket Booking: $10
  • Shanghai Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Admission Ticket: $11
  • Shanghai Maglev Train Ticket and Metro Pass(Pick Up in Shanghai): $12
  • Day Tour of Zhujiajiao and Huangpu River with Night Cruise: $16
  • Shanghai Jinmao Tower Observation Desk Admission Ticket: $18
  • Buddhist Art Tour at LWH Gallery in Shanghai: $23
  • Full-Day Private Customized Tour: $25
  • Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions: $30
  • Like a Local Customized Guided Tour: $30
  • Shanghai French Concession 2-Hour Walking Tour: $30
  • Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket: $31


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Bangkok may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.63 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about $6.69 on alcoholic beverages in Shanghai per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bangkok $7.63
    Shanghai $6.69
Typical Alcohol prices in Bangkok

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Bangkok are as follows:


  • Beer
    $1.28

Sample the Local Flavors in Bangkok

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bangkok:

  • 4-Hour Sukhumvit Bar Crawl: $7.50
  • 4-Hour Thonglor Bar Crawl: $20
  • Guided Bar Crawl: $21
  • From Khao Yai Wine Tasting by Bike: $359

Sample the Local Flavors in Shanghai

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

  • Shanghai Luxury Bar Crawl in 5-star Hotel or Boutique Hotel: $255
  • 3 Hour Local Craft Beer Crawl with Brewery Tour: $350



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bangkok and Shanghai, we can see that Shanghai is more expensive. And not only is Bangkok much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bangkok would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bangkok 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 Bangkok.

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