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

Should you visit Shanghai or Casablanca?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Shanghai and Casablanca. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Shanghai or Casablanca?

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".

Casablanca

Casablanca is so much more than a classic Bogart movie with killer one-liners. It is also the largest, most cosmopolitan city in the country of Morocco. Sitting at the economic and industrial heart of this region, Casablanca has a population of approximately four million. Brush up on your high school French before visiting this lively city as it's the main language spoken by the locals. While this is the most liberal and progressive city in Morocco, remember to be cautious in this region of the world with your western views.

Which city is cheaper, Casablanca or Shanghai?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Shanghai is $93, while the average daily cost in Casablanca is $52. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Shanghai and Casablanca in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Shanghai $66
    Casablanca $31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Shanghai $132
    Casablanca $62
Compare Hotels in Shanghai and Casablanca

Looking for a hotel in Shanghai or Casablanca? 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 Shanghai


Hotels in Casablanca


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Shanghai $3.15
    Casablanca $7.88
Typical Local Transportation prices in Shanghai

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.65
  • Two Subway Tickets
    $0.84

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Shanghai

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Shanghai:

  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA): $20
  • Private Transfer: Hotel to Shanghai Stadium (Football Match, League of Legends): $20
  • Hongqiao Airport(SHA)-Hotel Downtown One way Private Transfer: $21
  • Private Transfer to Shanghai Railway Station from City Hotels or Outskirts: $21
  • Panda Transfer: Private Shanghai Airport/Hotel Transfer: $22
  • Private Transfer to Huangpu River Cruise Terminal: $22
  • Private Transfer to ERA Acrobats Show at Shanghai Circus World: $22
  • Private Transfer between Qibao Ancient Water Town and Shanghai City Area: $24
  • Private Transfer from Shanghai Maglev Train Station to City Area: $24
  • Private Transfer between Shanghai Pudong New Int’l Expo Centre and City Area: $24
  • Shanghai Maglev Train Station Private Transfer from City Area: $24

Typical Local Transportation prices in Casablanca

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


  • Train from Airport (for 2)
    $6.40
  • Taxi Ride
    $7.31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Casablanca

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Casablanca:

  • Casablanca Airport Transfer: $19
  • Private Airport Transfer: Casablanca to Casablanca Mohamed V Int. Airport (CMN): $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: Casablanca Mohamed V Int. Airport (CMN) to Casablanca: $23
  • Mohammed V Airport to City Transfer: $23
  • Casablanca Airport to Hotels and Selected Cities private Transfer: $26
  • Casablanca Airport (CMN) to Casablanca City Center Private Transfer: $26
  • Casablanca City Center to the CMN Casablanca Airport Private Transfer: $26
  • Casablanca Airport Transfer VIP: $27
  • Transfer Casablanca to Mohammedia: $32
  • Private Departure Transfer: Casablanca Hotel to Casablanca Airport: $33
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Casablanca Airport to Casablanca Arrival Hotel: $33
  • Private Airport Transfer: $33

Is it cheaper to fly into Shanghai or Casablanca?

Prices for flights to both Casablanca and Shanghai 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
    Shanghai $17
    Casablanca $14
Typical Food prices in Shanghai

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


  • Dumpling Breakfast
    $1.40
  • Desserts in Jinmao Building Observatory
    $20
  • Ajisen Lunch for Two
    $7.29
  • Cantelope
    $1.68
  • Dumplings and Soup
    $2.10
  • Duck Dinner
    $4.21
  • Pastries
    $2.95
  • Barbeque Dinner
    $8.98

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
  • 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
  • A Bite of Shanghai Small-Group Food Tour: $80
  • Shanghai Hairy Crab Dinner: $85
  • Shanghai Evening Food Tour/Shanghai tour gastronomico nocturno: $85
  • Night Market & Street Food Tour in Shanghai: $95
  • 3-Hour Flexible Private Shanghai Night Tour with Local Dinner Option: $100

Typical Food prices in Casablanca

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


  • Breakfast
    $2.74
  • Lunch
    $8.23
  • Dinner at Rick's Cafe (for Two)
    $30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Casablanca

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

  • Private Virtual Moroccan Cooking Class Experience with a Local: $27
  • Casablanca Food Tour: $87
  • Casablanca Food Tour - Moroccan Street Food Tour: $94
  • Casablanca Food Tour - Marché Central & Seafood Lunch: $140
  • Authentic Moroccan Home-Cooking: Private Cooking Class with a Casablanca Local: $146
  • Private Cooking Class with Optional Market Tour: $150
  • Casablanca Food Tour: $156
  • 6-Hour Private Market Tour and Cooking Class in Casablanca: $156
  • Authentic Moroccan Cooking Class in Casablanca with Hotel Transfers: $156
  • Casablanca unique private walking food tour.: $166
  • Private Market Tour and Cooking Class with a Casablanca Local with Transfers: $171
  • Experience Moroccan Cuisine - Private Market Tour & Cooking Class with Transfers: $173

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Shanghai $6.85
    Casablanca $6.53
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:

  • 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
  • Shanghai Bus Tour Hop-on Hop-off Premium Ticket including City Top Attraction Admissions: $30
  • Like a Local Customized Guided Tour: $30
  • Shanghai Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket: $31
  • Shanghai Downtown Hotel to Baoshan Cruise Port:Private with Meet & Greet service: $38
  • Shanghai Hotels to Wusongkou Cruise Port:Private with Meet & Great service: $38

Tours and Activities in Casablanca

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

  • Casablanca Guided Sightseeing Tour: $50
  • The Medina and Beyond Morning Cultural Walking Tour: $51
  • Tangier Half-Day Guided City Tour: $55
  • Casablanca Cultural Tour with your local expert: $58
  • Marrakech walking guided city tour, monuments and Medina tour: $59
  • Highlights of Casablanca in a Half Day Tour: $78
  • Casablanca Half-Day City Tour: $80
  • 5-Hour Religions of Morocco Tour with a Local: $82
  • Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market: $85
  • Casablanca & Grand Mosque Shore Excursion Tour: $86
  • Private Half-Day Guided Tour of Casablanca: $89
  • Religious Morning Spiritual Tour Including Hassan II Mosque Visit: $90

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Shanghai $5.97
    Casablanca -

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Casablanca

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

  • Day Tour of Casablanca with Lunch and Wine Tasting in Benslimane Vineyard: $170
  • Organic Wine Tour And Premium Lunch In Casablanca Valley: $188


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


When is the best time to visit Shanghai or Casablanca?

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

Should I visit Shanghai or Casablanca in the Summer?

Both Casablanca and Shanghai are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Shanghai in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Casablanca throughout the year.

Shanghai is a little warmer than Casablanca in the summer. The temperature in Shanghai is usually 28°C (83°F) in July, and Casablanca stays around 23°C (73°F).

It's quite sunny in Casablanca. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Shanghai. Shanghai usually receives less sunshine than Casablanca during summer. At this time of the year, Shanghai gets 232 hours of sunny skies, while Casablanca receives 303 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Shanghai. In July, Shanghai usually receives more rain than Casablanca. At this time of the year, Shanghai gets 128 mm (5 in) of rain, while Casablanca receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Shanghai 28°C (83°F) 
    Casablanca 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Shanghai or Casablanca in the Autumn?

Both Casablanca and Shanghai during the autumn are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Shanghai for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Plenty of visitors come to Casablanca because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the autumn, Shanghai is around the same temperature as Casablanca. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Shanghai in October are around 19°C (65°F), and Casablanca is about 20°C (67°F).

In Casablanca, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the autumn, Shanghai often gets less sunshine than Casablanca. Shanghai gets 162 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Casablanca receives 233 hours of full sun.

Shanghai usually gets more rain in October than Casablanca. Shanghai gets 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Casablanca receives 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Shanghai 19°C (65°F) 
    Casablanca 20°C (67°F)

Should I visit Shanghai or Casablanca in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Shanghai and Casablanca. The winter months attract visitors to Shanghai because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Casablanca attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

The weather in Shanghai can be very cold. In January, Shanghai is generally much colder than Casablanca. Temperatures in Shanghai average around 4°C (39°F), and Casablanca stays around 13°C (55°F).

Shanghai usually receives less sunshine than Casablanca during winter. At this time of the year, Shanghai gets 135 hours of sunny skies, while Casablanca receives 190 hours of full sun.

In January, Shanghai usually receives less rain than Casablanca. At this time of the year, Shanghai gets 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Casablanca receives 62 mm (2.5 in) of rain.


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

Should I visit Shanghai or Casablanca in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Shanghai as well as Casablanca. The activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Shanghai this time of year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Casablanca throughout the year.

Shanghai is around the same temperature as Casablanca in the spring. The temperature in Shanghai is usually 15°C (58°F) in April, and Casablanca stays around 16°C (60°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Casablanca. In the spring, Shanghai often gets less sunshine than Casablanca. Shanghai gets 153 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Casablanca receives 262 hours of full sun.

Shanghai receives a lot of rain in the spring. Shanghai usually gets more rain in April than Casablanca. Shanghai gets 102 mm (4 in) of rain, while Casablanca receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Shanghai 15°C (58°F) 
    Casablanca 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Casablanca and Shanghai

Shanghai Casablanca
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 4°C (39°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 62 mm (2.5 in)
Feb 5°C (41°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 15°C (58°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Apr 15°C (58°F) 102 mm (4 in) 16°C (60°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
May 20°C (67°F) 113 mm (4.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 152 mm (6 in) 21°C (69°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Jul 28°C (83°F) 128 mm (5 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 133 mm (5.2 in) 23°C (74°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 156 mm (6.1 in) 22°C (72°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 19°C (65°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 52 mm (2 in) 16°C (62°F) 72 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)


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