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Berlin vs Shanghai
Ber vs Sha

Average net salary (After tax)

Shanghai
Berlin

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sha
Ber
Outside city centre
Sha
Ber

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sha
Ber
Outside city centre
Sha
Ber

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Sha
Ber
Outside city centre
Sha
Ber

Mortgage rates

Shanghai
4.5%
Berlin
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

Electricity, heating, water, Garbage for a 85m2 Apartment

Shanghai
Berlin

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Sha
Ber

Mobile phone data

One-minute local prepaid call (no plan or discount)

Sha
Ber

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Sha
Ber

Monthly pass

Regular price

Sha
Ber

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Shanghai
Berlin

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Sha
Ber
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

Milk 1L
Sha
Ber
White bread 500g
Sha
Ber
Eggs 12
Sha
Ber
White rice 1kg
Sha
Ber

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Shanghai
Berlin

Meat & cheese

Chicken breasts 1kg
Sha
Ber
Beef round 1kg
Sha
Ber
Local cheese 1kg
Sha
Ber

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Sha
Ber
Lettuce 1 head
Sha
Ber
Tomatoes 1kg
Sha
Ber

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Sha
Ber
Oranges 1 head
Sha
Ber
Bananas 1kg
Sha
Ber

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

Inexpensive restaurant 2 meals
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Ber $4,070.74/mth
Mid-range restaurant Three-course meal for two people
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Ber $4,070.74/mth

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Shanghai
4.5%
Berlin
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Shanghai are 17.14% higher than in Berlin

Drinks

Coke/Pepsi 0.33L
bottle
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Ber $4,070.74/mth
Water 0.33L
bottle
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Ber $4,070.74/mth
Cappuccino regular
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Ber $4,070.74/mth

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Sha
Ber
Market 0.5L bottle
Sha
Ber

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Sha
Ber
Market 0.33L bottle
Sha
Ber

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Shanghai
5
Berlin

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Sha
Ber

Summer dress

From a chain store (e.g. Zara, H&M)

Sha
Ber

Shoes

1 pair Nike shoes
Sha
Ber
1 pair men's leather shoes
Sha
Ber

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Shanghai
$15.33
Berlin
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Sha $4,070.74/mth
Ber $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Sha $4,070.74/mth
Ber $4,070.74/mth