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Shanghai vs Tokyo
Sha vs Tyo

Average net salary (After tax)

Tokyo
Shanghai

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Tyo
Sha
Outside city centre
Tyo
Sha

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Tyo
Sha
Outside city centre
Tyo
Sha

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Tyo
Sha
Outside city centre
Tyo
Sha

Mortgage rates

Tokyo
4.5%
Shanghai
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

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

Tokyo
Shanghai

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Tyo
Sha

Mobile phone data

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

Tyo
Sha

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Tyo
Sha

Monthly pass

Regular price

Tyo
Sha

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Tokyo
Shanghai

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Tyo
Sha
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

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

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Tokyo
Shanghai

Meat & cheese

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

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Tyo
Sha
Lettuce 1 head
Tyo
Sha
Tomatoes 1kg
Tyo
Sha

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Tyo
Sha
Oranges 1 head
Tyo
Sha
Bananas 1kg
Tyo
Sha

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

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

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Tokyo
4.5%
Shanghai
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Tokyo are 17.14% higher than in Shanghai

Drinks

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

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Tyo
Sha
Market 0.5L bottle
Tyo
Sha

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Tyo
Sha
Market 0.33L bottle
Tyo
Sha

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Tokyo
5
Shanghai

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Tyo
Sha

Summer dress

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

Tyo
Sha

Shoes

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

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Tokyo
$15.33
Shanghai
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Tyo $4,070.74/mth
Sha $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Tyo $4,070.74/mth
Sha $4,070.74/mth