Cost of Living Comparison- Singapore/ Beijing/ Dubai

Indexes Difference (Beijing/Singapore)
Consumer Prices in Beijing are 46.30% lower than in Singapore
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Beijing are 53.99% lower than in Singapore
Rent Prices in Beijing are 68.53% lower than in Singapore
Restaurant Prices in Beijing are 43.35% lower than in Singapore
Groceries Prices in Beijing are 39.54% lower than in Singapore
Local Purchasing Power in Beijing is 56.00% lower than in Singapore

Indexes Difference (Dubai/ Singapore)
Consumer Prices in Dubai are 14.39% lower than in Singapore
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Dubai are 17.39% lower than in Singapore
Rent Prices in Dubai are 23.05% lower than in Singapore
Restaurant Prices in Dubai are 21.32% higher than in Singapore
Groceries Prices in Dubai are 23.22% lower than in Singapore
Local Purchasing Power in Dubai is 50.58% higher than in Singapore

Singapore S$ Beijing S$ % Dubai S$ %
Restaurants
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.33 5.47 -47.0% 12.37 19.8%
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 46.15 25.47 -44.8% 56.07 21.5%
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 6.97 4.77 -31.5% 7.38 6.0%
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.59 1.51 -77.0% 12.24 85.6%
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.83 4.68 -40.2% 11.12 42.1%
Cappuccino (regular) 5.04 3.66 -27.3% 4.87 -3.3%
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.42 1.17 -17.7% 0.71 -49.9%
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.18 0.77 -34.5% 0.5 -57.8%
Markets
Milk (regular), 1 liter 2.74 1.95 -29.0% 1.66 -39.5%
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.12 2.12 0.4% 1.59 -24.8%
Eggs (12) 2.6 1.62 -38.0% 4.4 69.0%
Fresh Cheese (1kg) 10.8 13.94 29.2% 14.89 37.9%
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.7 4.93 -53.9% 6.84 -36.1%
Apples (1kg) 3.36 2.14 -36.2% 2.61 -22.3%
Oranges (1kg) 3.14 1.8 -42.7% 2.31 -26.5%
Potato (1kg) 2.44 1.8 -26.3% 1.21 -50.6%
Lettuce (1 head) 1.5 1.08 -27.6% 1.27 -15.2%
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.73 0.74 -57.3% 1.09 -36.7%
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 27.09 12.91 -52.3% 25.39 -6.3%
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.41 0.78 -85.5% 4.72 -12.8%
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.65 3.6 -36.3% 7.59 34.3%
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 11.69 2.76 -76.4% 3.17 -72.9%
Transportation
One-way Ticket (local transport) 1.76 0.39 -77.9% 1.91 8.5%
Monthly Pass 61.15 33.95 -44.5% 65.11 6.5%
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.06 2.01 -34.4% 2.8 -8.4%
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 0.6 0.4 -33.1% 0.8 33.5%
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 16.75 5.22 -68.9% 34.69 107.1%
Gasoline (1 liter) 2.01 1.37 -31.9% 0.61 -69.4%
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline 111,386 21,809 -80.4% 29,730 -73.3%
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Gas,Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 191.15 44.8 -76.6% 124.67 -34.8%
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local 0.23 0.05 -77.5% 0.11 -50.4%
Internet (6 Mbps, Flat Rate, Cable/ADSL) 41.83 31.35 -25.1% 106.9 155.6%
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 126.54 62.31 -50.8% 119.54 -5.5%
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.15 18.38 81.1% 56.75 459.0%
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.86 13.57 37.6% 12.36 25.3%
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Levis 501 (Or Equivalent) 118 122 3.1% 137 16.0%
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 76 91 19.2% 67 -11.7%
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 109 138 26.4% 118 7.7%
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 122 148 21.1% 166 36.5%
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,799 801 -71.4% 2,476 -11.5%
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,784 368 -79.4% 1,456 -18.4%
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,681 2,077 -63.5% 3,685 -35.1%
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,362 1,043 -69.0% 2,869 -14.7%
Buy Apartment Price
Price per m2 to Buy Apartment in City Centre 18,117 5,408 -70.2% 8,703 -52.0%
Price per m2 to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,986 2,878 -68.0% 5,913 -34.2%
Salaries And Financing
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,873 784 -79.8% 4,819 24.4%
Mortgage Interest Rate (%), Yearly 2.5 6.2 147.7% 8.9 255.5%
Last update: February, 2012;      Currency: SGD
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4 Responses to Cost of Living Comparison- Singapore/ Beijing/ Dubai

  1. This is very well done. It provides some great details and a lot of solid information. I’m would be curious to see a similar comparison done for Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

  2. lisparc says:

    Thanks Jared for your comment and your interests in China. The data in the post are reliable based on my own living experience for more than two years in each of the cities. I have never lived in Hong Kong, so not sure the detailed cost there, but generally speaking, H.K. > Shanghai> Beijing. Please bear in mind that the salary in H.K. is times than the other two cities.

  3. Wow, that’s impressive. I didn’t realize that you compiled the data yourself. This kind of information can be very valuable and helpful. Nice job.

  4. lisparc says:

    No,Jared.The data is from Internet and I can just say they are reliable :P

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