Cost of living in India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨371
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨265
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨144
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨51
12 eggs, large ₨70
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨50
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨198
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨134
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨25
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨117
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨799
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨31,403
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨20,924
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,375
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨25,616
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨14,649
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,789
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨899
40” flat screen TV ₨34,496
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,901
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨372
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨575
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,424
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,682
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,695
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,923
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨861,826
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨74
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,323
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨128
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨276
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,345
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨224
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨181
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨221
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨142
Tube of toothpaste ₨70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨287
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,163
2 tickets to the movies ₨461
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,848
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,952
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨671
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨187
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨212
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨39,175
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨59
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,865
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨233

Map of Cost of Living in India

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This map shows only the top cities in India. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in India

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Bangalore 104
2nd Pune 102
3rd Chandigarh 95
4th Delhi 83
5th Mumbai 79
6th Gurgaon 77
7th Kochi 73
8th Lucknow 72
9th Coimbatore 69
10th Hyderabad 69
11th Kolkata 69
12th Dindigul 67
13th Jaipur 66
14th Nagpur 65
15th Thane 65
16th Nagercoil 64
17th Ahmedabad 63
18th Aizawl 62
19th Madras 62
20th Visakhapatnam 61
21st Guwahati 60
22nd Indore 60
23rd Bhubaneswar 60
24th Bijapur 58
25th Mangalore 57
26th Rajkot 57
27th Vadodara 54
28th Malegaon 48
29th Surat 48

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Mumbai costs ₨2,000 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Madras costs ₨1,500 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Madras costs ₨400 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Madras costs ₨1,500 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Madras costs ₨80 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Madras costs ₨600 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Madras costs ₨15,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Madras costs ₨25,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Madras costs ₨1,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Madras costs ₨25,000 (about 18 hours ago)