Cost of living in India

Are you moving to India? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in India of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

Get a salary calculation for:

Change the currency:
Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨395
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨262
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨143
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨51
12 eggs, large ₨71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨38
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨200
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨139
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨25
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨122
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨832
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨33
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨30,521
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨20,593
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,569
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨24,265
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨14,735
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,625
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨803
40” flat screen TV ₨33,889
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,502
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨395
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨582
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,439
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,720
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,791
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,948
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨879,468
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨78
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,373
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨128
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨275
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,366
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨252
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨177
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨227
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨131
Tube of toothpaste ₨71
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨275
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,200
2 tickets to the movies ₨475
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,906
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,982
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨593
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨227
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨206
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨38,184
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨64
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,874
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨257

Map of Cost of Living in India

loading...

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 Thane 103
2nd Mumbai 83
3rd Lucknow 82
4th Nagpur 80
5th Bhopal 79
6th Delhi 79
7th Kochi 75
8th Bangalore 74
9th Pune 74
10th Chandigarh 72
11th Dindigul 71
12th Visakhapatnam 70
13th Gurgaon 69
14th Coimbatore 69
15th Patna 68
16th Ahmedabad 66
17th Bhubaneswar 66
18th Kolkata 66
19th Indore 65
20th Hyderabad, India 64
21st Aizawl 64
22nd Jaipur 63
23rd Guwahati 63
24th Nagercoil 63
25th Mangalore 61
26th Madras 61
27th Rajkot 59
28th Surat 58
29th Bijapur 58
30th Vadodara 57
31st Thiruvananthapuram 57
32nd Malegaon 47

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.

Are you moving to India? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in India of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

Get a salary calculation for:

Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Mumbai costs ₨300 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Mumbai costs ₨15,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Mumbai costs ₨120,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Mumbai costs ₨180 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Mumbai costs ₨200 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Mumbai costs ₨400 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Mumbai costs ₨3,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Mumbai costs ₨400 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Mumbai costs ₨2,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Mumbai costs ₨300 (about 19 hours ago)