Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨134,966
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨62,352
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (11 out of 11)
  • India is the 2nd cheapest country in the World (74 out of 75)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨366
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨325
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨172
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨55
12 eggs, large ₨85
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨45
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨231
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨164
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨31
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨153
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨781
2 liters of coca-cola ₨88
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨39
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨49,562
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨26,704
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨5,378
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨24,729
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨14,385
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨5,033
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨662
40” flat screen tv ₨31,054
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨12,702
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨515
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨510
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,574
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,467
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨4,135
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨3,042
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,035,360
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨107
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,099
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨127
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨222
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,510
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨349
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨185
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨258
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨171
Tube of toothpaste ₨83
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨283
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,470
2 tickets to the movies ₨660
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,442
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,743
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨697
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨199
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨180
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨47,616
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨1.10
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,760
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨237

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:
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 Latur 72
2nd Mumbai 62
3rd Jammu 58
4th Bangalore 53
5th Delhi 51
6th Jalandhar 51
7th Udaipur 48
8th Nagpur 45
9th Ghaziabad 45
10th Ludhiana 44
11th Srinagar 43
12th Kanpur 43
13th Rajkot 42
14th Coimbatore 42
15th Raipur 41
16th Vijayawada 40
17th Surat 40
18th Madurai 39
19th Bhopal 37

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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Prices recently added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bhopal costs ₨160 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Pune costs ₨650 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bellary costs ₨150 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Tirupati costs ₨300 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Madras costs ₨2,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Madras costs ₨1.20 (1 day ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Madras costs ₨312 (1 day ago)
  • 125 ml tube of toothpaste in Madras costs ₨39 (1 day ago)
  • 300 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Madras costs ₨600 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Madras costs ₨25 (1 day ago)

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