Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨140,644
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨60,695
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (10 out of 10)
  • India is the cheapest country in the World (66 out of 66)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨402
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨349
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨169
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨59
12 eggs, large ₨92
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨47
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨248
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨178
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨31
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨158
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨920
2 liters of coca-cola ₨98
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨40
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨42,685
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨25,381
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,517
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨26,046
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨15,407
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨4,833
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨615
40” flat screen tv ₨29,470
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,867
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨454
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨574
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,406
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,911
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨4,084
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,992
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,862,840
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨102
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,173
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨171
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨277
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨930
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨350
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨210
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨312
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨179
Tube of toothpaste ₨85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨321
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,553
2 tickets to the movies ₨690
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,644
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨2,286
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨752
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨193
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨191
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨48,119
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨1.36
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,605
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨285

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 63
2nd Mumbai 60
3rd Bangalore 58
4th Jammu 54
5th Delhi 49
6th Pune 48
7th Kolkata 46
8th Nagpur 45
9th Srinagar 36

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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  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Hyderabad, India costs ₨400 (1 day ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Hyderabad, India costs ₨700 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Hyderabad, India costs ₨100 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Hyderabad, India costs ₨4,000 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Hyderabad, India costs ₨240 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Hyderabad, India costs ₨60 (1 day ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Hyderabad, India costs ₨300 (1 day ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Hyderabad, India costs ₨400 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Madras costs ₨40,660 (2 days ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Bangalore costs ₨4,500 (2 days ago)

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