Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨112,146
Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨46,672
India is the cheapest country in Asia (14 out of 14)
India is the 3rd cheapest country in the World (98 out of 100)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨382
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨272
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨146
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨52
12 eggs, large ₨73
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨37
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨209
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨139
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨27
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨131
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨856
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨30,488
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨19,627
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,187
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨23,929
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨13,974
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,196
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨735
40” flat screen TV ₨31,805
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,745
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨403
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨371
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,395
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,576
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,770
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,745
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨909,959
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨76
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,264
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨110
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨228
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨830
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨222
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨165
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨222
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨138
Tube of toothpaste ₨67
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨264
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,219
2 tickets to the movies ₨477
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,673
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,893
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨645
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨219
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨229
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨33,434
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨8
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,993
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨246

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 Thane 96
2nd Mumbai 82
3rd Nagpur 75
4th Dindigul 73
5th Delhi 73
6th Visakhapatnam 70
7th Gurgaon 70
8th Kolkata 69
9th Shimoga 69
10th Bijapur 68
11th Pune 67
12th Aizawl 66
13th Nagercoil 64
14th Guwahati 63
15th Hyderabad, India 63
16th Bangalore 63
17th Chandigarh 63
18th Indore 63
19th Lucknow 62
20th Madras 62
21st Patna 60
22nd Ludhiana 60
23rd Ahmedabad 59
24th Jaipur 58
25th Mangalore 57
26th Rajkot 56
27th Surat 55
28th Vadodara 55
29th Bhopal 53
30th Bhubaneswar 52
31st Coimbatore 50

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

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangalore costs ₨20,330 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Chandigarh costs ₨2,000 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Chandigarh costs ₨2,500 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Chandigarh costs ₨1,100 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Chandigarh costs ₨400 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Chandigarh costs ₨1,200 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Chandigarh costs ₨74 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Chandigarh costs ₨5,000 (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Chandigarh costs ₨3,000 (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Chandigarh costs ₨2,500 (1 day ago)