Cost of living in India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨389
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨270
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨144
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨51
12 eggs, large ₨71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨44
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨195
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨136
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨118
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨810
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨31
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨31,037
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨20,959
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,471
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨24,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨14,754
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,816
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨868
40” flat screen TV ₨34,053
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,517
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨382
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨550
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,441
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,796
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,720
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,923
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨863,232
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨75
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,305
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨117
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨279
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,377
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨241
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨179
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨218
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨140
Tube of toothpaste ₨69
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨275
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,203
2 tickets to the movies ₨470
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,771
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,837
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨671
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨188
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨206
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨38,696
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨27
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,893
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨244

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 Thane 107
2nd Mumbai 82
3rd Kochi 82
4th Bhopal 82
5th Delhi 79
6th Pune 79
7th Lucknow 78
8th Dindigul 74
9th Gurgaon 74
10th Chandigarh 70
11th Bangalore 68
12th Nagpur 68
13th Guwahati 66
14th Visakhapatnam 66
15th Bhubaneswar 66
16th Ahmedabad 65
17th Indore 65
18th Hyderabad, India 65
19th Nagercoil 64
20th Jaipur 64
21st Aizawl 64
22nd Kolkata 63
23rd Madras 63
24th Mangalore 62
25th Coimbatore 62
26th Rajkot 60
27th Bijapur 59
28th Surat 56
29th Vadodara 56
30th Thiruvananthapuram 53
31st Malegaon 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

  • 1 liter of gasoline in Salem costs ₨80 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Salem costs ₨1,050,000 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Salem costs ₨1,300 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Salem costs ₨8,000 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Salem costs ₨50 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Salem costs ₨65 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Salem costs ₨150 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Salem costs ₨35 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Salem costs ₨200 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Salem costs ₨60 (about 6 hours ago)