Cost of living in India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨419
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨266
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨142
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨52
12 eggs, large ₨72
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨41
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨200
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨137
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨119
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨820
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨81
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨31,290
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨21,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,276
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨25,480
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨15,586
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,651
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨851
40” flat screen TV ₨33,739
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,343
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨375
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨543
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,399
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,719
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,719
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,921
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨870,838
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨77
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,305
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨132
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨286
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,271
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨247
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨179
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨223
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨136
Tube of toothpaste ₨69
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨284
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,226
2 tickets to the movies ₨473
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,791
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,830
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨632
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨190
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨205
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨38,971
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨53
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,894
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨249

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 98
2nd Bhopal 78
3rd Mumbai 76
4th Lucknow 75
5th Delhi 72
6th Pune 71
7th Bangalore 71
8th Dindigul 68
9th Gurgaon 66
10th Nagpur 64
11th Coimbatore 63
12th Chandigarh 62
13th Hyderabad, India 62
14th Ahmedabad 61
15th Nagercoil 61
16th Aizawl 61
17th Kolkata 61
18th Indore 61
19th Visakhapatnam 60
20th Kochi 60
21st Guwahati 60
22nd Jaipur 59
23rd Madras 59
24th Bhubaneswar 57
25th Mangalore 57
26th Bijapur 56
27th Rajkot 54
28th Vadodara 52
29th Surat 51
30th Thiruvananthapuram 49
31st Malegaon 46

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

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Pune costs ₨30,495 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangalore costs ₨26,429 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Delhi costs ₨1,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Hyderabad, India costs ₨200 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Nellore costs ₨55 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Nellore costs ₨30 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Nellore costs ₨50 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Nellore costs ₨600 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Nellore costs ₨200 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Nellore costs ₨20 (1 day ago)