Cost of living in India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨369
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨262
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨140
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨50
12 eggs, large ₨69
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨191
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨137
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨113
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨779
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨78
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨30
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨27,124
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨17,655
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,408
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨20,115
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨12,676
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,878
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨921
40” flat screen TV ₨34,577
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,072
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨352
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨195
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,380
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,591
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,663
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,907
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨845,008
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨73
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,053
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨111
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨205
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨448
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨230
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨184
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨213
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨132
Tube of toothpaste ₨70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨212
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,045
2 tickets to the movies ₨446
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨873
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,863
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨701
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨188
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨215
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨38,847
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨6
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,955
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨224

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 Dindigul 82
2nd Mumbai 76
3rd Gurgaon 74
4th Lucknow 68
5th Chandigarh 66
6th Visakhapatnam 65
7th Delhi 65
8th Aizawl 63
9th Bangalore 63
10th Guwahati 62
11th Pune 61
12th Bijapur 60
13th Nagpur 60
14th Hyderabad 59
15th Madras 59
16th Thane 57
17th Nagercoil 56
18th Kolkata 55
19th Ahmedabad 55
20th Coimbatore 55
21st Kochi 54
22nd Jaipur 54
23rd Bhubaneswar 53
24th Indore 52
25th Vadodara 51
26th Rajkot 50
27th Surat 49
28th Malegaon 49

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.

Are you moving to India? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Delhi costs ₨300 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Delhi costs ₨2,500 (about 12 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Delhi costs ₨15 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Per hour of waiting of taxi fare per waiting time, weekday at noon in Delhi costs ₨100 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Delhi costs ₨15 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Delhi costs ₨40 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Delhi costs ₨75 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Delhi costs ₨700,000 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Delhi costs ₨80 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 500 g of bread in Delhi costs ₨18 (about 12 hours ago)