Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨113,149
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨48,575
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (9 out of 9)
  • India is the cheapest country in the World (74 out of 74)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨368
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨286
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨140
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨52
12 eggs, large ₨71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨224
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨137
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨31
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨133
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨787
2 liters of coca-cola ₨85
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨36
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨34,679
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨20,536
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,777
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨19,787
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨12,786
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨3,268
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨691
40” flat screen tv ₨29,249
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,244
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨399
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨353
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,318
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,609
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,741
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,746
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨918,827
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨78
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,215
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨105
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨215
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨860
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨297
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨167
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨261
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨151
Tube of toothpaste ₨67
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨240
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,231
2 tickets to the movies ₨471
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,751
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,683
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨611
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨189
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨195
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨34,285
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.13
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,702
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨268

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 Mumbai 69
2nd Shimoga 65
3rd Nagpur 64
4th Bijapur 64
5th Bangalore 60
6th Nagercoil 59
7th Thane 59
8th Delhi 59
9th Aizawl 58
10th Pune 54
11th Kolkata 54
12th Guwahati 54
13th Ahmedabad 53
14th Lucknow 53
15th Ludhiana 52
16th Hyderabad, India 50
17th Rajkot 49
18th Patna 48
19th Mangalore 48
20th Coimbatore 48
21st Visakhapatnam 47
22nd Surat 47
23rd Bhopal 45
24th Bhubaneswar 44

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

  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Coimbatore costs ₨1,000 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Hyderabad, India costs ₨56 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Ahmedabad costs ₨52 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Chandigarh costs ₨100 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Mangalore costs ₨160 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Mangalore costs ₨120 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Mangalore costs ₨28 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Ahmedabad costs ₨50 (about 24 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Delhi costs ₨20 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Karimnagar costs ₨60 (1 day ago)