Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨113,485
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨46,927
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (11 out of 11)
  • India is the 2nd cheapest country in the World (65 out of 66)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨334
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨297
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨141
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨53
12 eggs, large ₨82
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨224
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨154
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨147
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨674
2 liters of coca-cola ₨90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨29,305
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨20,268
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,068
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨19,106
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨12,612
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨4,448
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨671
40” flat screen tv ₨28,163
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,041
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨396
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨315
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,342
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,524
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,809
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,851
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,029,810
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨94
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,177
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨122
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨230
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨611
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨415
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨190
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨264
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨167
Tube of toothpaste ₨84
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨289
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,145
2 tickets to the movies ₨487
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,331
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,619
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨672
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨198
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨176
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨41,851
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨2.62
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,342
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨287

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 Latur 85
2nd Mumbai 72
3rd Delhi 66
4th Jammu 64
5th Bangalore 62
6th Thane 58
7th Lucknow 58
8th Coimbatore 56
9th Pune 56
10th Nagpur 55
11th Guwahati 54
12th Madras 53
13th Ahmedabad 53
14th Hyderabad, India 52
15th Srinagar 52
16th Ludhiana 51
17th Patna 51
18th Rajkot 50
19th Visakhapatnam 50
20th Surat 48
21st Thiruvananthapuram 47
22nd Bhubaneswar 46
23rd Nagercoil 0
24th Shimoga 0
25th Aizawl 0

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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  • Public transport in Kolkata costs ₨885 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Ahmedabad costs ₨110 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Nellore costs ₨105 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Allahabad costs ₨300 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Anantapur costs ₨500 (2 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Visakhapatnam costs ₨1,500 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Pune costs ₨109 (2 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Pune costs ₨32,000 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Pune costs ₨23,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Pune costs ₨30,495 (2 days ago)

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