Cost of living in India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨417
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨267
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 ₨40
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨201
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨139
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨25
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨121
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨831
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨33
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨31,006
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨21,308
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,411
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨25,314
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨15,654
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,891
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨844
40” flat screen TV ₨33,586
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,591
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨382
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨545
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,400
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,705
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,717
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,922
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨876,886
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨78
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,322
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨136
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨283
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,544
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨255
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨177
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨228
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨132
Tube of toothpaste ₨70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨278
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,196
2 tickets to the movies ₨471
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,987
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,802
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨643
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨195
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨206
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨38,465
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨58
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,874
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨248

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 106
2nd Bhopal 84
3rd Mumbai 82
4th Lucknow 80
5th Nagpur 80
6th Bangalore 76
7th Delhi 76
8th Pune 74
9th Dindigul 72
10th Gurgaon 71
11th Chandigarh 71
12th Patna 70
13th Coimbatore 69
14th Kolkata 69
15th Ahmedabad 67
16th Hyderabad, India 67
17th Bhubaneswar 66
18th Visakhapatnam 65
19th Aizawl 64
20th Kochi 64
21st Guwahati 64
22nd Jaipur 64
23rd Indore 64
24th Nagercoil 63
25th Madras 61
26th Mangalore 60
27th Rajkot 60
28th Surat 59
29th Bijapur 58
30th Thiruvananthapuram 57
31st Vadodara 56
32nd 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

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangalore costs ₨45,743 (about 15 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bangalore costs ₨1,999 (about 21 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Bangalore costs ₨3,000 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bangalore costs ₨1,600 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Bangalore costs ₨400 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bangalore costs ₨1,200 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Bangalore costs ₨799 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangalore costs ₨40,660 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Madras costs ₨1,500 (1 day ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Madras costs ₨30,000 (1 day ago)