Cost of living in India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨374
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨261
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨137
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨49
12 eggs, large ₨68
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨30
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨191
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨138
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨23
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨112
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨785
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨77
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨29
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨26,725
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨17,131
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨5,012
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,032
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨12,687
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,821
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,019
40” flat screen TV ₨35,509
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,087
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨359
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨217
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,412
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,605
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,673
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,879
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨859,381
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨71
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,048
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨102
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨200
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨445
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨240
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨184
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨210
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨125
Tube of toothpaste ₨70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨211
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,027
2 tickets to the movies ₨442
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨866
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,797
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨709
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨186
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨221
iPad Air 2, 64GB ₨38,427
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨4.32
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,923
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨219

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 Mumbai 77
2nd Dindigul 76
3rd Gurgaon 76
4th Lucknow 73
5th Visakhapatnam 67
6th Kharagpur 67
7th Delhi 67
8th Nagpur 67
9th Bangalore 66
10th Chandigarh 64
11th Aizawl 63
12th Pune 61
13th Ahmedabad 60
14th Madras 60
15th Kolkata 58
16th Hyderabad 57
17th Jaipur 57
18th Nagercoil 57
19th Coimbatore 57
20th Bhubaneswar 57
21st Kochi 56
22nd Vadodara 53
23rd Indore 52
24th Rajkot 51
25th Surat 50

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

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Delhi costs ₨2,500 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Delhi costs ₨1.00 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Delhi costs ₨80 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Delhi costs ₨3,500 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Delhi costs ₨3,000 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Delhi costs ₨3,500 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Delhi costs ₨1,800 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Delhi costs ₨1,200 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Gurgaon costs ₨20,000 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Delhi costs ₨500 (about 6 hours ago)