Cost of living in India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨363
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 ₨49
12 eggs, large ₨68
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨33
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨187
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 ₨796
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 ₨27,142
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨17,232
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,706
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,194
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨12,629
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,780
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨962
40” flat screen TV ₨35,662
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,037
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨354
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨203
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,402
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,655
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,695
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,901
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨843,302
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨72
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,051
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨107
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨207
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨447
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨243
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨184
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨208
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨131
Tube of toothpaste ₨70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨211
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,025
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 ₨1,836
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨709
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨184
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨217
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨38,751
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨5.44
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,949
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 78
2nd Mumbai 75
3rd Gurgaon 73
4th Lucknow 67
5th Chandigarh 67
6th Kharagpur 66
7th Delhi 65
8th Nagpur 65
9th Bangalore 64
10th Visakhapatnam 62
11th Aizawl 62
12th Guwahati 62
13th Madras 60
14th Pune 60
15th Kolkata 57
16th Hyderabad 56
17th Coimbatore 55
18th Ahmedabad 55
19th Nagercoil 55
20th Jaipur 55
21st Kochi 54
22nd Bhubaneswar 52
23rd Vadodara 52
24th Indore 51
25th Rajkot 50
26th Surat 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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Nagpur costs ₨500 (about 21 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangalore costs ₨20,330 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bangalore costs ₨2,033 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Hyderabad costs ₨500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Hyderabad costs ₨65 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Hyderabad costs ₨900,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Hyderabad costs ₨800 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Delhi costs ₨30 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Delhi costs ₨190 (1 day ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Delhi costs ₨518 (1 day ago)