Cost of living in Kolkata, India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨670
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨308
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨105
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨41
12 eggs, large ₨71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨35
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨291
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨171
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨21
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨97
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,032
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨24,812
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨14,421
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,184
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨14,903
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨11,821
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨10,763
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,102
40” flat screen TV ₨32,663
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨12,100
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨394
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨362
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,469
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,739
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,126
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨5,473
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨891,134
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨70
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,662
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨110
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨85
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨121
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨402
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨226
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨147
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨237
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨65
Tube of toothpaste ₨59
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨427
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨936
2 tickets to the movies ₨427
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨561
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,483
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨857
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨151
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨158
iPod nano 16GB ₨11,881
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨20
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,352
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨257
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 1,868 prices entered by 189 different people.
Latest price update: September 30, 2016.

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