Cost of living in Kolkata, India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨533
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨274
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨129
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨44
12 eggs, large ₨66
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨37
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨179
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨141
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨109
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,032
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨21
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨24,504
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨15,231
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨3,293
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨20,049
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨13,236
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨2,191
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₨1,120
40” flat screen TV ₨44,033
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨9,926
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨454
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨595
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,721
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,303
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,969
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,659
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨682,964
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨75
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,087
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨127
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨89
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨183
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨419
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨322
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨134
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨211
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨83
Tube of toothpaste ₨53
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨566
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,139
2 tickets to the movies ₨462
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨900
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨2,026
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨596
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨195
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨249
iPod nano 16GB ₨10,913
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨33
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨2,467
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨207
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 1,834 prices entered by 183 different people.
Latest price update: July 23, 2016.

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