Cost of living in Kolkata, India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨498
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨353
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨122
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨45
12 eggs, large ₨63
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨34
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨244
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨110
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨90
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨698
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨22,752
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨13,520
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨5,715
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨21,207
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨11,569
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨9,152
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,254
40” flat screen TV ₨31,037
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,948
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨331
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨301
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,546
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,660
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,611
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨4,630
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨881,754
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨94
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,562
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨113
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨82
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨124
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨497
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨226
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨122
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨174
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨90
Tube of toothpaste ₨56
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨341
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨873
2 tickets to the movies ₨414
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨557
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,787
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨779
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨142
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨143
iPod nano 16GB ₨11,881
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.39
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨4,150
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨264
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 1,827 prices entered by 198 different people.
Latest price update: December 06, 2016.

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