Cost of living in Kolkata, India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨339
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨296
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨107
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨49
12 eggs, large ₨62
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨27
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨288
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨134
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨109
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,121
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨74
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨24
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨25,155
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨14,351
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,211
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,336
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨10,157
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨2,186
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₨1,107
40” flat screen TV ₨48,732
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨9,104
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨379
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨782
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,796
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,053
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨4,339
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨3,953
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨885,894
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨67
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,097
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨118
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨116
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨151
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨437
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨455
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨237
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨227
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨84
Tube of toothpaste ₨44
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨331
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,000
2 tickets to the movies ₨427
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨955
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨2,168
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨937
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨152
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨262
iPod nano 16GB ₨10,725
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨22
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨2,175
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨218
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 1,991 prices entered by 182 different people.
Latest price update: May 26, 2016.

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