Cost of living in Kolkata, India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨326
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨316
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨128
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨42
12 eggs, large ₨70
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨333
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨151
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨89
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨1,122
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨25,005
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨15,727
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,936
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨21,451
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨11,195
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,741
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₨1,118
40” flat screen TV ₨36,848
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨12,577
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨330
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨378
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,423
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨3,083
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,868
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,813
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨937,430
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨70
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,477
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨124
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨59
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨122
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨423
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨208
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨159
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨172
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨65
Tube of toothpaste ₨63
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨407
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,031
2 tickets to the movies ₨392
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨673
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,793
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨819
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨161
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨210
iPod nano 16GB ₨10,633
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨23
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,610
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨324
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 1,785 prices entered by 179 different people.
Latest price update: August 29, 2016.

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