Cost of living in Lucknow, India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨844
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨285
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨335
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨108
12 eggs, large ₨98
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨29
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨147
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨251
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨124
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨980
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨78
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨30,571
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨22,032
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨8,793
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨17,981
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨16,081
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨9,515
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨998
40” flat screen TV ₨32,012
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨14,707
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨217
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨125
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,897
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,788
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨4,926
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,459
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨997,562
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨74
Monthly ticket public transport ₨812
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨93
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨102
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨198
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨307
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨181
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨372
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨201
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨198
Tube of toothpaste ₨97
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨113
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨650
2 tickets to the movies ₨492
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨754
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,670
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨1,684
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨252
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨209
iPod nano 16GB ₨1,670
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨63
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,556
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨180
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 245 prices entered by 38 different people.
Latest price update: February 21, 2017.

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