Cost of living in Lucknow, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨275
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨307
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨216
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨52
12 eggs, large ₨85
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨31
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨146
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨130
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨18
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨122
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨971
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨21
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨24,218
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨14,385
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,076
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨13,188
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨13,845
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨2,551
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨991
40” flat screen TV ₨36,673
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨12,545
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨371
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨209
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,814
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,701
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨4,555
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,858
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,025,550
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨74
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,057
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨123
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨163
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨388
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨405
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨311
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨208
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨184
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨164
Tube of toothpaste ₨69
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨235
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,076
2 tickets to the movies ₨431
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,034
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨2,262
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨517
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨165
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨223
iPad Air 2, 64GB ₨42,765
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨37
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨2,718
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨287
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 449 prices entered by 45 different people.
Latest price update: October 18, 2017.

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