Cost of living in Madras, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨286
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨239
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨150
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨49
12 eggs, large ₨64
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨25
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨198
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨149
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨31
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨120
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨900
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨72
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨33
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨26,940
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨16,559
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨3,935
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨18,607
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨12,066
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨4,364
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,071
40” flat screen TV ₨36,753
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,268
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨457
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨110
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,525
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨1,931
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,327
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,324
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨951,821
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨71
Monthly ticket public transport ₨900
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨167
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨110
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨155
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨432
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨146
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨144
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨207
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨139
Tube of toothpaste ₨66
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨193
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨746
2 tickets to the movies ₨284
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨995
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,713
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨818
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨208
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨247
iPod nano 16GB ₨12,565
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨5.06
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,881
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨202
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,234 prices entered by 146 different people.
Latest price update: August 22, 2017.

Madras position in our World Ranking

the world
305th
out of 312
asia
25th
out of 30
india
8th
out of 13

Cheapest and most expensive products in Madras compared to other cities:

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