Cost of living in Madras, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨290
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨222
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨151
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨51
12 eggs, large ₨66
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨31
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨268
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨153
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨112
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨784
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨73
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨34
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨27,635
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨15,491
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,106
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,098
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨11,470
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨5,236
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,002
40” flat screen TV ₨37,321
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,732
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨414
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨110
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,370
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,285
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,552
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,737
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨900,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨72
Monthly ticket public transport ₨919
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨163
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨80
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨164
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨433
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨158
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨137
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨216
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨175
Tube of toothpaste ₨53
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨165
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨913
2 tickets to the movies ₨298
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨920
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,592
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨836
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨172
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨229
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨39,902
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨5.68
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,844
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨188
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,548 prices entered by 163 different people.
Latest price update: December 15, 2017.

Madras position in our World Ranking

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333rd
out of 343
asia
29th
out of 36
india
8th
out of 15

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