Cost of living in Madras, India

Summary of cost of living in Madras

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨109,832
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨43,664
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in Madras
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨227
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨237
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨151
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨57
12 eggs, large ₨79
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨40
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨286
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨186
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨37
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨134
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨830
2 liters of coca-cola ₨84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨38
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨26,809
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨17,605
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,699
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨19,559
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨12,898
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨3,266
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨604
40” flat screen tv ₨30,999
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨13,255
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨544
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨227
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,436
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,208
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,505
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,760
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,062,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨97
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,141
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨183
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨142
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨505
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,000
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨323
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨164
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨192
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨170
Tube of toothpaste ₨56
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨264
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,167
2 tickets to the movies ₨409
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,533
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,209
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨549
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨197
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨228
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨41,385
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨2.10
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,690
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨309
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 246 prices entered by 21 different people.
Latest price update: May 16, 2022

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