Cost of living in Madras, India

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨359
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨267
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨168
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨48
12 eggs, large ₨63
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨27
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨149
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨151
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨120
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨780
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨71
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨33
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨23,426
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨23,422
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,131
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨20,170
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨11,744
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,922
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,914
40” flat screen TV ₨34,685
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,235
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨433
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨109
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,522
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,307
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,441
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,955
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,237,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨69
Monthly ticket public transport ₨983
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨165
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨84
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨120
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨408
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨146
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨123
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨211
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨98
Tube of toothpaste ₨59
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨248
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨901
2 tickets to the movies ₨281
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨783
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,708
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨1,133
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨189
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨241
iPod nano 16GB ₨13,614
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨5.44
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨2,374
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨199
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,286 prices entered by 158 different people.
Latest price update: March 24, 2017.

Madras position in our World Ranking

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208th
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20th
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6th
out of 9

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