Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨135,066
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨63,517
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (12 out of 12)
  • India is the 2nd cheapest country in the World (76 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨336
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨311
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨166
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨55
12 eggs, large ₨88
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨44
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨228
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨169
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨31
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨147
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨785
2 liters of coca-cola ₨87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨38
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨51,608
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨28,661
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨5,891
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨25,376
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨14,317
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨3,918
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨681
40” flat screen tv ₨29,909
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨12,661
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨425
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨383
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,656
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,407
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨4,072
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨3,082
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,030,610
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨106
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,111
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨123
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨210
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨793
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨377
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨183
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨239
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨157
Tube of toothpaste ₨74
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨349
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,391
2 tickets to the movies ₨669
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,458
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,701
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨625
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨189
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨184
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨48,579
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨0.96
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,692
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨238

Map of Cost of Living in India

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This map shows only the top cities in India. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in India

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Latur 81
2nd Mumbai 68
3rd Jammu 60
4th Delhi 57
5th Bangalore 57
6th Jalandhar 57
7th Udaipur 54
8th Thane 53
9th Madras 52
10th Nagpur 50
11th Ghaziabad 50
12th Ludhiana 49
13th Srinagar 48
14th Kanpur 47
15th Rajkot 47
16th Coimbatore 46
17th Raipur 45
18th Surat 45
19th Vijayawada 45
20th Madurai 44
21st Bhopal 42

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in expensive area in Visakhapatnam costs ₨20,182 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Visakhapatnam costs ₨1,500 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Visakhapatnam costs ₨15,248 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Visakhapatnam costs ₨50 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Visakhapatnam costs ₨30 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Visakhapatnam costs ₨60 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Visakhapatnam costs ₨300 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Visakhapatnam costs ₨200 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Visakhapatnam costs ₨25 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in normal area in Visakhapatnam costs ₨10,091 (1 day ago)

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