Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨117,983
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨47,868
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (16 out of 16)
  • India is the 2nd cheapest country in the World (91 out of 92)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨344
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨299
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨161
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨54
12 eggs, large ₨83
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨41
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨216
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨153
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨29
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨151
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨769
2 liters of coca-cola ₨87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨30,437
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨19,332
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,833
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨22,933
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨14,192
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨3,664
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨513
40” flat screen tv ₨29,585
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨13,060
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨413
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨377
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,299
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,368
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,408
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,866
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨958,460
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨108
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,482
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨128
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨222
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨815
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨402
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨183
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨242
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨163
Tube of toothpaste ₨73
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨336
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,329
2 tickets to the movies ₨586
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,606
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨2,079
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨594
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨226
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨175
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨43,316
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨1.29
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,462
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨237

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:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

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 79
2nd Mumbai 66
3rd Delhi 63
4th Bangalore 59
5th Jammu 58
6th Jalandhar 55
7th Varanasi 52
8th Pune 52
9th Udaipur 52
10th Thane 52
11th Nagpur 49
12th Patna 49
13th Ahmedabad 48
14th Kochi 47
15th Ludhiana 47
16th Srinagar 46
17th Nasik 46
18th Rajkot 45
19th Kanpur 45
20th Coimbatore 45
21st Visakhapatnam 44
22nd Raipur 44
23rd Vijayawada 43
24th Surat 43
25th Madurai 42
26th Bhopal 40
27th Shimoga 0

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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  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Bikaner costs ₨2,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Jalandhar costs ₨150 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Nasik costs ₨200 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Nasik costs ₨70 (1 day ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Visakhapatnam costs ₨4,000 (1 day ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Madras costs ₨50,000 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Madras costs ₨500 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Madras costs ₨150 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Madras costs ₨1,000 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Madras costs ₨500 (1 day ago)

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