Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨110,838
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨46,859
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (12 out of 12)
  • India is the cheapest country in the World (90 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨370
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨283
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨138
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨52
12 eggs, large ₨71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨213
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨139
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨28
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨128
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨787
2 liters of coca-cola ₨84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨31,254
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨20,162
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,683
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨23,258
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨13,952
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨3,572
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨743
40” flat screen tv ₨30,513
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,515
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨372
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨308
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,314
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,463
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,732
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,798
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨933,099
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨76
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,219
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨98
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨217
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨947
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨245
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨172
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨241
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨153
Tube of toothpaste ₨69
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨242
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,176
2 tickets to the movies ₨472
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,705
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,940
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨705
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨227
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨214
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨33,906
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨3.44
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,893
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨244

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 Mumbai 78
2nd Nagpur 75
3rd Shimoga 73
4th Delhi 72
5th Bijapur 67
6th Aizawl 65
7th Kolkata 65
8th Bangalore 65
9th Nagercoil 64
10th Guwahati 64
11th Thane 63
12th Pune 63
13th Hyderabad, India 60
14th Lucknow 60
15th Ludhiana 59
16th Patna 57
17th Madras 57
18th Ahmedabad 57
19th Rajkot 55
20th Surat 54
21st Mangalore 54
22nd Visakhapatnam 54
23rd Vadodara 54
24th Bhopal 51
25th Coimbatore 49
26th Bhubaneswar 49

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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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Guwahati costs ₨170 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Bangalore costs ₨5,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) in Delhi costs ₨15,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Delhi costs ₨20,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Delhi costs ₨600 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Delhi costs ₨40,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Delhi costs ₨95 (about 24 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Delhi costs ₨20 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Delhi costs ₨85 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Delhi costs ₨1,000 (about 24 hours ago)