Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨111,033
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨47,814
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (12 out of 12)
  • India is the cheapest country in the World (85 out of 85)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨375
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨280
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨136
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨51
12 eggs, large ₨71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨35
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨219
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨136
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨29
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨127
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨782
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 ₨33,333
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨20,634
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,401
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨22,684
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨13,488
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨3,270
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨728
40” flat screen tv ₨30,163
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,381
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨382
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨332
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,373
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,587
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,797
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,693
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨928,186
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨76
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,165
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨98
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨199
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨925
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨242
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨171
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨246
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨142
Tube of toothpaste ₨67
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨231
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,209
2 tickets to the movies ₨491
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,829
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,915
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨679
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨223
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨201
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨33,001
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨2.15
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,804
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨260

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 75
2nd Nagpur 72
3rd Shimoga 71
4th Bijapur 66
5th Aizawl 63
6th Delhi 63
7th Bangalore 63
8th Nagercoil 63
9th Kolkata 60
10th Thane 60
11th Pune 59
12th Hyderabad, India 58
13th Ludhiana 57
14th Guwahati 57
15th Ahmedabad 57
16th Lucknow 57
17th Madras 56
18th Surat 53
19th Rajkot 53
20th Patna 52
21st Coimbatore 52
22nd Mangalore 52
23rd Visakhapatnam 52
24th Bhopal 49
25th Bhubaneswar 47

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 Mumbai costs ₨350 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Mumbai costs ₨2,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Mumbai costs ₨100 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Mumbai costs ₨250 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Mumbai costs ₨1,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Mumbai costs ₨1,500 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Mumbai costs ₨4,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Mumbai costs ₨400 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Mumbai costs ₨750 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Mumbai costs ₨200 (about 8 hours ago)