Cost of living in India

Summary of cost of living in India

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨111,582
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨47,529
  • India is the cheapest country in Asia (12 out of 12)
  • India is the cheapest country in the World (77 out of 77)
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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) ₨294
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨143
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨52
12 eggs, large ₨73
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨227
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨140
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨31
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨132
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨774
2 liters of coca-cola ₨85
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨36
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨33,366
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨19,918
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,363
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨19,026
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨12,499
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨3,334
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨676
40” flat screen tv ₨29,555
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨10,444
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨411
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨211
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) ₨2,579
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,601
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,719
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨918,724
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨80
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,164
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨100
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨212
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨624
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨316
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨161
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨254
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨140
Tube of toothpaste ₨68
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨239
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨1,175
2 tickets to the movies ₨473
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,631
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,624
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨568
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨193
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨191
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨36,202
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨5.27
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,577
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨271

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 84
2nd Mumbai 72
3rd Shimoga 67
4th Nagpur 66
5th Bijapur 64
6th Bangalore 63
7th Delhi 62
8th Nagercoil 61
9th Thane 61
10th Aizawl 59
11th Hyderabad, India 57
12th Lucknow 56
13th Guwahati 55
14th Pune 54
15th Ahmedabad 54
16th Madras 54
17th Srinagar 52
18th Coimbatore 51
19th Rajkot 50
20th Patna 50
21st Mangalore 49
22nd Visakhapatnam 48
23rd Surat 48
24th Bhopal 46
25th Bhubaneswar 45

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 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Gwalior costs ₨700 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Jaipur costs ₨40 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of whole fat milk in Tumkur costs ₨13 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bhubaneswar costs ₨750 (1 day ago)
  • 4 uk pt of whole fat milk in Muzaffarnagar costs ₨15 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Kolkata costs ₨300 (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Kolkata costs ₨1,500 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Kolkata costs ₨2,000 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Kolkata costs ₨250 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Kolkata costs ₨1,000 (2 days ago)