Cost of living in Madras, India

Summary of cost of living in Madras

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ₨103,773
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ₨41,526
  • Madras is the 2nd cheapest city in India (6 out of 7)
  • Madras is the 2nd cheapest city in Asia (17 out of 18)
  • Madras is the 2nd cheapest city in the World (234 out of 235)

List of prices in Madras
Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨255
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ₨216
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨155
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨55
12 eggs, large ₨70
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨32
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨246
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨153
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨38
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨121
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨976
2 liters of coca-cola ₨84
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨31
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ₨25,186
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ₨17,621
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨5,012
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ₨17,989
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ₨11,571
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ₨3,401
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ₨696
40” flat screen tv ₨27,186
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,564
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨394
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨196
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ₨2,158
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ₨2,639
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,276
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,376
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨1,001,830
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨74
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,259
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨168
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨96
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨251
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ₨1,000
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ₨284
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨143
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨188
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨166
Tube of toothpaste ₨58
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨245
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨970
2 tickets to the movies ₨314
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,542
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,573
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨645
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨159
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨277
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ₨38,761
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨1.95
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,886
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ₨256
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 746 prices entered by 62 different people.
Latest price update: August 13, 2020

Madras position in our World Ranking

the world
234th
out of 235
asia
17th
out of 18
india
6th
out of 7

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