Cost of living in India

Compare the cost of your home country to the actual living costs in India, simply select your home currency and see the difference!

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Food Price in ₹
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 INR
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 INR
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 INR
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 INR
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 INR
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 INR
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 INR
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 INR
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 INR
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 INR
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 INR
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 INR
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 INR
1.5 kg Sugar 10 INR
2 liter cooking oil 20 INR
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 INR
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 INR
1 liter milk 8.50 INR
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 INR
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 INR
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 INR
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 INR
House Cleaning fee per day 105 INR
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 INR
Original branded Electric Fans 200 INR
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 INR
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 INR
Single bed Blankets 120 INR
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 INR
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 INR
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 INR
Men's haircut 40 INR
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 INR
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 INR
1 month of gym subscription. 105 INR
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 INR
Unisex Loris perfume 30 INR
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 INR
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 INR
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 INR
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 INR
Go carting 30mins 120 INR
Movie House 3d cinema 30 INR
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 INR
Photo shoot 120 INR
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 INR
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 INR
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 INR
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 INR
Spalding Basketball 200 INR
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 INR
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 INR
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 INR
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 INR
1 day rent a car cost 140 INR
Driver’s license 2300 INR
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 INR
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 INR
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 INR
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 INR
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 INR
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 INR

Generally, the cost of living varies from individual budgets and lifestyles, even further differential in one city to another.


The real problem in India is finding medium-term accommodation. That’s because long-term rentals often require an advance 10-month payment, which is a problem if you’re only staying for 3 months. Below are some of the prices for accommodation in India:

  • $600/month for 1 bedroom in a semi-serviced apartment in the heart of Bangalore
  • $200-300/month for a 1-bedroom furnished apartment without Internet in Delhi
  • $5-15/night for an average hotel room in most Indian cities
  • As low as $2/night for cheap rooms in smaller cities and towns

Public Transportation
The main means of transportation in New Delhi are the government buses (DTC – Delhi Transport Corporation), Blue Line buses (or private), and metro.

Ticket fares between AC and non-AC buses do not differ greatly and both are overall pretty cheap. If you travel in a non-AC bus up to 4km you will pay about $0.10 ($0.22 for AC bus), from 10 to 4km travel the ticket costs $0.22 ($0.33 for AC bus), and for longer distances, the cost will be about $0.33 (respectively $0.44 for air-conditioned one).

You can also buy the daily Green Car which can be used on all DTC buses. The price is 0.90 or 1.10 for AC or non-AC bus. A tourist sightseeing bus is also available. It is air-conditioned. The fare for adults is $4.50 and for children (up to 12) – $2.20.

  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) = 20.00 ₹
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) =750.00 ₹
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) = 50.00 ₹
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) =16.00 ₹
  • Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) = 100.00 ₹

Grocery Shopping

When eating out:

  • $1-4 per main meal at most restaurants regardless of city
  • $0.40-0.80 for a bottle of brand-name soft drink in most restaurants (e.g. Coca-Cola)
  • $0.07-0.20 per samosa at most bakeries and street food vendors
  • $4-9 for dinner for two at small local restaurants
  • Milk (regular), (1 liter) = 49.08 ₹
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) = 33.05 ₹
  • Rice (white), (1kg) = 53.45 ₹
  • Eggs (regular) (12) = 65.08 ₹
  • Local Cheese (1kg) = 379.35 ₹
  • Chicken Fillets (1kg) = 227.11 ₹
  • Buffalo Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) =371.11 ₹
  • Apples (1kg) = 137.21 ₹
  • Banana (1kg) = 50.38 ₹
  • Oranges (1kg) = 69.83 ₹


INOX Cinemas saw an increase in their average ticket price at 197 rupees from 191 rupees.

  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult = 1,419.95 ₹
  • Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) = 528.98 ₹
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat = 250.00 ₹

Health Insurance

All ex-pats moving to India should ensure that they have adequate health insurance coverage. Working ex-pats might have insurance provided by their employer, but it's important to keep in mind that some policies will only cover treatment at certain hospitals.

Expats should investigate the terms of their given policy and make sure they understand what it covers. If there are limitations to the cover offered, consider paying extra for a more comprehensive policy.

Some international insurance providers may not be recognized by Indian hospitals, and in these cases, ex-pats will have to pay cash out of pocket. If this does happen, keeping all the necessary paperwork is essential if they want to be reimbursed by their insurer.

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