Cost of Living in India

How Much Does It Cost to Live In India?

India accepts only the national currency, the rupee, so the first thing the ex-pats and the tourists search for in India is a currency exchange.

Not so many ATMs are available in the streets of small towns in India, but you will still be able to withdraw money in some large cities.

The good news is it is possible to pay with a credit card in some of the shops, restaurants, or hotels in larger cities.

The cost of living in India is, no doubt, much cheaper than in the rest of the world.

Cost of Living Index:
22.4
Restaurants

RESTAURANTS

Indian cuisine is vegetarian and very spicy, and the food you are used to eating can be found in popular tourist places only.

Also, non-vegetarian dishes are available in restaurants in large cities.

A meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs $2.45, while a three-course meal for two people in a mid-range restaurant is $12.25.

Markets

MARKETS

The prices at the markets are awesome as well as the assortment.

Although the markets are far from those neat and nicely planned markets in Australia, Germany, or the US cities, you will find a great number of cheap vegetables, fruits, and spices there.

For $30, you can carry home a huge bag with meat, cheese, wine, cereals, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and poultry.

Transportation

TRANSPORTATION

The biggest advantage of traveling around India is multiple means of transport and very low prices.

Trains for different classes of people, local and sleeper buses, and planes (the most expensive, though) are the best ways to travel around India.

Taxis, rickshaws, and the metro (the cheapest) are also available in many cities.

The prices for public transport are too low.

Utilities

UTILITIES (MONTHLY)

The high-speed Internet connection in India might be a big problem if you are in a small town or in a city which is not a tourist destination.

Internet cafes are full of outdated PCs, or you can plug in your notebook to speak on Skype or work long hours.

You should also buy a local sim card to use the mobile phone cheaply.

Sports and leisure

SPORTS & LEISURE

The Bollywood style of music in the local clubs attracts local youth in big cities which is also applicable to the cinema.

Indian most popular sport is cricket, while football and tennis are less attractive to the locals.

They prefer yoga and sports clubs, and the resort cities like Goa offer the broadest range of water sports (snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, etc.).

Clothing and shoes

CLOTHING & SHOES

Whether searching for folk clothing or a modern outfit, you will find traditional marketplaces, shops, and boutiques to buy a few pairs of jeans, shoes, and dresses.

For instance, prices in chain stores are 70% lower than in Iceland.

All large cities have shopping malls selling popular local and international brands.

The lowest prices for clothing and shoes are in the capital city of Delhi.

Rent per month

RENT PER MONTH

In India, it is much more of a benefit to rent accommodation than buying property.

The monthly rent is cheap enough if compared to the rest of the world’s cities.

A one-bedroom apartment in the city center is $182.37 while the same space outside downtown is $118.10, and great if you split the bill with a friend.

Cost of Living Averages Table for India

*Note: All prices are indicated in USD.
Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)$2.45
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)$1.84
Water (0.33 Liter)$0.19
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter)$0.67
Loaf Bread (500g)$0.48
Eggs (12)$0.93
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket$0.31
Monthly Pass$9.80
Gasoline$1.28
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)$37.68
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local$0.01
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)$8.81
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult$18.36
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)$7.32
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release$3.68
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)$27.63
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)$28.58
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)$44.27
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center$182.37
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center$118.10
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center$406.52

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in India?

A huge portion of the monthly income of an average Indian is spent in the markets (40.2%).

Dairy products, poultry, meat, fruits, and vegetables are too cheap.

The restaurants are popular with youth and tourists while the local citizens choose to buy natural products and cook at home.

The transportation expenses exceed the sums of money spent on restaurants and make 14.1% monthly.

As for the monthly rent, it is pretty cheap and the citizens get only 18.2% to pay rent.

Indians are very fond of sports and different outdoor activities.

They are ready to and do spend as much as an average of 7.2% of the money on cricket, fitness clubs, or football.

Average Costs Breakdown

12.3%
40.9%
14.3%
3.9%
6.6%
3.6%
18.4%

India: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

The minimum wage in India is fixed at the figure of $62.2.

And now we can see that in terms of prices, India is a paradise for tourists but the situation is not so bloomy for the population.

According to the statistics, the average monthly salary in large cities is $563.6.

Mortgage loans in India are possible and widely spread, especially in large cities.

The interest rate is 8.37% per year if taken for twenty years.

The highest paying jobs in India are software engineers, chartered accountants, and app developers.

There are also good salary opportunities for actors, cricket players, investment bankers, and lawyers.

Average Salary$563.6
Minimum Wage$62.2
Mortgage Interest Rate8.37%

What About Travel Safety in India?

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India Safety Overview

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Safety Index:
47
  • OVERALL RISK : HIGH
  • TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
  • PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
  • NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH
  • MUGGING RISK : LOW
  • TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
  • SCAMS RISK : HIGH
  • WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Cost of Living by City in India

CityCost of Living Index
Ahmedabad24.24
Bangalore26.83
Bhopal22.37
Bhubaneswar22.4
Chandigarh26
Chennai25.2
Coimbatore22.38
Delhi28.67
Goa24.34
Gurgaon30.71
Guwahati22.68
Hyderabad23.59
Indore25.4
Jaipur25.46
Kochi21.73
Kolkata24.8
Lucknow (Lakhnau)24.75
Ludhiana27.17
Mangalore22.4
Mumbai29.03
Mysore22.41
Nagpur22.76
Navi Mumbai19.3
Noida28.55
Pune27.41
Surat23.77
Thane25.31
Thiruvananthapuram19.26
Vadodara22.28
Visakhapatnam21.52

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