Cost of Living in Delhi, India

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 29.69
Rent Index: 9.91
Groceries Index: 27.63
Restaurants Index: 24.38
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 20.06
Local Purchasing Power: 92.19

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 200.00 Rs
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,000.00 Rs
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 200.00 Rs
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 90.00 Rs
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 150.00 Rs
Cappuccino (regular) 89.58 Rs
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 25.85 Rs
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 14.44 Rs
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 43.19 Rs
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 22.55 Rs
Rice (white), (1kg) 56.02 Rs
Eggs (12) 57.23 Rs
Local Cheese (1kg) 262.98 Rs
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 224.00 Rs
Apples (1kg) 110.73 Rs
Oranges (1kg) 63.46 Rs
Tomato (1kg) 36.33 Rs
Potato (1kg) 23.60 Rs
Lettuce (1 head) 40.92 Rs
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 25.90 Rs
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 600.00 Rs
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 82.56 Rs
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 136.28 Rs
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 170.00 Rs
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 Rs
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 800.00 Rs
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 30.00 Rs
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 18.00 Rs
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 Rs
Gasoline (1 liter) 71.14 Rs
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 750,000.00 Rs
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 4,107.55 Rs
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.02 Rs
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,534.26 Rs
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,639.08 Rs
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 287.50 Rs
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 300.00 Rs
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,654.14 Rs
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,496.43 Rs
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 3,615.25 Rs
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 2,643.75 Rs
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 14,800.00 Rs
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 8,614.29 Rs
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 39,685.71 Rs
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 21,277.78 Rs
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 176,991.40 Rs
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 70,157.64 Rs
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 37,881.63 Rs
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 10.83

These data are based on 3964 entries in the past 12 months from 372 different contributors.

Last update: March, 2015

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33 Comments so far

#anand mohan on Jan 07, 2015 :
Living in Delhi for 15 years.
A 2bhk flat in north Delhi...15minutes by metro ..for 25k.
A meal for one person in average restaurant 100 to 200 rs.
Minimum metro fare: 15 rs.
Minimum bus fair:5 rs.
One combo meal McD 250,rs.
Cottage chess 250 rs.
Vegetables : 20 - 100,rs. Per kg.
Doctor: Minimum 500 rs. Per consultation for a specialist one
School fee: 1000 to 20000,per month average
Its an expensive place if don't have a house of your own; a car of your own; no doctor in your family ; more kids in schools
OK place...if you have a house; you eat at home; do your household work of your own; you are healthy; completed your education and have no kids; travel by metro which is best part of Delhi. Can do basic plumbing; electrician work; carpentry movies on TV ; laptop ; smartphone; do shopping in sales or factory outlet or have no big inclination for brands; tolerate everybody on streets ; cool minded and not so honest. Because you can get original HD print of all Hollywood and Bollywood movies prints for 10 rs. And all softwares for 100-500 rs. To hell with bill gates.
#Rohit on Dec 01, 2014 :
some entries here are accurate but some are not. Surely a 3 course meal for 2 in mid-range restaurant will cost more than 900. Apartment buying rates of 15000/sqft for city centre and 6000/sqft outside city centre are off a bit also. I think it will cost about 20-25% more than the rates quoted here for very average accommodation.

Rents are where data is totally off, impossible to get a 1 bedroom in delhi centre for 13k or a 3 bhk for 35k (I myself am paying 150k/month for a 3 BHK in S Delhi of about 2500sqft)
#Anonymous on Nov 17, 2014 :
totally corrupt city and the most costliest city donot come here
#Abdul on Nov 07, 2014 :
How much is a square meter and are there any near Kolkotta International Airport.
#griffioen on Nov 06, 2014 :
I'm an expat living in delhi and I can say that most of these prices are okay depending on how you want to live, I myself live for around 25000 a month, though I share my room. The rental prices above are nowhere near close to what you can get 1 bhk easily cost 25.000 and 3bhk cost somewhere around 55-60.000 rupees.
#Maurice on Oct 19, 2014 :
I am going to Delhi in a week and I'm curious to see how accurate these prices are. I will be sure to share my experience with everyone
#ashish on Sep 11, 2014 :
I just want to know why the same water bottle like kinley or aquafina sale @ 40 rs/ liter in malls and in some restaurant while there original price is 18-20 rs/ liter
#AnIndianNon-Indian on Aug 29, 2014 :
Someone pointed out that that these data reflect the poor people not him.

Look at the average salary indicated here people. A sample of people with an average of Rs 36000 per month are not poor.

IMHO people are looking for reflection of their lifestyle in these data. Prices levels indicated are average. It would be unreasonable to expect that average in each category will match actual expenses in each category of your individual expenses.

As Victoria pointed out, expats should not rely on these to reflect what their actual costs will be. I am not sure if it's possible to live by totally western standards in India. Lot of money is spent by Indians in the pretense of "living" up to western standards.

There is someone I know, who was paying more than hundred thousand a month in Gurgaon in a desirable community. At the first glance, the house appeared "western". To an expat, it might look upscale Indian. Most residents appeared to be desirous of maintaining their "western standards" on return to India after a living abroad for a few years. Whilst you had strong hints of living in India as long as you were inside the community parameter, the moment you step out of the community, you were definitely in India with the smell and all. Residents of the community would walk their dogs outside the parameter and let the dog do its business there with no concern for what their responsibility was. What if someone, who lived in "India", walked their dog inside the community?

The measure 85 sq meters has different meanings in different countries. IN some, it's the actual living space while in India, I think, it includes common areas such as common corridors. If you cool or heat your living spaces, it will be expensive as Indian homes have no insulation. Building standards have not kept pace with the life style rapidly being copied by Indians.
#Ashish on Aug 02, 2014 :
Bullshit! Most of these are halved or 1/3rd the actuals, leaving the price for food which is still lower than actual, but not so varying.

You can't get anything anywhere in a decent place for 25000 as far as a 1 BHK is concerned for example.

The people who seem to have fed this data belong to poor families, cause no way utilities for a 85 m2 house are less than 9000-10000 a month, perhaps they did not even know what 85 m2 is.

In city center, houses are at 30000 for a 1 BHK.

And local cheese for example is 300 for a Kilo, perhaps these people who have fed this live in 2005 or are poor people who live and buy from low quality, dicey markets.

A meal at a decent restaurant, 3 course, mid range is 2000-2500. Who are we kidding?
#Avaline on Jul 28, 2014 :
I left Delhi in 2002 at a salary of Rs. 22,000/month which at the time was considered well paid. A loaf of bread cost us Rs. 10. Now, it is double the price. I feel for the people of New Delhi now having to live under such a high cost of living. Especially since (it seems from many of the comments that) the numbers above are underestimates at best. I hope and pray that the economy of India is able to come to a balance so they are able to control the speed at which costs are rising.
#Anuj on Jul 23, 2014 :
This is Crowd sourced ,so you can add in your prices as you go , hopefully many ppl add in so that we can get a mean of all the Values , which pretty much should give a rough idea of what's to come.
#Laura on Jul 19, 2014 :
Please revise your info on house rentals in Delhi, its probably double of what you have put... unless you want to live in a hole
#Dr.Viral on Jul 17, 2014 :
Rentals are way higher. Now way you can get a descent one bedroom house in south delhi for 13000 or a 3 bhk for 32000. Its double of that if you want anything half descnet.
#ABBAS on May 29, 2014 :
Good, i have gotten an information i am looking for. I will enjoy my studies in India.
#KMK on Mar 24, 2014 :
The information I have found on this totally erroneous. It is not clear what kinds of areas have been taken into account. Any area which is even half way safe, clean and livable cannot deliver a 3-bedroom apartment in the Centre of the City at the amount given above. Location, location, location.
The restaurants used in the above survey have to be mediocre. Good food and hygienic food comes at a price. There are certain food items one needs to buy that don't fall under the local category and they make your shopping basket very expensive. Even though there is interesting information on this site, a lot of it is misleading. Wake up guys! Delhi in many areas has become more expensive than New York.
#Kaku Boston on Feb 27, 2014 :
This information is perfectly Valid.. and If you've paid more that shown data.. it's your fault.. Delhi is my home city and I've been living here since I was born.
#Rahul on Jan 24, 2014 :
# Anand ji : told him I travels to 30 countries , I found 1 thing we are very good then rest of all world
#Anand on Dec 15, 2013 :
Who MF commented Indian "Living in Hut people"? India Imports more then 500 Metric Tonnes of Pure Gold each year? Don't ask me how?
##andrew on Nov 20, 2013 :
I beleive that the data is accurate and it will be good for me to go back to my home... Really DelhI is getting expensive day by day (Specially for basic needs)
#india... on Sep 15, 2013 :
I did not know that India is poor like this.

Cheer up! living in Hut people.
#pulkit on Sep 12, 2013 :
I earn 30k rs per month and have problem meeting expenses.
#Tia on Jun 16, 2013 :
I have lived in Delhi for past 5 years and the prices showing in the site is way more than that
#Clark Quay on May 31, 2013 :
Lived in delhi for 30 years. Left delhi in 2012 as its goten too expensive. The city centre appartments cost about 6-8 times to buy than compared to the prices quoted here. also rentals are about 2-3 times more than quoted here to.

Also comparing things like local cheese (paneer) to chedder is pure lunacy. Chedder cheese in india sells for twice the price here in the UK. And the last time I bought a head of Iceberg Lettuce for Rs 30 was probably in 2005.

what a joke.
#mm on Dec 25, 2012 :
So I guess living in a university campus with 8000 Rs is not possible right?I mean can one have a fair student life with 8000 rs per month including everything?
#Akhilesh on Sep 19, 2012 :
current data says, those are earning less then 20thousand INR having no right to live in India.But I am not sure if there is any other place in this world to survive. It is just about to die.
#nik on Jul 17, 2012 :
the average income in middle class in Delhi after taxes comes around 15000 to 20000 INR / month

a 0.33 l water bottle which is hardly available these days in market costs 5 Rs.

a 1 l bottle cost 15 Rs.
#Kaps on Jul 12, 2012 :
Its amazing to see how folks have an average utilities bill of Rs 2860/-. Delhi weather requires a considerable time under an Air Conditioner (summers) or heaters and geazers in winters. My Monthly electricity bill for the same size flat is upto Rs 8000 in summers (based on revised rates) and Rs 4000 in Winters.

Btw... I have been living in Delhi for past 32 Years
#Anonymous on Mar 31, 2012 :
Very accurate...close to 96% accuracy...surprisingly a very good website when it comes to Indian data!
#Delhiperson on Nov 07, 2011 :
@ Carlos - i would say that these prices are fairly accurate. Traveling costs in India can be tricky, a weekend getaway from Delhi, can range from INR 2000 (US$40) to INR 15,000 (US$ 300) depending on hotel and distance.

Additionally there are two things you may consider

(1) the area where you plan to live - if you are from southeast asia or middle east, these prices would be ok. If you are looking for europian or US standards, be prepared to pay upto 50% more. Also there would be a big difference in just renting a place or checking into a service apartment.

(2) buying imported food ingradients to cook your meal can be very expensive as high as 200% from above indicated prices.
#Carlos Bolanos on Oct 28, 2011 :
I'm trying to get an profesional internship in Dehli for 1 year and they offer me an economic support of 550 USD, acording to this prices im calculating that after rent and utilities i could have like 300 USD left i want to think that i would spent another 150 in food,

but i wonder how much is a travel trip in Dehli, i dont know nothing about india i just want to travel and know your country can you help me a little? or tell me good spots to visit?
#Hello on Sep 18, 2011 :
I m living in Delhi for 10 Years now. I find the info quite correct.....
#Anonymous on Jul 26, 2011 :
Mr...or Mrs...miss...Victoria doesn't know what he or she is talking about.There was nothing interesting to see on the website she/ he suggested....( that makes sense on this site at all.Thank you.
#Destry on May 02, 2011 :
Home run! Great slugging with that anwesr!

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