Cost of Living in Chennai

Summary about cost of living in Chennai:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 100.00 Rs 75.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 Rs 500.00-900.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 250.00 Rs 185.00-300.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 150.00 Rs 100.00-200.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 250.00 Rs 200.00-300.00
Cappuccino (regular) 103.11 Rs 65.00-150.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 31.93 Rs 20.00-50.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 13.43 Rs 10.00-20.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 168.15 Rs 113.56-204.41
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 25.66 Rs 18.14-31.75
Rice (white), (1 lb) 22.21 Rs 18.14-27.22
Eggs (regular) (12) 60.00 Rs 54.00-70.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 180.16 Rs 90.72-408.23
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 100.36 Rs 68.04-181.44
Buffalo Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 149.18 Rs 90.72-249.48
Apples (1 lb) 76.40 Rs 45.36-95.25
Banana (1 lb) 26.51 Rs 18.14-36.29
Oranges (1 lb) 34.32 Rs 22.68-45.36
Tomato (1 lb) 11.23 Rs 6.80-18.14
Potato (1 lb) 12.58 Rs 9.07-20.41
Onion (1 lb) 13.25 Rs 8.16-22.68
Lettuce (1 head) 32.71 Rs 20.00-50.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 27.21 Rs 20.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 550.00 Rs 300.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 122.22 Rs 80.00-150.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 207.94 Rs 120.00-300.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 250.00 Rs 140.00-300.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 Rs 12.00-35.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 Rs 800.00-1,200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 80.00 Rs 50.00-120.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.46 Rs 16.09-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 Rs 50.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 298.75 Rs 276.34-321.76
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 818,500.00 Rs 650,000.00-1,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,625,114.51 Rs 1,150,000.00-2,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,795.26 Rs 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.79 Rs 0.25-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 921.47 Rs 500.00-1,200.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,395.27 Rs 700.00-2,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 487.92 Rs 230.00-1,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 200.00 Rs 150.00-250.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 4,283.10 Rs 2,000.00-8,333.33
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 119,887.52 Rs 52,000.00-250,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,051.35 Rs 1,004.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,823.62 Rs 1,000.00-2,999.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 2,932.70 Rs 1,800.00-4,999.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,553.41 Rs 1,500.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 13,279.22 Rs 10,000.00-18,750.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,786.38 Rs 5,500.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 31,486.67 Rs 22,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 17,195.95 Rs 12,000.00-25,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 12,497.44 Rs 7,499.94-19,999.83
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,483.24 Rs 2,999.98-6,038.65
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 32,849.46 Rs
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.56 8.00-12.50

Prices in Chennai

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Last update: April 2019
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23 Comments so far

#Surya on Apr 22, 2019 :
My parents age in their late 75 never lived in India before, but have visited 2 times for 2 weeks or 3 weeks stay. They really enjoyed it, and now they want to permanent move there, like migrate as they have overseas citizen of India pass. I been asked to migrate there, as my parents believe Chennai will boom and become very successful city one day, and that with development, it will become mega city.

However i doubt this be sooner than later, because the mentality of majority people could slow the process and i worry the infra, quality of living, water, food and air and weather could be something it will take me years to get used to or maybe not, also i dont think my body has defense againt illness as someone native to india would be.

Our thought process is not same although i am Indian decent by i grew up in overseas all my life. I never been to INDIA, i am 35 year old, We lived all our lives in Singapore, Malaysia, and UK and Europe mostly and my family living in Europe. For me to adapt to live in Chennai compared to the places i am living now is scary. Travelling is different to migration!! My parents dont get it, they my parents they seems fine with it. I dont think i be able to find a high paying job as i have at the moment, starting a business would be the way forward, but i need to study how it works there, the worst is i am afraid my expectations are too high. I can only know more when i visit the place one day sooner than later.

My parents has history of medical conditions such heart problems, hip problems, and eye sight issues due to old age. I am not sure what and honest medical treatment can they get from private institution. How honest are Indians in Chennai, can i trust them?

Anyway has comment on all the above, please drop me an e-mail at Much appreciated.

#vishal on Mar 16, 2019 :
chennai is good city more like of a town not much infrastructure development activity happening although but just to live normally and yes so many prices have been increased the past and corruption is high here in almost every sector.
#Anonymous on Nov 27, 2018 :
How much fare for a single room in chennai outside centre and in city centre.
#abhijit mani on Sep 07, 2018 :
THanks for sharing this post. It is true that joining in best schools in Chennai is very expensive. I want to introduce myself.
Hi this is abhijit the student of sunbeam school which is one of the best school in Chennai and it is very cost effective
#malik on Feb 27, 2018 :
one person costs 200 per month ? that is not possible , people live there on 30$ per month ,
#Sajib Khan on Feb 13, 2018 :
I am from Bangladesh. I would like to come Chennai for my parents treatment. Will you suggest me please what would be better for me, taking Apartments for 15 days or staying in medium category hotels? I have to save my money. What would be my estimated living and food cost if stay in hotel and take food from restaurant ( obviously cost minimization is important) or rented an apartment for 15 days and cook by ourselves? We are three members.

Please provide me the information.

Thanks in Advance.

#SouthAfrican on Dec 31, 2017 :
I'm 26/years black guy from south African and I'm a millionaire through Forex Trading.

Which city can i visit in India for 1 month without experiencing Racism? And City with beatify Indian Escorts.

#nagarajan on Dec 14, 2017 :
Chennai is not a good city to settle because of water crisis, power cuts and the abnormal climate conditions. I am a chennaite and living in Mumbai. Mumbai climate and water really the best. No power cuts even in Mumbai. I hv my own 2 flats in Chennai. Retired and went and stayed for 1 year in Chennai and returned back and taken up a consultant job once again in Mumbai. The reason is I don't prefer Chennai for living due to heat and lousy water taste and colour. Since, all my relatives are in Chennai my wife is not allowing me to settle in Mumbai. I am really getting frightened to go back again. What to do no other go. It is my fate. Lousy City with poor living condition and worst political team ruling the state. If any one has any idea how to be happy in Chennai without facing the issues mentioned above, Please suggest.
#Anonymous on Sep 25, 2017 :
personally I feel Chennai is multicultural and diversified city. so comments from every point view is different. but my point of view many peoples are living because of employment. many leading MNC IT and Non IT jobs are here only. that's the reason we feels more populated and more traffic here. all kinds of peoples can get affordable according to their income. house, transportation and food everything we can get in various prices and quality. still need more corrections in Chennai city in infrastructure development.
#Shah on Nov 23, 2016 :
I am from Australia would like to open shop for Australian food and oil products. Please advise. Thank you.
#xyz on Sep 14, 2016 :
Chennai is the worst city to live in this world. This city is fit for only f***ing tamils
#tarun parashar on Jun 14, 2016 :
I come from Amritsar and I am living in chennai from past 5 years. I have lived in Delhi, Mumbai and used to roam other parts of the country coz of my job. I come from proper punjabi family. so you can understand our culture are entirely different. Language, food habits, clothing, festivals, basic attitude of people everything is different. Even Gods are different here ( if you go to a temple in Chennai, u'll know). Only thing common here is we come from same country even we are separated by 2500kms. But thing which make me sustain here is people here are very calm, helpful. but that's also true u need to know english, Hindi won't work. otherwise, I never felt that kind of respect in the ppl language as compared to other part of country. you can't even compare it with delhi. whenever i go to delhi I been forced to use foul language (which we can proudly speak :) ) to negotiate ppl (auto wala, bus wala). but here in chennai nothing like that. I never faced any north indian discrimination here in 5 years. otherwise in 1 month itself i have faced 3-4 instances of language discrimination in open market in maha state. Rest cost of living, I think chennai is less costlier considering its rail, govt controlled bus fairs, movie tickets. It's true politicians are corrupt, well they are everywhere. But You can see govt expenditure for ppl easily. Rest of things like safety, good south indian food ( I like ghee roast very much) other ppl cmmntd. yes, Thats also true you can't compare chennai with bangalore or mumbai for there night life. chennai is more inclined towards maintaining there culture which other cities have shredded off. I can't blame anyone for this. In the end i ll say its upto you, what kind of life is more important to you. A guy from delhi, mumbai, banglore surley ll live here in little difficulty. but a guy like me from a town can live. Its up to you. it is honest review. Thanks
#sudhir on Apr 27, 2016 :
I have many friends who have been to chennai but none advised me to go there for living..
So not to mention it is the worst indian city to live ..better forget about it
#Shad Khan on Apr 12, 2016 :
Hi, planning to move chennai with family of 3 members. What's the approx monthly expenditure to live in chennai . My daughter is have serious mosquito bite allergy so which place is best to live in that sense. Thanks
#saravanan on Feb 12, 2016 :
Its humid and dusty . Luckily by nature its in the sea shore . Chennai city infrastructure is 10 years behind the demand . So traffic and dump roads were very common. It has beautiful flying train facility. You will find all kind of frauds here like auto rowdies , begging robbers, land mafia. if you search for rental house you can find the rates will differ depends on your job.Rules were least bothered.
#s raju on Feb 11, 2016 :
Chennai is a good place to live. Yes, it is over crowded now-a-days. Yet, Hope that after completion of underground Metro, ease of travel will be there.
Many unacceptable rules are prevalent in Chennai.
Unruly road behavior such as driving exactly opposite to another on-coming traffic. Many non-chennaites have migrated into Chennai. Lot of TASMAC (It is a hell)
But to address few issues, we have the freedom to do in our own way to execute as well.
Example: House to house garbage collection, road cleaning etc., using paid scavenger by group of like minded people. (Happening in our area!); engaging night patrol besides police patrol (through private money collection), patronizing Auto-rickshaw at our street end so that there will be a constant and decent charges and dependable transport for any aged person / children for essential transport.
#Arun Kumar on Dec 10, 2015 :
Chennai is awesome place to live, You can make friends very easy. Lot of opportunities A-Z. Nice handout places less populated, Govt Hospital is better than private hospital. You can see neatly well maintained Govt Hospitals like General Hospital - Opposite to Chennai Central Railway Station, Stanley Govt Hospital, Children Hospital Egmore and more... Good Schools everywhere but hidden cost sometimes applies to get admission. Wow great food, Try Evening to Mid Night Snacks market in marina beach. Try Saravana Store from your household items cheap and best at T N Nagar chennai. A lot is there but very less time for me to type. Experience the city. One more thing in chennai you can see religious friendly city. Muslim helping chirstian and chirstian helping hindus and hindus helping Muslims. One word chennai is Unity in Diversity.
#Kiran on Sep 01, 2015 :
Hai chennai is the hub for south indians.lot of companies giving jobs mainly to keralites for running tea shops esp nair tea shops.north indians coming to my tamilnadu and mentioning as heaven.5 star hotels and for poor people also live decently.all states have negatives for example literacy state like kerala have too much suicide alcoholism divorces.still they behave like super man.I say tamilnadu yet to get AIIMS and smart cities.we tamils work in our own states in india itself becz v having everything.jai hind
#FamilyPerson on Aug 24, 2015 :

I want to move to south India from UK. My company branch is in Chennai so I have option to come here. I am sorry but I understand only Hindi and English but we love south Indians and yummy vegetarian food options.I will learn local language with time. I might not feel cornered.

I am from IT field.May I know if I earn between 6 LPA - 12 LPA, can I live decent life with my elderly parents and can afford my kids school(not expensive but it should have better education and students)there?

Please suggest.

#Aaseelan on Jun 30, 2015 :
I (born and brought up in bangalore living in chennai) would say that chennai is better that the other ive been to of the 4 of 7 metropolis in india. Don't come to a conclusion after reading these comments below .I can accept to the only complaints of bad auto men.but on the other hand its the safest of all the 7 cities for women and found culturaly next to banglore. You can't find any red marks of panbarak here, you can rarely find some which are because of the bihari workers in construction fields. Traffic is just like the other metropolis. Its a city well connected with public transport in low cost unlike banglore were hiring an auto is cheaper than public transport. Its mainly about were you live in chennai . There are all kind of people depending on area you can classify them..another acceptable complaints from these comments are that you cant survive with hindi unlike other metropolis .you must know tamil or English to survive or at least a rubish english, Basically because of the patriotic people on their language and hindi is taught in no schools of chennai except the one and only kendra vidyalaya in iit campus. Because of the great boom in violence for two months in 1965 against hindi were 70 people killed due to lathi charge and open firing since then this is the fate (dont speak bad of tamil or proud of hindi in both case there's a possibility that you may be beaten). Its clean city depending upon the place you live .and by pollution control board ,its the least polluted of the 7 food you can get all kinds of food in world.for entertainment I promise that its the best city where no movie tickets are more than 120 rs.where in bangalore escape cinimas its 700rs the same escape cinemas in chennai is only 120 rs,because of the state government's rules in fixing the maximum as 120 rs .there are many malls , pubs, 5 star hotels are very common in chennai and cost of living is same as that of bangalore (in fact quite higher than banglore).Its the fourth largest city in india and 31st in world (some claim that banglore is the 4th largest but thats an error).you can say that chennai better than other metropolis in short.
#Poohoot V on Jun 25, 2015 :
Madras is - congested, mosquito infested and noisy. It has a new good things like lot of medical facilities, a lot of colleges surrounding the city. It has got a metro rail transport too.

Now about the downsides......

Everywhere you go, there is idol worship of worthless politicians from dmk or admk. Drainage system sucks. Garbage, litter and filth all over the place. People squattting below the MRTS railway stations, you cannot park your two wheeler without stepping on someone's shit.

Traffic cops put up checkpoints at the most idiotic places without realizing how it affects flow of traffic and they stand there only to take bribes from two wheelers.

Want a decent beer? Try one of the state owned TASMAC' need to drink, you will puke from the stench and filth around the place.

Roads? Yeah, its the same roads since Annadurai's time. Agreed, they have built a couple of flyovers and widened some of the roads, but that wont cope up with today's traffic.

Pollution?- All forms in the most extreme.

Women's safety- Seems to be reasonably safe.

Autos- they are the bastards of this place. Need I say more?
#Micky123 on May 21, 2015 :
Horrible, Horrible place to live in. Coming from Bangalore, i expected another city in the South to be comparable. First of all getting a house was such a pain, the houses i saw were dirty and looks like the owners never cleant them in decades. The mosquito problem is terrible. The people seem to think they have a superiority complex and it is ok to diss people who come from Bangalore because they are the main competitors to chennai-ites. Stupid backward mentality of the people, who pass judgement like they are born to judge by the attire of people. Looks like these fellows are born with a horn in their mouths as soon as they come out of the womb. They cannot stop honking, never mind that it is quite clear i cannot move because i have a huge ass truck in front of me which, i am sure they can see as well!! Terrible 2-wheeler riders. The people expect you to know tamil straight off as if its something taught to you from birth! Ignorant fools, even in a tech environment feel its ok to break into tamil in between crucial meetings despite knowing that there are quite a few folks who don't quite catch on.
#Raj Chennai DON on Apr 09, 2015 :
Chennai is cute place to live , as mentioned people wanted to be pune ,MP ,UP -- i dont think the will like chennai

chennai is corrupted ,but still pollution is an issue ,traffic is blocking your way

but life is cool to stay here without worrying

ALL you need is place to own ,income to be constant and influence in local market and people .....thats it

you can see heaven here .....can enjoy hot weather ,walk ,beach =ECR ,Besan nager ,Marina on

beautiful theaters and malls are here with excellent restaurant - Place with multi culutral people Marvadis ,Mallus ,Muslims ,diffrent tamils

GOVERNMENT is not taken measures to clear up things ,keep build buildings without infrastructure

I was born and raised in chennai - you all have to see chennai till early 90s beautiful place with great food

now forcefully damaged and handled by all outside real-estate and politicians