Cost of Living in Chennai

Summary about cost of living in Chennai, India:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 110.00 ₹ 70.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 925.00 ₹ 500.00-2,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 300.00 ₹ 230.00-450.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 150.00 ₹ 100.00-300.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 300.00 ₹ 200.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 130.71 ₹ 50.00-250.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 36.97 ₹ 30.00-50.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 16.07 ₹ 10.00-30.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 187.15 ₹ 113.56-227.12
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 32.27 ₹ 22.68-54.43
Rice (white), (1 lb) 24.34 ₹ 18.14-31.75
Eggs (regular) (12) 64.62 ₹ 48.00-72.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 256.18 ₹ 136.08-566.99
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 103.36 ₹ 63.50-181.44
Buffalo Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 211.45 ₹ 90.72-362.87
Apples (1 lb) 83.61 ₹ 40.82-113.40
Banana (1 lb) 28.09 ₹ 18.14-45.36
Oranges (1 lb) 41.65 ₹ 20.87-90.72
Tomato (1 lb) 14.91 ₹ 9.07-22.68
Potato (1 lb) 17.88 ₹ 9.07-27.22
Onion (1 lb) 21.63 ₹ 11.34-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 38.67 ₹ 15.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 29.97 ₹ 20.00-40.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 550.00 ₹ 150.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 141.46 ₹ 80.00-200.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 250.37 ₹ 130.00-370.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 300.00 ₹ 250.00-450.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 ₹ 17.00-50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 ₹ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 100.00 ₹ 50.00-150.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.14 ₹ 19.31-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 ₹ 80.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 330.51 ₹ 283.91-378.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,000,000.00 ₹ 900,000.00-1,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,925,000.00 ₹ 1,600,000.00-2,200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,831.42 ₹ 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.98 ₹ 0.50-1.21
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 853.85 ₹ 500.00-1,200.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,454.36 ₹ 600.00-3,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 539.66 ₹ 350.00-650.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 200.00 ₹ 150.00-350.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 5,976.77 ₹ 3,000.00-12,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 120,671.30 ₹ 68,000.00-300,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,225.77 ₹ 1,000.00-4,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,253.04 ₹ 700.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,252.61 ₹ 1,800.00-6,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,638.58 ₹ 1,000.00-5,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 14,007.46 ₹ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 8,128.79 ₹ 6,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 35,750.00 ₹ 25,000.00-60,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 20,463.24 ₹ 15,000.00-30,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 13,496.92 ₹ 7,999.93-23,999.80
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,217.49 ₹ 3,499.97-7,999.93
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 36,461.54 ₹
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.86 7.00-12.00

Prices in Chennai

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Last update: June 2021
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11 Comments so far
Rahul BS on Mar 11, 2020:
Thank you for this detailed cost of living estimate for chennai. I would suggest you add in packers and movers cost as well since everyone use it to first shift to chennai.Some price estimates are as follows
Anonymous on Jun 06, 2019:
Can we live in 25k hand salary per month in Chennai with family
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.