Cost of Living in Kolkata

Summary of cost of living in Kolkata, India:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.22 € 1.11-5.55
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 13.31 € 8.87-33.27
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.44 € 3.33-5.55
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.66 € 1.11-2.77
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.33 € 2.00-5.55
Cappuccino (regular) 1.54 € 0.55-2.22
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.32 € 0.22-0.55
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.16 € 0.11-0.22
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.33 € 1.47-2.94
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.33 € 0.16-0.55
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.29 € 0.20-0.40
Eggs (regular) (12) 0.89 € 0.67-1.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.42 € 1.26-5.03
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.25 € 0.75-1.76
Buffalo Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2.81 € 0.91-4.02
Apples (1 lb) 0.94 € 0.35-1.26
Banana (1 lb) 0.30 € 0.18-0.50
Oranges (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.30-1.11
Tomato (1 lb) 0.27 € 0.10-0.55
Potato (1 lb) 0.12 € 0.08-0.15
Onion (1 lb) 0.17 € 0.10-0.25
Lettuce (1 head) 0.48 € 0.22-1.11
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.32 € 0.22-0.33
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.87 € 3.33-16.64
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.60 € 0.89-2.77
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.13 € 1.00-3.33
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.77 € 2.22-4.44
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.17 € 0.11-0.28
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 2.77 € 1.66-5.55
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.61 € 0.33-1.11
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.45 € 0.27-0.71
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1.11 € 0.67-2.22
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.42 € 4.20-4.62
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,531.23 € 9,982.43-19,964.87
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,311.48 € 16,637.39-25,510.67
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 31.37 € 13.31-76.11
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 3.07 € 1.66-5.55
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 6.48 € 5.55-8.87
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 16.28 € 5.55-50.84
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 7.31 € 2.77-11.09
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.55 € 2.77-5.55
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 43.44 € 22.18-110.92
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 1,493.67 € 554.58-3,327.48
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 22.14 € 11.09-44.37
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 22.06 € 7.75-44.37
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 34.94 € 19.96-55.46
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 27.66 € 13.31-49.91
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 133.36 € 66.55-277.29
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 77.64 € 55.46-110.92
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 303.70 € 221.83-554.58
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 173.77 € 133.10-299.47
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 92.09 € 55.46-155.28
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 46.71 € 33.27-83.19
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 441.29 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 9.06 7.20-10.00

Prices in Kolkata

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Last update: May 2024
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7 Comments so far
S on Oct 07, 2023:
The family of 4 cost mainly goes to education, health care etc.
People live with earning just 10000 INR monthly salary and have 2 to 3 family but they don't live a good life in kolkata as i noticed since my childhood.
In a shopping mall the lowest salary is around 10000 INR or 125 USD per month, so just imagine how hard it is to live in kolkata.
Try finding various products like food, clothing etc. on online stores like amazon and you will get some sort of idea about the cost of living.
As cost of living almost moves within those range like might be low or high but will not go too low or too high.
S on Oct 07, 2023:
I can't say about others cost of living.
I am sharing mine.
I earn around 20,000 INR or 250 USD per month and after all expense without rent i save only around 10000 INR or 125 USD.
My house is a 3 story building.
Both ground floor and 2nd floor is on rent.
Rent is around 8000 INR or 100 USD per month per floor with in house electricity,24 hour water supply.

Now calculate on your own.
Different area has different rent but only that takes away large sum of salary.
Those who think living in kolkata or near kolkata is cheap are not counting the rent cause they are living in their parents house or something like that but they are forgotting that living in that also has cost - MAINTAINANCE COST.
In next 30 year the cost will rise more than 5 percent every year on every indian cities because of that stupid INFLATION.
Eman Di on Mar 20, 2023:
My experience is that a couple with decent lifestyle need appx equivalent to US$ 1300. No bargain for that. In this you are not having any affluent top class lifestyle but just a decent one matching the crowd you meet at city's night clubs. This excludes any provision pertaining to kid/s if either of you have. Just a couple sharing same house, kitchen but probably not car as both of you t be having respective office cars. A romantic evening out with a show, candlelight dinner, pub and dance may cost you close to $125 appx and you can do that say more than thrice or four times in 2 months. Domestic staff, part-time driver will cost you about anothet $125. So with bal 900/950 you have to pull the entire month and its considered a economically decent lifestyle..not any extravagant.
Himat on Sep 24, 2022:
Practically speaking cost in kolkata is not less than 1 Lakh or INR One hundred Thousand. That is for Middle-Middle class for a family of 4 with a working couple and two school going children. This amount of 1 lakh doesnot cover rent as assumed own apartment with say 3-5K as Monthly Maint and 1 K as municipal charges paid yearly. School fee and allied expenses for two will be INR 30K. This may include private tuitions, and other activities. With 2 mid school going kids there are other sizeable expenses parties, entertainment, travel, events, never ending new fashions, gadgets, and so on. All these will eatup good amount if averaged out on monthly basis. A mid-lower end caris included but for limited use. Its in-hing these days to own a pet and there goes INR 1250 to all the way to 4K in its maintenance. These all will end up at around 80 to 85 to 90K and all of sudden INR 1.5lakh to 2 Lakh expenses come up once in a year or so that needed to be divided toonthly budget.
MD bablu on Dec 02, 2020:
My city is very good but problem is hospitality electric bill charge and traffic police
Sam Sahoo on Jun 13, 2020:
@Anonymous I am an IT nomad staying in Kolkata currently. Believe me, kolkata is dirt cheap when compared to other cities in India. However, on the downside your pay would also be like peanuts. Yes, a couple can survive well with an inhand salary of Rs 25000/-. Provided you have to stay in a 1BHK house with a rent of Rs5000. And yes, you will get a decent 1BHK flat in that price.
Anonymous on May 12, 2020:
Four-person family monthly costs: 80,373.45₹ without rent!
How do you calculate this? With that much expense a family can live a of an elite.
25K INR should be a decent average.