Cost of Living in Mumbai

Summary about cost of living in Mumbai, India:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 300.00 ₹ 150.00-750.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,500.00 ₹ 1,000.00-3,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 300.00 ₹ 250.00-400.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 175.00 ₹ 100.00-400.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 350.00 ₹ 200.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 160.35 ₹ 70.00-300.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 37.85 ₹ 25.00-50.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 14.38 ₹ 10.00-25.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 213.18 ₹ 166.56-272.55
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 32.79 ₹ 21.77-54.43
Rice (white), (1 lb) 26.99 ₹ 18.14-45.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 70.54 ₹ 60.00-84.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 206.04 ₹ 113.40-453.59
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 123.52 ₹ 68.04-226.80
Buffalo Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 223.31 ₹ 112.94-362.87
Apples (1 lb) 76.46 ₹ 40.82-113.40
Banana (1 lb) 23.92 ₹ 13.61-45.36
Oranges (1 lb) 44.18 ₹ 18.14-90.72
Tomato (1 lb) 20.82 ₹ 11.34-36.29
Potato (1 lb) 16.29 ₹ 9.07-22.68
Onion (1 lb) 17.78 ₹ 9.07-36.29
Lettuce (1 head) 60.96 ₹ 20.00-100.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 29.04 ₹ 20.00-35.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 700.00 ₹ 300.00-1,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 158.24 ₹ 100.00-250.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 295.17 ₹ 150.00-500.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 350.00 ₹ 300.00-450.00
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 ₹ 10.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 400.00 ₹ 250.00-800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 22.00 ₹ 21.00-30.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 35.41 ₹ 23.70-45.06
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 ₹ 60.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 304.85 ₹ 272.55-340.69
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 895,500.00 ₹ 700,000.00-1,180,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,712,421.88 ₹ 1,500,000.00-2,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,060.86 ₹ 2,000.00-7,727.27
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.89 ₹ 0.15-1.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 826.15 ₹ 500.00-1,800.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,836.53 ₹ 666.67-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 692.92 ₹ 350.00-1,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 300.00 ₹ 200.00-500.00
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 6,352.66 ₹ 2,500.00-15,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 204,089.94 ₹ 100,000.00-600,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,528.00 ₹ 1,500.00-3,681.74
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,684.27 ₹ 1,500.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,136.28 ₹ 2,000.00-7,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,111.22 ₹ 2,000.00-6,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 41,623.38 ₹ 30,000.00-60,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 21,806.67 ₹ 15,000.00-35,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 121,376.81 ₹ 75,000.00-200,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 53,563.38 ₹ 30,000.00-90,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 44,578.24 ₹ 29,999.75-79,999.33
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 16,712.05 ₹ 9,999.92-29,999.75
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 47,278.36 ₹
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 8.71 7.00-11.00

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11 Comments so far
Mladen on Oct 16, 2020:
If you give me 1 milion USD to live there for a year i would refuse.
Zwerg on Jun 17, 2020:
someone can explain how a single person can need 364.25USD without rent. looking at these prices it not looks like it could add up that high?
Mumbaikar on Jul 01, 2019:
Mumbai is a very good place to live, eat and enjoy life.

Lot of intelligent people study and work in Mumbai.

But many leave for abroad due to corrupt system and reservation policies of this backward country.

Yes; India needs to do away with reservations - no reservations based on religion or on economic status.

Corruption needs to be removed.

Government cannot even take care of the city in rains - just make a good sewage control system.

People should keep their homes and neighbourhoods clean. Come on. Wake yourselves and your neighbours now. Its been more than 60 years.
Abhinav on Jun 05, 2019:
It’s ridiculous how we brag about the private success of others just because we share the same passport, all the great achievements in tech and industry and we’ve the least attractive country in the world.
Just a few facts:
- we and Pakistan have the cheapest peones in the world, cheaper than Somalia
- tech, rising GDP, ... and still no expat would dare to make a move to India, they would even prefer to go to places like Thailand or Ecuador as it happens indeed
- our labors (and Pakistani even more) go literally everywhere just to escape the country. Hell I met them even in Somalia as labor migrants!
MumbaiBasKar on Oct 05, 2017:
The absolute shittiest city in the country (bar none).
And I say this after having been born, raised, and living here for 30 years. Been to many cities across India and the world, but I have to say that Mumbai is on it's way to becoming Kolkata pt. 2.
The delusions of grandeur that this city's people harbour of being the BEST CITY in the world is truly astounding.

All the figures given are completely outdated and haven't been updated (or some over zealous right winger patriot types deliberately keeping it low to make it appear cheap). With the recent GST of 18%, all the prices shown have gone up. You'd be hard pressed to find a meal at 400 and 1500 lol. A pint of beer or a 30ml drink at one of the hipster places (Bombay Stock Exchange, Socials, etc) would set you back by nothing less than 500-700 (excluding tips/service charge and GST). About the same price as bars in NYC Meatpacking District of Lower East Side ($7-10)
Utilities are definitely between 5000-10000 per month

NO WAY IN HELL the average salary is 55,000. Who puts in all these figures? The bulk of the working class makes not more than 20,000 per month. An average starting salary for a college graduate in a small firm is just about 10,000. Same for janitors, peons, and bottom rung workforce.

Real Estate:
This is probably the biggest ponzi scheme. Now, Indians are crazy only about two things - real estate and gold. But it seems that in this city, people forsake their families, health, social connections, everything to own a matchbox size 500 sft apartment on a 30 year mortgage. The logic being they will find another sucker to offload their investment at a higher price. For a city that has the shittiest infrastructure, the rents and the purchase prices are most unequal in the world (by both average salaries and cost of living). An artificial shortage created by a sick and greedy trifecta of politicians, bureaucrats, and builders has led to the most expensive real estate market in South Asia. For commercial land / offices, the rents are even higher than Dubai / London. Every single ad on the newspaper, TV, or radio is about real estate. Can't wait for the bubble to burst and prices to fall back to the crap that this city really is. Landlords not only look upon tenants with derision, especially single women, but go so far as to put insane rules and at worst, badmouth and slander ones that do not agree with their view. House hunting is truly a nightmare and this city takes the cake.

The Thaneites look down upon ones further beyond, the Western Suburbanites on the Central ones, and the South Bombay ones on everyone else. The city is divided into mini ghettos of South Indians, Marathis, Gujaratis, and the Parsis. Everyone is judged by WHERE in the city you stay which accordingly puts you into a bucket / label that you'll never get out of. Entertainment taxes are the highest in the country. The live music / theater scene is nearly dead. People's lives seem to consist of going to the mall, shopping, stuffing their face, and getting shitfaced drunk. There are no weekend getaways or outdoor activities. Pune, Bangalore, and even Delhi score much higher. People walk around with just two expressions - smug or grumpy. Maybe it's the shitty weather, or being crowded like sardines in the smelly local trains.

SOLID advice to anyone looking to move here - DON'T! Your 100000 salary is the same here as a 30000 in the aforementioned cities. Leave office at 5, be home by 5.30, enjoy a good time at the park with your wife and kids. Go on a long drive on the weekend, invest in your own land / spacious home, in a clean green and friendlier city!
Moaz Bhimji on Jul 27, 2017:
In future planing to come mubay . Looking low cost apartments. 1 room for couple. With food under Canadian $ 700.00. If there's Andy things in that range let me know. Thanks
RAVI on May 03, 2017:
im not from Jessie but I agree rajaj your my brother we live together we rich
Rajaj on May 03, 2017:
India is very good country. Best country. I live on milk and dirt. Very good, very good. I recommend honeymoon. We no kill you for money.
V Kaushik on Jan 30, 2017:
@anonymous - True but at the same time the rate of interest on deposits will be comparable to the rate of interest on mortgages. plus there is not concept of interest only mortgage in India. The rental yield on property though is very low in Mumbai, but the property prices are very steep. you are right about the black money part (as this also makes it difficult to buy with mortgage as banks will only lend based on the circle rate/ registration price). There is some hope of reduction in black money use in real estate as the circle rates in most states has been revised to match the market rate, thus removing the incentive for registration at lower price. Plus the demonetization has made it difficult to procure cash (still have limits on cash withdrawals), the real estate bill will also help stream line this sector which has largely remained unregulated for so long. No measure is 100% full proof but it is getting better.
V Kaushik on Jan 30, 2017:
@abhishek garg - I had a lot of help from online forums and relatives in Mumbai. I am currently in Delhi and moving to Mumbai in march 2017. You will find all price ranges for schools & accommodation in all cities. You need to first decide on school as I think it is essential to keep the travelling time for children to a minimum and then find a suitable accommodation which is within reasonable travelling time and affordable. If not already don't decide on the board (CBSE,ICSE,SSC...) and first sort out the school (admissions will be closed by end of March for most schools and will be currently underway), some good schools are lakshdam, podar intl, Bombay Scottish, orchid intl, kendriya vidhyalaya etc...

Where is your office?
anupam singh on Dec 31, 2016:
2 bhk cost in main mumbai like matunga/sion/santacruz andheri etc in 2016 was 20000 to 24000 rs rent/month..then you ill get a neat and clean flat to live..... plus deposit of 1 to 3 lacks , plus brokerage of minimum one month .............on very outer side of mumbai 8000 to 15000 rent plus 30000 to 60000 deposit(but then you will have to face crowed flood in trains to reach your office).........very costly place.......if you go for lower prices you get a single dirty room in dirty society that too rent 7000 to 13000 per uttar pradesh you can survive with 12000 income per month but you cant in mumbai...beware...before going to mumbai....think 100 times