Many expatriates agree that moving to India can be a bit of a culture shock. But world travelers will also tell you that if you’re looking to move to an exotic location with a low cost of living, India a great destination.
According to a 2017 study, the Indian city of Bangalore is ranked as the “fastest-changing and most dynamic city in the world.” And with an accolade like that, it’s no wonder that Bangalore is a favorite destination for foreigners looking to move abroad.
But how much does it cost to live in India?
Keep reading to learn more about the cost of living in Bangalore, as well as India’s most expensive city, Mumbai.
Cost of Housing in India
In the most expensive neighborhood in India’s most expensive city of Mumbai, a furnished 900 square foot apartment costs about $987 per month. Utilities such as heat, electric, and gas cost an additional $71.
In a less expensive neighborhood, you can pay as little as $578.
In Bangalore, you’ll pay just $385 for a 900 square foot rental in a nice neighborhood.
Generally, the cost of rent in India is 85% less than the cost of rent in the United States.
Cost of Food and Entertainment in India
Food and entertainment prices in India are extremely affordable. For a basic lunchtime meal in a business district in Mumbai, you can expect to pay $7. Dinner for two in a neighborhood pub will cost you $18. A nice dinner for two people in an expat neighborhood costs about $38.
Prefer to do your cooking at home? In Mumbai, you’ll spend just $1.01 for a dozen eggs and $0.37 for two pounds of potatoes. When it comes to getting your morning coffee, a cup of cappuccino in an expat neighborhood will run you about $3.45.
If you love going to the movies, you can purchase two movie tickets for a total of $10, which is about what you’ll pay for the price of one ticket in the U.S.
As for the city of Bangalore, prices are comparable to those in Mumbai. But in Bangalore, a nice dinner for two in an expat area will cost you as little as $25.
Cost of Transportation in India
Public transportation in India tends to be crowded and uncomfortable, but it’s still the most effective way to get around. In Mumbai, a monthly transit ticket costs $19. If you prefer to take taxis, a five-mile trip will run you about $3.11. If you decide you want to drive yourself, you can expect to pay $1.15 for a liter of gas.
Though the city of Bangalore is generally less expensive than Mumbai, a monthly public transit ticket will cost you a few dollars more. Getting around on public transit in Bangalore will cost you $23 per month.
Cost of Healthcare in India
India doesn’t rank very high when it comes to healthcare and access to doctors. According to this expat survey, it ranks #26 out of 31 countries profiled. However, as long as you have expat health insurance, you will be able to visit the best doctors India has to offer.
A short 15-minute visit to a doctor will cost you $20. A six-day supply of cold medicine, such as Tylenol, costs just $1.34. When antibiotics are needed, you can expect to pay $3.40 for a 12-dose supply.
Personal care items in India are also quite affordable. You’ll spend about $1.17 for a tube of toothpaste and $2.25 for a 1.5 oz. tube of deodorant. You can buy a 12 oz. bottle of shampoo for $3.49, and four rolls of toilet paper will only set you back about $1.86.
With incredibly affordable rent, food, and transportation, you can make your dollar stretch in India. Even in the expensive city of Mumbai, the overall cost of living is one of the lowest of any developed city in the world.