Travel budget in India

India: calculate your travel budget

India: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in India for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 37 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 662* (43694 Rs.)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 58 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.7 per person
  • $ 2.6 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1256* (82880 Rs.)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 91 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 4.7 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1974* (130298 Rs.)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in India in 2020

Cost of living: India VS United States

On average, the cost of living in India in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in India by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in India compared to the national average.

Cities /India View Details
Mumbai 29% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mumbai
Udaipur 23% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Udaipur
Pune 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Pune
Bangalore (Karnataka) 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bangalore (Karnataka)
Delhi 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Delhi
Sikar 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sikar
Goa 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Goa
Kochi 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kochi
Kozhikode 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kozhikode
Rajasthan 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Rajasthan
Jaipur 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Jaipur
Jodhpur 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Jodhpur
Kolkata 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kolkata
Thiruvananthapuram 9% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thiruvananthapuram
Kota 23% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kota

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Local prices in India by expense type

India: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in India costs 63% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.3/person
($ 1.6 to $ 4.5)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 5.3/person
($ 3.8 to $ 9.1)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.8/person
($ 3 to $ 5.3)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.2 for 500ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.9 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 4.5)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.7/cup
($ 1 to $ 2.7)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

India: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in India costs 46% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 40/night
($ 34 to $ 47)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 57/night
($ 28 to $ 91)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 59/night
($ 32 to $ 97)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 124/night
($ 84 to $ 176)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 206/night
($ 143 to $ 308)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 47/month
($ 35 to $ 61)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 108/month
($ 63 to $ 162)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 137/month
($ 77 to $ 241)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 73/month
($ 46 to $ 108)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 213/month
($ 110 to $ 392)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

India: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in India costs 68% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1/12 eggs
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.4/kg
($ 3 to $ 8.4)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.3/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 4.5)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 2/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.5/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.5/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.4 to $ 0.5)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9

India: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in India costs 48% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 9.1/month
($ 4.5 to $ 16)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.2)

47% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.7
($ 0.4 to $ 1.3)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 41/24hrs
($ 28 to $ 89)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

India: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in India costs 82% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 40/month
($ 16 to $ 77)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 12/month
($ 6.8 to $ 21)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 175/month
($ 93 to $ 304)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1408
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 109/month
($ 61 to $ 190)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1124
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 396/month
($ 229 to $ 759)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2272
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 247/month
($ 138 to $ 456)

86% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1782
Gym
Gym
$ 22/month
($ 9.1 to $ 47)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 61/month
($ 32 to $ 127)

93% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 981
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1799/yr
($ 759 to $ 3792)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17402

India: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in India costs 61% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.8/ticket
($ 2.3 to $ 5.3)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.6/hr
($ 3 to $ 16)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

India: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in India costs 35% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.5/pack
($ 3 to $ 4.5)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 35
($ 20 to $ 54)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 35
($ 16 to $ 61)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 52
($ 32 to $ 77)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 40
($ 24 to $ 61)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Goa
Manchester → Goa
Manchester → Goa
$ 929
(fair price: $ 827)
London → Goa
London → Goa
London → Goa
$ 782
(fair price: $ 698)
London → Kerala
London → Kerala
London → Kerala
$ 723
(fair price: $ 634)
Manchester → Kerala
Manchester → Kerala
Manchester → Kerala
$ 790
(fair price: $ 707)
London → Chennai
London → Chennai
London → Chennai
$ 741
(fair price: $ 634)
Manchester → Chennai
Manchester → Chennai
Manchester → Chennai
$ 774
(fair price: $ 690)
Dublin → Kerala
Dublin → Kerala
Dublin → Kerala
$ 876
(fair price: $ 771)
Los Angeles → Delhi
Los Angeles  → Delhi
Los Angeles  → Delhi
$ 1007
(fair price: $ 860)
New York City → Delhi
New York City → Delhi
New York City → Delhi
$ 1029
(fair price: $ 900)
New York City → Kerala
New York City → Kerala
New York City → Kerala
$ 1207
(fair price: $ 1064)
Los Angeles → Mumbai
Los Angeles  → Mumbai
Los Angeles  → Mumbai
$ 1060
(fair price: $ 917)
New York City → Mumbai
New York City → Mumbai
New York City → Mumbai
$ 1071
(fair price: $ 931)
Auckland → Kerala
Auckland → Kerala
Auckland → Kerala
$ 1100
(fair price: $ 987)
Manchester → Mumbai
Manchester → Mumbai
Manchester → Mumbai
$ 707
(fair price: $ 631)
Manchester → Delhi
Manchester → Delhi
Manchester → Delhi
$ 704
(fair price: $ 641)
London → Delhi
London → Delhi
London → Delhi
$ 670
(fair price: $ 555)
London → Mumbai
London → Mumbai
London → Mumbai
$ 732
(fair price: $ 604)
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
$ 1384
(fair price: $ 1113)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kerala
Toronto (Ontario) → Kerala
Toronto (Ontario) → Kerala
$ 1516
(fair price: $ 1354)
Dublin → Chennai
Dublin → Chennai
Dublin → Chennai
$ 866
(fair price: $ 759)
Edinburgh → Chennai
Edinburgh → Chennai
Edinburgh → Chennai
$ 863
(fair price: $ 765)
Dublin → Delhi
Dublin → Delhi
Dublin → Delhi
$ 682
(fair price: $ 618)
Toronto (Ontario) → Chennai
Toronto (Ontario) → Chennai
Toronto (Ontario) → Chennai
$ 1391
(fair price: $ 1180)
Dublin → Goa
Dublin → Goa
Dublin → Goa
$ 905
(fair price: $ 783)
Perth → Kerala
Perth → Kerala
Perth → Kerala
$ 656
(fair price: $ 555)
Edinburgh → Kerala
Edinburgh → Kerala
Edinburgh → Kerala
$ 841
(fair price: $ 745)
Toronto (Ontario) → Mumbai
Toronto (Ontario) → Mumbai
Toronto (Ontario) → Mumbai
$ 1301
(fair price: $ 1114)
Dublin → Mumbai
Dublin → Mumbai
Dublin → Mumbai
$ 676
(fair price: $ 584)
London → Kolkata
London → Kolkata
London → Kolkata
$ 748
(fair price: $ 655)
New York City → Chennai
New York City → Chennai
New York City → Chennai
$ 1218
(fair price: $ 1074)
Sydney → Kolkata
Sydney → Kolkata
Sydney → Kolkata
$ 824
(fair price: $ 711)
Melbourne → Kolkata
Melbourne → Kolkata
Melbourne → Kolkata
$ 729
(fair price: $ 618)
Edinburgh → Goa
Edinburgh → Goa
Edinburgh → Goa
$ 992
(fair price: $ 878)
Edinburgh → Delhi
Edinburgh → Delhi
Edinburgh → Delhi
$ 774
(fair price: $ 704)
New York City → Kolkata
New York City → Kolkata
New York City → Kolkata
$ 1289
(fair price: $ 1130)
Perth → Kolkata
Perth → Kolkata
Perth → Kolkata
$ 602
(fair price: $ 529)
Auckland → Mumbai
Auckland → Mumbai
Auckland → Mumbai
$ 999
(fair price: $ 891)
Auckland → Delhi
Auckland → Delhi
Auckland → Delhi
$ 941
(fair price: $ 844)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kolkata
Toronto (Ontario) → Kolkata
Toronto (Ontario) → Kolkata
$ 1583
(fair price: $ 1333)
Sydney → Kerala
Sydney → Kerala
Sydney → Kerala
$ 875
(fair price: $ 704)
Sydney → Mumbai
Sydney → Mumbai
Sydney → Mumbai
$ 879
(fair price: $ 735)
Melbourne → Delhi
Melbourne → Delhi
Melbourne → Delhi
$ 806
(fair price: $ 698)
Montreal → Delhi
Montreal → Delhi
Montreal → Delhi
$ 1216
(fair price: $ 1084)
Melbourne → Kerala
Melbourne → Kerala
Melbourne → Kerala
$ 768
(fair price: $ 649)
Melbourne → Mumbai
Melbourne → Mumbai
Melbourne → Mumbai
$ 860
(fair price: $ 731)
Los Angeles → Chennai
Los Angeles  → Chennai
Los Angeles  → Chennai
$ 1292
(fair price: $ 1093)
Los Angeles → Kolkata
Los Angeles  → Kolkata
Los Angeles  → Kolkata
$ 1265
(fair price: $ 1069)
New York City → Goa
New York City → Goa
New York City → Goa
$ 1427
(fair price: $ 1248)
Sydney → Goa
Sydney → Goa
Sydney → Goa
$ 1707
(fair price: $ 1492)
Edinburgh → Mumbai
Edinburgh → Mumbai
Edinburgh → Mumbai
$ 795
(fair price: $ 703)
Manchester → Kolkata
Manchester → Kolkata
Manchester → Kolkata
$ 935
(fair price: $ 790)
Melbourne → Goa
Melbourne → Goa
Melbourne → Goa
$ 1751
(fair price: $ 1530)
Auckland → Chennai
Auckland → Chennai
Auckland → Chennai
$ 972
(fair price: $ 870)
Sydney → Delhi
Sydney → Delhi
Sydney → Delhi
$ 858
(fair price: $ 711)
Perth → Delhi
Perth → Delhi
Perth → Delhi
$ 723
(fair price: $ 631)
Los Angeles → Kerala
Los Angeles  → Kerala
Los Angeles  → Kerala
$ 1352
(fair price: $ 1161)
Sydney → Chennai
Sydney → Chennai
Sydney → Chennai
$ 782
(fair price: $ 664)
Montreal → Mumbai
Montreal → Mumbai
Montreal → Mumbai
$ 1256
(fair price: $ 1100)
Perth → Mumbai
Perth → Mumbai
Perth → Mumbai
$ 811
(fair price: $ 649)
Melbourne → Chennai
Melbourne → Chennai
Melbourne → Chennai
$ 727
(fair price: $ 635)
Perth → Chennai
Perth → Chennai
Perth → Chennai
$ 698
(fair price: $ 570)
Dublin → Kolkata
Dublin → Kolkata
Dublin → Kolkata
$ 950
(fair price: $ 844)
Los Angeles → Goa
Los Angeles  → Goa
Los Angeles  → Goa
$ 1559
(fair price: $ 1375)
Perth → Goa
Perth → Goa
Perth → Goa
$ 1667
(fair price: $ 1442)
Toronto (Ontario) → Goa
Toronto (Ontario) → Goa
Toronto (Ontario) → Goa
$ 1640
(fair price: $ 1451)
Montreal → Chennai
Montreal → Chennai
Montreal → Chennai
$ 1444
(fair price: $ 1234)
Montreal → Kerala
Montreal → Kerala
Montreal → Kerala
$ 1567
(fair price: $ 1408)
Auckland → Kolkata
Auckland → Kolkata
Auckland → Kolkata
$ 1066
(fair price: $ 953)
Montreal → Kolkata
Montreal → Kolkata
Montreal → Kolkata
$ 1506
(fair price: $ 1330)
Edinburgh → Kolkata
Edinburgh → Kolkata
Edinburgh → Kolkata
$ 968
(fair price: $ 854)
Montreal → Goa
Montreal → Goa
Montreal → Goa
$ 1734
(fair price: $ 1599)
Auckland → Goa
Auckland → Goa
Auckland → Goa
$ 1341
(fair price: $ 1143)

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About the information on the cost of living in India

The information about the cost of living in India shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in India updated on 19-01-2020.

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