Travel budget and cost of living in India how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 30 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 562* (36610 Rs.)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 59 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.4 per person
  • $ 2.6 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1263* (82390 Rs.)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 94 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 4.7 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1991* (129864 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 2019

Cost of living: India VS United States

On average, the cost of living in India in 2019 is 58% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in India in 2019 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
Udaipur 36% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Udaipur
Nainital 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nainital
Mumbai 27% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mumbai
Delhi 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Delhi
Jaipur 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Jaipur
Jodhpur 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Jodhpur
Kolkata 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kolkata
Goa 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Goa
Kozhikode 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kozhikode
Kochi 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kochi
Rajasthan 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Rajasthan
Thiruvananthapuram 24% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thiruvananthapuram
Kota 30% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kota

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Local prices in India by expense type

Restaurant budget in India

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

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 5.4/person
($ 3.5 to $ 9.2)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.8/person
($ 2.9 to $ 5.4)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.8 for 500ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.1)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.6 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.8)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.6/cup
($ 0.7 to $ 2.3)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in India

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in India costs 53% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 32/night
($ 28 to $ 36)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 55/night
($ 28 to $ 89)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 63/night
($ 33 to $ 102)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 125/night
($ 84 to $ 176)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 229/night
($ 167 to $ 337)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 59/month
($ 47 to $ 77)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 88/month
($ 51 to $ 133)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 136/month
($ 76 to $ 237)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 69/month
($ 44 to $ 104)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in India

On average, the price of supermarket food in India costs 67% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

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

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1/12 eggs
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 5.1/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 7.6)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.3/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 4.5)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.1)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.5/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.5/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.5
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9

Public and private transport budget in India

On average, the price of transport in India costs 45% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.5)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 9.9/month
($ 4.5 to $ 17)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

58% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.7
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 42/24hrs
($ 29 to $ 87)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in India

On average, the cost of housing in India costs 81% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 39/month
($ 16 to $ 78)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 14/month
($ 7.6 to $ 24)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 175/month
($ 93 to $ 308)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 107/month
($ 63 to $ 185)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 416/month
($ 231 to $ 766)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 250/month
($ 139 to $ 461)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 22/month
($ 9.2 to $ 47)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 66/month
($ 32 to $ 139)

92% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1991/yr
($ 919 to $ 4592)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in India

On average, budget for leisure activities in India costs 62% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.8/ticket
($ 2.3 to $ 5)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.3/hr
($ 3.1 to $ 16)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in India

On average, shopping budget in India costs 34% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.8/pack
($ 2.3 to $ 4.5)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 36
($ 21 to $ 54)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 35
($ 16 to $ 63)

7% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 53
($ 32 to $ 78)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 41
($ 24 to $ 63)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Delhi
New York City → Delhi
New York City → Delhi
$ 1101
(fair price: $ 928)
Manchester → Goa
Manchester → Goa
Manchester → Goa
$ 872
(fair price: $ 778)
Los Angeles → Delhi
Los Angeles  → Delhi
Los Angeles  → Delhi
$ 1021
(fair price: $ 889)
Manchester → Mumbai
Manchester → Mumbai
Manchester → Mumbai
$ 714
(fair price: $ 623)
Manchester → Delhi
Manchester → Delhi
Manchester → Delhi
$ 683
(fair price: $ 610)
New York City → Mumbai
New York City → Mumbai
New York City → Mumbai
$ 1114
(fair price: $ 958)
London → Mumbai
London → Mumbai
London → Mumbai
$ 710
(fair price: $ 615)
London → Delhi
London → Delhi
London → Delhi
$ 656
(fair price: $ 566)
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
$ 1326
(fair price: $ 1085)
London → Kerala
London → Kerala
London → Kerala
$ 679
(fair price: $ 612)
Dublin → Mumbai
Dublin → Mumbai
Dublin → Mumbai
$ 613
(fair price: $ 539)
Dublin → Delhi
Dublin → Delhi
Dublin → Delhi
$ 656
(fair price: $ 593)
London → Goa
London → Goa
London → Goa
$ 739
(fair price: $ 689)
Los Angeles → Mumbai
Los Angeles  → Mumbai
Los Angeles  → Mumbai
$ 1117
(fair price: $ 987)
Manchester → Kerala
Manchester → Kerala
Manchester → Kerala
$ 808
(fair price: $ 707)
London → Kolkata
London → Kolkata
London → Kolkata
$ 737
(fair price: $ 653)
Toronto (Ontario) → Mumbai
Toronto (Ontario) → Mumbai
Toronto (Ontario) → Mumbai
$ 1164
(fair price: $ 1085)
Edinburgh → Delhi
Edinburgh → Delhi
Edinburgh → Delhi
$ 745
(fair price: $ 665)
Dublin → Kerala
Dublin → Kerala
Dublin → Kerala
$ 868
(fair price: $ 748)
New York City → Kerala
New York City → Kerala
New York City → Kerala
$ 1160
(fair price: $ 1075)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kerala
Toronto (Ontario) → Kerala
Toronto (Ontario) → Kerala
$ 1496
(fair price: $ 1310)

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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 23-03-2019.

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