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:

  • $ 29 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.4 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 558* (41328 Rs.)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 57 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.4 per person
  • $ 2.6 per person
  • $ 4.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 1274* (94458 Rs.)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 95 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 4.7 per person
  • $ 8.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 2090* (154938 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 2023

Cost of living: India VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in India in 2023 is 58% less than 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
Chandigarh 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Chandigarh
Ahmedabad 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ahmedabad
Mumbai 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Mumbai
Nashik 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nashik
Delhi 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Delhi
Guwahati 12% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Guwahati
Bangalore (Karnataka) 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Bangalore (Karnataka)
Goa 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Goa
Hyderabad 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hyderabad
Kozhikode 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kozhikode
Himachal Pradesh (Shimla) 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Himachal Pradesh (Shimla)
Kochi 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kochi
Kolkata 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kolkata
Udaipur 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Udaipur
Manali 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Manali
Jaipur 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Jaipur
Chennai 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Chennai
Thiruvananthapuram 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Thiruvananthapuram
Rajasthan 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Rajasthan
Agra (Taj Mahal) 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Agra (Taj Mahal)
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Pondicherry 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Pondicherry
Jodhpur 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Jodhpur
Kota 20% 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 66% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.7/person
($ 1.3 to $ 6.7)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 19
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 6.7/person
($ 4.1 to $ 17)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.1/person
($ 3.3 to $ 6.7)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2 for 500ml
($ 1.3 to $ 4.1)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.3 for 330ml
($ 1.9 to $ 5.4)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.8/cup
($ 0.7 to $ 3.7)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.5/can
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

89% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

India: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in India costs 54% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 32/night
($ 27 to $ 38)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 53/night
($ 26 to $ 101)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 146
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 61/night
($ 29 to $ 141)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 208
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 130/night
($ 79 to $ 231)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 305
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 217/night
($ 137 to $ 367)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 653
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 33/month
($ 24 to $ 45)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 131
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 91/month
($ 52 to $ 157)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 198
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 145/month
($ 77 to $ 291)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 187
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 75/month
($ 51 to $ 113)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 250
Family room
Family room
$ 219/month
($ 112 to $ 435)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 192

India: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in India costs 74% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.1/12 eggs
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.5/kg
($ 2 to $ 5.4)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1 to $ 3.3)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

88% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.5/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1

India: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in India costs 49% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.1 to $ 0.6)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.6)

29% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.7
($ 0.4 to $ 1.3)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 30/24hrs
($ 23 to $ 59)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39

India: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in India costs 64% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.1/ticket
($ 2.7 to $ 6.7)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 8/hr
($ 3.3 to $ 14)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21

India: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in India costs 39% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.5/pack
($ 3.3 to $ 5.4)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 32
($ 14 to $ 54)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 52
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 33
($ 13 to $ 69)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41

Plane ticket budget

London → Delhi
London → Delhi
London → Delhi
$ 634
(fair price: $ 591)
London → Mumbai
London → Mumbai
London → Mumbai
$ 636
(fair price: $ 581)
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
Toronto (Ontario) → Delhi
$ 1500
(fair price: $ 1317)
London → Goa
London → Goa
London → Goa
$ 841
(fair price: $ 774)
Melbourne → Delhi
Melbourne → Delhi
Melbourne → Delhi
$ 993
(fair price: $ 843)
New York City → Delhi
New York City → Delhi
New York City → Delhi
$ 1084
(fair price: $ 925)


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 27-01-2023.

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