Chennai travel budget

Chennai: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Chennai

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 17 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 3.4 per person
  • $ 1.4 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 370* (24528 Rs.)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 36 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.1 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • $ 3.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 925* (61390 Rs.)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 64 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 4.9 per person
  • $ 6.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 1531* (101654 Rs.)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Chennai compared to India in 2019

On average, the cost of living in Chennai in 2019 is 62% less than the average cost of living in United States.

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Chennai in 2019 compared to average prices in United States:


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Local prices in Chennai by expense type

Restaurant budget in Chennai

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Chennai is 62% cheaper than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 1.6/person
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

90% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 4.5/person
($ 3.5 to $ 6.8)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.8/person
($ 2.9 to $ 4.5)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 2.3 for 500ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 3.8)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.6/cup
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
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
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Chennai

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Chennai is 71% cheaper than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 20/night
( $ 20)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 34/night
( $ 34)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 39/night
( $ 39)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 90/night
( $ 90)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 146/night
( $ 146)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 499
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 18/month
($ 16 to $ 21)

86% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 66/month
($ 34 to $ 116)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 97/month
($ 58 to $ 152)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 36/month
($ 18 to $ 60)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 217
Family room
Family room
$ 176/month
($ 79 to $ 346)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Chennai

On average, the price of supermarket food in Chennai is 66% cheaper than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

81% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1/12 eggs
($ 0.8 to $ 1.1)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.2/kg
($ 3.1 to $ 16)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.3/kg
($ 2.3 to $ 6.1)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 0.4/kg
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.5/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.5/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.4 to $ 0.6)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9

Public and private transport budget in Chennai

On average, the price of transport in Chennai is 44% cheaper than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.4/ticket
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 16/month
($ 13 to $ 20)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

54% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 1.2
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 39/24hrs
($ 22 to $ 60)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Chennai

On average, the cost of housing in Chennai is 80% cheaper than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 44/month
($ 24 to $ 77)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 15/month
($ 9.1 to $ 20)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 204/month
($ 153 to $ 286)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1375
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 122/month
($ 93 to $ 153)

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1087
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 496/month
($ 382 to $ 762)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2235
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 271/month
($ 183 to $ 382)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1746
Gym
Gym
$ 22/month
($ 10.6 to $ 39)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 66/month
($ 32 to $ 128)

93% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 952
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1804/yr
($ 762 to $ 3806)

90% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18267

Leisure activity budget in Chennai

On average, budget for leisure activities in Chennai is 65% cheaper than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.1/ticket
($ 2.3 to $ 3.8)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 7.4/hr
($ 3.5 to $ 16)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Chennai

On average, shopping budget in Chennai is 43% cheaper than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.8/pack
($ 2.2 to $ 4.5)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 33
($ 16 to $ 47)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 28
($ 16 to $ 47)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 46
($ 28 to $ 70)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 40
($ 24 to $ 61)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

London → Chennai
London → Chennai
London → Chennai
$ 765
(fair price: $ 639)
Manchester → Chennai
Manchester → Chennai
Manchester → Chennai
$ 766
(fair price: $ 673)
Toronto (Ontario) → Chennai
Toronto (Ontario) → Chennai
Toronto (Ontario) → Chennai
$ 1346
(fair price: $ 1157)
New York City → Chennai
New York City → Chennai
New York City → Chennai
$ 1198
(fair price: $ 1068)
Dublin → Chennai
Dublin → Chennai
Dublin → Chennai
$ 869
(fair price: $ 740)
Edinburgh → Chennai
Edinburgh → Chennai
Edinburgh → Chennai
$ 876
(fair price: $ 766)
Los Angeles → Chennai
Los Angeles  → Chennai
Los Angeles  → Chennai
$ 1286
(fair price: $ 1103)
Auckland → Chennai
Auckland → Chennai
Auckland → Chennai
$ 953
(fair price: $ 860)
Sydney → Chennai
Sydney → Chennai
Sydney → Chennai
$ 783
(fair price: $ 671)
Perth → Chennai
Perth → Chennai
Perth → Chennai
$ 683
(fair price: $ 570)
Melbourne → Chennai
Melbourne → Chennai
Melbourne → Chennai
$ 732
(fair price: $ 636)
Montreal → Chennai
Montreal → Chennai
Montreal → Chennai
$ 1414
(fair price: $ 1228)

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About this information on the cost of living in Chennai

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

The information about the cost of living in Chennai was updated on 21-08-2019.

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