5 of the most
Expensive cities in India

India’s major cities are undergoing massive growth, thanks to a rapidly increasing young workforce. How does this affect the cost of living in these cities? Let’s find out:

Financial and entertainment capital

Vertical growth as horizontal growth is limited by the sea; people reside in the suburbs and commute to work

India’s most expensive city; 57th most expensive city in the world according to the Mercer Cost of Living survey

As per cost of living calculator Expatistan, monthly rent for a 480 sq ft studio apartment is Rs. 26,000 to Rs. 53,000 or even higher, depending on the location

Average lunch cost (with a drink) in business district is Rs. 563

Mumbai

Administrative capital

Spacious; satellite cities (Gurugram, Noida) are developing rapidly

99th most expensive city in the world

Monthly rent (480 sq ft) – Rs 16,000 to Rs 29,000

Average lunch cost in business district is Rs 548; affordable street food available

Delhi

Also known as the IT hub; Of late affected by high traffic levels and pollution

Monthly rent (480 sq ft) – Rs 13,000 to Rs 21,000

Average lunch cost in business district is Rs 421

Bengaluru

India’s 5th largest metro

Monthly rent (480 sq ft) – Rs 14,000 to Rs 24,000

Average lunch cost in business district is Rs 252

Chennai

India’s least expensive metro city

Monthly rent (480 sq ft) – Rs 13,000 to Rs 31,000

Average lunch cost in business district is Rs 370; economical food options aplenty

Kolkata