India vs South Africa - Cost of Living Comparison

India South Africa
🚶 Cost of living one person
$416
$852
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1027
$1977
🏠 One person rent
$165
$440
🏘️ Family rent
$317
$760
🍽️ Food expenses
$164
$236
🚐 Transport expenses
$45.3
$101
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$620
$1397
💸 GDP per capita
$1928
$5656
😃 Human freedom index
6.39
7.3
❤️ Life expectancy
69.9
64.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
40
44
🌐 English speaking %
10.6%
31%
🎓 Higher education
73
83
😀 Quality of life
51
50
🏙️ Population
1.33B
59.6M

The average cost of living in India ($416) is 51% less expensive than in South Africa ($852). India ranked 190th vs 90th for South Africa in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.5 months in India compared to 1.6 months in South Africa. Ranked 85th and 89th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in India vs South Africa

We calculate prices for India and South Africa as a population-weighted mean of 220 and 36 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

India South Africa
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.93
$6.81
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$14.3
$28.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.88
$3.97
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.21
$1.7
 Cappuccino
$1.84
$1.77
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.44
$0.95
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$181
$393
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$116
$313
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$400
$686
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$234
$596
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$26.3
$64.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$40.2
$98.5
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$9.72
$46.9
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.33%
8.82%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1696
$939
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$822
$803
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.36
$1.59
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$10.7
$45.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.63
$9.66
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.23
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.67
$1.01
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.46
$0.85
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.62
$1.13
🥚 Eggs, x12
$0.96
$2.03
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.41
$6.83
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.52
$4.48
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.82
$6.88
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.98
$1.42
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.65
$1.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$1.38
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.53
$1.34
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.36
$1.17
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.42
$1.07
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.24
$0.63
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.05
$1.26
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.76
$5.32
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.76
$1.33
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.62
$2.78
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.91
$3.93
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.81
$3.24
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.66
$1.56
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.85
$1.07
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$18.9
$26.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.31
$5.49
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$11.6
$27.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.7
$5.55
👖 Brand Jeans
$29.4
$46.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$45.9
$83
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$64.1
$180
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1660
$4468

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Cities Comparison in India vs South Africa

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In India

City Cost of living Population
Bangalore
$480
11.3M
Delhi
$486
26.5M
Mumbai
$632
15.4M
Pune
$446
5.95M
Chennai
$425
10.3M
Hyderabad
$477
9.31M
Ahmedabad
$468
7.65M
Jaipur
$359
3.07M
Kolkata
$370
4.5M
Nagpur
$408
2.41M
Surat
$426
5.94M
Visakhapatnam
$492
2.04M
Bhagalpur
$284
3.04M
Mysore
$345
3M
Lucknow
$361
3.38M
Kanpur
$441
2.77M
Mirzapur
$381
2.5M
Kalyan
$353
1.25M
Gurgaon
$493
877K
Madurai
$361
1.56M
Navi Mumbai
$466
1.12M
Ghaziabad
$402
2.38M
Thane
$454
1.89M
Bhopal
$331
1.8M
Raipur
$351
1.01M
Ludhiana
$391
1.62M
Indore
$340
1.99M
Allahabad
$540
1.54M
Noida
$457
637K
Bilaspur
$301
1.63M

In South Africa

City Cost of living Population
Johannesburg
$935
4.43M
Soweto
$897
1.27M
Pretoria
$835
742K
Rustenburg
$881
550K
Pietermaritzburg
$685
619K
Durban
$827
595K
Randburg
$776
337K
Cape Town
$904
434K
Sandton
$907
222K
Port Elizabeth
$905
312K
Centurion
$734
237K
Bloemfontein
$696
256K
East London
$800
267K
Kimberley
$785
225K
Benoni
$821
159K
Kroonstad
$770
169K
Klerksdorp
$629
187K
Paarl
$883
112K
Springs
$766
122K
Uitenhage
$579
104K
George
$689
157K
Mthatha
$760
96.1K
Vereeniging
$728
99K
Middelburg
$822
87.3K
Upington
$815
121K
Potchefstroom
$639
149K
Komani
$761
68.9K
Makhanda
$766
67.3K
Welkom
$708
64.1K
Bethal
$760
60.8K