India vs South Korea - Cost of Living Comparison

India South Korea
🚶 Cost of living one person
$416
$1062
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1027
$2839
🏠 One person rent
$165
$457
🏘️ Family rent
$317
$948
🍽️ Food expenses
$164
$416
🚐 Transport expenses
$45.3
$100
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$620
$2022
💸 GDP per capita
$1928
$31598
😃 Human freedom index
6.39
8.39
❤️ Life expectancy
69.9
83.4
👮 Corruption perceptions index
40
62
🌐 English speaking %
10.6%
20%
🎓 Higher education
73
88
😀 Quality of life
51
77
🏙️ Population
1.33B
51.5M

The average cost of living in India ($416) is 61% less expensive than in South Korea ($1062). India ranked 190th vs 53rd for South Korea 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 1.9 months in South Korea. Ranked 85th and 20th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in India vs South Korea

We calculate prices for India and South Korea as a population-weighted mean of 220 and 87 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 Korea
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.93
$5.59
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$14.3
$29.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.88
$5.02
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.21
$2.84
 Cappuccino
$1.84
$3.5
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.44
$1.33
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$181
$458
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$116
$331
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$400
$1094
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$234
$733
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$26.3
$79.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$40.2
$122
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$9.72
$21
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.33%
3.64%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1696
$7604
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$822
$5485
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.36
$1.02
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$10.7
$42.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.63
$9.67
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.25
$1.3
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.67
$1.93
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.46
$2.34
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.62
$3.02
🥚 Eggs, x12
$0.96
$3.25
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.41
$14
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.52
$8.29
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.82
$28.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.98
$5.55
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.65
$3.31
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$4.48
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.53
$4.69
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.36
$2.96
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.42
$2.36
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.24
$0.64
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.05
$2.33
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.76
$13.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.76
$1.93
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.62
$3.37
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.91
$4.98
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.81
$5.13
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.66
$2.47
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.85
$1.86
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$18.9
$42.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.31
$8.6
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$11.6
$29.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.7
$8.47
👖 Brand Jeans
$29.4
$58.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$45.9
$72.6
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$64.1
$352
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1660
$18313

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Cities Comparison in India vs South Korea

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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 Korea

City Cost of living Population
Seoul
$1460
9.67M
Busan
$1031
3.45M
Incheon
$1002
2.91M
Daegu
$918
2.46M
Gwangju
$902
1.49M
Daejeon
$944
1.48M
Seongnam
$1022
949K
Suwon
$977
1.23M
Ulsan
$1066
1.17M
Changwon
$955
1.05M
Goyang
$1002
1.06M
Yongin
$1049
971K
Bucheon
$1121
868K
Cheongju
$880
833K
Namyangju
$970
713K
Jeju Island
$968
696K
Pohang
$775
520K
Jeju
$1542
435K
Hwaseong
$965
655K
Ansan
$921
653K
Anyang
$1102
573K
Jeonju
$791
653K
Cheonan
$930
652K
Gimhae
$839
534K
Pyeongtaek
$809
458K
Masan
$945
430K
Siheung
$945
425K
Uijeongbu
$998
422K
Paju
$941
415K
Gumi
$951
421K