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Cost of Living in Chennai | Tamil Nadu

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$421
$1017
🛋️ Without rent
$257
$714
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$164
$303
🍽️ Food
$159
$401
🚐 Transport
$59.4
$160
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$444
🏙️ Population
10.3M

The average cost of living in Chennai is $421, which is in the top 7% of the least expensive cities in the world, ranked 8640th out of 9294 in our global list, 20th out of 220 in India, and 1st out of 14 in the Tamil Nadu.

The median after-tax salary is $444, which is enough to cover living expenses for 1.1 months. Ranked 3850th (TOP 42%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 7th best city to live in India, and 1st most liveable city in Tamil Nadu. With an estimated population of 10.3M, Chennai is the 4th largest city in India.

✈️ Closest airport16 kmChennai International Airport
😷 Air qualityModerate34.6 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank705Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Cost of living in Chennai infographic

Prices in Chennai

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$1.98
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$13.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$3.11
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.83
☕ Cappuccino
$1.97
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.46

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.7
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.43
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.56
🥚 Eggs, x12
$0.89
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.51
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.51
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.74
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.06
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.8
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.17
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.43
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.51
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.52
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.26
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.1
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$9.79
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.78
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.7
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$1.5
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.54
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.2
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$0.78

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.27
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$15.2
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$2.59
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.02

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in city Center, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$177
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$109
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in city Center, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$355
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$217
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$31
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$47.8
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$10.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
9.73%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1924
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$714

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$19.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$2.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$13
💇 Haircut, simple
$2.62
👖 Brand Jeans
$29
👟 Brand Sneakers
$42.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$54.3
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1481

Chennai Cost of Living comparison