• Bangalore’s cosmopolitan nature coupled with the ever-growing number of resident expats and returning Indians is reflected in its high cost of living. While Bangalore is less expensive than the country’s commercial capital, Mumbai, Bangalore offers many international standard amenities. It is possible to budget as little as Rs 30,000 for monthly living expenses, however the sky is the limit in Bangalore.Here’s a quick indicator to help you with budgeting your household expense for one month in Bangalore:

      Approximate cost in Indian Rupees:

      Monthly expenses:

      • Rent for a 3-bedroom centrally located apartment: Rs 20,000 – 75,000 (average 30,000)
      • Utilities for 3-bedroom home (Gas, Electricity, Water Bills): Rs 1500 – 8000 (average 1,500)
      • Cable or Dish TV: Rs 500 – 2000 per month
      • Hi-speed internet access: Rs 1,200 a month with 6 mbps bandwidth, unlimited data
      • Domestic help (full-time maid who cooks and cleans): Rs 4,000 – 8,000
      • Domestic help (driver): Rs 4,000 – 12,000
      • Gym membership: Rs 1,200 – 5,000
      • Mobile Phone Charges: Rs 300 – unlimited (depending on international calls, roaming charges, downloaded content, charges can be in the thousands)

      Groceries:

      • 1 Litre Milk: Rs 20-40
      • 100 ml Butter: Rs 25
      • Dozen eggs: Rs 42
      • Loaf of bread: Rs 24
      • 1 Kilo Rice: Rs 40
      • 1 Kilo Potatoes: Rs 15
      • 1 Kilo Apples: Rs 120
      • 1 Kilo Tomatoes: Rs 20
      • 200 Grams Coffee: Rs 50
      • 1 Litre of Juice: Rs 80-120
      • 500 Grams Pasta: Rs 120-250
      • Box of Cereal: Rs 100-300
      • 1 Kilo of Sugar: Rs 30-50
      • 400 Grams Yogurt (Curd): Rs 30
      • 1 Litre of Pure Olive Oil: Rs 600-800

      Variable expenses:

      • Dining out at a world-class restaurant (dinner and drinks for two): Rs 1,000 – 3,000
      • Indian meal at family restaurant (dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for four) Rs 800 – 2,000
      • Domestic calls: Rs 1 per minute
      • International calls to the US and EU: Rs 5 – Rs 7.50 per minute
      • Education: International school costs per year – Rs 400,000 to Rs 1,000,000
      • Taxi ride (10km): Rs 120 – 200
      • Gas/petrol Prices: Rs 75/litre
      • Cinema ticket: Rs 200
      • Dry cleaning (one shirt): Rs 30
      • Ironing (one shirt): Rs 5 – 10
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