Cost of Living in Bhopal, India

The City of Lakes, Bhopal is one of the greenest cities in India.

Bhopal is the capital of one of the largest states in India, Madhya Pradesh which is located in the central part of the country.

Large chemical and machine building plants, important institutions and big publishing companies are operating here.

Bhopal is the largest industrial and trading center.

Also, it is the city of museums which attracts tourists.

If compared to the cost of living in the EU cities and America, the prices in Bhopal are low.



Bhopal has small shops, restaurants, cafes, and street food in abundance.

Apart from the traditional Indian cuisine restaurants, you can try British, French, Italian and Chinese food.

Bhopal has a special food culture ‘paan’, a chewing mixture made of betel leaves.

A cup of cappuccino costs $1.12 and the three-course meal for two is $7.23.



Going to the market is the right way to get all the necessary fresh products at low prices.

The markets are always full of people which looks like a beehive, but it is worth seeing and trying the goods.

The most popular markets in Bhopal are Chowk and New Market.

Potato is the cheapest at the markets ($0.22 per kilo), and a bottle of wine is the most expensive item ($7.95 for a bottle)



Bhopal is located in the Central and Western railway zone so it has a few railway stations.

The most frequently used public transportation is the bus.

Locals also drive auto rickshaws, and taxis, and use the local airport for domestic flights.

The price of a monthly pass is only $6.43, while the one-way ticket costs $0.30.

Volkswagen Golf is probably the cheapest to buy in India, the average price for the new car is $11,565.



The largest mobile and Internet providers in India are represented in Bhopal too.

Some of the most known are Airtel, Tata Indicom, and Idea!.

The Airtel offers the most affordable prices, but the average price of being connected to the local network is $0.01 per minute.

The Internet is available in Internet cafes or the hotels.

Sports and leisure


Like any other capital city, Bhopal has created all the opportunities for people to live healthily and keep fit.

Fitness clubs offer monthly subscriptions for adults at $22.25.

One hour at the tennis court will cost you $10.95 on weekends, and the cinemagoers will find in interesting to know that a ticket for one seat in the international release movie is $2.86.

Clothing and shoes


Bhopal is a very good place for shopping with a few large malls, numerous markets where you can get nearly everything at an economic rate.

Some of the malls have amusement areas where you can spend some time after shopping.

The prices in the chain stores are the following: $35.18 for a pair of Levis jeans or similar, $32.13 for H&M summer dress, and $51.41 for a pair of running shoes.

Rent per month


Bhopal is a comfortable city in terms of long-term and holiday rentals.

The prices for three-bedroom apartments in the city center run anywhere between $144.57 and $289.14, while the same square meters out of the urban area are $130.11 on average.

The cheapest is one bedroom apartment outside the center, its price is only $58.94 per month.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Bhopal

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $2.14
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $2.29
Water (0.33 Liter) $0.19
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $0.64
Loaf Bread (500g) $0.41
Eggs (12) $0.86
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $0.30
Monthly Pass $6.43
Gasoline $1.14
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $50.75
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.01
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $15.35
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $22.25
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $10.95
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $2.86
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $35.18
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $32.13
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $51.41
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $101.62
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $58.32
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $205.89

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Bhopal?

Traditionally, people spend most of their income on markets.

Food, silk, species, leather, clothing, and shoes are worth 40.9% of the average person’s budget.

Transportation, restaurants and monthly rent share second place in the charts of the expenses in Bhopal.

The cheapest thing for most of the locals in shopping.

The prices for healthcare and education are not included in the statistics, but just for the information, the price for a full day in a private kindergarten is $62.89.

As for the utilities, the average Bhopal citizen puts off 6.5% monthly to cover bills.

Since Bhopal is a very picturesque city with long history and splendid nature, you will definitely have somewhere to go sightseeing, boat sailing, or camping, so 9.3% of the money goes to sports and recreation.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Bhopal: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

This region has a well-developed chemical, machine building, and food industries which attract many foreign investors in the city of Bhopal.

Because of the well-developed railway network, Bhopal is the large trading center.

The businessmen and the entrepreneurs see low competition in Bhopal, as well as low taxes and rental prices, which cannot be found in the European countries.

This makes Bhopal a really attractive business destination.

The average monthly net salary in Bhopal is $384.18, and the minimum wage is set at $54.5 per month.

The mortgage interest rate is 9.47% per annum.

Average Salary$384.18
Minimum Wage$54.5
Mortgage Interest Rate9.47%

Cost of Living by City in India

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City Cost of Living Index
Ahmedabad 24.24
Bangalore 26.83
Bhopal 22.37
Bhubaneswar 22.4
Chandigarh 26
Chennai 25.2
Coimbatore 22.38
Delhi 28.67
Goa 24.34
Gurgaon 30.71
Guwahati 22.68
Hyderabad 23.59
Indore 25.4
Jaipur 25.46
Kochi 21.73
Kolkata 24.8
Lucknow (Lakhnau) 24.75
Ludhiana 27.17
Mangalore 22.4
Mumbai 29.03
Mysore 22.41
Nagpur 22.76
Navi Mumbai 19.3
Noida 28.55
Pune 27.41
Surat 23.77
Thane 25.31
Thiruvananthapuram 19.26
Vadodara 22.28
Visakhapatnam 21.52

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