As Pune's economy continues to grow, largely thanks to its healthy IT and manufacturing sectors, the cost of living in the city also rises.

On a global scale, compared with other expat destinations, life in Pune is affordable, as indicated by its ranking of 201st out of 227 cities across the globe assessed for Mercer's Cost of Living Survey for 2022.

In the context of India, Pune is fairly pricey, although it remains significantly cheaper than the megacities of Mumbai (127th), New Delhi (155th), Chennai (177th) and Bengaluru (178th). Meanwhile, Hyderabad (192nd) and Kolkata (203rd) have a similar cost of living to Pune.


Cost of accommodation in Pune

Most expats spend the largest proportion of their salary on accommodation, usually about a third. Several factors will determine how much a person pays in rent, such as the type of accommodation as well as its size and location.

Prices can vary widely in different areas. City-centre properties are more expensive than suburban homes, but the latter will have more space to offer compared to the sometimes-cramped apartments in the city centre.


Cost of food and groceries in Pune

Pune offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to grocery shopping and eating out, ranging from budget to high-end options. Buying local, in-season produce will always be cheaper than buying imported or out-of-season items. Similarly, local restaurants generally cost less than restaurants offering non-Indian fare.


Cost of transport in Pune

Most expats drive in Pune, whether by car or scooter, as public transport here leaves much to be desired. Rental cars can be arranged at a fairly good price, or newcomers might look to purchase from fellow expats leaving the city. Those who don't want to brave the traffic themselves can hire a driver, a perk that companies sometime offer to high-level executives moving to the city for work. Taxis are another option, though this can become expensive over time.


Cost of education in Pune

Most expats relocating to Pune with children will opt to send them either to an international school in the city or a boarding school back home. Both of these are expensive options that come with high tuition fees, not to mention extra costs such as textbooks, uniforms, school lunches and bus fare.

One alternative that parents might consider is homeschooling, which is much cheaper. While there aren't government regulations supporting homeschooling in India, authorities won't interfere as long as a child is receiving some form of education.


Cost of living in Pune chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Pune in July 2022.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

INR 37,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

INR 24,000

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

INR 18,000

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

INR 12,000

Shopping

Eggs (dozen)

INR 80

Milk (1 litre)

INR 60

Rice (1kg)

INR 56

Loaf of white bread 

INR 41

Chicken breasts (1kg)

INR 275

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

INR 330

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

INR 310

Coca-Cola (330ml)

INR 36

Cappuccino

INR 170

Bottle of local beer

INR 200

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

INR 1,200

Utilities

Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)

INR 0.95

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

INR 750

Basic utilities (per month for a small apartment)

INR 3,000

Transport

City centre bus/train fare

INR 30

Taxi (rate per km)

INR 21

Petrol/gasoline per litre

INR 112

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