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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Beach hut or hostel: ₹500–1500
  • Local restaurants or self-catering: ₹500
  • Kingfisher at liquor store: ₹50
  • Local bus: ₹30
  • Taxi/autorickshaw: ₹100–500
  • Midrange beach hut or air-con guesthouse: ₹1500–5000
  • Meal in beach shack restaurant or cafe: ₹500–1000
  • Rent a scooter/motorbike: ₹300/500
  • Drinks in shacks or bars: ₹500
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique heritage hotels or top beach huts: ₹5000–8000
  • Hire car with driver: ₹1500
  • Top Restaurants: ₹1000–2000
  • Ayurvedic spa treatment: ₹1000–5000

International ATMs are available in towns and at beach resorts. Credit cards are accepted at travel agents, in most midrange hotels and all top-end places, and an increasing range of restaurants.


There’s no official policy on tipping in India, though it’s always appreciated, especially in holiday-friendly Goa: 10% of a bill is acceptable.

  • Hotels In five-star international hotels, tipping hotel porters and maids is the norm (at least ₹50).

  • Waiters Low-paid hospitality staff, including waiters and bar staff, expect a tip from tourists more so than elsewhere in India, even at beach shacks.

  • Taxis Taxi drivers don’t need to be tipped for short trips, but if you’ve hired the driver for the day, adding 10% is fair.

  • Baksheesh This is a form of tipping in India, generally defined as a small gratuity paid to someone in order to have a little extra service delivered, or to pay someone off for turning a blind eye (authorities, guards etc).