Cost of living in Bucaramanga, Colombia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$9,049
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$14,219
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$6,929
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,580
12 eggs, large COL$5,015
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$3,258
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$10,907
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$4,140
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,217
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,369
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$32,746
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,745
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$1,889
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,493,320
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$868,664
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$218,450
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,030,620
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$891,181
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$210,268
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$54,978
40” flat screen TV COL$1,273,450
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$204,425
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$13,847
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$9,107
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$159,337
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$196,100
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$249,446
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$177,778
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$44,941,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,436
Monthly ticket public transport COL$116,529
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) COL$26,116
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$12,584
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$14,347
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$58,104
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$13,269
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$9,948
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$11,048
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$5,762
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,141
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$11,693
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$42,777
2 tickets to the movies COL$16,559
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$113,526
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$79,980
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$11,556
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$5,344
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$3,681
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,876,720
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$267
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$94,307
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,121
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 91 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: July 21, 2018.

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