Cost of living in Cartagena, Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Cartagena

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$6,636,322
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$3,469,058
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Cartagena, Colombia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$16,057
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$17,067
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$6,867
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,866
12 eggs, large COL$6,275
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,719
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,393
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$6,687
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,124
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,737
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$37,033
2 liters of coca-cola COL$3,870
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,253
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$3,125,800
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,657,460
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$404,113
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,839,780
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$695,238
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$273,284
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$68,471
40” flat screen tv COL$988,242
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$199,239
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$14,166
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$17,789
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$169,594
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$103,491
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$203,679
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$151,486
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$45,611,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,166
Monthly ticket public transport COL$86,817
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) COL$35,036
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$11,991
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$10,859
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$84,898
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$13,004
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$8,428
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$10,535
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$5,468
Tube of toothpaste COL$3,082
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$14,134
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$45,378
2 tickets to the movies COL$20,781
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$124,941
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$106,111
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$13,092
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$4,992
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$3,834
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$1,468,760
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$205
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$94,515
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$4,965
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 193 prices entered by 22 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2020

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