Cost of living in Cartagena, Colombia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$12,349
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$14,572
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,578
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,494
12 eggs, large COL$4,299
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,644
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,344
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$6,757
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$1,738
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,002
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$30,866
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,652
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,467
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,708,330
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,308,710
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$225,260
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,905,120
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$660,382
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$283,117
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$58,477
40” flat screen TV COL$1,099,450
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$184,504
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$11,749
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$17,243
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$175,643
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$108,613
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$195,396
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$149,811
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$46,218,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,361
Monthly ticket public transport COL$84,541
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) COL$33,250
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$12,251
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$10,000
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$71,954
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$13,004
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$8,111
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$10,038
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$5,421
Tube of toothpaste COL$2,908
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$13,027
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$43,886
2 tickets to the movies COL$19,090
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$90,009
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$14,374
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$4,827
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$5,436
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,595,350
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$205
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$105,768
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,541
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 121 prices entered by 20 different people.
Latest price update: September 22, 2018.

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