Cost of living in Cartagena, Colombia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$11,728
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$12,644
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$8,235
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,452
12 eggs, large COL$3,917
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,306
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,316
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$6,691
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$1,728
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$1,996
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$29,670
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,278
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,097
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,941,400
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,280,060
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$237,889
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,599,070
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$615,139
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$263,911
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$58,715
40” flat screen TV COL$1,098,810
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$184,831
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$11,662
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$7,711
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$175,704
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$117,333
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$195,111
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$149,742
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$46,295,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,376
Monthly ticket public transport COL$84,918
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$12,253
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$10,425
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$52,676
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$12,757
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$8,383
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$9,682
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,376
Tube of toothpaste COL$2,635
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$14,107
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$43,517
2 tickets to the movies COL$18,683
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$102,379
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$89,862
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$14,605
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$4,822
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$4,263
iPad Air 2, 64GB COL$1,667,470
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$205
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$108,713
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,428
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 80 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: September 24, 2017.

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