Cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Summary of cost of living in Colombo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 400,937 ₨
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 182,993 ₨
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in Colombo
Current as of Jul 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 722 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 999 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 559 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 272 ₨
12 eggs, large 385 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 291 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,206 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 703 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 215 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 283 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,525 ₨
2 liters of coca-cola 265 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 110 ₨
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 135,363 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 86,163 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 10,532 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 110,766 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 51,567 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,421 ₨
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 2,197 ₨
40” flat screen tv 66,982 ₨
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 22,825 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 983 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 446 ₨
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 5,974 ₨
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 7,131 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 11,109 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 6,002 ₨
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,459,990 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 280 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 2,349 ₨
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 490 ₨
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 462 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 540 ₨
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,725 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 765 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 426 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 545 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 347 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 156 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 646 ₨
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,894 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,349 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,358 ₨
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,683 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,479 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 684 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 422 ₨
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 80,262 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 53 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,211 ₨
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,378 ₨
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 222 prices entered by 44 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2022

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