Cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 480 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 682 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 381 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 202 ₨
12 eggs, large 217 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 128 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 962 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 481 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 190 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 322 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,921 ₨
2 liters of Coca-Cola 220 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 62 ₨
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 86,048 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 40,988 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,739 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 68,534 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 40,362 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 7,035 ₨
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,284 ₨
40” flat screen TV 58,824 ₨
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 20,104 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 525 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 216 ₨
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 5,348 ₨
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 4,079 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 8,255 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 6,647 ₨
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,989,380 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 126 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 3,207 ₨
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 414 ₨
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 326 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 525 ₨
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 1,476 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 883 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 456 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 465 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 267 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 139 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 929 ₨
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,207 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,050 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,220 ₨
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,025 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 886 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 699 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 382 ₨
iPod nano 16GB 28,111 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 5.15 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,142 ₨
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 796 ₨
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 775 prices entered by 84 different people.
Latest price update: April 22, 2017.

Colombo position in our World Ranking

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18th
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