Cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Summary of cost of living in Colombo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 363,583 ₨
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 181,139 ₨
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List of prices in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 451 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 745 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 386 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 208 ₨
12 eggs, large 270 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 183 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 718 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 385 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 145 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 359 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,848 ₨
2 liters of coca-cola 293 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 85 ₨
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 165,644 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 71,851 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,139 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 97,533 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 67,080 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,590 ₨
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,963 ₨
40” flat screen tv 57,723 ₨
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 19,755 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,072 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 453 ₨
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 5,160 ₨
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 4,016 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 7,752 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 5,999 ₨
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,991,580 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 150 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 2,583 ₨
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 743 ₨
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 418 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 554 ₨
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,575 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 716 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 436 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 696 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 329 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 170 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 638 ₨
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,517 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,256 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,381 ₨
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,581 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,224 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 664 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 579 ₨
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 76,869 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 65 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,532 ₨
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,147 ₨
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 821 prices entered by 64 different people.
Latest price update: January 26, 2020

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