Cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 488 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 677 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 370 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 217 ₨
12 eggs, large 212 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 201 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,135 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 427 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 147 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 309 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 3,792 ₨
2 liters of Coca-Cola 238 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 63 ₨
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 136,634 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 45,904 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,317 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 60,838 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 75,136 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 4,866 ₨
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 1,872 ₨
40” flat screen TV 63,581 ₨
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 21,988 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 757 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 600 ₨
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 5,093 ₨
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 3,241 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 9,681 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 6,127 ₨
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,789,990 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 123 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 2,175 ₨
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 590 ₨
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 330 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 482 ₨
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,276 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 546 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 493 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 383 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 247 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 113 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 549 ₨
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,730 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,148 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,496 ₨
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 5,381 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 808 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 577 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 442 ₨
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 73,223 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 10 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,347 ₨
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,198 ₨
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 830 prices entered by 101 different people.
Latest price update: July 20, 2018.

Colombo position in our World Ranking

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319th
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22nd
out of 33

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