Cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 624 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 822 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 369 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 226 ₨
12 eggs, large 224 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 184 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 850 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 425 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 156 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 261 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 3,741 ₨
2 liters of Coca-Cola 271 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 75 ₨
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 127,034 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 51,006 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,147 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 75,681 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 55,222 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 10,179 ₨
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 1,691 ₨
40” flat screen TV 54,114 ₨
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 22,597 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 812 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 600 ₨
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 5,280 ₨
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 3,589 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 11,440 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 5,965 ₨
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,975,760 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 136 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 2,490 ₨
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 756 ₨
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 353 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 563 ₨
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,375 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 639 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 481 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 395 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 261 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 107 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 565 ₨
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,919 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,114 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,389 ₨
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 5,965 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 909 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 577 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 505 ₨
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 76,196 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 82 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,148 ₨
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,199 ₨
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 748 prices entered by 121 different people.
Latest price update: November 13, 2018.

Colombo position in our World Ranking

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