Cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Summary of cost of living in Colombo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 706,073 ₨
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 280,552 ₨
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Colombo
Current as of Jun 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 984 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,641 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 856 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 474 ₨
12 eggs, large 697 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 655 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,171 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2,234 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 435 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 498 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 4,530 ₨
2 liters of coca-cola 434 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 196 ₨
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 212,443 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 80,638 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 20,200 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 83,231 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 50,473 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 13,222 ₨
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 2,546 ₨
40” flat screen tv 147,596 ₨
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 48,086 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,983 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,242 ₨
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 14,751 ₨
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 10,044 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 26,424 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 22,399 ₨
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 11,286,200 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 394 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 4,747 ₨
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 1,790 ₨
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,364 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,181 ₨
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 4,000 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,292 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,163 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 762 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,387 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 249 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 1,605 ₨
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,544 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,747 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 8,620 ₨
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 10,953 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,699 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 686 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 728 ₨
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 174,022 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 61 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 8,045 ₨
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 7,886 ₨
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 168 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: June 16, 2024

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