Cost of living in Colombia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$13,239
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$15,765
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,768
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,642
12 eggs, large COL$4,973
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$3,560
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,139
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$4,913
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,263
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,743
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$36,489
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,947
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,074
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,594,440
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,408,830
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$389,507
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,620,710
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$906,975
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$276,395
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$69,583
40” flat screen TV COL$1,400,880
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$297,236
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$20,703
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$6,127
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$166,985
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$152,723
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$236,615
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$207,098
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$58,438,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,636
Monthly ticket public transport COL$103,751
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$11,434
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$17,573
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$74,033
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$17,504
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,364
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$13,806
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$5,981
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,283
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$12,283
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$44,524
2 tickets to the movies COL$21,485
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$84,200
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$92,255
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$17,862
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$5,231
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$5,927
iPad Air 2, 64GB COL$1,878,770
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$245
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$116,133
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,533

Map of Cost of Living in Colombia

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This map shows only the top cities in Colombia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Colombia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Bogotá 88
2nd Medellín 85
3rd Barranquilla 79
4th Cartagena 74
5th Bucaramanga 72
6th Santiago de Cali 71
7th Pereira 69
8th Girardot 68

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Villavicencio costs COL$6,000 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Villavicencio costs COL$80,000 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Villavicencio costs COL$60,000 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Villavicencio costs COL$900,000 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Villavicencio costs COL$4,500 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Villavicencio costs COL$6,000 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Villavicencio costs COL$20,000 (about 13 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Villavicencio costs COL$80,000 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Villavicencio costs COL$80,000 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Villavicencio costs COL$15,000 (about 13 hours ago)