Cost of living in Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Colombia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$6,958,802
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$3,178,600
  • Colombia is the cheapest country in Latin America (15 out of 15)
  • Colombia is the 3rd cheapest country in the World (66 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$26,870
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$19,478
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$8,088
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,886
12 eggs, large COL$6,407
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,864
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$9,180
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$6,002
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,565
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$3,021
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$41,529
2 liters of coca-cola COL$4,519
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,277
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,604,780
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,278,850
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$247,669
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,377,810
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$788,285
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$161,338
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$64,742
40” flat screen tv COL$1,270,050
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$351,451
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$18,387
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$12,275
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$192,249
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$110,478
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$273,100
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$219,050
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$62,557,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,990
Monthly ticket public transport COL$134,397
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$14,595
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$13,944
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$84,738
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$15,360
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,487
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$15,729
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,159
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,890
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$23,691
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$34,490
2 tickets to the movies COL$24,661
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$84,166
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$94,624
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$24,712
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$8,073
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$3,666
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$2,001,630
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$221
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$123,758
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$7,802

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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:
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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 66
2nd Medellín 60
3rd Barranquilla 60
4th Santiago de Cali 56
5th Santa Marta 55
6th Manizales 55
7th Bucaramanga 55
8th Villavicencio 52
9th Pereira 49
10th Cúcuta 43

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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Prices recently added

  • 33 cl domestic beer in the supermarket in Bogotá costs COL$3,636 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Bogotá costs COL$10,000 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Bogotá costs COL$11,400 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Bogotá costs COL$8,290 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Bogotá costs COL$4,800 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Bogotá costs COL$2,666 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Bogotá costs COL$9,040 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Santiago de Cali costs COL$200,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Santiago de Cali costs COL$2,400 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Santiago de Cali costs COL$5,000 (about 19 hours ago)

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