Cost of living in Colombia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$12,114
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$15,502
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$6,953
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,533
12 eggs, large COL$4,771
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,725
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,127
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$4,966
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,204
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,600
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$32,816
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,766
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,226
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,618,630
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,456,880
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$353,305
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,618,810
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$976,621
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$220,306
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$70,672
40” flat screen TV COL$1,303,880
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$300,320
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$18,847
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$13,167
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$168,609
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$142,882
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$243,683
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$228,698
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$61,682,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,308
Monthly ticket public transport COL$115,254
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$15,721
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$22,749
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$109,490
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$16,803
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$13,277
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$14,523
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,435
Tube of toothpaste COL$3,584
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$16,021
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$52,353
2 tickets to the movies COL$23,934
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$128,033
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$94,776
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$19,900
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$5,663
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$6,585
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,594,070
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$215
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$106,897
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$5,098

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 93
2nd Barranquilla 84
3rd Medellín 83
4th Cartagena 76
5th Santiago de Cali 76
6th Bucaramanga 75
7th Pereira 72

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.

Are you moving to Colombia? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Cartagena costs COL$200 (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Montería costs COL$2,400 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 500 g of local cheese in Montería costs COL$5,500 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Montería costs COL$3,600 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Montería costs COL$3,500 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Montería costs COL$7,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Medellín costs COL$200,000 (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Bogotá costs COL$90,000 (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bogotá costs COL$7,000 (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bogotá costs COL$2,500 (4 days ago)