Cost of living in Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Colombia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$6,502,412
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$3,045,599
  • Colombia is the 2nd cheapest country in Latin America (18 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Colombia is cheaper than in 89% of countries in the World (85 out of 95)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$16,762
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$16,542
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,046
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,730
12 eggs, large COL$5,398
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,641
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,645
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,048
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,182
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,855
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$41,656
2 liters of coca-cola COL$3,959
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,126
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,550,170
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,246,460
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$247,254
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,504,850
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$830,098
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$159,262
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$74,596
40” flat screen tv COL$1,223,180
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$310,335
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$16,335
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$15,874
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$156,765
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$97,434
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$243,180
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$199,248
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$58,254,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$3,025
Monthly ticket public transport COL$121,252
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$14,781
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$20,042
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$78,599
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$18,064
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,432
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$14,569
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,209
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,339
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$19,488
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$38,659
2 tickets to the movies COL$21,520
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$100,113
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$88,026
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$21,939
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$6,826
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$4,271
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$1,694,500
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$193
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$110,818
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$6,448

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:
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 80
2nd Medellín 77
3rd Barranquilla 72
4th Cartagena 71
5th Santiago de Cali 68
6th Bucaramanga 68
7th Sogamoso 67
8th Manizales 65
9th Pereira 62
10th Tunja 59

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bogotá costs COL$3,000,000 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Medellín costs COL$2,000,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bogotá costs COL$2,400 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Bogotá costs COL$75,000,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Medellín costs COL$900,000 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bogotá costs COL$2,400 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Bogotá costs COL$9,000 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Bogotá costs COL$1,700,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bogotá costs COL$5,000,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Bogotá costs COL$1,500 (2 days ago)