Cost of living in Colombia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$12,791
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$15,948
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,161
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,678
12 eggs, large COL$4,919
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,934
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,359
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,276
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,267
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,768
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$32,524
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,935
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,243
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,724,990
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,438,530
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$404,556
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,644,600
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$961,020
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$319,286
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$68,490
40” flat screen TV COL$1,371,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$314,252
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$19,912
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$15,240
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$174,924
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$156,449
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$246,166
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$231,856
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$60,377,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,436
Monthly ticket public transport COL$107,946
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$12,773
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$21,735
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$103,416
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$16,629
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,798
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$14,315
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,341
Tube of toothpaste COL$3,686
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$14,911
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$50,472
2 tickets to the movies COL$23,287
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$125,912
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$97,365
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$19,920
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$5,554
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$7,059
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,716,720
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$363
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$108,356
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,798

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 89
2nd Medellín 82
3rd Barranquilla 78
4th Santiago de Cali 71
5th Cartagena 71
6th Bucaramanga 71
7th Pereira 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.

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 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bogotá costs COL$4,500 (2 days ago)
  • 330 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bogotá costs COL$4,545 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bogotá costs COL$3,000 (2 days ago)
  • 110 g tube of toothpaste in Bogotá costs COL$1,500 (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bogotá costs COL$2,200 (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Bogotá costs COL$50,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Bogotá costs COL$400,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Bogotá costs COL$600,000 (2 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Bogotá costs COL$700,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bogotá costs COL$1,200,000 (2 days ago)