Cost of living in Colombia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$12,139
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$15,512
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$6,949
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,506
12 eggs, large COL$4,738
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,742
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,242
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,103
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,159
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,638
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$34,074
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,728
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,297
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,634,850
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,429,960
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$307,599
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,616,760
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$974,830
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$218,478
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$72,777
40” flat screen TV COL$1,314,950
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$299,405
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$17,799
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$10,393
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$173,925
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$130,930
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$251,201
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$228,024
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$61,912,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,350
Monthly ticket public transport COL$114,444
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$16,439
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$22,175
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$113,924
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$16,422
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$13,049
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$15,171
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,239
Tube of toothpaste COL$3,857
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$17,299
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$54,259
2 tickets to the movies COL$24,209
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$127,314
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$101,097
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$19,993
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$5,870
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$6,932
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,645,500
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$221
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$109,732
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$5,161

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 83
3rd Barranquilla 81
4th Santiago de Cali 78
5th Cartagena 74
6th Bucaramanga 73
7th Pereira 70

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

  • Public transport in Bogotá costs COL$90,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bogotá costs COL$2,500,000 (2 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Bogotá costs COL$5,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bogotá costs COL$75,000 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Bogotá costs COL$2,120 (2 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Bogotá costs COL$13,000 (2 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Bogotá costs COL$22,000 (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Bogotá costs COL$15,000 (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bogotá costs COL$2,200 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Barranquilla costs COL$100,000 (3 days ago)