Cost of living in Colombia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$12,637
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$15,847
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,752
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,518
12 eggs, large COL$4,857
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,772
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,320
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$4,720
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,014
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,737
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$39,623
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,556
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,127
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,505,770
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,431,600
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$348,724
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,691,400
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$929,527
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$221,588
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$75,176
40” flat screen TV COL$1,243,480
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$317,870
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$19,337
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$29,434
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$167,398
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$130,712
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$266,368
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$227,935
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$56,408,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,473
Monthly ticket public transport COL$115,625
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$18,140
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$19,104
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$103,374
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$21,943
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$13,433
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$15,522
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,346
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,476
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$14,758
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$48,436
2 tickets to the movies COL$23,458
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$146,274
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$92,487
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$18,537
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$6,327
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$6,193
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,692,600
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$250
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$113,993
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$5,668

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 88
2nd Medellín 81
3rd Santiago de Cali 79
4th Barranquilla 79
5th Cartagena 74
6th Bucaramanga 72
7th Manizales 68
8th 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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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Tunja costs COL$7,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Tunja costs COL$60,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 330 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Tunja costs COL$3,030 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Tunja costs COL$4,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Tunja costs COL$12,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Tunja costs COL$40,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Tunja costs COL$10,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Tunja costs COL$30,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Tunja costs COL$20,000 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Tunja costs COL$8,000 (about 8 hours ago)