Cost of living in Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Colombia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$7,895,136
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$3,594,975
  • Colombia is the cheapest country in Latin America (17 out of 17)
  • Colombia is the 4th cheapest country in the World (68 out of 71)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$30,194
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$23,418
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$10,320
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$4,023
12 eggs, large COL$8,886
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$4,272
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$11,012
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$7,494
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$3,798
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$3,607
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$46,860
2 liters of coca-cola COL$5,597
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,897
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,780,770
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,559,770
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$270,505
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,742,460
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$1,065,080
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$182,055
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$72,695
40” flat screen tv COL$1,470,520
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$434,670
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$21,526
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$13,341
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$195,080
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$126,319
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$322,034
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$230,227
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$67,720,600
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$3,476
Monthly ticket public transport COL$134,966
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$17,571
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$22,113
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$98,931
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$19,457
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,402
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$16,672
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$7,152
Tube of toothpaste COL$5,808
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$26,475
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$41,248
2 tickets to the movies COL$28,458
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$121,749
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$115,284
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$29,703
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$9,582
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$4,634
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$2,641,590
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$218
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$115,066
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$8,070

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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:
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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 57
2nd Santiago de Cali 53
3rd Villavicencio 42

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$5,000,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Santiago de Cali costs COL$75,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bogotá costs COL$86,900 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Bogotá costs COL$3,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Barranquilla costs COL$10,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Barranquilla costs COL$120,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Barranquilla costs COL$100 (1 day ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Barranquilla costs COL$1,300,000 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Barranquilla costs COL$8,900 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Barranquilla costs COL$8,000 (1 day ago)

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