Cost of living in Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Colombia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$6,557,664
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$3,058,857
  • Colombia is the 2nd cheapest country in Latin America (14 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Colombia is cheaper than in 87% of countries in the World (66 out of 76)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$22,257
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$17,221
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,314
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,728
12 eggs, large COL$5,436
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,770
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,844
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,388
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,152
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,993
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$40,155
2 liters of coca-cola COL$4,256
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,175
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,558,880
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,225,550
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$226,847
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,536,360
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$843,704
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$158,267
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$71,672
40” flat screen tv COL$1,198,740
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$353,025
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$19,511
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$10,112
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$160,727
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$104,026
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$247,664
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$212,259
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$62,050,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,421
Monthly ticket public transport COL$127,898
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$14,952
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$13,717
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$76,200
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$18,006
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,036
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$15,378
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,338
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,648
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$20,537
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$33,800
2 tickets to the movies COL$23,662
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$91,713
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$97,953
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$21,923
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$7,468
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$3,502
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$1,778,020
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$192
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$121,424
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$8,237

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 72
2nd Medellín 70
3rd Barranquilla 66
4th Bucaramanga 64
5th Santiago de Cali 64
6th Manizales 63
7th Sogamoso 59
8th Villavicencio 57
9th Tunja 52
10th Cúcuta 48

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

  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Bogotá costs COL$7,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Bogotá costs COL$1,000,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Bogotá costs COL$60,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Bogotá costs COL$270,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Bogotá costs COL$1,700,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Bogotá costs COL$5,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Bogotá costs COL$7,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Bogotá costs COL$25,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Bogotá costs COL$15,000 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bogotá costs COL$2,200,000 (about 16 hours ago)