Cost of living in Colombia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$12,185
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$15,665
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,003
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,597
12 eggs, large COL$4,787
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,854
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,375
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,244
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,274
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,687
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$33,129
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,864
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,236
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,637,180
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,449,330
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$339,319
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,637,360
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$950,927
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$245,592
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$69,261
40” flat screen TV COL$1,334,180
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$300,890
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$18,938
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$9,594
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$172,483
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$163,758
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$252,567
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$238,144
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$62,796,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,446
Monthly ticket public transport COL$111,030
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$14,358
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$19,960
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$112,042
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$17,087
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$13,497
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$14,663
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,445
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,007
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$16,024
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$50,828
2 tickets to the movies COL$23,985
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$140,702
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$97,128
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$20,270
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$5,626
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$7,510
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,695,990
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$389
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$107,191
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,953

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 94
2nd Medellín 83
3rd Barranquilla 80
4th Cartagena 75
5th Santiago de Cali 75
6th Bucaramanga 74
7th Pereira 71

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 kg of rice in Bucaramanga costs COL$3,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Bucaramanga costs COL$3,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bucaramanga costs COL$50,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Bucaramanga costs COL$2,500 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Bucaramanga costs COL$1,500 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Bucaramanga costs COL$5,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Bucaramanga costs COL$8,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Bucaramanga costs COL$3,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Bucaramanga costs COL$4,000 (about 24 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Bucaramanga costs COL$2,300 (about 24 hours ago)