Cost of living in Colombia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$13,388
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$15,991
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,565
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,644
12 eggs, large COL$4,981
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$3,482
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,407
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$4,966
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,171
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,772
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$36,985
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,926
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,196
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,680,990
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,457,430
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$393,503
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,632,150
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$951,620
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$306,216
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$68,739
40” flat screen TV COL$1,327,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$304,066
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$19,424
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$6,036
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$171,433
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$161,535
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$244,422
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$217,732
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$58,322,900
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,220
Monthly ticket public transport COL$105,890
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$11,765
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$20,092
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$92,580
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$17,305
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,180
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$13,794
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,138
Tube of toothpaste COL$3,900
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$13,089
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$49,140
2 tickets to the movies COL$22,164
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$88,958
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$94,770
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$19,253
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$5,514
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$6,643
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,850,720
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$248
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$118,158
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,611

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 86
2nd Medellín 81
3rd Barranquilla 77
4th Cartagena 71
5th Bucaramanga 70
6th Santiago de Cali 68
7th Pereira 67
8th Girardot 65

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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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Medellín costs COL$2,450,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Medellín costs COL$1,300,000 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Medellín costs COL$2,000 (3 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Medellín costs COL$15,000 (3 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Medellín costs COL$30,000 (3 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Medellín costs COL$250,000 (3 days ago)
  • Public transport in Bogotá costs COL$90,000 (3 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Pereira costs COL$20,000 (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bogotá costs COL$2,200 (4 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Medellín costs COL$1,400,000 (4 days ago)