Cost of living in Colombia

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Food
COP JPY
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$12,924 (¥487)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$15,869 (¥598)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,470 (¥282)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,681 (¥101)
12 eggs, large COL$4,941 (¥186)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$3,416 (¥129)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,288 (¥275)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,012 (¥189)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,211 (¥83)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,714 (¥102)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$36,154 (¥1,363)
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,966 (¥149)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,186 (¥82)
Housing
COP JPY
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$2,671,570 (¥100,704)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,447,650 (¥54,569)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$396,987 (¥14,964)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,633,180 (¥61,562)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$953,710 (¥35,950)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$296,380 (¥11,172)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$68,299 (¥2,575)
40” flat screen TV COL$1,324,450 (¥49,925)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$304,637 (¥11,483)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$19,224 (¥725)
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$6,116 (¥231)
Clothes
COP JPY
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$175,703 (¥6,623)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$162,828 (¥6,138)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$247,540 (¥9,331)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$220,153 (¥8,299)
Transportation
COP JPY
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$59,195,600 (¥2,231,367)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,296 (¥87)
Monthly ticket public transport COL$106,965 (¥4,032)
Personal Care
COP JPY
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$11,993 (¥452)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$18,993 (¥716)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$90,063 (¥3,395)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) COL$17,408 (¥656)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,666 (¥477)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$13,949 (¥526)
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,280 (¥237)
Tube of toothpaste COL$3,941 (¥149)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$12,865 (¥485)
Entertainment
COP JPY
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$49,031 (¥1,848)
2 tickets to the movies COL$22,757 (¥858)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$89,587 (¥3,377)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$95,473 (¥3,599)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$19,336 (¥729)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$5,559 (¥210)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$6,699 (¥253)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$1,797,470 (¥67,755)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$247 (¥9)
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$117,012 (¥4,411)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,622 (¥174)

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 85
2nd Medellín 80
3rd Barranquilla 76
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

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bogotá costs COL$2,000 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Bogotá costs COL$120,000 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Bogotá costs COL$3,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Bogotá costs COL$4,500 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bogotá costs COL$7,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Bogotá costs COL$2,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Bogotá costs COL$800 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Bogotá costs COL$4,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Bogotá costs COL$9,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Bogotá costs COL$1,900 (about 20 hours ago)