Cost of living in Sri Lanka

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 474 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 632 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 353 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 212 ₨
12 eggs, large 206 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 164 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,145 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 414 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 149 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 343 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 3,343 ₨
2 liters of Coca-Cola 221 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 69 ₨
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 116,811 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 38,315 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,200 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 41,959 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 44,257 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 8,097 ₨
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,039 ₨
40” flat screen TV 65,894 ₨
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 20,887 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 547 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 800 ₨
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 4,456 ₨
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 2,865 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 6,417 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 5,179 ₨
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,911,770 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 120 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 2,242 ₨
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 307 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 480 ₨
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,319 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 753 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 393 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 406 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 246 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 109 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 516 ₨
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,075 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 984 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,335 ₨
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 5,771 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 767 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 460 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 505 ₨
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 73,223 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 3,125 ₨
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,067 ₨

Map of Cost of Living in Sri Lanka

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This map shows only the top cities in Sri Lanka. 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.

Are you moving to Sri Lanka? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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List of all cities available in Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura Colombo Dambulla
Galle Kalmunai Kandy
Trincomalee Valvedditturai Vavuniya

Recent Prices Added

  • 2 tickets to the movies in Colombo costs 800 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Colombo costs 4,000 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Colombo costs 500 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Colombo costs 2,500 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Colombo costs 50 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Colombo costs 200 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Colombo costs 117 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Colombo costs 152,475 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Colombo costs 247 ₨ (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Colombo costs 200 ₨ (1 day ago)