Cost of living in Sri Lanka

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 496 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 608 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 360 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 201 ₨
12 eggs, large 209 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 188 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,230 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 353 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 135 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 297 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 3,720 ₨
2 liters of Coca-Cola 234 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 73 ₨
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 108,872 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 39,212 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 8,075 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 39,896 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 41,888 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 8,683 ₨
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,170 ₨
40” flat screen TV 66,066 ₨
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 19,232 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 737 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 600 ₨
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 4,949 ₨
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 3,025 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 8,162 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 5,790 ₨
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 4,807,430 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 119 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 1,875 ₨
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 280 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 423 ₨
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,420 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 753 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 467 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 367 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 253 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 103 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 515 ₨
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,357 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,110 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,682 ₨
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 5,948 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 767 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 472 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 433 ₨
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 73,223 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 509 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,023 ₨
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,164 ₨

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.

List of all cities available in Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura Colombo Dambulla
Galle Kalmunai Kandy
Trincomalee Valvedditturai Vavuniya

Recent Prices Added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Colombo costs 400 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Colombo costs 1,200 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Colombo costs 3,000 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Colombo costs 300 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Colombo costs 1,200 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Colombo costs 750 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Colombo costs 3,000 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Colombo costs 155 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Colombo costs 110 ₨ (2 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Colombo costs 120 ₨ (2 days ago)