Cost of living in Sri Lanka

Summary of cost of living in Sri Lanka

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 346,085 ₨
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 157,255 ₨
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 420 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 762 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 390 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 207 ₨
12 eggs, large 272 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 187 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 723 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 396 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 152 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 320 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,666 ₨
2 liters of coca-cola 292 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 84 ₨
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 124,292 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 60,207 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 12,930 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 108,005 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 61,062 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 9,350 ₨
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 2,093 ₨
40” flat screen tv 73,438 ₨
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 19,755 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,004 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 444 ₨
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 4,986 ₨
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 5,535 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 9,218 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 5,748 ₨
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,809,010 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 147 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 2,222 ₨
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 487 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 899 ₨
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,767 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 710 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 554 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 576 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 327 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 170 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 759 ₨
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,567 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,223 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,980 ₨
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,482 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,130 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 521 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 472 ₨
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 99,532 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 35 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,091 ₨
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,202 ₨

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:
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

Prices recently added

  • 2 tickets to the movies in Colombo costs 750 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Colombo costs 75 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Colombo costs 35 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Colombo costs 60 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Colombo costs 140 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Colombo costs 3,500 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Colombo costs 4,999 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Colombo costs 4,500 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Colombo costs 45,000 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Colombo costs 150 ₨ (about 7 hours ago)