Cost of living in Medellín, Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Medellín

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$6,654,773
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$3,068,895
  • Cost of living in Medellín is cheaper than in 74% of cities in Latin America (25 out of 34)
  • Cost of living in Medellín is cheaper than in 87% of cities in the World (173 out of 200)

List of prices in Medellín, Colombia. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$21,238
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$16,497
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,772
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,446
12 eggs, large COL$5,807
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,348
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,553
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,495
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,214
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,907
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$35,639
2 liters of coca-cola COL$4,237
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,384
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,434,300
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,277,990
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$203,698
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,869,390
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$913,327
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$143,488
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$82,190
40” flat screen tv COL$1,301,740
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$360,292
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$19,595
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$9,248
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$162,146
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$104,230
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$266,055
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$245,505
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$67,726,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,474
Monthly ticket public transport COL$140,439
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) COL$26,361
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$11,164
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$13,272
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$53,383
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$19,174
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,812
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$14,709
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,550
Tube of toothpaste COL$5,417
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$21,216
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$42,491
2 tickets to the movies COL$26,109
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$83,066
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$73,939
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$20,212
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$9,339
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$3,843
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$1,859,770
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$196
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$125,369
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$7,542
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,343 prices entered by 168 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2021

Medellín position in our World Ranking

the world
173rd
out of 200
latin america
25th
out of 34
colombia
2nd
out of 4

Cheapest and most expensive products in Medellín compared to other cities:

the world
3rd
the world
4th
the world
4th
latin america
1st
latin america
2nd
latin america
2nd

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