Cost of living in Medellín, Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Medellín

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $1,702 (COL$6,819,792)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $785 (COL$3,146,619)
  • Cost of living in Medellín is cheaper than in 88% of cities in Latin America (29 out of 33)
  • Cost of living in Medellín is cheaper than in 93% of cities in the World (149 out of 160)
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List of prices in Medellín
Current as of Nov 2021.

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Food Update prices
COP USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$23,849 ($5.95)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$19,465 ($4.86)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,260 ($1.81)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,647 ($0.66)
12 eggs, large COL$6,092 ($1.52)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,677 ($0.67)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$8,830 ($2.20)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$6,894 ($1.72)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,971 ($0.74)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$3,288 ($0.82)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$37,305 ($9)
2 liters of coca-cola COL$5,026 ($1.25)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,790 ($0.70)
Housing Update prices
COP USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,528,350 ($631)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,358,200 ($339)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$231,281 ($58)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,473,860 ($368)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$852,677 ($213)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$127,531 ($32)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$66,653 ($17)
40” flat screen tv COL$1,239,940 ($309)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$308,600 ($77)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$20,751 ($5.18)
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$13,558 ($3.38)
Clothes Update prices
COP USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$183,554 ($46)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$100,518 ($25)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$255,429 ($64)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$260,654 ($65)
Transportation Update prices
COP USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$60,207,100 ($15,025)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,702 ($0.67)
Monthly ticket public transport COL$123,007 ($31)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) COL$19,965 ($4.98)
Personal Care Update prices
COP USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$13,883 ($3.46)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$11,276 ($2.81)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$76,279 ($19)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$20,526 ($5.12)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$15,089 ($3.77)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$16,809 ($4.20)
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,098 ($1.52)
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,638 ($1.16)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$28,847 ($7)
Entertainment Update prices
COP USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$40,097 ($10)
2 tickets to the movies COL$25,543 ($6)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$91,220 ($23)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$83,628 ($21)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$22,027 ($5.50)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$8,455 ($2.11)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$3,125 ($0.78)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$1,980,370 ($494)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$209 ($0.05)
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$132,142 ($33)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$8,041 ($2.01)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 936 prices entered by 146 different people.
Latest price update: November 29, 2021

Medellín position in our World Ranking

the world
149th
out of 160
latin america
29th
out of 33
colombia
2nd
out of 5

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

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

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