Cost of living in Santa Marta, Colombia

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$9,042
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) COL$10,400
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,250
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,655
12 eggs, large COL$7,090
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,467
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,422
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$4,667
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$1,200
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$3,303
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$55,673
2 liters of Coca-Cola COL$3,500
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,407
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,335,190
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area COL$1,135,190
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$376,238
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area COL$1,469,570
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area COL$770,370
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio COL$335,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) COL$78,060
40” flat screen TV COL$2,000,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$400,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$19,000
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$9,879
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) COL$150,000
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) COL$54,333
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$270,000
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$300,000
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$45,000,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$4,491
Monthly ticket public transport COL$72,875
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) COL$36,529
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$7,333
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$5,500
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) COL$30,000
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$5,513
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$10,000
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$4,850
Tube of toothpaste COL$2,000
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$7,610
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$27,000
2 tickets to the movies COL$21,844
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$106,667
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$81,454
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$59,667
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$4,236
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$2,924
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB COL$2,000,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$264
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$84,146
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes COL$4,585
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 120 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: February 18, 2018.

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