Cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Summary of cost of living in Colombo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 363,415 ₨
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 175,505 ₨
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 552 ₨
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 820 ₨
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 398 ₨
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 217 ₨
12 eggs, large 279 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 183 ₨
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 846 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 380 ₨
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 166 ₨
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 269 ₨
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,602 ₨
2 liters of coca-cola 303 ₨
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 116 ₨
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 160,491 ₨
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 63,776 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,357 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 101,229 ₨
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 47,646 ₨
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 4,483 ₨
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 2,285 ₨
40” flat screen tv 67,829 ₨
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 20,107 ₨
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 948 ₨
Hourly rate for cleaning help 473 ₨
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 5,646 ₨
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 5,277 ₨
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 11,124 ₨
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 7,687 ₨
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,459,990 ₨
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 147 ₨
Monthly ticket public transport 2,700 ₨
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 654 ₨
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 462 ₨
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 540 ₨
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,704 ₨
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 658 ₨
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 493 ₨
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 543 ₨
4 rolls of toilet paper 356 ₨
Tube of toothpaste 175 ₨
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 584 ₨
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,182 ₨
2 tickets to the movies 1,211 ₨
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,641 ₨
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,551 ₨
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,243 ₨
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 539 ₨
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 476 ₨
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 80,262 ₨
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 53 ₨
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,112 ₨
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,300 ₨
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 323 prices entered by 45 different people.
Latest price update: February 25, 2021

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