Cost of living in Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Colombia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$6,468,376
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$2,995,625
  • Colombia is the 2nd cheapest country in Latin America (15 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Colombia is cheaper than in 92% of countries in the World (78 out of 85)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$19,338
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$16,973
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,002
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,729
12 eggs, large COL$5,378
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,554
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,872
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,177
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,249
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,861
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$40,788
2 liters of coca-cola COL$4,105
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,108
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,519,280
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,168,830
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$232,351
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,446,770
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$781,247
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$161,321
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$75,298
40” flat screen tv COL$1,201,050
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$321,715
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$16,309
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$12,852
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$157,737
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$98,161
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$248,589
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$203,115
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$59,404,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,857
Monthly ticket public transport COL$124,150
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$13,993
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$19,189
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$77,128
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$17,860
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,169
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$14,700
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,139
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,299
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$20,695
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$36,938
2 tickets to the movies COL$21,987
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$92,148
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$95,551
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$22,314
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$7,181
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$3,796
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$1,747,240
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$191
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$114,763
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$6,831

Map of Cost of Living in Colombia

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This map shows only the top cities in Colombia. 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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Colombia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Bogotá 74
2nd Medellín 72
3rd Barranquilla 67
4th Santiago de Cali 65
5th Bucaramanga 65
6th Manizales 60
7th Sogamoso 58
8th Tunja 55
9th Cúcuta 49

Price 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.

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Prices recently added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bogotá costs COL$1,800 (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bogotá costs COL$10,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Bogotá costs COL$100,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Bogotá costs COL$300 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bogotá costs COL$3,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bogotá costs COL$8,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Bogotá costs COL$16,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bogotá costs COL$100,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Bogotá costs COL$100,000 (about 18 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Bogotá costs COL$30,000 (about 18 hours ago)