Cost of living in Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Colombia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$7,494,198
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$3,395,458
  • Colombia is the cheapest country in Latin America (14 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Colombia is cheaper than in 95% of countries in the World (73 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$29,805
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$21,905
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$9,267
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$3,628
12 eggs, large COL$7,931
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$4,078
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$10,577
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$7,409
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$3,491
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$3,521
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$47,756
2 liters of coca-cola COL$5,085
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,783
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,707,760
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,383,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$251,028
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,638,080
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$907,331
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$162,519
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$66,997
40” flat screen tv COL$1,433,250
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$393,078
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$20,255
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$12,202
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$192,974
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$120,165
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$321,477
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$232,007
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$62,704,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$3,269
Monthly ticket public transport COL$136,024
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$18,210
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$25,191
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$86,144
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$20,386
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,573
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$16,488
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$7,367
Tube of toothpaste COL$5,584
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$24,904
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$37,588
2 tickets to the movies COL$27,440
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$120,368
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$105,505
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$27,428
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$9,458
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$4,209
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$2,342,920
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$212
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$116,538
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$8,445

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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:
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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 Medellín 74
2nd Bogotá 71
3rd Santiago de Cali 69
4th Bucaramanga 59
5th Manizales 58
6th Villavicencio 53

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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  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Medellín costs COL$60,000 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bogotá costs COL$100,000 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Bogotá costs COL$220,000 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bogotá costs COL$5,000 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bogotá costs COL$12,000 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Bogotá costs COL$40,000 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bogotá costs COL$180,000 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Bogotá costs COL$45,000 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Bogotá costs COL$60,000 (1 day ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Bogotá costs COL$18,750 (1 day ago)

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