Cost of living in Colombia

Summary of cost of living in Colombia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: COL$6,520,240
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: COL$3,023,967
  • 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 (71 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district COL$22,333
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) COL$17,417
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast COL$7,212
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk COL$2,734
12 eggs, large COL$5,336
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes COL$2,713
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese COL$7,906
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples COL$5,383
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes COL$2,119
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket COL$2,961
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality COL$40,298
2 liters of coca-cola COL$4,237
Bread for 2 people for 1 day COL$2,118
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area COL$2,515,220
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area COL$1,210,980
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat COL$231,234
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area COL$1,482,720
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area COL$835,226
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio COL$156,049
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) COL$71,405
40” flat screen tv COL$1,187,150
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) COL$330,161
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) COL$18,369
Hourly rate for cleaning help COL$10,942
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) COL$165,417
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) COL$104,034
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) COL$245,468
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes COL$202,594
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new COL$59,256,700
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas COL$2,387
Monthly ticket public transport COL$129,215
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) COL$15,522
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) COL$14,001
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) COL$83,864
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) COL$16,949
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) COL$12,178
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) COL$15,341
4 rolls of toilet paper COL$6,178
Tube of toothpaste COL$4,636
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city COL$20,878
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub COL$32,539
2 tickets to the movies COL$23,741
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) COL$90,041
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert COL$96,180
1 cocktail drink in downtown club COL$22,692
Cappuccino in expat area of the city COL$7,836
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) COL$3,516
Ipad wi-fi 128gb COL$1,793,200
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) COL$240
1 month of gym membership in business district COL$118,538
1 package of marlboro cigarettes COL$8,343

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 70
2nd Medellín 67
3rd Barranquilla 63
4th Bucaramanga 62
5th Manizales 61
6th Santiago de Cali 59
7th Sogamoso 56
8th Villavicencio 55
9th Tunja 51
10th Cúcuta 48

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

  • 1 kg of rice in Manizales costs COL$2,400 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Manizales costs COL$2,000 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Manizales costs COL$4,200 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Manizales costs COL$2,800 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Manizales costs COL$7,000 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Medellín costs COL$5,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Medellín costs COL$25,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Medellín costs COL$28,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Medellín costs COL$80,000 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Medellín costs COL$12,000 (about 23 hours ago)