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Cost of Living in Bogota, Colombia

Prices in Bogota

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 54.96
Rent Index: 23.36
Groceries Index: 51.90
Restaurants Index: 40.78
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 39.73
Local Purchasing Power: 32.97

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10,000.00 Col$
8,000.00
13,000.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50,000.00 Col$
40,000.00
70,000.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 14,000.00 Col$
12,000.00
15,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3,000.00 Col$
2,000.00
5,000.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5,500.00 Col$
4,500.00
7,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3,573.53 Col$
3,000.00
4,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1,975.81 Col$
1,500.00
2,500.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1,707.73 Col$
1,500.00
2,000.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 2,455.56 Col$
2,200.00
2,700.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2,780.10 Col$
1,950.00
3,500.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 2,676.37 Col$
2,000.00
3,500.00
Eggs (12) 3,913.06 Col$
3,600.00
5,000.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 11,358.42 Col$
8,000.00
15,000.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 9,416.00 Col$
7,390.00
12,000.00
Apples (1kg) 4,092.24 Col$
3,200.00
5,000.00
Oranges (1kg) 3,946.69 Col$
3,000.00
5,000.00
Tomato (1kg) 2,494.52 Col$
2,000.00
3,500.00
Potato (1kg) 1,965.65 Col$
1,400.00
3,000.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1,595.62 Col$
1,100.00
2,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2,345.83 Col$
2,000.00
3,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 22,500.00 Col$
15,000.00
30,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,383.33 Col$
2,000.00
3,000.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4,923.08 Col$
4,000.00
6,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 4,000.00 Col$
3,500.00
5,000.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1,700.00 Col$
1,700.00
1,700.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 51,730.00 Col$
50,000.00
90,930.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3,500.00 Col$
3,500.00
3,600.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 750.00 Col$
700.00
3,500.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 16,000.00 Col$
14,000.00
20,000.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 2,327.35 Col$
2,245.46
2,641.72
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,000,000.00 Col$
30,000,000.00
40,800,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 199,161.98 Col$
144,500.00
300,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 262.67 Col$
200.00
350.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 70,291.41 Col$
50,000.00
100,000.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 128,666.67 Col$
80,000.00
200,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 29,333.33 Col$
20,000.00
50,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10,000.00 Col$
8,000.00
14,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 152,149.11 Col$
120,087.50
190,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 99,545.45 Col$
70,000.00
130,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 192,860.17 Col$
150,000.00
250,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 169,753.12 Col$
120,000.00
200,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 885,187.50 Col$
680,000.00
1,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 856,382.35 Col$
600,000.00
1,108,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,964,976.19 Col$
1,300,000.00
2,500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,810,087.50 Col$
1,000,000.00
2,500,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,009,041.29 Col$
2,500,000.00
3,695,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,053,383.43 Col$
2,000,000.00
4,000,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,069,333.33 Col$
780,000.00
1,500,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 12.58
10.85
15.00

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Last update: July, 2014

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20 Comments so far

#Wassim on Jun 15, 2014 :
Hi I'm interested in starting a small type business in Colombia and for this reason I'm kindly asking if somebody can help my better understand the country conditions before I travel there
#Noel on May 06, 2014 :
#ANton, Bogota is no different to any big city, you have to take necessary precautions (to include in Bogota not getting a taxi alone on the street, safer to ring one, the driver will be recorded and it's just as quick)...your personal safety could be in danger however if you don't spell the name of the country right!!! I live here so am not a tourist, and personnally speaking, I don't see much to recommend it from a tourist point of view. The pollution and traffic are terrible and it's very expensive for what you get. Come to Colombia by all accounts but don't hang around Bogotá for too long.
#ANton on May 03, 2014 :
Hello to everyonte! i am think to go to Bogota(columbia) as a turist for a first time, but i heard, that it is quite dangaerous to go there alone. It would be very nice if someone who know and lived there could tell me more about it. is it safety to go there alone? thankx
#Hannes on Apr 20, 2014 :
Hi everyone
I'm planing on a months trace in Colombia December 2014 , I was counting on that maybe 2000us$ would be enough but I don't know that's just for pocket money . I was last year 2013 December 23days in Venezuela and travel thru the whole crazy country lovely but dangerous . I heard many people say wow go to Colombia its beautiful and safe now a days so sure after the Venezuelan trip yes we are going 2 guys from sweden/finland this December anyone have good ideas for stops and safe areas and non safe areas . Cause in Barquisimeto Venezuela I ended up in the barrio at 5 in the morning drunk as hell but it all worked out very well met our hotel staff there and it was his hoods so I got safe
#Anonymous on Mar 16, 2014 :
FORGIVE ME ON MY MISTAKES,MY KEY BOARD IS RETARDED.
#Italldepends on Feb 19, 2014 :
It all depends where you live and how you live. I have a friend I go to visit. She lives very well on a 1 bedroom apartment in downtown for about 300 USD, electricity about 15 USD Water about the same. Internet, no cable tv, 25 dollars. We go out 5 USD for movies, each, food 10 to 12 dollars for two. Allot of food and good food. Is a secure building with guard 24/7. You could easily live with 600 USD a month, including going out every weekend (movies and club).
#Andres on Nov 05, 2013 :
Good day to all: I´m middle class local. Prices are not updated. Gasoline per example is around $8.500 pesos per regular gasoline galon. Regarding apartments for rent, if is furnished: From $1.8 million pesos all the way up to $8.000.000 per month. I have 3 fully furnished cottages located at just 20 minutes from 85th street with 7th avenue on the way from Bogota to La Calera (country side), within a totally secure complex where I leave with my wife.
PRICING INCLUDES: All public and private services (with limit to standard use), plus internet access by Wi-Fi network, satellite TV premium service (includes: HBO, Cinemax, ESPN, discovery, natgeo and many more channels), laundry mat with washing, drying machines and iron, which you can use once per week, (does not include soap and cleaning utensils); Sheets and blankets.
PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE (and can be arranged, please ask for complements list): Additional costs will apply for additional guests including and not limited to day or night off contract stays, same for extra use of public services; Additional sheets and blankets, towels, cleaning service, food or transportation arrangements (airport or private tours to several nearby locations), fire wood, BBQ coal and utensils, on site Spanish or dancing lessons.
CONDITIONS: Host contract directly with owner. No intermediaries, no long papers and hard procedures, just a refundable cash deposit, copy of passport and a couple of references, (work or family). From $1.4 million pesos to $1.7 million pesos per month. andres_felipe_mendoza@yahoo.com
#Christopher on Oct 20, 2013 :
These prices are probably accurate if we are comparing the real Bogota "centro" and average prices in a city with very wide disparities. This is an unfair apples vs papaya comparison and as others have stated, Bogota is far more expensive if you want to have a comparable standard of living. If downtown/centre means close to restaurants/bars (Calle 83/93) and lots of office buildings (Calle 72/100) prices are very different indeed. Most office-bound expats will end up working in this part of town. Here are some of my guesstimates and observations.

Restaurants: 3 course meal average restaurant (one person) = 35-40000Col
Pint of draught (microbrew eg. BBC) beer = 10000Col
bottle of local beer = 2-5000Col
Markets: Prices at supermarkets are reasonable if you buy local, but very expensive if imported (apples are imported, papaya is local). However, they are still relatively costly and much cheaper prices can be found in outdoor markets and different parts of town.
Transportation: it is expensive and a hassle to own a car, but taxis are very cheap
Clothing: Imported brands are costly, but local chains (eg.Arturo Calle) and the outlets offer reasonable prices
Rent: a decent one bedroom in the "downtown" (Chico) area is approximately 2000000Col including fees, but cheaper rents can be found (and much more expensive if the building is new)
Apartment Prices: New apartments in the narrow strip (Calle 69 to 140)where many middle class professionals and expats live currently average about 6000000Col per square meter. This can be verified on metrocuadrado.com
Salaries: Other cities here seem to list salaries commensurate with an average professional, middle class job (ie 60K C$ annual pre tax salary in Calgary). The 1000000Col/month salary listed here might be accurate for the average Bogotano ( half the population earns the minimum wage ~550000Col or less) but is totally unreasonable for an equivalent professional here. A bilingual Colombian with a good education, experience and working in the private sector can roughly earn the same pre-tax salary as in Canada or the US on a $1 to 1000peso equivalent. eg. $5000/month pre-tax salary = 5000000Col/month. However, many do earn less and if you have little experience or a poor education salaries will definitely be lower.
Other: -anything imported is subject to a 30% import duty unless there is a free trade agreement (Colombia has an FTA with S.Korea = Samsung products are much less expensive than Sony)
- anything labour is cheap (full-time nanny/household help = 550000Col/month)
-private education is very expensive
-"luxury" goods and services are also very expensive and sometimes exorbitant eg.ice cream, private sports clubs

Of course, you can live far cheaper than the above prices if you live outside these areas, frequent more traditional restaurants and know where and when to shop for different products. And also pay ridiculous prices if you want an upper class lifestyle. Hope this helps any potential or future expats.
#Miguel Crespo on Oct 09, 2013 :
Life in Bogota is very expensive, if your standards are those of European middle-class.
Supermarkets cost you 100% more, health is private and terribly expensive, if you want to live in places that are close to what you expect in Europe or US you will pay 3x what you refer in your data.
And taking a short-break in the weekend will cost you 2-3x what you spend in Europe for very poor standards though.
#HO on Oct 05, 2013 :
...this values are way off, I was in Bogota around January /13 and I was appalled by how high everything was, it was almost as expensive if not a bit higher than here in Toronto, add the whole safety issue and craziness and you get a really bad mix, not everything is bad per se, I think food is much better since there is a higher chance of getting food without the fancy chemicals and concentrated hormones we have to eat here (I didn't get sick eating most of the food there as compared to going to McD here in a normal day...), in any case, values must be re-adjusted.
#Kathleen on Sep 06, 2013 :
Could someone out there tell me where I can retire where I can breathe financially? It's so hard to do this by myself, my kids just laugh at me, but I can no longer live in the US. I was getting medical help from the state of Il. Then after 8 yrs.they denied it and insult to injury attacked my already below the poverty line Social Security check for 104, to pay for my medicare called everyone including the White House and State Senators who say they'll check into it.im afraid ill just become a statistic because even though I've worked since 15yrs. old had six successful children who contribute to this society, I am being punished for being poor,That was tough to write. I don't believe my children should feel they should help me financially because they grew up in a financially difficult environment. They are now getting married and have their wives and husbands and children to worry about. I want to do this on my own even if it means leaving the country. Sorry for going on. Can anyone help me? Kathleen
#Himanshu on Aug 26, 2013 :
Can anybody tell me what is the cost of an international newspaper in Bogota
#Joe Mancini on Aug 11, 2013 :
family of 2..in bogota looking for furnished 1 bedroom apartment in safe/nice area.Retired bilingual educator. I have 2350 to live off. All help apprecitted.
#Julian on Jun 21, 2013 :
I live in Bogotá around the last 10 years a go and I think that Bogotá is a Very special city, you can live here (alone) with USD$900 - 1200 per month, two people can live with USD$1400 - 1700 per month (important: I live 10 minutes from the downtown)

Rent for a room USD$ 250
Rent for a small apartment USD$ 500
Services for a room USD$ 80
Transport USD$ 150 per month per person
Food USD$ 120 per month per one person
Food USD$ 200 per month per two people
Cinema: USD$ from 5 to 10
Beer: from 2 to 10 USD
Internet (5Mbps) + telephone (unlimited national calls) + cable + mobile phone (2Gb + 400 minutes) 100 USD
Public University: from 40 to 800USD per semester (Have the best quality)
Private university: from 600 USD to 8000 USD per semester (Are good but not like public universities)

That are average prices.


#Noel on Feb 13, 2013 :
I have lived in bogotá for 5 years (previusly lived in Dublin) and find it unjustifiably expensive. I am married with a younf a family, live in a middle class area (estrato 4), no rent/mortgage and could not live un less than 6 million pesos a month. 2 expenses not included here are health (piblic only COP 70k a month but private for 2 adults and 2 babies is about 700k a month), and for my 3 year old, for kindergarten wihout bus I pay COP650k a month). My (Colombian) wife and I are seriously considering leaving Colombia because Bogotá is such bad value, better standard of living and cost of livcing to be had elsewhere...
#Jim on Dec 09, 2012 :
I live here in Bogota, i think your prices are slightly inflated. You can get a national beer for about $COP1800 unless you head to a BBC or similar. The rental rices are also slightly higher I live in Strata 4 (north of the city) and pay$1400000 for a 1 bedroom place. the closer to the centre you get the cheaper though. Your utilities are to high I pay about $150000 a month for all. The prices are nowhere near London like states on another comment. All in all you save money here unless you live the high life, which is easy to do. And yes be careful of gringo prices
#alex on Nov 20, 2012 :
Rent per month is not than easy, there are a lot of places very expensive also there are poor areas where the rent is too low (i though in all the countries is the same way)
#James Gero on Jun 01, 2012 :
Rent can be alot more expensive than what you are quoting. Can be anything from £1700 - £2500 for a 3 bedroom apartment. Bogota has 6 status areas and price is so varied.

Anything larger can be upto 20m pesos for 600-700 sqm. per month. £8000 per month.

Purchasing property is the same - can be in a reasonable area - 3m pesos per sq m2 to 7m pesos in the best areas.

Utilities is off as well and this depends on your area. I pay for a 3 bed apartment at least twice as much for what is being quoted. Then you have services that is another £70-£500 depending on your area but can be even more if you are going extreme. Bogota is not as cheap if you have children and is comparable with London.
#John Rivers on Jul 20, 2011 :
Relatively updated, yes. However, the prices are very varible. Still one can get a beer in a bar for 0,70 USD, but you need to know where. And gringos can be charged 10 times that if they don't know. Hotel prices are very high and often of mediocre quality.
#Ryotaro Ishikawa on Feb 13, 2011 :
I Live in Bogota, Colombia and your figures are very updated and accurate

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