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Cost of Living in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 43.85
Rent Index: 13.10
Groceries Index: 52.03
Restaurants Index: 24.71
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 28.86
Local Purchasing Power: 27.90

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 250.00 Rs
180.00
325.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,000.00 Rs
1,500.00
3,500.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 600.00 Rs
500.00
800.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 180.00 Rs
150.00
200.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 400.00 Rs
250.00
450.00
Cappuccino (regular) 285.56 Rs
200.00
400.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 89.28 Rs
60.00
100.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 42.89 Rs
35.00
50.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 162.43 Rs
150.00
180.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 79.38 Rs
65.00
125.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 75.89 Rs
65.00
100.00
Eggs (12) 191.30 Rs
180.00
206.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 1,287.42 Rs
800.00
2,000.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 699.90 Rs
527.00
857.00
Apples (1kg) 380.83 Rs
350.00
430.00
Oranges (1kg) 355.08 Rs
300.00
400.00
Tomato (1kg) 108.01 Rs
80.00
131.07
Potato (1kg) 130.94 Rs
100.00
150.00
Lettuce (1 head) 100.18 Rs
50.00
131.07
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 95.26 Rs
70.00
120.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,250.00 Rs
1,100.00
2,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 181.16 Rs
163.84
200.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 278.75 Rs
180.00
400.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 667.69 Rs
500.00
698.24
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 26.11 Rs
20.00
50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,500.00 Rs
1,500.00
1,572.90
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 50.00 Rs
50.00
60.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 45.00 Rs
37.00
50.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 Rs
60.00
120.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 164.89 Rs
162.00
171.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,866,123.50 Rs
3,000,000.00
5,242,996.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 9,385.49 Rs
6,500.00
15,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.20 Rs
2.00
3.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,790.91 Rs
1,500.00
3,200.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 2,625.00 Rs
1,500.00
5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,714.29 Rs
1,000.00
2,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 500.00 Rs
380.00
600.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 3,681.88 Rs
2,500.00
6,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 2,775.17 Rs
1,500.00
4,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 8,961.24 Rs
6,500.00
12,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 4,107.14 Rs
3,000.00
5,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 42,301.07 Rs
25,000.00
65,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 20,358.56 Rs
15,000.00
30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 114,903.21 Rs
70,000.00
150,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 50,387.85 Rs
30,000.00
70,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 167,195.57 Rs
125,000.00
215,278.21
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 122,224.76 Rs
75,347.37
180,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 44,643.46 Rs
32,935.00
52,429.96
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 15.30
14.30
17.00

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Last update: November, 2014

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13 Comments so far

#farsath on Jun 12, 2014 :
Wow am living sri lanka one month 10000 $ living costs
#Tony Maruzzo on Mar 16, 2014 :
Oh my god, Stilankans always try to take money and rip off tourists. It's horrible to be taken to a freew ATM machine !
#sammy on Jan 17, 2014 :
Although I haven't lived or been to Sri Lanka I love the country and it's people.

I have friends from Sri Lanka and they have told me much about their country and the way of life.

There is a lot of criticism about the management of the country and how the economy can be unfair to so many people ..
A huge wealth divide ..

But, generally I think it's a marvellous country and most young people in Colombo speak English as a second language.

For people in the west the cost of living in Colombo is quite low .. a single person could live on $1000 a month
and if you were to go and live in Kandy then it's probably half that.
#Supun Kulatunga on Jan 10, 2014 :
Tourist they talk about in Dollars thats why dont know how Costly is Sri Lanka. If you compare Qatar with Colombo I would definitely say Qatar is more economical than Sri Lanka. I have lived in Qatar formore than 7 months. And Im currently living in Sri Lanka. Take a Taxi driver, chargers 56 for the 1st km in sri lanka, but after 750m the meter would strat adding, cause all meters are tampered. Careful on what you read on Government statistics, 75% is lies.
#david on Jan 06, 2014 :
Kandy in the central district/ hill country is probably around half the cost of living when compared to Colombo.

The exception would be for imported goods .. but for housing and basic local food it's a lot cheaper.

The people of Sri Lanka are very friendly and accommodating.

If you can help the locals with employment opportunities it would be an enormous boost because most people
have to live on very little money.
#Devi on Dec 26, 2013 :
Thank you very much for your information .
#Sheril Costa on Dec 16, 2013 :
I lived there for a long time and most of the information are correct. However to live a general life in Colombo, it is a known fact that a person require at least $1000 per month. I lived with my husband for about 3 years since 2009 and at the time we leave the island, our cost of living per month was approx. $1500 per head. Costs are kept on rising especially in Colombo and suburbs. Our rent for a 2000 sq.feet apartment had rose from $1000 to $1500 when we leave due to demand.

So unless you can earn money at least $3000 for two heads, Colombo is not a good place to live. People are lovely, facilities are there, but the cost of living is becoming worst. We now live in Melbourne, Australia and here it is no better than that.

I hope the admins will update the figures with current ones soon. I will occasionally visit this site to find out the latest.

Thank you!
#caroleena on Oct 03, 2013 :
I'm just trying to figure out what an American $20.00 bill can buy when I send it to my pen pal as a gift. So she could buy a movie ticket, a coke and an inexpensive lunch. I hope I figured it right. AND I hope she can change it into her money w/o much problem.
#Ed on Sep 18, 2013 :
Can someone tell me what the cost of renting a 2 or 3 bedroom house would be? Outside of city center.

Thanks.
#siddique on Apr 20, 2013 :
Cost of living in colombo is very high for local sri lankans and not for foreigners.
#man on Feb 07, 2013 :
Right now i am in colombo.. And the rates are almost same.. Due to inflation it may rise in coming days... Good info.. Worth refering before to make visit.
#Mladen on Dec 13, 2012 :
I've heard from visitor of the website that the prices in Colombo, Sri Lanka are continually rising. Due to high inflation more recent inputs are needed to have good dataset.
#ruth on Oct 10, 2012 :
this is very informative whether your are planning to settle or just visiting. it helps a lot with budgetting and comparing prices.

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