Cost of Living in Bogota

Summary about cost of living in Bogota:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12,000.00 Col$ 8,000.00-15,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70,000.00 Col$ 50,000.00-100,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 16,000.00 Col$ 13,000.00-20,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3,500.00 Col$ 2,500.00-6,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7,000.00 Col$ 4,500.00-10,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4,206.00 Col$ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2,504.44 Col$ 1,800.00-3,500.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1,990.00 Col$ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10,351.15 Col$ 7,570.83-13,248.94
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,714.09 Col$ 1,360.78-3,628.74
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,383.57 Col$ 907.19-2,267.96
Eggs (regular) (12) 4,956.00 Col$ 3,600.00-7,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5,124.45 Col$ 3,175.15-8,000.01
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5,181.35 Col$ 3,447.31-6,803.89
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6,996.46 Col$ 3,900.90-8,618.27
Apples (1 lb) 2,737.34 Col$ 1,814.37-3,628.74
Banana (1 lb) 1,191.48 Col$ 771.11-1,814.37
Oranges (1 lb) 1,242.28 Col$ 907.19-2,000.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1,465.97 Col$ 907.19-2,721.56
Potato (1 lb) 1,071.43 Col$ 680.39-1,814.37
Onion (1 lb) 1,274.12 Col$ 907.19-1,814.37
Lettuce (1 head) 2,521.52 Col$ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2,859.62 Col$ 2,000.00-3,800.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30,000.00 Col$ 20,000.00-50,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,778.54 Col$ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5,495.24 Col$ 4,000.00-7,200.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6,000.00 Col$ 5,000.00-7,000.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,400.00 Col$ 2,300.00-2,400.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120,000.00 Col$ 95,652.17-147,826.09
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4,500.00 Col$ 4,000.00-5,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8,046.72 Col$ 6,598.31-9,656.07
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20,000.00 Col$ 15,000.00-25,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 9,436.87 Col$ 9,000.00-9,800.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 50,000,000.00 Col$ 37,000,000.00-68,990,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 66,779,736.84 Col$ 50,000,000.00-75,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 260,734.14 Col$ 150,000.00-425,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 164.89 Col$ 100.00-200.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 104,791.67 Col$ 70,000.00-150,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 90,021.72 Col$ 60,000.00-150,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26,565.22 Col$ 15,000.00-40,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13,000.00 Col$ 10,000.00-15,307.23
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 723,234.04 Col$ 250,000.00-1,200,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,767,500.00 Col$ 6,000,000.00-30,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 172,633.78 Col$ 100,000.00-300,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 106,637.70 Col$ 60,000.00-180,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 257,625.30 Col$ 200,000.00-350,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 243,984.06 Col$ 150,000.00-350,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,179,166.67 Col$ 800,000.00-1,500,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 868,983.05 Col$ 500,000.00-1,450,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,064,408.47 Col$ 1,500,000.00-3,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,509,478.87 Col$ 900,000.00-2,500,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 551,672.24 Col$ 371,609.07-743,218.13
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 429,103.38 Col$ 278,706.80-650,315.87
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,062,459.60 Col$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.45 10.00-14.00

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Last update: October 2019
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28 Comments so far

#Anonymas on May 30, 2019 :
What about 3500000 cop for monthly expenses including rent.
Is it possible to live a decent life there in this much amount.
#Anonymous on May 29, 2019 :
Current exchange rate USD to Cop is 3,378.55 pesos.It's obvious the Colombian government misses the $550 million USD the U S gave them for so many years for drug iradification that Colombia never had to pay back.But those days are over the U S doesn't send one penny anymore nor will they either.Colombia reniged on their promise to iradicate drugs but instead speeded up drug cultivation.Colombians can forget about visiting the U S too especially since a big visa wall is being built.SIX PESOS TO THE DOLLAR BY AUGUST 2019 will become a reality in Colombia, rest assured.
#Anonymous on May 28, 2019 :
None of these prices are correct since the peso is losing value.
#The Swiss on May 28, 2019 :
Answer to #mish.mish:
With this salary you are absolutely ok as single.
It gives 3 different salaries-systems: All with basic under 13 SMMLV ($10,765,507) are CONTRATO LABORAL SALARIO BASICO. All over 13 SMMLV ($10,765,508) are CONTRATO LABORAL SALARIO INTEGRAL. The third is PRESTACION DE SERVICIOS.
If your salary basic is $9,418,856, then you must have CONTRATO LABORAL SALARIO BASICO or PRESTACION DE SERVICIOS, but I think it will be first.
With $9,418,856 and Salario basico you get net after tax $7,799,234. If you buy Supplementary or extended health insurance to your basic you must pay approx. $512,831 monthly. What means your real net salary after tax will be $7,286,403. Now monthly for Apartment 40-50m2 furnished 1 bedroom $2,150,000 (unfurnished $1,550,000), If you buy furniture for 1 bedroom apartment it will be approx. 21 millions for all (incl. tv, pc, washing maschine and dryer, etc.), Utilities (Water, Electricity) $273,000 , maybe Tenant insurance $90,000 , Internet/TV/Phone/Mobilphone $366,905 , Public transport 3 rides with change every day (per month $234,000), Meals at normal restaurant $290,000 , Breakfast and Dinner at home which you do cooking $220,000 ,Fitnesscenter $120,000. Now if you subtract all this you will have $3,539,498. The following things have to be subtracted from $3,539,498: Tobaco, Leisure, Gifts, Clothes, Corporal hygiene, Home hygiene, Appliances&Home utensils, Others such as Public bathroom or prints, Official documents such as certificates and others, Travels. That's all. Kind regards

P.S.: We are owner of a nice 1-bedroom apartment (47m2) furnished near Ecopetrol at 9th floor. Actually it is occupated, but they will go after October. The lease is $1,250,000 for 2019 and minimum duration 6-months lease.
#Anonymous on May 28, 2019 :
I was sendig to you the actual prices. Here some prices where this table have to much difference with the reality. Following the real prices for normal quality how we do know it in Switzerland/Canada, etc.:
*RESTAURANT:Capuchino $5,500 - *MARKETS: Loaf of Fresh White Bread $4,000 - Rice $4,200 - 30 Eggs $9,050 - 1Kg Local Cheese $16,600 -1Kg Chicken Breasts $7,600 - 1Kg Beef Round $18,000 - 1Kg Apples $5,750 - 1Kg Banana $1,830 - 1Kg Orange $1,450 - 1Kg Tomato $2,800 - 1Kg Potato $1,920 - 1Kg Onion $2,727 (red one $5,450) - 1 head Lettuce $1,600 - Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) $60,000 - Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) $8,000 - *TRANSPORTATION: Monthly Pass (Regular Price) don't exist, but I pay monthly for all singleways $245,000 - Taxi Start $4,400 - Taxi 1Km $881 - 1L Gasoline $3,551 - New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline $70,000,000 - New Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort $80,000,000 - New Renault KWID Zen $33,000,000 - *UTILITIES:1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $120 - Internet $164,900 - *SPORTS AD LEISURE: Tennis Court Rent $15,000 - Cinema $18,000 - Club/Disco entry $30,000 to 80,000 - Concert $150,000 ... - *CHILDCARE: Preschool monthly $2,200,000 - International Primary School 1 year $24,000,000 (by Kindergarden and School you must be carefull. If you want quality, quality humans, no drugs at School, then you must pay this. - *CLOTHING AND SHOES: If you want orignal 1 Pair of Jeans Levis 501 $214,900 - 1 Summer Dress Zara $239,000 In Bogota you can buy cheap and quality at ALMACENES ONLY or in the CityCenter (be VEEERY carefull in the CityCenter, dont take mobilphone and much money with you!) - *RENT PER MONTH: First of all, no one idiot goes to lease in CityCenter. Search apartments in LOCATION CHAPINERO EAST between Carrera 4 and 13 or LOCATION USAQUEN between Calle 100 to 134 and Carrera 4 to 19 ( - Apartment 1 bethroom $1,400,000 - Apartment 2to3 bethroom $1,800,000 to $2,400,000 - *BUY APARTMENT PRICE: Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre $5,181,818 - Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre (CHAPINERO $4,768,000 - CHAPINERO ALTO 5,999,390) - *SALARIES: Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) $1,293,032 (The most people talk that they have the minimum, but the true is that they have more and do not pay tax! It's unbeliveble but true!) - Comments to Bogota and population: After 10 years here i can say one: Be carefull here, don't trust no one Colombian (do it only if he's from a famaly of higher income minimum 5 millions monthly), here they lie all the time specially if they see you are foreigner, here they search all the time to cheat and steel, it gives no one day where you walk 500meters without to smell marihuana in the air, and this where i live in one of the best quarter! The poor are more brutal. You must be very carefull in situations where anothers offend you (ignore only and walk your way, because colombians are specialist to offend/provocate but they are strengh only with weapons and they like to use them!)
#Anonymous on May 13, 2019 :
Current exchange rate is 3,295 pesos to $1 USD.Great news for expats bad news for Colombians.Trumps squeezing Colombia harder since the Colombian government hasn't curbed it's cocaine distribution.The U S government gives Colombia 450 million per year that's gone now annually.The U S isn't buying anything else from Colombia.The peso should hit 6,000 cop to $1 USD by August. " GO TRUMP "
#Anonymous on May 01, 2019 :
Prices are over the top expensive, especially in Bogota, tourists normally don't scrutinise prices because they expect to pay more while on vacation.I lived in Bogota for 13 years as a retired expat, but left in February due to rapidly rising cost of living.Bogota will be the most expensive city in Colombia hands down, but that's to be expected especially since there's a large population of expats living there.Medellin is on the same level cost wise,also, however Medellin is the most modern city in Colombia,hands down.My advice skip Colombia all together if retiring because 8 or so years ago it was affordable to retire there,or don't visit Colombia at all due to danger not only for tourists but for locals too.Costs and safety we're the only reasons I left Colombia even though I lived in a very nice area it didn't matter.Prices here should be atleast,30% more overall.
#Jonathan Lusher on Apr 23, 2019 :
Many of the prices that have received scutiny here seem to be from tourists. Of course, if you examine the city of Orlando but just take into account your experiences at Disney World, etc. you're going to find vast differences as well. Now scale the aforementioned example to Latin America.
#Angel Morales on Apr 19, 2019 :
Having visited Bogota three times, my wife and I absolutely love it! The people, weather, cost of living and sites, make it worthwhile. People are humble, kind and inviting. Is there crime? I am sure that there is crime but then again, it depends on where you go and and at what time. The idea is to be aware of your surroundings wherever you go. Being bilingual, language is not a problem for me. What I find to be nice is that many Colombians will attempt to speak to you in Spanish so that they can practice. We have decided that we want to live 3-4 months of the year in Bogota during the summer. We have no intention of buying a place to live just yet. Unless something changes drastically, Bogota is on the list for us.
#Anonymous on Mar 31, 2019 :
@mish mish

Yes. That's a very good income for Colombia
##mish.mish on Mar 14, 2019 :
I’m negotiating my pay in Bogota, the are offering 9,418,856.55. Would that be enough to get a house in a safe area and to support 2 people overall?
How much are taxes?
#Anonymous on Feb 07, 2019 :
Bogota is way over rated extremely dangerous and expensive.Bogota is basically a dump very dirty.The prices here don't reflect the cost of living by far.Double the prices is more like it.
#Anonymous on May 19, 2018 :
Hello guys,

Can I live with monthly salary 1,700,000 cop(including rent)?
#Mar on Apr 25, 2018 :
#ana korb, The crime rate in Soacha is one of the worst in Bogota Metropolitan Area.
#george on Dec 05, 2017 :
hi friends,
i am very surprised for one thing in colombia georgia country (near turkey ) also armenia etc. like these type of countries average salary is about 200 to 300 usd. apartment rent is about 200 usd. how people can eat food and they can survive. thanx for read my question.
#marina on Jul 04, 2017 :
Well your prices for many items are lower than they really are like rent. A one bedroom is about 2,000,000 A 3 course meal for two is at least $100.000 not 60,000.
#BogotaGuy on Jun 26, 2017 :
Hi Shaimaa,

Yes 2,213,152 cop is enough to live on for a month. That seems to be about average if you want to live fairly comfortably. Rent for one room in a shard flat will cost between 600,000 and 1,000,000 (which is expensive) and you can eat all you food out every day for roughly 30,000 to 40,000 cop per day. If you rent an apartment for 800,000 and cook at home occasionally you will be fine !
#Shaimaa on Apr 20, 2017 :
is 2,213,151 COP Monthly salary enough to cover one person living expenses(rent included) in Bogota?
#Rob on Mar 24, 2017 :
Hi all, I'm a white man from the UK I've been travelling to Colombia on and off for around 4 years now, and fallen in love with the Bogota. The cost of living I've found to be very reasonable compared to prices in the UK but its all subjective and very much depends what areas you in and what you are used to at home, the Colombian people have been warm, kind and welcoming, the street food is delicious and the climate is just like home. I'm planning to move to Barranquilla for a couple if years (if I can cope with the heat) and would like to rent out my apartment fully furnished but noticed that is not so common in Colombia. Can any locals advise if I would be better off taking furniture with me or waiting for the right tenant to rent it as is?

Thanks in advance,

P.s. I'd recommend anyone considering visiting Bogota to do it, it may just capture your heart too.
#ana korb on Mar 06, 2017 :
hi. I am helping a relative update their apt in Soacha and I have a cousin helping me with this long distance.Super honest.My question is it out of range for it to cost 300.000 pesos for labor to change the plumbing from house to the street.It is a small place with two bedrooms,one bathroom and a small patio in back in the municipality of Soacha.It is gated.With our exchange rate and compared to our costs in the states it is very reasonable however I want to make sure they are being honest with my cousin.thank you all!
#Frank Murray on Feb 10, 2017 :

I will be traveling to Bogota within the four months.
I hope to be working and living in Bogota within
the next 6-8 months. I am inquiring about living
costs and quality of life for a single male.

#sergio spitia on Jan 05, 2017 :
I'm from Bogota and I do really agree with final Johaness' conclusions (Aug 22,2016 comment) regarding inequiality in Bogota standard of living in different city areas. Unfortunately, it is a common characteristic of political corruption and lack of opportunities of progress for the working class. However, the security,people's kindness and cost o living have been improving in the last 10 years. I hope my city can offer better expreciences to travelers every day.
#Johannes on Aug 22, 2016 :
Some of these prices are way off. I'd like to know where people are buying cheese, beef and chicken at those prices, because in any supermarket I've been to the going price is almost twice as high.

I just checked and a VW Golf actually costs 65 million COP, not 45 million as they say here. Petrol is also more expensive, as the cheap kind is very low octane fuel, that kind is not sold in Europe anymore. What they call in Colombia super is like regular petrol in Europe. Petrol in Colombia is actually slightly more expensive than in the US, but cheaper than in Europe.

And what kind of restaurant charges 3000 COP for a beer? That's practically the same price as a supermarket. As elsewhere on this planet, in any half-decent joint they'll charge you 2-3 times that price.

The biggest difference, however, is in rent and utilities. Colombia is a country with very high social inequality, where housing can cost 20 times more in a neighbourhood than in the next. Renting a 3 bedroom flat in a decent, upper middle class neighbourhood will cost you at least 1000€ a month. And expect to pay half a million euros, at the very least, for a detached house in a decent area of Bogota (most people live in flats, it's a very densely populated city).
#heyyy on Aug 08, 2016 :
@Adam, The salary is not bad, you could get a 1 bedroom apartment and UberX all around. Regarding the discrimination, no worries, here we are a bunch of coffee coloured people with sprinkles of dark and white chocolate
#Adam on Jul 29, 2016 :
I am a Brit of South Asian heritage who has been offered a job in Bogota. The salary is 4,000,000 COP a month. Is that enough for comfortable living?

I am coffee coloured - am I likely to face discrimination?
#Chilly Willy on Jul 08, 2016 :
I am moving the hell away from Colombia (likely to Europe) since currently the government is releasing THOUSANDS of prisoners from jails, including many that were never processed. This goes along with govt. policies intended to surrender the country to terrorism and communism, much like Cuba or Venezuela. The good things in the city, entertainment, food rentals, etc, are expensive as most every business pays "taxes" to organized criminals for "protection" and these "expenses" are simply passed to everyone. Beware of taking a taxi..! It is very dangerous. Can not have a car, the streets have huge potholes, and locals drive like mental patients, incredible traffic jams are seen daily. Police could not care less for traffic of general safety, or even care for themselves.
#Chilly Willy on Jul 08, 2016 :
Rent prices shown here, are totally misleading. Prices in city center are actually very low as it is an extremely depressed, undesirable and unsafe area. The entire city is UNSAFE, day or night, even upper class neighborhoods away from city center. Transportation is unreliable, buses do NOT stop in regulated signaled stops. Transmilenio (a sort of a simplistic metro at street level on rubber wheels like buses) is much more dependable and reliable, but plagued with misfits, outcasts and drug addicts like most of the city.
#cristina on Feb 15, 2016 :
For everyone asking: Bogotá is safe as long as you take care, as any big city you'll go. Just don't go to lonely places and take care of your personal objects when you're in the bus or in the street. If you're coming as a tourist, better ask for a tour guide, so you won't get lost and you'll go to the best places and be safe.