Cost of Living in Bogota

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 39.09
Rent Index: 14.45
Groceries Index: 34.02
Restaurants Index: 28.72
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 27.27
Local Purchasing Power: 37.06
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12,000.00 Col$ 8,659.50-16,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65,000.00 Col$ 50,000.00-90,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15,000.00 Col$ 12,000.00-20,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3,000.00 Col$ 2,200.00-4,000.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6,000.00 Col$ 5,000.00-8,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3,962.67 Col$ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,236.50 Col$ 1,700.00-3,000.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,018.18 Col$ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10,454.18 Col$ 7,570.83-12,113.32
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,687.34 Col$ 1,814.37-3,628.74
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,686.72 Col$ 907.19-2,267.96
Eggs (12) 4,953.33 Col$ 3,600.00-7,216.25
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5,079.75 Col$ 3,175.15-7,257.49
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6,069.32 Col$ 2,721.56-9,071.86
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7,734.32 Col$ 5,443.11-9,979.04
Apples (1 lb) 2,463.37 Col$ 1,587.58-4,036.98
Banana (1 lb) 1,224.84 Col$ 907.19-2,267.96
Oranges (1 lb) 1,400.44 Col$ 725.75-2,618.59
Tomato (1 lb) 1,387.83 Col$ 816.47-2,267.96
Potato (1 lb) 1,507.03 Col$ 861.83-2,267.96
Onion (1 lb) 1,259.07 Col$ 589.67-1,814.37
Lettuce (1 head) 2,140.62 Col$ 1,300.00-3,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3,426.32 Col$ 2,200.00-5,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 35,000.00 Col$ 25,000.00-45,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,705.56 Col$ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7,036.84 Col$ 4,000.00-11,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 4,500.00 Col$ 4,000.00-5,500.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,000.00 Col$ 2,000.00-2,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80,000.00 Col$ 60,000.00-120,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4,000.00 Col$ 3,800.00-4,600.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 6,437.38 Col$ 5,632.71-8,046.72
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 17,600.00 Col$ 12,000.00-25,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7,892.95 Col$ 7,570.83-9,000.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 48,450,000.00 Col$ 35,000,000.00-60,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 65,000,000.00 Col$ 40,000,000.00-81,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 232,758.34 Col$ 120,000.00-364,285.71
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 204.88 Col$ 100.00-300.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 80,661.54 Col$ 45,000.00-120,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 127,631.58 Col$ 65,000.00-250,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 31,315.79 Col$ 15,000.00-50,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12,250.00 Col$ 10,000.00-16,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,400,000.00 Col$ 1,200,000.00-1,500,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 25,166,666.67 Col$ 5,000,000.00-50,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 182,180.00 Col$ 100,000.00-250,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 140,486.49 Col$ 85,000.00-200,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 257,105.26 Col$ 200,000.00-350,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 218,280.64 Col$ 150,000.00-350,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,184,693.88 Col$ 800,000.00-1,500,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 998,863.64 Col$ 600,000.00-1,500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,968,085.11 Col$ 1,500,000.00-3,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,686,666.67 Col$ 1,000,000.00-2,500,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 468,227.42 Col$ 306,577.48-650,315.87
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 419,608.57 Col$ 278,706.80-650,315.87
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 1,181,275.94 Col$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 13.77 12.00-20.00

Prices in Bogota, Colombia

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Last update: February, 2017
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Cost of living in Bogota is 60.91% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 452.39$ (1,311,410.26Col$) and for four person family at 1,593.46$ (4,619,171.80Col$) (without rent).
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30 Comments so far

#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.
#Orram on May 27, 2015 :
Hi I just moved to Bogotá and this list is very acurated. Avoid big supermarkets. For cheap kitchen supplies go to the AGACHESE and for electronic appliances find an outlet that worked for me. I dont understand local buses (SITP BLUE ones) signs are a messy, find some help!
#Rodrigo on Feb 26, 2015 :
USD 700 is too much money just for paying utilities and food for two. Also in th ebest neighborhoods which are expensive for locals. As in another part of the world you have to use common sense. You can find all kind of prices and prices for anyone.. Bogota is a big city so there are many neoghborhoods which are not too safe. But i dont think if you a foreing you are not offered by your company to stay there. So good luck. If you wanna meet and live the city you must speak spanish.
#PK on Feb 22, 2015 :
Hi,I am an Asian and i have been asked to moved to Colombia on my project work. I would like to know if the place is safe for family? also is 700 USD enough per month on food and utilities for two people?
#Juan on Jan 15, 2015 :
The rent per month in Bogota is most chepeast.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre = 150,000 Col$ 120,000.00 - 300,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre = 180,000 Col$ 150,000.00 - 200,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre = 900,000 Col$ 800,000.00 - 1,200,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre = 800,000 Col$ 600,000.00 - 1,300,000.00
#Mauricio Rozo on Aug 06, 2014 :
Prices in Bogota are with polar differences. Being an unequal society you'll find that a one person meal can cost between US 2,50 and US 40. Same differences are in house renting and public services fees depending on the city sector. Bogota has six "social strata" or socioeconomical status being the "one" the poorest and "6" the wealthy. Depending on this are the the variables.
#JULIETH CAICEDO on Jul 29, 2014 :
Sorry I forgot to mention my e-mail address: or in facebook you can find me...
#JULIETH CAICEDO on Jul 29, 2014 :
Hello all,

I am Colombian and I am looking a person to share my appartment (a flatmate) but just from september, 2014 to december, 2014.
my appartment is in very safe zone of Bogota, the room is independient and all the bills are included.
I am a girl, I am 27 years and I would like a person who speak english to practice the language.
The price of the room is USD $ 250,00 or COP $ 500.000, this price include the parking(just in case)
If someone is interested, pls write to my e-mail and I will send you more details and some photos of the room... also I would need some information to confirm that everything is ok.

#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 :
#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.
#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
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 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 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 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...