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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 65,000.00 Col$ 50,000.00-80,000.00
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$ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7,000.00 Col$ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4,244.84 Col$ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,391.07 Col$ 1,700.00-3,500.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,048.46 Col$ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10,881.89 Col$ 7,570.83-12,113.32
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,555.38 Col$ 1,814.37-3,628.74
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,485.52 Col$ 1,133.98-2,267.96
Eggs (regular) (12) 4,826.92 Col$ 3,600.00-8,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4,411.92 Col$ 2,267.96-5,443.11
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5,114.55 Col$ 2,721.56-9,071.86
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6,304.94 Col$ 4,535.93-8,391.47
Apples (1 lb) 2,375.74 Col$ 1,000.00-3,628.74
Banana (1 lb) 1,197.97 Col$ 907.19-1,814.37
Oranges (1 lb) 1,345.10 Col$ 907.19-2,721.56
Tomato (1 lb) 1,176.80 Col$ 816.47-1,814.37
Potato (1 lb) 1,124.78 Col$ 453.59-2,267.96
Onion (1 lb) 1,179.86 Col$ 680.39-1,814.37
Lettuce (1 head) 2,337.73 Col$ 1,000.00-4,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3,170.00 Col$ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30,000.00 Col$ 20,000.00-35,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,955.56 Col$ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7,079.05 Col$ 5,000.00-11,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5,000.00 Col$ 4,000.00-6,000.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,200.00 Col$ 2,000.00-2,200.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 96,000.00 Col$ 70,000.00-125,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4,350.00 Col$ 4,000.00-5,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 7,242.05 Col$ 6,437.38-9,656.07
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20,000.00 Col$ 15,000.00-30,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8,319.49 Col$ 7,949.37-8,900.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 48,502,350.00 Col$ 35,000,000.00-64,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 63,731,794.40 Col$ 43,000,000.00-80,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 245,213.41 Col$ 120,000.00-408,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 180.08 Col$ 100.00-300.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 93,764.86 Col$ 60,000.00-150,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 119,169.73 Col$ 80,000.00-200,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 37,511.57 Col$ 15,000.00-80,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12,500.00 Col$ 10,000.00-18,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 832,611.04 Col$ 450,000.00-1,206,408.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,957,142.86 Col$ 14,400,000.00-36,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 178,813.40 Col$ 100,000.00-250,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 134,875.37 Col$ 80,000.00-200,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 243,262.48 Col$ 180,000.00-300,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 223,875.28 Col$ 150,000.00-300,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,112,894.74 Col$ 700,000.00-1,700,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 863,513.51 Col$ 500,000.00-1,450,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,980,267.37 Col$ 1,300,000.00-3,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,504,049.55 Col$ 1,100,000.00-2,300,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 505,129.31 Col$ 371,609.07-743,218.13
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 406,435.97 Col$ 278,706.80-603,864.73
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,256,190.00 Col$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 12.27 10.00-15.00

Prices in Bogota

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Last update: November 2017
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27 Comments so far

#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,
Rob.

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 :
Hello,

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.

Regards,
#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 :
Hi,
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: juliak06@hotmail.com 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.

Thanks
#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