Cost of Living in Bogota

Summary about cost of living in Bogota, Colombia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13,000.00 Col$ 8,000.00-25,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80,000.00 Col$ 55,000.00-130,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 18,000.00 Col$ 15,000.00-20,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5,000.00 Col$ 2,500.00-8,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 9,500.00 Col$ 6,000.00-15,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4,585.81 Col$ 2,000.00-9,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2,652.87 Col$ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2,272.09 Col$ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10,206.05 Col$ 7,192.28-12,870.40
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,646.16 Col$ 1,814.37-4,989.52
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,745.11 Col$ 907.19-2,267.96
Eggs (regular) (12) 5,925.53 Col$ 3,300.00-10,560.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5,513.21 Col$ 2,267.96-9,071.86
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5,513.92 Col$ 3,175.15-9,071.86
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8,040.37 Col$ 3,628.74-13,607.79
Apples (1 lb) 3,324.73 Col$ 1,608.46-4,989.52
Banana (1 lb) 1,706.91 Col$ 907.19-4,082.34
Oranges (1 lb) 1,585.62 Col$ 618.64-4,535.93
Tomato (1 lb) 1,641.33 Col$ 907.19-3,000.00
Potato (1 lb) 1,259.83 Col$ 500.00-3,175.15
Onion (1 lb) 1,331.92 Col$ 907.19-2,267.96
Lettuce (1 head) 2,253.85 Col$ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2,626.97 Col$ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30,000.00 Col$ 16,000.00-45,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3,170.82 Col$ 2,500.00-5,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6,245.16 Col$ 3,500.00-12,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8,000.00 Col$ 6,000.00-10,000.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,500.00 Col$ 2,400.00-2,800.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 148,043.48 Col$ 90,000.00-168,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5,000.00 Col$ 4,100.00-6,500.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 9,656.07 Col$ 7,242.05-12,874.76
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20,000.00 Col$ 15,000.00-35,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 9,144.25 Col$ 8,300.00-10,823.52
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 65,000,000.00 Col$ 40,000,000.00-80,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 74,062,592.59 Col$ 70,000,000.00-82,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 269,288.71 Col$ 170,000.00-600,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 212.57 Col$ 100.00-300.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 99,441.67 Col$ 80,000.00-150,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 88,941.67 Col$ 60,000.00-250,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 35,607.14 Col$ 15,000.00-60,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15,000.00 Col$ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,061,764.71 Col$ 400,000.00-2,500,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 25,561,379.31 Col$ 12,000,000.00-38,400,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 180,088.24 Col$ 90,000.00-280,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 128,178.57 Col$ 60,000.00-200,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 288,787.88 Col$ 160,000.00-400,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 248,928.57 Col$ 130,000.00-400,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,456,666.67 Col$ 1,000,000.00-2,500,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,029,687.50 Col$ 600,000.00-1,600,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,786,217.01 Col$ 1,700,000.00-5,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,858,456.54 Col$ 1,200,000.00-3,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 617,960.25 Col$ 464,511.33-929,022.67
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 472,393.95 Col$ 325,157.93-743,218.13
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,240,287.32 Col$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.65 7.50-15.72

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21 Comments so far
Anonymous on Apr 17, 2021:
Could one live comfortably with a salary of 4.500.000 pesos?
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2021:
Bogota has never been safe homicides are the daily norm. Just crossing the street can be lethal. Bogota isn't handicap friendly something to remember if you have a disability.Never depend upon red lights nobody stops. Never stand close to the curb on a corner either people cut the corners with their vehicles and many have been run over be safe.
Anonymous on Dec 19, 2020:
I wouldn't recommend renting anything in Bogota until things get somewhat back to normal for this reason.Even though I have a one year lease on my apartment the Colombia government gave landlords the green light to increase rents by 30% more as mine did even though i still have 8 months left on my lease,beware.
Jose on Mar 21, 2020:
In general I Agree.
However on "Rent per Month" specifically for international student could be too much cheaper if you shared your aparment in outside of centre since 450000 Cop
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 !