Cost of Living in Cali

Summary about cost of living in Cali, Colombia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9,000.00 Col$ 7,000.00-12,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60,000.00 Col$ 40,000.00-120,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 17,000.00 Col$ 13,500.00-19,900.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3,000.00 Col$ 2,000.00-6,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7,000.00 Col$ 4,500.00-9,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4,250.00 Col$ 3,000.00-7,500.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2,912.50 Col$ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2,127.27 Col$ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10,007.68 Col$ 8,327.91-11,356.24
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,782.04 Col$ 1,905.09-4,263.77
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,431.41 Col$ 1,088.62-1,950.45
Eggs (regular) (12) 5,662.86 Col$ 4,200.00-8,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5,083.67 Col$ 2,721.56-9,060.01
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6,010.11 Col$ 2,948.35-9,071.86
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7,575.00 Col$ 4,535.93-9,933.68
Apples (1 lb) 2,332.76 Col$ 1,133.98-3,628.74
Banana (1 lb) 1,107.52 Col$ 907.19-1,360.78
Oranges (1 lb) 1,081.06 Col$ 453.59-1,814.37
Tomato (1 lb) 1,336.62 Col$ 408.23-1,814.37
Potato (1 lb) 1,009.57 Col$ 226.80-1,360.78
Onion (1 lb) 1,010.28 Col$ 544.31-1,360.78
Lettuce (1 head) 2,912.50 Col$ 800.00-8,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2,500.00 Col$ 1,500.00-8,500.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30,000.00 Col$ 23,000.00-40,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,462.39 Col$ 1,644.74-3,484.85
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4,883.33 Col$ 3,500.00-6,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6,400.00 Col$ 5,500.00-8,000.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,200.00 Col$ 2,100.00-2,400.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100,000.00 Col$ 74,400.00-130,434.78
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4,800.00 Col$ 4,000.00-6,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8,046.72 Col$ 7,563.92-10,782.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22,500.00 Col$ 15,000.00-50,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 9,036.43 Col$ 8,500.00-9,463.53
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 83,490,000.00 Col$ 75,000,000.00-83,490,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 76,014,285.71 Col$ 76,400,000.00-76,400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 188,800.74 Col$ 160,000.00-230,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 125.00 Col$ 100.00-200.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 98,888.89 Col$ 50,000.00-136,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 71,111.11 Col$ 50,000.00-120,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22,500.00 Col$ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12,500.00 Col$ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 621,428.57 Col$ 300,000.00-1,200,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,875,000.00 Col$ 12,000,000.00-29,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 187,750.00 Col$ 100,000.00-275,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 118,571.43 Col$ 60,000.00-150,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 268,750.00 Col$ 150,000.00-400,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 187,222.22 Col$ 100,000.00-250,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 635,714.29 Col$ 450,000.00-800,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 581,250.00 Col$ 400,000.00-750,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,537,500.00 Col$ 1,300,000.00-1,800,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,213,636.36 Col$ 1,000,000.00-1,600,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 318,522.06 Col$ 278,706.80-418,060.20
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 299,029.17 Col$ 232,255.67-464,511.33
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,221,428.57 Col$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 12.97 10.00-17.00

Prices in Cali

This city had 202 entries in the past 12 months by 19 different contributors.
Last update: February 2021
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11 Comments so far
ProTravel on Feb 08, 2021:
Hello everyone,

Well, because of Covid19 I was not able to do my traveling to Colombia as planned.

I heard that things are still really bad in Colombia and the numbers do not look good. Have there been any big law changes I should know about?

Also I have heard rumors that Mexico and Colombia even got the worse version of Covid that is more deadly + even some EBOLA cases, is this true?!

I am assuming it will not be safe to travel to Colombia for another 8-12 months minimum, but we will see what happens. I am not taking any chances, I have health problems including breathing issues, so I'm not doing any traveling at all until cases are down 95% from current levels, and vaccination rates are at least 60-70%.

And please no nonsense about how Covid is "fake", I know 9 people who died, and 3 others who recovered but now have serious health problems, one of them can barely walk without being out of breath. Covid is 100% real and deadly!
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2021:
Cali is one of the cheaper cities in Colombia to live in.
ALEJANDRO ROJAS MILLAN on May 22, 2020:
Good neighborghood for live in Cali:

High Class: Santa Rita, San Antonio, La Flora, EL Ingenio.

Middle Class: Limonar, Capri, Los Cambulos, Caney.

most of them located in the south of the city; the north of the city is very expensive, and downtown isnt good at least your work near here. I do not recommend Distrito de Aguablanca (East Cali); I also don't recommend Pance after univalle, too much traffic. Generally, neighborhoods located near 5th Street and 13th Street in the south after La Luna are the best.
ProTravel on Feb 11, 2020:
Hello Julian, thank you very much for your help. I will add this info to my notes. I am ok living somewhere without much to do as long as it is not too far from the city (within 20 mins or so, yes).

Mostly I am trying to avoid the pollution, and bad traffic. Also in smaller town/cities, perhaps a little less crime.

Also in smaller rural towns, perhaps it is easier to get to know some locals, I want to learn about the Colombian culture and have some neighbors to get to know and hopefully become friends with.

I will head there in the fall to visit, thank you again for your help.
Julian on Dec 16, 2019:
Hey ProTravel
Nearby cities are: Palmira (20 minutes), Jamundi (15 minutes), Yumbo (5 minutes), Candelaria (10 minutes), La Buitrera (15 minutes), La Reforma (5 minutes), La Sirena (10 minutes).

Yumbo is heavily industrialized, i wouldn't live there.
For Palmira you have to pay a toll in every way. That adds up. But Palmira is the only one large enough to be called a "city" among all other small towns near Cali.

Jamundi has heavy traffic in the way in/out of Cali (December 2019 until 2021) due to road constructions and beacuse the entrance to Cali is in the most congested zone (the universities zone).

Candelaria suffers from horrible traffic (december 2019 until around late 2020) in the way in/out of Cali as it's a single bridge and it's being rebuilt (there's another way but way too far and goes to the southern entrance of the city.

La Buitrera, la sirena, la reforma are not cities but "small rural towns" (corregimientos) surrounding Cali. You an find a rural environment and much better life quality but nothing else. There's no "life" there just housing and that's all (not local shops, no parks, etc.
ProTravel on Nov 15, 2019:
Hey guys, what is a nearby city to Cali with similar prices, but is a smaller city that is less busy, with less traffic and less pollution, etc?
Jenni on Sep 21, 2019:
Btw the house does not need to be in city, can be outside of city also thanks
Jenni on Sep 21, 2019:
Hey guys is Cali really this much cheaper than compared with other cities in Colombia?

Also, what is average range of prices to rent for 3 bedroom home in middle class neighborhood? Also that would be average cost for DUPLEX (rent half of house) in middle class neighborhood? In COP prices?

Thank you very much for any help.
Joe Mancini on Dec 20, 2018:
How well can I live off $3,500 a month. My colombian wife and I. I would prefer a estrada 6 lifestyle. I do speak Spanish. Feiz Navidad a todos mis amigos en Cali.
david on Dec 19, 2018:
very helpful. Many facts which confirm why I come here for a few months to save money as I live in wonderful but horrendously expensive Zurich most of the rest of the time. I often comment that there is less actual begging* in Cali than there is is Geneva.
* meaning asking for money without actually doing anything such as cleaning the windscreen.
Jim on Oct 26, 2017:
Very helpful, but what does it cost to buy and actual single bed there?