Cost of Living in Cali

Summary of cost of living in Cali, Colombia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15,000.00 Col$ 12,000.00-40,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120,000.00 Col$ 65,000.00-200,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25,500.00 Col$ 25,000.00-30,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4,500.00 Col$ 2,500.00-8,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10,000.00 Col$ 7,000.00-15,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 6,363.64 Col$ 4,000.00-8,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3,636.36 Col$ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2,750.00 Col$ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 18,820.20 Col$ 15,141.65-26,497.89
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 6,164.90 Col$ 3,628.74-8,155.60
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2,518.57 Col$ 1,905.09-3,175.15
Eggs (regular) (12) 8,969.23 Col$ 7,680.00-10,800.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 8,902.74 Col$ 4,535.93-13,607.79
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 10,460.63 Col$ 4,082.34-12,700.60
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 16,468.48 Col$ 9,071.86-19,041.83
Apples (1 lb) 4,832.32 Col$ 2,721.56-6,123.50
Banana (1 lb) 1,640.51 Col$ 1,088.62-2,267.96
Oranges (1 lb) 2,414.77 Col$ 1,020.58-5,000.01
Tomato (1 lb) 2,347.97 Col$ 1,133.98-3,300.00
Potato (1 lb) 2,128.08 Col$ 1,200.00-3,628.74
Onion (1 lb) 2,357.15 Col$ 1,814.37-2,621.77
Lettuce (1 head) 3,680.00 Col$ 3,000.00-4,580.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3,423.75 Col$ 1,500.00-5,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 37,500.00 Col$ 25,000.00-60,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4,438.91 Col$ 2,933.00-6,000.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7,961.38 Col$ 4,500.00-11,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 9,850.00 Col$ 9,500.00-10,000.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2,700.00 Col$ 2,700.00-3,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 41,850.00 Col$ 0.00-83,700.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6,250.00 Col$ 5,000.00-6,500.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 12,874.76 Col$ 12,070.08-12,874.76
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 35,000.00 Col$ 30,000.00-50,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 13,398.27 Col$ 9,577.09-14,562.48
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 82,495,000.00 Col$ 68,000,000.00-90,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 125,680,000.00 Col$ 123,900,000.00-130,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 276,466.69 Col$ 200,909.09-354,166.67
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 38,444.44 Col$ 26,892.33-100,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 91,655.56 Col$ 60,000.00-170,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 89,400.00 Col$ 55,865.83-250,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 30,000.00 Col$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 21,500.00 Col$ 18,000.00-40,000.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,150,000.00 Col$ 900,000.00-1,500,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 25,333,333.33 Col$ 16,000,000.00-40,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 206,666.67 Col$ 150,000.00-320,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 229,000.00 Col$ 90,000.00-500,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 403,333.33 Col$ 290,000.00-700,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 471,500.00 Col$ 350,000.00-600,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,157,142.86 Col$ 900,000.00-1,500,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 883,333.33 Col$ 600,000.00-1,100,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,100,000.00 Col$ 1,200,000.00-3,500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,540,000.00 Col$ 1,400,000.00-2,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 423,338.74 Col$ 371,609.07-557,413.60
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 401,760.08 Col$ 297,287.25-536,975.10
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,746,891.50 Col$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 11.65 9.00-14.00

Prices in Cali

This city had 530 entries in the past 12 months by 46 different contributors.
Last update: May 2024
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6 Comments so far
Anonymous on Feb 20, 2024:
Cali may be affordable but I was unfortunately pistol whipped and robbed in broad daylight while just walking to the gym. This took place in la Flora neighborhood which is supposed to be relatively safe during the day. Stay away from Cali, too many criminals.
Anonymous on Feb 10, 2022:

Cali loves visitors just like you to rob very nieve.
Anonymous on Dec 08, 2021:
Cali is a sespool full of brain dead pigmies.
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.
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.