Cost of Living in Colombo

Summary about cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 300.00 Rs 200.00-800.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,500.00 Rs 2,000.00-9,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 968.52 Rs 800.00-1,200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 300.00 Rs 180.00-500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 550.00 Rs 350.00-794.28
Cappuccino (regular) 437.95 Rs 250.00-700.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 110.77 Rs 60.00-223.34
Water (12 oz small bottle) 46.50 Rs 35.00-80.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 913.72 Rs 643.52-1,022.06
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 68.84 Rs 49.90-235.87
Rice (white), (1 lb) 51.98 Rs 43.54-68.04
Eggs (regular) (12) 257.73 Rs 180.00-330.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,144.45 Rs 771.11-1,814.37
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 276.28 Rs 204.12-362.87
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 498.39 Rs 351.45-698.53
Apples (1 lb) 229.09 Rs 90.72-376.48
Banana (1 lb) 85.17 Rs 45.36-136.08
Oranges (1 lb) 218.11 Rs 90.72-294.84
Tomato (1 lb) 75.74 Rs 45.36-136.08
Potato (1 lb) 84.43 Rs 45.36-113.40
Onion (1 lb) 75.23 Rs 45.36-99.79
Lettuce (1 head) 166.37 Rs 80.00-500.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 80.42 Rs 70.00-125.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,825.00 Rs 1,500.00-3,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 329.80 Rs 220.00-450.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 436.72 Rs 350.00-550.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1,400.00 Rs 1,300.00-1,800.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 25.00 Rs 15.00-50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,500.00 Rs 750.00-2,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 50.00 Rs 50.00-80.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 80.47 Rs 72.42-112.65
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 Rs 100.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 540.34 Rs 446.68-635.95
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,000,000.00 Rs 4,400,000.00-7,319,043.65
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,559,615.38 Rs 5,000,000.00-8,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 11,369.58 Rs 5,000.00-20,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.47 Rs 1.50-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,414.62 Rs 2,000.00-6,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,166.67 Rs 1,500.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,156.82 Rs 500.00-1,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 800.00 Rs 600.00-1,100.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 10,765.65 Rs 5,000.00-25,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 209,826.09 Rs 120,000.00-480,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 5,173.33 Rs 2,500.00-10,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,781.82 Rs 2,000.00-6,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 10,599.45 Rs 5,000.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,493.25 Rs 3,500.00-8,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 81,123.49 Rs 45,000.00-200,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 32,166.67 Rs 15,000.00-75,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 208,984.72 Rs 85,000.00-400,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 69,375.00 Rs 35,000.00-150,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 48,427.07 Rs 29,999.75-92,902.27
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 22,887.55 Rs 13,935.34-37,160.91
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 56,488.73 Rs
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.77 9.00-17.00

Prices in Colombo

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Last update: January 2021
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4 Comments so far
Ted Baker on Dec 22, 2019:
I can tell you that the cost of property is ridiculous. More expensive than Western Europe. We thought it would be cheaper to live in Colombo but it's not. I was horrified at the rent prices they were asking. I am talking about a good apartment, well furnished, a good building in a nice area by Western standards. Your other option is to live in a run down building with people cooking on the balcony and roaches as big as your thumb. Food is cheap and mostly good. If you smoke, I feel sorry for you. Buying cigarettes is expensive and only in supermarkets. Taxis are VERY cheap. Uber is a great choice if you don't want to get scammed. Cars are very expensive but you have to be a bit crazy to want to drive in Sri Lanka anyway. My opinion is that Sri Lanka is too expensive for the quality of life, medicare, public transport, hygiene, safety and quality of service. If you are an expat, you will find it extremely difficult to adjust. You can't even take a walk in peace, as every 10 seconds someone will be pulling up and asking if you need a taxi or gemstones or tea which gets extremely annoying. The malls are tiny. You can walk around them in 5 minutes. The only peace you will have is in your home.
Zainab on Jun 19, 2019:
The cost of living in Sri Lanka has always been high compared to India and Pakistan!
The cost of food is high. Electricity and Water etc are ok compared to Australia. Petrol is the same. Clothing too has always been expensive in Lanja with not much choice! An Aussie friend of mine told me that the quality of shopping was ooor in Colombo! This is true. I just wonder how the poor survive with the high cost of living!
Anonymous on Mar 31, 2019:
I live in France since 20 years , Sri Lanka is not so cheep it’s almost same like here in France, but some are more cheep in France than SriLanka, Kamal
sam on Feb 14, 2018:
These figures are debatable, if you are earning foreign currency and wants to go and live in Sri Lanka these figures may be correct, but if you are earning locally and for an working class people and middle class people, these figure are wrong and they feel the hit on their pocket. Also the rich are poor gap in Sri Lanka is very high.