Cost of Living in Colombo

Summary about cost of living in Colombo, Sri Lanka:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 450.00 Rs 200.00-1,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 4,000.00 Rs 2,500.00-8,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 1,175.00 Rs 1,000.00-1,500.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 365.00 Rs 200.00-600.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 600.00 Rs 390.00-800.00
Cappuccino (regular) 505.09 Rs 250.00-700.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 108.86 Rs 80.00-180.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 52.04 Rs 45.00-100.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 1,498.68 Rs 1,135.62-1,703.44
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 148.17 Rs 100.00-181.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 106.68 Rs 90.72-136.08
Eggs (regular) (12) 468.85 Rs 300.00-600.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 936.12 Rs 408.23-2,041.17
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 498.16 Rs 317.52-771.11
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 720.36 Rs 408.23-907.19
Apples (1 lb) 447.13 Rs 181.44-707.60
Banana (1 lb) 95.57 Rs 54.43-181.44
Oranges (1 lb) 361.61 Rs 136.08-680.39
Tomato (1 lb) 179.73 Rs 72.57-453.59
Potato (1 lb) 136.54 Rs 81.65-226.80
Onion (1 lb) 114.05 Rs 68.04-158.76
Lettuce (1 head) 239.38 Rs 60.00-400.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 105.47 Rs 70.00-160.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 2,000.00 Rs 990.00-4,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 381.14 Rs 200.00-600.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 637.76 Rs 400.00-1,050.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1,700.00 Rs 1,400.00-2,000.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 40.00 Rs 30.00-100.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,200.00 Rs 1,000.00-1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 80.00 Rs 60.00-100.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 112.65 Rs 80.47-160.93
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 135.00 Rs 120.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1,111.81 Rs 673.80-1,589.87
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 9,000,000.00 Rs 6,000,000.00-12,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 10,123,076.92 Rs 8,000,000.00-12,500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 7,969.49 Rs 5,000.00-12,750.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.13 Rs 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,032.00 Rs 1,500.00-6,472.06
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,728.07 Rs 2,000.00-8,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 920.00 Rs 600.00-1,200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 850.00 Rs 550.75-1,500.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 11,181.82 Rs 8,000.00-30,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 169,444.44 Rs 100,000.00-720,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 7,156.52 Rs 3,000.00-15,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,357.14 Rs 2,000.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 15,928.57 Rs 8,000.00-25,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 8,847.83 Rs 4,500.00-20,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 123,384.67 Rs 94,000.75-180,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 43,976.88 Rs 20,000.00-80,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 217,182.50 Rs 150,000.00-375,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 80,722.22 Rs 45,000.00-220,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 55,560.10 Rs 32,515.79-116,855.60
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 28,916.23 Rs 13,935.34-50,167.22
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 57,761.90 Rs
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 12.70 8.00-18.00

Prices in Colombo

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6 Comments so far
Michael on Jun 09, 2022:
Stayed in Sri Lanka in 2009 for a month and it was an incredible experience. this was in May when the war ended. It was amazing how friendly the people were. An American Veteran came with me and it was his first visit to Sri Lanka. He remembers it with fond memories. Colombo is hot in May but the ocean breeze makes it pleasant especially at night walking in Galle Face Green. Neither my friend nor I could find one person who was unpleasant.

Everyone we met were very friendly. Riding the tut tut was exhilerating to say the least. I am not rich and neither is my firend and the cost of that entire month was so cheap. It included a chauffeur driven car. Every hotel we stayed in had accommodations for the chauffeur. Outside of one train trip to the hill stations and some trips in tut tut we used the chauffeur driven for everything else. in total for one month the cost was $800.00. Wish we had more time.
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2021:
Colombo like the rest of Sri Lanka isn't a place to visit or live for that matter. Streets full of garbage rats the size of cats running around everywhere even inside of restaurants.High heat and humidity year round smells like fresh horseshit steaming into the air that's Sri Lanka. Women can be rented for $2 usd per hour but they need an acid dip just to get the smell off of them if some are into that sort of thing but not I.
Anonymous on Feb 15, 2021:
How ever is saying about something are full of crap it very cheap to live in Sri Lanka but living in Colombo could be very expensive compared to Melbourne like dabble the price and if you're eating in luxury restaurants it's nearly dabble the price again. If you live 30mint to 1hour away it's very cheap like $80 Australia dollars a month or cheaper or more you can get it's up to where people want to be. Don't listen to some of these idiotic people who are trying to rip people off" you can get any price you want depending where you want to live.
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