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Cost of Living in Colombo

Summary about cost of living in Colombo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 300.00 Rs 200.00-500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,000.00 Rs 2,000.00-5,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 825.00 Rs 750.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 300.00 Rs 200.00-500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 500.00 Rs 350.00-700.00
Cappuccino (regular) 436.29 Rs 300.00-600.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 121.26 Rs 60.00-200.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 47.93 Rs 35.00-100.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 825.00 Rs 757.08-908.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 77.95 Rs 54.43-136.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 46.91 Rs 36.29-63.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 213.91 Rs 180.00-260.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 909.08 Rs 317.52-1,270.06
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 337.17 Rs 235.87-408.23
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 450.19 Rs 272.16-635.03
Apples (1 lb) 230.32 Rs 158.76-294.84
Banana (1 lb) 80.82 Rs 54.43-117.93
Oranges (1 lb) 204.12 Rs 90.72-294.84
Tomato (1 lb) 71.75 Rs 45.36-113.40
Potato (1 lb) 72.20 Rs 54.43-90.72
Onion (1 lb) 67.47 Rs 54.43-99.79
Lettuce (1 head) 145.71 Rs 80.00-400.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 102.78 Rs 80.00-150.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 2,500.00 Rs 1,500.00-3,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 239.00 Rs 160.00-400.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 361.11 Rs 250.00-500.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1,200.00 Rs 1,000.00-1,400.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 Rs 12.00-50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,000.00 Rs 600.00-1,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 60.00 Rs 50.00-60.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 80.47 Rs 64.37-96.56
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 Rs 75.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 538.14 Rs 492.10-605.67
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 5,000,000.00 Rs 4,000,000.00-7,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,520,833.33 Rs 5,000,000.00-8,500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 8,348.07 Rs 4,500.00-15,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.45 Rs 1.50-4.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,741.18 Rs 1,500.00-5,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,168.56 Rs 1,500.00-6,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,081.25 Rs 500.00-2,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 650.00 Rs 500.00-900.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 7,037.04 Rs 3,500.00-15,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 147,230.77 Rs 65,000.00-300,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 4,984.04 Rs 3,000.00-9,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,496.97 Rs 2,000.00-7,400.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 9,763.16 Rs 5,000.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,566.67 Rs 3,500.00-9,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 64,259.26 Rs 25,000.00-125,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 22,620.69 Rs 10,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 137,407.41 Rs 50,000.00-250,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 53,392.86 Rs 25,000.00-100,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 37,019.21 Rs 18,580.45-63,173.54
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 17,758.64 Rs 8,999.93-34,999.71
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 45,909.09 Rs
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 14.61 12.00-18.00

Prices in Colombo

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Last update: October 2019
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5 Comments so far

#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.
#Priya on Mar 13, 2016 :
I am a Sri Lankan . Prices are almost accurate. I think compared to other countries Sri Lanka is one of cheepest places n the world.
#Hiran on Jan 17, 2016 :
Price for a VW golf car is not 4 million LKR but around 9 million LKR (USD 65,000) or Equivalent New Car e.g. Toyota Corolla. Sri Lanka is one of the most expensive places to own a car.