Cost of Living in Colombo

Summary about cost of living in Colombo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 375.00 Rs 250.00-500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,000.00 Rs 2,000.00-4,500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 750.00 Rs 600.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 340.00 Rs 200.00-500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 465.00 Rs 330.00-650.00
Cappuccino (regular) 415.00 Rs 300.00-550.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 115.50 Rs 55.00-200.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 47.50 Rs 35.00-100.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 796.93 Rs 662.45-908.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 69.45 Rs 54.43-100.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 45.16 Rs 36.29-58.97
Eggs (regular) (12) 201.81 Rs 180.00-240.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 897.08 Rs 453.59-1,360.78
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 312.98 Rs 226.80-408.23
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 434.48 Rs 272.16-650.91
Apples (1 lb) 228.31 Rs 158.76-362.87
Banana (1 lb) 78.53 Rs 45.36-130.63
Oranges (1 lb) 191.78 Rs 90.72-294.84
Tomato (1 lb) 86.18 Rs 45.36-181.44
Potato (1 lb) 75.60 Rs 54.43-108.86
Onion (1 lb) 66.53 Rs 45.36-99.79
Lettuce (1 head) 148.89 Rs 80.00-250.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 96.11 Rs 80.00-150.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 2,500.00 Rs 1,500.00-3,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 260.77 Rs 160.00-350.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 416.00 Rs 250.00-550.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1,100.00 Rs 1,000.00-1,200.00
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 100.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 537.61 Rs 484.53-594.31
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 5,500,000.00 Rs 3,800,000.00-7,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,596,428.57 Rs 5,000,000.00-9,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 6,691.39 Rs 3,500.00-14,166.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 2.59 Rs 2.00-5.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,497.57 Rs 1,500.00-5,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,052.48 Rs 1,500.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 992.56 Rs 500.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 625.00 Rs 500.00-800.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 6,291.78 Rs 2,500.00-15,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 166,320.00 Rs 80,000.00-400,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 4,976.47 Rs 2,700.00-10,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,539.71 Rs 2,000.00-7,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 9,533.46 Rs 5,000.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 5,448.03 Rs 3,500.00-8,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 44,687.50 Rs 25,000.00-90,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 20,080.65 Rs 10,000.00-45,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 107,878.79 Rs 50,000.00-175,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 48,064.52 Rs 25,000.00-90,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 34,935.03 Rs 18,580.45-65,031.59
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 16,055.44 Rs 8,361.20-29,999.75
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 45,000.00 Rs
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 14.64 12.00-18.00

Prices in Colombo

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Last update: April 2019
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8 Comments so far

#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.
#Citizen of Sri Lanka on Sep 06, 2015 :
The current cost of the internet facility cannot be correctly measured because our major isp doesn't provide us with unlimited data packages, the one that does which is a wimax based provider, is limited to speed of 4mbps/1mbps at a monthly cost of rs.13500. Most of the people in our country use SLT, which is the only *allowed* isp to give last mile broadband to connect to the internet, they dominate the current market for broadband and the prices are expensive. Since there's no real competition between them and other handful of isp's the prices doesn't currently reflect when compared to the average monthly disposable salary, its a huge situation in our country and most of the people aren't aware of this and pay huge amount of sum to this company. The advertisements only focus on the bandwidth of the connection which is the speed and not the really small amount of data they allocate which they don't directly make an appeal about. The higher tier data plans they provide are hugely expensive to the point it's ridiculous to even look at them as an average consumer.
#prashant aghera on Jun 10, 2015 :
please tell me rate of potato and red onion in Colombo ( sri lanka )
#sira on May 27, 2015 :
I lived in Sri lanka and the statistics are 100% correct.
#Dawn on Apr 02, 2015 :
Can anyone who lives in Colombo Sri Lanka tell me whether there is any support locally for disabled adults.Is there options to have a home help kind of service to assist with preparing meals, household chores? If so where is this help sourced?