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Cost of living 2018 in Colombia

Hello everyone,

As per our annual tradition, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Colombia.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Colombia will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Colombia?

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in Colombia?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor/dentist/physician/specialist in Colombia?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Colombia?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Prices for most of the things Priscilla mentioned vary wildly .. depending on your location, personal tastes, budget, ability to negotiate and various other factors.

Here are a few prices I encounter in Ipiales, Nariño, Colombia, near the Ecuador border at Rumichaca....

Routine office visit with a doctor at Clínica Las Lajas:  $33 US* or $30 for seniors (for fee paid in cash for non-insured patient).

Cup of rum raisin ice cream, one scoop, at the ice cream booth near the escalator at Gran Plaza mall:  87 cents US.

Slice of pineapple-carrot cake at the coffee shop in the same mall:  $1.35 US.

Minimum wager at a blackjack table in Ventura Casino:  $1.67 US.
Maximum wager at the higher-limit table:  $67 US.

Standard bus fare for adults:  40 cents US.

One-kilometer taxi ride:  $1.33 US.

*Prices above are paid in Colombian pesos.  Prices above are listed in U.S. dollars and cents due to Gringo unfamiliarity with the value of the peso (1 dollar = about 3,000 COP in early 2018, with a floating exchange rate.)

cccmedia in Ipiales, Nariño

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