Colombia vs Ecuador - Cost of Living Comparison

Colombia Ecuador
🚶 Cost of living one person
$548
$750
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1340
$1875
🏠 One person rent
$239
$307
🏘️ Family rent
$409
$509
🍽️ Food expenses
$177
$266
🚐 Transport expenses
$78
$85.1
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$312
$515
💸 GDP per capita
$5335
$5600
😃 Human freedom index
7.01
7.43
❤️ Life expectancy
77.5
77.2
👮 Corruption perceptions index
39
36
🌐 English speaking %
4.2%
2%
🎓 Higher education
78
57
😀 Quality of life
50
56
🏙️ Population
49.1M
16.6M

The average cost of living in Colombia ($548) is 27% less expensive than in Ecuador ($750). Colombia ranked 158th vs 109th for Ecuador in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.6 months in Colombia compared to 0.7 months in Ecuador. Ranked 91st and 67th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Colombia vs Ecuador

We calculate prices for Colombia and Ecuador as a population-weighted mean of 50 and 19 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Colombia Ecuador
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$3.41
$4.64
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$14.1
$26.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.78
$6.31
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.05
$2.02
 Cappuccino
$1.45
$2.94
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.61
$0.87
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$242
$323
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$167
$220
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$441
$564
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$304
$389
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$37.2
$34.4
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$57.3
$52.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$20.2
$32.1
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
11.56%
9.45%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1510
$1287
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$896
$1037
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.57
$0.34
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$27.9
$21.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$10.1
$14.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.6
$0.77
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.81
$1.02
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.74
$1.26
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
$1.18
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.65
$1.95
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.68
$6.35
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.49
$5.61
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.85
$5.77
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.73
$1.8
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.7
$0.9
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.24
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.85
$1.22
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.71
$1.1
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
$1.02
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.39
$0.65
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.13
$1.97
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.2
$11.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.76
$1.47
🚬 Cigarette pack
$1.73
$4.95
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.21
$6.22
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.47
$6.34
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.51
$1.77
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.19
$1.74
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$19.6
$39.6
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$3.11
$5.61
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$20.1
$32.5
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.26
$9
👖 Brand Jeans
$40.9
$58.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$60.1
$99.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$155
$247
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$3736
$6933

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Cities Comparison in Colombia vs Ecuador

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Colombia

City Cost of living Population
Bogota
$679
7.74M
Medellin
$648
2.53M
Cali
$555
2.47M
Barranquilla
$577
1.27M
Cartagena
$799
1.04M
Valledupar
$471
544K
Villavicencio
$411
664K
Soacha
$466
660K
Cucuta
$384
750K
Pereira
$414
591K
Monteria
$486
505K
Bucaramanga
$480
581K
Soledad
$440
456K
Buenaventura
$433
424K
Santa Marta
$537
516K
Ibague
$363
541K
Manizales
$474
434K
Palmira
$391
349K
Armenia
$421
301K
Neiva
$390
353K
Pasto
$405
393K
Popayan
$400
301K
Envigado
$500
229K
Floridablanca
$404
267K
Bello
$402
372K
Sincelejo
$421
287K
Tulua
$393
219K
Duitama
$444
127K
Cartago
$392
211K
Tumaco
$432
213K

In Ecuador

City Cost of living Population
Guayaquil
$806
2.72M
Quito
$806
2.01M
Santo Domingo
$590
271K
Cuenca
$741
330K
Duran
$665
231K
Machala
$686
231K
Manta
$811
264K
Quevedo
$621
151K
Ambato
$577
165K
Portoviejo
$568
207K
Riobamba
$556
146K
Loja
$567
170K
Milagro
$677
134K
Esmeraldas
$655
154K
Ibarra
$556
132K
La Libertad
$779
95.9K
Babahoyo
$732
90.2K
Galapagos Islands
$650
25K
Montanita
$652
1K