Travel budget in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Sri Lanka for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 41 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 3.7 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 677* (119392 LKR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 93 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.4 per person
  • $ 1.7 per person
  • $ 4.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 1743* (307244 LKR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 128 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 4 per person
  • $ 8.1 per person

Total budget:

$ 2505* (441616 LKR)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Sri Lanka in 2020

Cost of living: Sri Lanka VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Sri Lanka in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Sri Lanka by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Sri Lanka compared to the national average.

Cities /Sri Lanka View Details
Colombo 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Colombo
Nuwara Eliya 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Nuwara Eliya
Galle 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Galle
Gampola 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Gampola
Dambulla 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dambulla
Puttalam 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puttalam
Jaffna 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Jaffna

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Local prices in Sri Lanka by expense type

Sri Lanka: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Sri Lanka costs 63% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 1.4/person
($ 0.8 to $ 28)

91% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 7.3/person
($ 4.4 to $ 57)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.9/person
($ 3.5 to $ 12)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.8 for 500ml
($ 1.1 to $ 8.2)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.4/cup
($ 1.2 to $ 5.7)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.4 to $ 2.7)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.2/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 2.6)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Sri Lanka: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Sri Lanka costs 33% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 34 to $ 61)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 91/night
($ 26 to $ 335)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 94/night
($ 35 to $ 234)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 163/night
($ 102 to $ 250)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 255/night
($ 183 to $ 397)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 58/month
($ 23 to $ 174)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 124/month
($ 54 to $ 321)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 149/month
($ 59 to $ 369)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 95/month
($ 45 to $ 235)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 245/month
($ 100 to $ 488)

39% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Sri Lanka: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Sri Lanka costs 51% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.3/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 4.4)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 7.3)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.3/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 4.9)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 10.6/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 20)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.1/kg
($ 3 to $ 5.4)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 6.7)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.5/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 6.8)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 6.5)

79% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 4.8)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.2 to $ 2.5)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.4 to $ 2.7)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.9/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 20)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Sri Lanka: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Sri Lanka costs 64% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 3.8)

94% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 5.9/month
($ 3.5 to $ 141)

93% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.2 to $ 3.5)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.4
($ 0.2 to $ 5.5)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 29/24hrs
($ 22 to $ 55)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Sri Lanka: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Sri Lanka costs 81% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 47/month
($ 22 to $ 352)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.2)

91% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 20/month
($ 9.9 to $ 146)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 284/month
($ 118 to $ 3905)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1501
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 110/month
($ 59 to $ 3126)

90% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1204
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 696/month
($ 291 to $ 7289)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2433
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 274/month
($ 146 to $ 5478)

85% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1912
Gym
Gym
$ 18/month
($ 5.9 to $ 106)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 44
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 51/month
($ 24 to $ 2592)

95% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1054
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 1096/yr
($ 524 to $ 43268)

94% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18546

Sri Lanka: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Sri Lanka costs 65% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.1/ticket
($ 2.6 to $ 18)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.5/hr
($ 2.9 to $ 45)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Sri Lanka: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Sri Lanka costs 42% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 7.9/pack
($ 6.3 to $ 17)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 28
($ 15 to $ 72)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 21
($ 8.7 to $ 58)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Trainers
Trainers
$ 55
($ 27 to $ 102)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 33
($ 18 to $ 176)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

London → Colombo
London → Colombo
London → Colombo
$ 864
(fair price: $ 727)
Manchester → Colombo
Manchester → Colombo
Manchester → Colombo
$ 836
(fair price: $ 769)
New York City → Colombo
New York City → Colombo
New York City → Colombo
$ 1194
(fair price: $ 1087)
Los Angeles → Colombo
Los Angeles  → Colombo
Los Angeles  → Colombo
$ 1136
(fair price: $ 1028)
Dublin → Colombo
Dublin → Colombo
Dublin → Colombo
$ 872
(fair price: $ 811)
Perth → Colombo
Perth → Colombo
Perth → Colombo
$ 717
(fair price: $ 634)
Edinburgh → Colombo
Edinburgh → Colombo
Edinburgh → Colombo
$ 855
(fair price: $ 778)
Auckland → Colombo
Auckland → Colombo
Auckland → Colombo
$ 1025
(fair price: $ 919)
Toronto (Ontario) → Colombo
Toronto (Ontario) → Colombo
Toronto (Ontario) → Colombo
$ 1459
(fair price: $ 1236)
Sydney → Colombo
Sydney → Colombo
Sydney → Colombo
$ 839
(fair price: $ 722)
Melbourne → Colombo
Melbourne → Colombo
Melbourne → Colombo
$ 813
(fair price: $ 713)
Montreal → Colombo
Montreal → Colombo
Montreal → Colombo
$ 1537
(fair price: $ 1303)

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About the information on the cost of living in Sri Lanka

The information about the cost of living in Sri Lanka shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Sri Lanka updated on 06-04-2020.

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