Travel budget in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: calculate your travel budget

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:

  • $ 40 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.1 per person
  • $ 0.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 680* (112182 LKR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 81 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.5 per person
  • $ 1.7 per person
  • $ 3.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1565* (258300 LKR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 127 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 4 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person

Total budget:

$ 2480* (409192 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 2019

Cost of living: Sri Lanka VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Sri Lanka in 2019 is essentially the same as in United States

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Sri Lanka in 2019 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
Galle 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Galle
Colombo 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Colombo
Gampola 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Gampola
Nuwara Eliya 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nuwara Eliya
Dambulla 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dambulla
Puttalam 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Puttalam
Jaffna 13% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Jaffna

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Local prices in Sri Lanka by expense type

Restaurant budget in Sri Lanka

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Sri Lanka costs 59% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 1.7/person
($ 1.2 to $ 2.7)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 7.5/person
($ 4.5 to $ 13)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.5/person
($ 3.6 to $ 6.1)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.9 for 500ml
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.5 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

80% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Sri Lanka

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Sri Lanka costs 35% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 33 to $ 59)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 73/night
($ 26 to $ 242)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 88/night
($ 34 to $ 201)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 165/night
($ 101 to $ 243)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 268/night
($ 186 to $ 396)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 498
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 63/month
($ 23 to $ 194)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 124/month
($ 55 to $ 330)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 164
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 143/month
($ 58 to $ 349)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 76/month
($ 28 to $ 219)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 216
Family room
Family room
$ 241/month
($ 97 to $ 476)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Sri Lanka

On average, the price of supermarket food in Sri Lanka costs 49% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

42% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.5/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

85% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.3/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 1.6)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 12/kg
($ 3.6 to $ 20)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 4.1/kg
($ 3 to $ 5.1)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.2)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1 to $ 3.9)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 2.4)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 5.6/kg
($ 4.5 to $ 8.1)

53% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Sri Lanka

On average, the price of transport in Sri Lanka costs 63% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.1/ticket
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

94% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.3
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 6.1/month
($ 3.6 to $ 9.1)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.2/km
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.4
($ 0.4 to $ 0.4)

89% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 29/24hrs
($ 22 to $ 55)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Sri Lanka

On average, the cost of housing in Sri Lanka costs 82% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 44/month
($ 22 to $ 91)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0/min.

88% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 15/month
($ 9.1 to $ 28)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 234/month
($ 122 to $ 484)

83% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1375
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 97/month
($ 49 to $ 194)

91% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1082
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 539/month
($ 304 to $ 1059)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2231
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 225/month
($ 122 to $ 484)

87% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1741
Gym
Gym
$ 17/month
($ 9.1 to $ 32)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 39/month
($ 16 to $ 61)

96% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 912/yr
($ 395 to $ 1816)

94% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18231

Leisure activity budget in Sri Lanka

On average, budget for leisure activities in Sri Lanka costs 66% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.6/ticket
($ 3 to $ 4.9)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.3/hr
($ 2.2 to $ 13)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Sri Lanka

On average, shopping budget in Sri Lanka costs 40% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.7/pack
($ 6.1 to $ 8.5)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 30
($ 16 to $ 49)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 21
($ 13 to $ 38)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 52
($ 28 to $ 91)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 32
($ 20 to $ 49)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Colombo
Los Angeles  → Colombo
Los Angeles  → Colombo
$ 1170
(fair price: $ 1071)
New York City → Colombo
New York City → Colombo
New York City → Colombo
$ 1210
(fair price: $ 1124)
Manchester → Colombo
Manchester → Colombo
Manchester → Colombo
$ 852
(fair price: $ 787)
London → Colombo
London → Colombo
London → Colombo
$ 850
(fair price: $ 722)
Dublin → Colombo
Dublin → Colombo
Dublin → Colombo
$ 874
(fair price: $ 812)
Perth → Colombo
Perth → Colombo
Perth → Colombo
$ 764
(fair price: $ 666)
Edinburgh → Colombo
Edinburgh → Colombo
Edinburgh → Colombo
$ 837
(fair price: $ 774)
Auckland → Colombo
Auckland → Colombo
Auckland → Colombo
$ 985
(fair price: $ 915)
Toronto (Ontario) → Colombo
Toronto (Ontario) → Colombo
Toronto (Ontario) → Colombo
$ 1522
(fair price: $ 1271)
Sydney → Colombo
Sydney → Colombo
Sydney → Colombo
$ 844
(fair price: $ 729)
Melbourne → Colombo
Melbourne → Colombo
Melbourne → Colombo
$ 805
(fair price: $ 705)
Montreal → Colombo
Montreal → Colombo
Montreal → Colombo
$ 1453
(fair price: $ 1285)

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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 16-07-2019.

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