Cost of living in Albania

Summary of cost of living in Albania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 209,200 Lek
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 73,221 Lek
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 700 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 415 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 246 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 123 Lek
12 eggs, large 184 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 96 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 352 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 92 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 60 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 157 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,560 Lek
2 liters of coca-cola 159 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 156 Lek
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 25,000 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 28,117 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 27,097 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 37,477 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 20,000 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 25,758 Lek
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,225 Lek
40” flat screen tv 15,340 Lek
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 15,000 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 612 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 300 Lek
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 2,500 Lek
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 2,700 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 6,865 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 12,000 Lek
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 150 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,600 Lek
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 611 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,006 Lek
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 3,000 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,090 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 403 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 433 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 220 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 405 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 458 Lek
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 4,174 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,667 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,449 Lek
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 8,395 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 726 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 178 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 671 Lek
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 45,207 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 20 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,031 Lek
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 318 Lek

Map of Cost of Living in Albania

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This map shows only the top cities in Albania. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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