Cost of living in Albania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,048 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 387 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 257 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 124 Lek
12 eggs, large 208 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 106 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 407 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 107 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 60 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 106 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 905 Lek
2 liters of Coca-Cola 161 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 72 Lek
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 63,507 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 35,525 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 8,200 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 44,077 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 26,608 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 7,969 Lek
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 1,717 Lek
40” flat screen TV 42,961 Lek
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 12,486 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 732 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 468 Lek
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 8,642 Lek
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 3,659 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 11,577 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 12,445 Lek
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,992,600 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 174 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,645 Lek
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 586 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,114 Lek
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,718 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 390 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 362 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 408 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 194 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 247 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 483 Lek
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,290 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,000 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,000 Lek
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,641 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 639 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 147 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 306 Lek
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 71,519 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 31 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,007 Lek
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 299 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.

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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Durrës Elbasan Korçë
Shkoder Tirana Vlorë

Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Tirana costs 1,686 Lek (1 day ago)
  • Daily rate for domestic cleaning help in Tirana costs 250 Lek (2 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Tirana costs 800 Lek (3 days ago)