Cost of living in Albania

Summary of cost of living in Albania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 240,588 Lek
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 95,610 Lek
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 889 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 835 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 332 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 136 Lek
12 eggs, large 221 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 79 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 696 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 99 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 76 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 153 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,133 Lek
2 liters of coca-cola 155 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 85 Lek
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 55,951 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 35,144 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 10,853 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 40,951 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 30,888 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 15,558 Lek
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,809 Lek
40” flat screen tv 47,755 Lek
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 12,290 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 799 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 738 Lek
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 5,137 Lek
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 4,162 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 10,532 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 19,114 Lek
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,962,620 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 175 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,581 Lek
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 325 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,002 Lek
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 3,367 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 949 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 404 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 490 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 154 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 350 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 488 Lek
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,949 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,831 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,249 Lek
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 5,104 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 712 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 186 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 187 Lek
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 70,000 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 23 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 8,436 Lek
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 354 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:
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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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