Cost of living in Albania

Summary of cost of living in Albania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 267,789 Lek
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 118,913 Lek
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 897 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 602 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 440 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 177 Lek
12 eggs, large 291 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 163 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 619 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 167 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 138 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 111 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,625 Lek
2 liters of coca-cola 175 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 101 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 80,360 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 46,061 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 16,618 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 68,495 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 49,156 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 25,430 Lek
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,811 Lek
40” flat screen tv 49,320 Lek
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 30,000 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,388 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 545 Lek
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 4,435 Lek
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 3,919 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 8,354 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 10,450 Lek
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 994,106 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 224 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,554 Lek
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,200 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,000 Lek
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 3,108 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 949 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 366 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 534 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 262 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 312 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 729 Lek
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,000 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,769 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,547 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,198 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 239 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 365 Lek
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 75,000 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 25 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 3,661 Lek
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 346 Lek

Map of Cost of Living in Albania


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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