Cost of living in Albania

Summary of cost of living in Albania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 284,344 Lek
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 130,414 Lek
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 932 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 608 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 471 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 186 Lek
12 eggs, large 298 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 128 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 458 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 151 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 104 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 98 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,256 Lek
2 liters of coca-cola 184 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 91 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 87,956 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 52,797 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 22,203 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 58,016 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 222,231 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 20,081 Lek
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,527 Lek
40” flat screen tv 40,000 Lek
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 30,000 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,216 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,059 Lek
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 3,779 Lek
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 4,266 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 8,939 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 13,207 Lek
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 994,106 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 208 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,552 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 1,322 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 239 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 397 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 325 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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