Cost of living in Albania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 900 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 418 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 255 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 129 Lek
12 eggs, large 171 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 94 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 392 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 108 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 59 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 97 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 968 Lek
2 liters of Coca-Cola 168 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 59 Lek
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 47,572 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 27,772 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 6,491 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 36,330 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 20,013 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 5,325 Lek
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,058 Lek
40” flat screen TV 46,667 Lek
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 11,451 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 800 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 346 Lek
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 8,222 Lek
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 5,061 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 10,250 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 11,828 Lek
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 2,142,480 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 168 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,517 Lek
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 793 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 785 Lek
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 1,750 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 423 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 394 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 455 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 192 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 257 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 433 Lek
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,324 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,043 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,249 Lek
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,816 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 685 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 152 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 300 Lek
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 73,072 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,336 Lek
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 308 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.

Are you moving to Albania? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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List of all cities available in Albania

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