Cost of living in Albania

Summary of cost of living in Albania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 246,293 Lek
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 94,457 Lek
  • Cost of living in Albania is cheaper than in 65% of countries in Eastern Europe (11 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Albania is cheaper than in 73% of countries in the World (70 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 867 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 421 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 309 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 128 Lek
12 eggs, large 195 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 110 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 365 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 128 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 77 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 108 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 957 Lek
2 liters of coca-cola 176 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 74 Lek
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 58,159 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 32,770 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,922 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 45,358 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 27,895 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 5,121 Lek
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 1,480 Lek
40” flat screen tv 43,440 Lek
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 9,339 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 856 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 438 Lek
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 6,562 Lek
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 7,332 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 10,909 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 15,783 Lek
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 2,800,000 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 183 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,453 Lek
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 730 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 867 Lek
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 2,748 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 612 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 655 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 453 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 171 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 241 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 404 Lek
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,772 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,109 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 5,649 Lek
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,084 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 622 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 164 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 336 Lek
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 71,519 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 40 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 3,963 Lek
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 322 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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