Cost of living in Tirana, Albania

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,039 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 405 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 267 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 128 Lek
12 eggs, large 199 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 95 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 334 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 117 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 63 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 110 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,130 Lek
2 liters of Coca-Cola 164 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 72 Lek
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 66,870 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 34,980 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 9,115 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 45,915 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 27,483 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 9,684 Lek
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 1,749 Lek
40” flat screen TV 47,130 Lek
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 12,205 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 743 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 500 Lek
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 10,330 Lek
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 4,496 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 12,494 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 13,365 Lek
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 2,123,060 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 171 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,633 Lek
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 1,944 Lek
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 635 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 807 Lek
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,712 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 468 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 375 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 459 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 194 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 252 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 490 Lek
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,387 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,000 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 2,000 Lek
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,874 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 630 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 149 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 323 Lek
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 72,787 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 36 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,288 Lek
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 309 Lek
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 752 prices entered by 36 different people.
Latest price update: June 18, 2018.

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