Cost of living in Tirana, Albania

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,320 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 619 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 356 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 119 Lek
12 eggs, large 173 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 87 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 471 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 94 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 58 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 100 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 685 Lek
2 liters of Coca-Cola 180 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 87 Lek
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 56,580 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 31,156 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 10,051 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 38,967 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 22,928 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 5,343 Lek
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,072 Lek
40” flat screen TV 55,211 Lek
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 12,303 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 891 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 583 Lek
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 7,647 Lek
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 5,207 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 7,985 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 10,409 Lek
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 2,248,030 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 157 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,793 Lek
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 1,679 Lek
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,013 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 580 Lek
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 1,576 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 395 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 465 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 432 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 176 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 248 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 407 Lek
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,638 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,099 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,171 Lek
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,774 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 608 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 189 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 241 Lek
iPod nano 16GB 18,103 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 26 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,513 Lek
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 335 Lek
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 453 prices entered by 46 different people.
Latest price update: May 22, 2017.

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