Cost of living in Albania

Summary of cost of living in Albania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 262,734 Lek
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 111,705 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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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 992 Lek
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 705 Lek
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 332 Lek
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 188 Lek
12 eggs, large 250 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 147 Lek
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 709 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 137 Lek
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 92 Lek
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 119 Lek
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,437 Lek
2 liters of coca-cola 180 Lek
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 104 Lek
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 83,792 Lek
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 38,586 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 10,155 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 49,234 Lek
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 38,468 Lek
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 9,600 Lek
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 2,007 Lek
40” flat screen tv 55,342 Lek
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 12,290 Lek
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 1,210 Lek
Hourly rate for cleaning help 828 Lek
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 5,349 Lek
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 4,030 Lek
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 10,022 Lek
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 14,578 Lek
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,664,430 Lek
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 221 Lek
Monthly ticket public transport 1,600 Lek
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 700 Lek
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,002 Lek
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 3,711 Lek
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 949 Lek
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 391 Lek
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 597 Lek
4 rolls of toilet paper 260 Lek
Tube of toothpaste 302 Lek
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 698 Lek
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 3,107 Lek
2 tickets to the movies 1,731 Lek
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,249 Lek
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 4,426 Lek
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 670 Lek
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 244 Lek
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 324 Lek
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 72,791 Lek
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 25 Lek
1 month of gym membership in business district 4,554 Lek
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 348 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:
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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