Cost of living in Albania

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Food Price in L
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 ALL
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 ALL
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 ALL
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 ALL
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 ALL
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 ALL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 ALL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 ALL
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 ALL
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 ALL
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 ALL
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 ALL
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 ALL
1.5 kg Sugar 10 ALL
2 liter cooking oil 20 ALL
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 ALL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 ALL
1 liter milk 8.50 ALL
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 ALL
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 ALL
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 ALL
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 ALL
House Cleaning fee per day 105 ALL
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 ALL
Original branded Electric Fans 200 ALL
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 ALL
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 ALL
Single bed Blankets 120 ALL
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 ALL
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 ALL
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 ALL
Men's haircut 40 ALL
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 ALL
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 ALL
1 month of gym subscription. 105 ALL
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 ALL
Unisex Loris perfume 30 ALL
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 ALL
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 ALL
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 ALL
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 ALL
Go carting 30mins 120 ALL
Movie House 3d cinema 30 ALL
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 ALL
Photo shoot 120 ALL
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 ALL
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 ALL
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 ALL
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 ALL
Spalding Basketball 200 ALL
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 ALL
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 ALL
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 ALL
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 ALL
1 day rent a car cost 140 ALL
Driver’s license 2300 ALL
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 ALL
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 ALL
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 ALL
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 ALL
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 ALL
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 ALL

Having in mind the fact that nowadays the country has turned into a wanted destination being a relatively cheap country, a very frequently asked question is what the cost of living is in Albania.

People are interested in this since Albania is regarded a very affordable country both for tourists and those who want to start studying there. Albania is a country where the prices are considered high due to the fact that the locals’ salary is generally low.

This does not affect you as a foreigner though as you can get value for your money!

When it comes to restaurants, they are definitely cheaper than in most of the other countries in the world that it can be said that you will save much money here. You can enjoy your cappuccino for just USD 1.20 or have a decent meal for USD 5 Eating out more than once a week would not affect your budget too much.

Unlike those who frequently visit restaurants, there are people who prefer cooking, so they will probably need to get some food from the market, so as to be able to make a meal. Fruit and vegetables are not expensive at all here, and you can have a nice bottle of wine with your dinner for just USD 6.

Depending on whether you are living alone or with a family, the costs of renting a flat here vary. A studio apartment for one or two people can be around USD 150 to USD 250 monthly, while a family will need to pay higher price for a much bigger flat. The location of the flat also plays an important role, as those away from city centers are always inexpensive.


Utilities prices vary from USD 60 to USD 80 a month, including electricity which is measured per kilowatt hour, central heating, water and refuse. The high-speed Internet is often less USD 20 per month. For those who want to use a cell phone, they will have to pay USD 0.20 per minute, which is not considered too high.

Even though you can save some money on meals, you will have to be careful when transportation is in question. Buying a car can be very expensive, and gas prices are USD 6 per gallon. Still, you can use public transportation which is cheap, especially a monthly ticket which can be found at the price of USD 10.

Here, education at government-run schools is mandatory and free through the secondary level. Parents have the option of enrolling their children in a public school, but they will incur various fees, the most expensive of which is around USD 4000 for bachelor programs and can be as cheap as USD 900 per year.