Cost of Living in Beirut

Summary of cost of living in Beirut, Lebanon:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 $ 5.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 30.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 $ 1.50-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.10 $ 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.48 $ 1.00-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.51 $ 1.00-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.98 $ 0.50-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.42 $ 4.66-9.46
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.73 $ 0.36-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.77 $ 0.45-1.13
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.16 $ 1.20-4.49
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.66 $ 2.49-6.80
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.37 $ 2.00-4.20
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.14 $ 3.63-5.90
Apples (1 lb) 0.61 $ 0.23-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.58 $ 0.27-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.39 $ 0.16-0.56
Tomato (1 lb) 0.46 $ 0.27-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.34 $ 0.18-0.54
Onion (1 lb) 0.41 $ 0.27-0.69
Lettuce (1 head) 0.70 $ 0.40-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.40 $ 0.30-0.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.50 $ 3.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.24 $ 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.84 $ 1.16-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.29 $ 1.70-3.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.35 $ 0.80-2.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 65.22 $ 40.50-150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.50 $ 3.73-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.61 $ 1.61-2.99
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 $ 10.60-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.55 $ 2.88-4.09
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 18,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,500.00 $ 17,000.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 247.79 $ 148.75-400.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 47.99 $ 20.00-71.48
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 50.62 $ 25.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 60.83 $ 20.00-120.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 29.29 $ 10.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.00 $ 5.00-10.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 325.00 $ 166.67-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,150.00 $ 2,200.00-6,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 83.69 $ 40.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 54.29 $ 30.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 119.38 $ 85.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 117.86 $ 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 771.88 $ 400.00-1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 369.23 $ 250.00-700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,629.17 $ 850.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 792.31 $ 450.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 344.90 $ 250.84-464.51
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 153.29 $ 74.32-232.26
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 346.15 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.76 7.22-13.00

Prices in Beirut

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Last update: April 2024
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17 Comments so far
Elio on Jun 05, 2023:
USD vs. LBP today is 93.300 LBP per $1 USD
paul ammoun on May 05, 2023:
Lebanon is having a monetary crash.
The LBP pound is highly de-valuated.
The price you have are on the official RATE, that's why you see it that expensive.
the reality is way different
Alan on Oct 29, 2022:
So, are some people giving prices in official rate, and some in realistic rate? Or is everyone giving in official rate? Should we divide these prices by 25 ? Or what should we do? Is Lebanon now the cheapest country in the world or not?
Anonymous on Sep 12, 2022:
No, Ziad. it’s Iran’s influence that dragged Lebanon to despair. At Saudi times economy was blooming, some infrastructure was fixed, tourism was on its top, Beirut city was vibrant and full of sparkling fun and joy. Now, wrap that around your head Ziad. Iran brought destruction and despair to Lebanon. As putin did to Syria and Ukraine. All that just to prevent developed countries buying fossil fuel in places other that Russia. It is very difficult for leading fanatics in Iran or Syria to understand. They don’t even want to develop their own resources in défende of their countries interest. All they do is just pleasing Russians in exchange for outdated weapons.
Ziad on Jul 11, 2022:
reply to the bot Anonymous:

Since Lebanon became under Saudi/Zionist/"western democracies" influence it become poor in economic, safety and environmental.
Anonymous on May 30, 2022:
The Lebanese lira has been tanked over 4 years now cartoon characters
Abderrahman on Oct 13, 2021:
"Family of four estimated monthly costs are 5,938.87$ without rent."
That's nonsensical lOl. The calculation is based on a much outdated value of the Lebanese Lira.
If you're netting $1,000 a month in Beirut nowadays, you're in the top 5%.
the Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% of its value in the last 18 months.
You need to subtract the generated number of $5,938.87 by 10 and you'll get a more realistic figure.
Rony on Aug 08, 2021:
Today 1 USD = 20,000 LBP
Official rate is 1,500 LBP
So divide all numbers by 13 or 14
Andreas on Apr 04, 2021:
I’m Greek citizen and American citizen but I have been looking into my dream of moving to Lebanon to raise my daughter is it possible and what do you have to do ?
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2021:
Since Lebanon became under Iran followers influence it become poor in economic, safety and environmental.
I hope Lebanon will get out of its crisis soon
Anonymous on Feb 08, 2021:
Lebanon is and always has been a war torn country full of violence any time of day.Rethink visiting anywhere in Lebanon for your own safety.
Salman Masri on Feb 03, 2021:
Their is a 600% inflation in Lebanon you must multiply by 6 every thing
Anonymous on Jan 12, 2021:
Pay no attention to ADAM he's lieing. Average monthly wage was never 1,600 per month anywhere in Lebanon and minimum wage was never 50 either.
adam on Jan 07, 2021:
The prices are no longer calculated correctly. if you are viewing the prices in us dollars or any other currency than LBP you can almost directly divide the price by 4 or 5 to get a real result. the lebanese currency has lost its value, and lebanon now is even cheaper than most if not all eastern European countries. maybe one of the cheapest in the world if you just have dollars in your pocket. Of course you must not use your credit card if you ever decided to visit lebanon, bring the cash with you, exchange them in the black market, around 8,500 LBP = 1 USD, and enjoy your stay, you will be able to have a meal for two in a decent mid ranged restaurant for 6 to 8 US dollars. you can stay in a decent hotel room for two for around 50 US dollars, and so on. you can buy a phone number SIM card for around 1.5 USD, and rent a car for 10-15 USD. However, despite the fact that it is a wonderful news for tourist, the locals here are doomed, and they feel that this is the most expensive country in the world, and they are right because the minimum wages in lebanon now are around 50$ per month which used to be around 400$ per month. the average now in around 200$ and it used to be around 1,600$.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2021:
None of the prices here are correct maybe 20 years ago. The real reasons why everything is so expensive and the LBP has lost its value is because high ranking officials in government stole people's money and put it offshore.The government continues to steal from its citizens daily.Now the government is begging tourists to come back and bring usd but not happening anymore.
Wael Darian on Aug 28, 2020:
.These are grossly wrong! Much more expensive for all items.

.All the prices you see above should be quadrupled because of the economic crisis and the dollar exchange issue.

.Its not so real some item are more expensive and other are cheaper
rent is more expensive private school more expensive electricity alone will cost around 200 dollar
food are 60% more expensive than mentioned restaurant you will find some less expensive and some are really to much expensive i have lived in three country so far Lebanon is the most expensive country with no work opportunity or really low salary medical insurance is really expensive and some Lebanese people die on the door of hospital because they cannot afford it 90% of Lebanese people are living aboard
if you have money to spend you will find the luxury life really easy to access with wonderful nightlife beach you can pass from sea to snow in 2 hours maximum
as a conclusion Lebanon is a great country but its so corrupted .

.Corruption in the government is the problem.
Allah on May 02, 2020:
All the prices you see above should be quadrupled because of the economic crisis and the dollar exchange issue.