Cost of Living in Tirana

Summary about cost of living in Tirana:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 650.11 Lek 500.00-800.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 2,500.00 Lek 1,950.33-3,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 520.09 Lek 460.00-750.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 150.00 Lek 91.02-195.03
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 195.03 Lek 150.00-250.00
Cappuccino (regular) 135.00 Lek 100.00-156.03
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 118.31 Lek 60.00-150.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 55.80 Lek 50.00-80.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 473.19 Lek 378.54-492.19
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 54.32 Lek 36.29-72.57
Rice (white), (1 lb) 58.11 Lek 40.82-77.11
Eggs (regular) (12) 176.91 Lek 150.00-208.03
Local Cheese (1 lb) 260.56 Lek 199.58-340.19
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 228.01 Lek 158.76-272.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 368.63 Lek 303.91-453.59
Apples (1 lb) 47.43 Lek 36.29-63.50
Banana (1 lb) 75.59 Lek 58.98-90.72
Oranges (1 lb) 55.53 Lek 40.82-77.11
Tomato (1 lb) 43.90 Lek 22.68-68.04
Potato (1 lb) 28.16 Lek 22.68-36.29
Onion (1 lb) 24.57 Lek 17.69-31.75
Lettuce (1 head) 84.23 Lek 50.00-130.02
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 53.77 Lek 48.00-60.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 600.00 Lek 450.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 92.79 Lek 70.00-120.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 137.08 Lek 120.00-195.03
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 300.00 Lek 260.04-320.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 40.00 Lek 40.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,600.00 Lek 1,200.00-1,600.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 250.00 Lek 250.00-300.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 160.93 Lek 160.93-402.34
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1,500.00 Lek 1,500.00-1,800.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 636.30 Lek 590.62-673.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,200,000.00 Lek 1,820,305.40-2,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,197,800.00 Lek 1,600,000.00-2,600,436.29
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 7,254.77 Lek 4,250.00-10,928.57
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 25.25 Lek 19.50-39.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,378.08 Lek 1,800.00-3,600.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,628.92 Lek 3,000.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 614.29 Lek 390.07-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 500.00 Lek 500.00-650.11
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 15,823.23 Lek 10,000.00-25,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 348,175.76 Lek 260,043.63-500,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 5,688.99 Lek 3,500.00-8,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,983.43 Lek 2,500.00-6,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,182.60 Lek 5,200.87-11,701.96
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 9,046.87 Lek 5,000.00-12,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 34,445.17 Lek 25,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 19,563.61 Lek 15,000.00-28,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 65,501.48 Lek 50,000.00-100,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 35,134.50 Lek 25,000.00-50,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 18,493.29 Lek 14,678.56-24,158.64
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 7,948.48 Lek 6,503.16-10,219.25
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 41,893.85 Lek
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.38 4.00-9.00

Prices in Tirana

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Last update: March 2018
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28 Comments so far

#matthew on Sep 12, 2016 :
@Visi 15- 25$ a day cooking food? are you crazzy? produce in Albania was cheaper and more available then almost anywhere I've been even in Canada where food is instantly expensive easy 10times that of Albania and y you can eat well for 14$ a day. as for when we were abit further north. we ate at nice restaurants and and could hardly spend more then 25$ for two people. with food leftover. let alone when we went to the market..
#KC on May 08, 2016 :
There are a lot of inaccuracies in the data.
As someone who lives in Tirana for more than 20 years and most of the day I am outside the house I do not think that a meal in an inexpensive restaurant is that high. You will have a decent meal for no more than 400-500 ALL. Also transport has become a little bit more expensive since March 2016 from 30 to 40 for local transport (one way) and monthly pass is now 1600 from 1200 before. One pair of Levis jeans are far more expensive than 6000, between 9000 to 11000. Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre does not costs 73000 everywhere and I think only some specific zones may apply this rate.
Anyway it will be a good idea to come and visit Tirana and other cities in Albania as here are very reasonable prices especially for Eurpean and North America countries regarding Albania's geographical position and its beautiful tourist attractions.
#Visi on Nov 02, 2015 :
Living in Tirana:
You will force yourself to live near the center, preferably west side of the city.
One family costs of living are 1200$/month following a moderate lifestyle, rent is not included.
If you search you can find a very good apartment for 250$/month (90m2-100m2)near center of tirana.
Per person if you cook yourself you need 15$ a day minimum. IF you want to live normally you need 25$/day.
So 250$+600$= 850 $ living costs without your own car.
Including car you need 1000$/ month. For 2 persons 1200$, for 3 persons 1400$/month.
Not including medical expenses.Or private education.
#Kris on Oct 20, 2015 :
i think that with a salary of 24.000$ a year you get to live a great life in Tirana !! Its a nice city and it provides almost everything you need for your everyday activities .
#Denis on Aug 18, 2015 :
No Jobs, low salaries, low quality of health care,
No respect on human rights, low quality of infrastructure the best discription for this city and generally the country is just like an african 3rd world country
#Devi Lazaj on Mar 30, 2015 :
I've Been visiting Tirana for over 6 years now this time I plan to go move there April 7th 2015 here is some advice for you people if you want to live in Tirana...

You can find a nice 1 bedroom apartment in the nicest parts to rent for 250-350 euro a month
The eating cost well I usually got a pound of chicken wings for 2.00 to 2.50$ and they would be grilled to perfection or a nice big pizza for 2.00 I would fill up with 8-10$ a day at the most if you know the right places.
300-350 for a nice apartment and its bills
350 for food per month you looking at = 700$ so far
For fun activity there is a lot of night life in Tirana...
you wont need more then 300-500 a month$ depends
I would say total cost of living for one person to live a pretty nice life

[[[[[1200-1300 dollars]]]]]]] and once you learn the place you will find better deals and can make your money

so you would be spending 30-35$ a day for cost of living maybe less
Now for transportation in the city you wont need it unless your going outside Tirana is a small big city I just walked my way around everywhere cause everything is really close and if you need to travel outside the city say to beaches in the summer you can go with a Taxi van which can be very cheap 10-20$ but a private taxi would cost up to 70-100$ and hotels can be 15$to50$ a night

Now for jobs in Albania its very hard to find a good paying job most people who make good money have a business or are in politics but some people do have good jobs in the private sectors if you have the right skills for whatever job your looking for you might be able to find eventually Its not impossible as Albania is moving forward these times and the future is looking better then its past

If you have anymore questions please feel free to email at me as I will be in Tirana April 7th
#Miko on Dec 07, 2014 :
Hi, id like to know where in the hell ppl find those apartments 3+ bedroom for 350-450€ in tirana. what ive been browsing its alot more than that. could any1 post a site (albian will do as well, google transleta will help). Cheers !!
#Levi2al on Sep 29, 2014 :
Hi #Sandeep. I think now you are already in Albania, so how does it look like? The life is not so cheap as it looks like yup? Anyway, if you need something we are very hospitality people. You can give me a ring if I can help you in any circumstates 0693577563.
#Sandeep on Jun 18, 2014 :
Hello Lori, how are you I am writting this to know that you are in Albania or UK.
I am coming to Tirana on 21 June I want to meet you please answer me if you read this msg.
Waiting for your reply.
Your friend
#Pavithra on Jun 18, 2014 :
Whatever figure you mention here 800$-1200$ that is government salary or private sector salary
#Filip on May 30, 2014 :
It depends on your job but the highest are engineer 800$-1500$ Doctor 800$-1200$ ect but in albania you must go to private company to get more money than state.
#Pavithra on May 27, 2014 :
How much is the maximum salary in tirana?
If I want to take are apartment on rent then how much is the rent in tirana??
#ardian on May 18, 2014 :
if you can find a sponsor or a job,you and your family can work and live in tirana.
#tanishq on May 08, 2014 :
hi friend i need ask about work in albania,,,,so how i can get work there
#Sandeep on May 04, 2014 :
Hi Andrea skype needs both side internet connection but with calling card only caller needs Internet connection to call any where in world to any network like I am doing this in Middle East there I am using action voip that is really very cheap to call to any mobile network
That's why I am asking for this if it is available in tirana or not
#Andrea on Apr 30, 2014 :
why don't use skype is free.
#Sandeep on Apr 23, 2014 :
I wanted to know about internet calling card,
It is available in tirana or not like action voip, mobile voip any type of Internet calling card from which I am able to make cheap international call with the help of mobile internet connection
Please let me know the provider name and cost of card recharge.
#jim on Apr 18, 2014 :
Awadhesh if you read down the sandeep history you will find the answer.My answer is of course YES is enough for 2 person and can save some money 400$ or more.
#Awadhesh on Apr 17, 2014 :
Hi all. I wanted to know I have a job offer from tirana my employer offering me 1000$ per month can any body please tell this much salary is enough for 2 person to stay in tirana and please let me know about monthly grocery expense.
#Mhismail2 on Mar 31, 2014 :
Hi Tony,
I hoe you find living in Albania over the last few years, fits your plan. I am planning to visit Albania and would like your feedback (experience) on living expenses especially and the condition of public transport. I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Appreciate your feedback, thanks.
#Sandeep on Mar 24, 2014 :
Dear priyanka, please go throught this post my friend suggested these option and if you don't mind can you please tell me when you are traveling to albania because I am traveling to albania by April last maybe we"ll meet there if you don't mind

#lori on Mar 23, 2014 :
hello sandeep.I think that she maybe should take an apartment with rent because is more cheap than hotel but if she want an hotel, i want to suggest Te Stela hotel that is safe and with good condition,servis and pool too.
#Max on Mar 24, 2014 :
Could you advise on purchasing a car in Albania? I'm coming for 1 year and think about getting a used car to be sold before my departure. Any idea on where to find a reliable reseller?

#lori on Mar 23, 2014 :
hello sandeep.I think that she maybe should take an apartment with rent because is more cheap than hotel but if she want an hotel, i want to suggest Te Stela hotel that is safe and with good condition,servis and pool too.
#Sandeep on Mar 19, 2014 :
Hello Lori,
I need your help one of my lady friend traveling to tirana so she is looking for good hotel around Tirane-Durres Highway and she is worried about safety so can you please guide me which hotel is good and with good security and safety.
Waiting for your reply.
#Sandeep on Mar 19, 2014 :
Hi priyanka, sorry to say I am not residing in tirana I am also planning to travel there, just give me one day time I"ll ask with my friend for this.
#Priyanka on Mar 18, 2014 :
Hi Sandeep,

Are u staying in Albania? I have to travel to Albania from India for some work for 3 weeks. Can you pls suggest some good hotels around Tirane-Durres Highway, not very expensive ones but good and safe. I found a few but not sure how safe these places and hotels are. Safety is the biggest criteria.

#era on Mar 13, 2014 :
it depends how you spend...i think 300$-500$.
#pavi on Mar 12, 2014 :
what is the maximum monthly grocery expense in tirana for 2 person?