Cost of Living in Tirana

Summary of cost of living in Tirana, Albania:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1,000.00 Lek 600.00-1,900.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 5,000.00 Lek 3,000.00-7,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 735.00 Lek 600.00-803.10
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 250.00 Lek 120.00-400.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 350.00 Lek 250.00-500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 168.33 Lek 100.00-250.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 149.77 Lek 92.33-250.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 77.89 Lek 50.19-100.39
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 701.66 Lek 567.81-832.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 82.21 Lek 51.03-117.93
Rice (white), (1 lb) 91.53 Lek 63.50-117.93
Eggs (regular) (12) 332.39 Lek 200.78-421.63
Local Cheese (1 lb) 512.72 Lek 317.52-680.39
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 335.83 Lek 182.14-453.59
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 597.10 Lek 453.59-816.47
Apples (1 lb) 63.42 Lek 36.29-99.79
Banana (1 lb) 103.11 Lek 68.04-181.44
Oranges (1 lb) 75.95 Lek 36.29-136.61
Tomato (1 lb) 77.70 Lek 40.82-113.40
Potato (1 lb) 46.46 Lek 31.75-68.04
Onion (1 lb) 52.24 Lek 31.75-81.65
Lettuce (1 head) 104.45 Lek 30.00-200.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 60.86 Lek 50.00-100.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,000.00 Lek 600.00-2,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 126.12 Lek 80.00-180.70
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 175.94 Lek 120.00-250.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 350.00 Lek 330.00-380.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 40.00 Lek 40.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,600.00 Lek 1,204.65-1,700.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 300.00 Lek 300.00-500.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 482.80 Lek 321.87-804.67
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1,300.00 Lek 800.00-2,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 722.21 Lek 673.80-794.94
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,350,000.00 Lek 2,000,000.00-3,011,628.17
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,446,041.05 Lek 2,000,000.00-3,400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 9,472.27 Lek 6,375.00-12,142.86
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 1,478.99 Lek 1,000.00-1,800.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,616.23 Lek 1,300.00-2,007.75
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 4,167.64 Lek 3,000.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,133.31 Lek 1,200.00-3,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 800.00 Lek 700.00-1,003.88
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 21,864.77 Lek 15,000.00-30,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 451,109.95 Lek 200,000.00-1,200,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 5,976.81 Lek 3,000.00-12,900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,521.64 Lek 2,500.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,867.84 Lek 4,517.44-13,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 11,698.18 Lek 7,027.13-20,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 52,801.45 Lek 45,000.00-70,271.32
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 35,373.11 Lek 30,000.00-45,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 101,017.83 Lek 70,000.00-175,806.86
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 61,784.00 Lek 45,174.42-80,310.08
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 24,197.66 Lek 18,580.45-32,515.79
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 12,737.50 Lek 10,219.25-15,854.60
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 62,392.49 Lek
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.83 3.50-8.50

Prices in Tirana

This city had 1860 entries in the past 12 months by 155 different contributors.
Last update: May 2024
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21 Comments so far
Dont on Jul 13, 2023:
Just think,a retired person has a minimum of...70euro x month that goes up to 160 in best cases.
It says everything.
Avoid
Normal person on Mar 26, 2023:
It's funny reading all the comments from Covid era...'thousand of cases everyday, people dying on the streets, end of the country!" blablabla
People, you need to stop watching movies. Albania is a great country, with all the limitations from a country in Balkans. That is; high poverty, low income. What else you expected?

There's even people saying "51,148.55Lek, meanwhile the average salary after taxes is around 50,000.00Lek, how is this possible?".
For your information, that's the case of most of third-world countries (that is, most countries in the world). Take a look to Latin-America...The world is not just North America-Western Europe
Monica on Feb 23, 2023:
A very expensive city, given the low image and reputation of the city, the prices are very high !!! For a family with one child 8 years old, taking into account the payment of a private school from 800 euros per month and rent, you need from 4000 euros per month for a comfortable life
Eric on Feb 23, 2023:
rental prices here are much higher than it is written !!!! I pay rent in the 3+1 center 2000 euros per month for the center in the zoo area my friends pay 1200 euros per month for 3+1
Anonymous on Dec 02, 2022:
My flight came through Tirana briefly waited two hours for my next flight out. Sitting at the airport in Tirana was different to say the least.People couldn't arrange a sentence properly enough to understand it plus they looked like the missing link, ugly doesn't cover how hideous they looked.
Anonymous on Aug 25, 2022:
Nothing is ever correct on numbeo nor does the owner care either.
Albanian on Aug 15, 2022:
So how do 1 million peoplr live there if these are the stats of the city?!?!
Bloating prices and lowering income (as if u live there) does not paint the picture. Sorry to say, but sites like these are designed to throw crap, not to mirror reality. As anyone can tell from the comments here
Johnny on Jul 13, 2022:
The rent prices here are way way way lower than reality. I'm paying 600 euros for a 2+1 apartment in a new complex. Rents for 3+1 can go as high as 800 euros for recent buildings.
MyName on May 02, 2022:
You need at least 1000 Eu per month / person to live normally in Tirana.
Rents are quite expensive for what you get paid.
Food is also expensive for the salary you get.
Anonymous on Apr 04, 2022:
"Expenses for a single person is: 51,148.55Lek, meanwhile the average salary after taxes is around 50,000.00Lek"

Yes this is true and keep in mind that these are just averages, usually wage is less than 40,000 Lek. To survive a lot of people has some family members working abroad and bringing money.

PS: I am talking before Russia-Ukraine war. Now prices has raised quite a lot.
Anonymous on Jul 27, 2021:
How is this true: Tirana is 59.81% less expensive than New York.
Expenses for a single person is: 51,148.55Lek, meanwhile the average salary after taxes is around 50,000.00Lek.
That means you need to take debt in order to pay for your expenses
The dutch friend on Feb 23, 2021:
Imagine you want to go for running, you just cant do that. Everywhere is too smog. You must go inside the "Liqeni Artificial" park, and then you can start running. Time you go there you are already tired and I bet is not inviting. Cycling is very unfriendly because they made some lanes with so many obstacles around, that you end up anyway in the car lanes at the end which are better.
Italiano on Feb 23, 2021:
Living in Tirana is too chaotic, too much noise, smog and dust everywhere. You have only 1 park and that is so full of people because its the only one in all Tirana. The buildings are so close to each other that most of the time no lights come in, or if you have lights you close your window because too much noise and smog comes in.

Politicians, drug dealers and criminals that made money in non legal way are doing money laundring on buildings, so you see a lot of buildings being built everywhere without any concepting. Weak and ugly building where prices are up starting from 200k euro for a 2+1 of 100m2, we also have apartments around 600k euro for a 2+1 of 130-140m2 in the "Liqeni Artificial" red building, we wonder who can buy that apartment in Albania if salaries are lower than in other countries where you can have better houses with better prices.
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2021:
Albania is so safe my sister was killed by a man while she was eating lunch in Tirana on an outdoor patio in a supposed good side of the city.
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2021:
TO ME POST January 23 2021
The Americans that visited Albania are telling the truth and this is how I know.I moved from Los Angeles to Tirana as a retired American. I lived in Tirana for 5 years and I'm leaving Tirana May 2021 when my lease is up. Being from Las Angeles CA I'm very open minded and liberal.
After living in Tirana almost 5 years now I fully understand how Americans feel too and I've never judged anyone. I've been very nice and respectful to everyone around me.During my time here in Tirana I've been unable to make one friend.But instead attacked verbally many times because I'm an American and randomly attacked physically by two Albanian men just walking around daytime for no reasons at all. I'm not going to miss Albania due to the hateful rhetoric spewed towards Americans here.Very bad vibes in Albania and not my thing,goodbye.
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2021:
Well " ME"

As of January 23,2021 786 new cases and 604 cases each day over the past 7 days of covid19. Since Albania doesn't have a large population it won't take much to eliminate the population a good thing.
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2021:
Well " ME " I read your comments just read the long list of stupid laws Meta and his cronies put in place the list is very long. But I forgot the majority of Albanians cannot read. Go to the Albania website on laws in Albania. One of the laws isn't to gossip. The other one of many is when is disrespecting a business. Since when is someone disrespecting a business mentioning the food is barely warm? There's nothing welcoming about buying things as a foreigner where prices are clearly visible and foreigners paying double or more for items. We are Americans who visited Albania because we read Albanians are welcoming to Americans they even have a statue of George Bush senior.Fact is Albanians told us they like the U S government but not Americans yes that happened 4 times while we were there.What Albanians don't respect it was American taxpayers dollars that saved Albanians from being invaded and eliminated.What should've happened is let Albanians defend themselves. Also the Albania government never paid anything after calling the U S government begging for our military help. Albanians act like mafia riding around in expensive cars or just talking to them. Any country that has lookouts for possible invaders over 2,000 to be exact spread out all over the country is obviously retarded.The beach looked like a garbage dump trash everywhere and that includes all of Albania which we visited for one month.You mentioned it's in Albanian genes to gossip at coffee shops which I believe. All of the people we encountered throughout Albania had the mind of a dead tree and that's giving credit.Albania has never been anything and it never will be just as long as retarded Albanians reside there. Yes the police showed up 10 minutes later after my wife mentioned her food was barely warm.Albanians think the USA is so great not true at all. Notice how many Americans are living in Albania very few we know that. Albania government offers a one year stay to Americans until they need to get a visa. Albania is beyond a 3rd world country but instead much worse than any 3rd world countries we've visited which is all of them.My wife mentioned the men dress shabby and the women dress like whores.I bet when a man buys a new pair of jeans he shows them off because it took him a year to save for them.The best part about our trip was getting on our flight and leaving Albania. Your country is a total shithole full of shithole people but you should know you're one of them.
Me on Jan 23, 2021:
I would like to reply to the anonymous guy saying that the police showed up for saying the food isn't hot enough,first of all Albanian people are very welcoming especially to guests,im sure they would have done their best to please you,you can read
About this its in Albanian gene,second,gossiping is what Albanians do best thats what Albanians do all day in coffee shops.if you want to find something bad to say about this country try find somethig that is real we have got our fair share of bad things like any other country but not this stupid things,no offense buttheyare really stupid things to invent your imagination need some exercise.one more thing Albania is really cheap if you want it to be, welcoming and really safe with welcoming people.i am albanian but i am not taking sides, its the truth.
Anonymous on Jan 21, 2021:
As long as Meta is president things will never get better. He's the normal dictator lining his pockets with taxpayers money. A real scumbag loser.
Anonymous on Dec 15, 2020:
Tirana like the rest of Albania isn't cheap.So you're a single guy wanting to live in Albania? You will have a target on your back no matter where you live in Albania as a foreigner and that includes any foreigners man and wife visiting Albania. Instead of believing things you read online take a moment and read the long list of laws in place for Albania ridiculous laws like this one. My wife mentioned the food wasn't very hot while eating at a restaurant in Tirana. The waitress said nothing but the police showed up at the restaurant about 10 minutes later.Theres a law stating its illegal to show disrespect towards any business.Don't believe it? Read all of Albania laws carefully.Oh gossiping is against the law too.
Findlay on Jul 27, 2020:
Hello everyone. I am moving to Albania as a single guy. I am looking for an apartment in either the capital, Durres, or Saranda. Are there any LOCAL websites that have apartment listings? I don’t mind wading through the local language if it means that I can get a good deal. Any help is preemptively net with many thanks