Cost of Living in Tirana

Summary about cost of living in Tirana, Albania:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 600.00 Lek 400.00-1,500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 4,000.00 Lek 2,500.00-6,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 650.00 Lek 500.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 200.00 Lek 120.00-400.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 300.00 Lek 200.00-400.00
Cappuccino (regular) 149.38 Lek 100.00-214.64
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 154.33 Lek 120.00-190.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 77.69 Lek 50.00-110.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 541.16 Lek 378.54-662.45
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 75.33 Lek 45.36-108.86
Rice (white), (1 lb) 69.48 Lek 49.90-90.72
Eggs (regular) (12) 255.89 Lek 156.00-360.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 317.47 Lek 204.12-408.23
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 261.62 Lek 99.79-324.53
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 417.83 Lek 340.19-544.31
Apples (1 lb) 53.74 Lek 36.29-81.13
Banana (1 lb) 88.84 Lek 63.50-131.54
Oranges (1 lb) 62.52 Lek 36.29-108.18
Tomato (1 lb) 68.38 Lek 35.43-99.79
Potato (1 lb) 42.82 Lek 22.68-58.97
Onion (1 lb) 37.85 Lek 27.22-54.43
Lettuce (1 head) 93.94 Lek 30.00-200.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 56.38 Lek 47.70-80.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 875.00 Lek 450.00-2,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 109.50 Lek 80.00-200.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 177.27 Lek 100.00-300.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 350.00 Lek 320.00-360.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 40.00 Lek 40.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,600.00 Lek 1,500.00-1,800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 300.00 Lek 250.00-357.73
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 482.80 Lek 402.34-643.74
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1,192.43 Lek 700.00-2,500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 836.12 Lek 700.30-1,022.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,384,852.63 Lek 2,000,000.00-2,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,545,556.32 Lek 2,000,000.00-3,200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 10,585.48 Lek 7,000.00-15,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 39.74 Lek 23.85-80.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,938.77 Lek 1,500.00-2,500.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,917.26 Lek 3,000.00-5,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,057.49 Lek 1,200.00-3,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 700.00 Lek 596.21-900.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 19,827.02 Lek 14,000.00-26,233.38
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 341,477.32 Lek 200,000.00-700,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 5,246.97 Lek 3,000.00-11,924.26
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,860.45 Lek 2,500.00-6,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,881.32 Lek 5,000.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 9,331.65 Lek 5,500.00-17,886.39
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 47,885.81 Lek 35,772.79-71,545.58
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 28,145.10 Lek 20,000.00-45,312.20
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 84,816.97 Lek 60,000.00-150,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 50,113.98 Lek 35,000.00-80,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 22,871.65 Lek 17,001.11-33,233.73
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 10,480.68 Lek 8,361.20-13,935.34
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 53,225.81 Lek
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.53 3.40-7.00

Prices in Tirana

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Last update: June 2022
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17 Comments so far
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 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
Anonymous on Sep 20, 2019:
Macchiato 100 lekë
Rent one bedroom 250 euro outside city centre
Salary intermediate software developer 800-1000 euro
One bedroom apartment outside city centre 70,000 euro
Bus ticket 40 lekë
Accurate as of september 2019
Donald Watts on Jan 18, 2019:
I lived in Elbasan for three years. They built an auto bahn to Tirana when I was there, and they started a convenient bus service to Tirana. It is 45 minute commute.
The cost of living in Elbasan is at least 25% less than Tirana and does not have the crazy traffic of Tirana.
Anonymous on Nov 30, 2018:
You won't find an intl school for $2800. First make sure it is really intl. Then you need to look at several and get an average.
Louis on Oct 18, 2018:
Tirana is very beutiful city and absolutly different from all european capitals...all around the city you can find a lot of shops...i travel a loot,but never experience so convinent life. evrything here is easy going..People are very flexible and friendly to forigner! Tirana have infinty number of fancy bars and restorants! if ur job make you earn around 600-1000 euro a month,u can have a good life! the rent for one apartament 1+1 outside center cost 200 euro! foods are cheap,cost of life is cheap.The energy in Tirana is very dinamic! I live here for 3 years and last year start my investimet in this city,Tirana is growing up fast.No doubt after few years Tirana will be top 5 destination city for forigners to work,make bussines and live here!