Cost of Living in Tirana

Summary about cost of living in Tirana:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 500.00 Lek 350.00-618.39
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 3,000.00 Lek 2,200.00-4,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 500.00 Lek 450.00-650.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 150.00 Lek 100.00-200.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 200.00 Lek 150.00-300.00
Cappuccino (regular) 146.98 Lek 123.68-150.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 123.13 Lek 70.00-150.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 60.00 Lek 40.00-100.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 508.25 Lek 416.40-605.67
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 66.63 Lek 45.36-90.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 59.84 Lek 45.36-72.57
Eggs (regular) (12) 179.00 Lek 145.00-240.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 301.74 Lek 226.80-362.87
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 241.81 Lek 181.44-294.84
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 375.93 Lek 336.60-453.59
Apples (1 lb) 50.30 Lek 36.29-68.04
Banana (1 lb) 72.65 Lek 58.97-112.20
Oranges (1 lb) 59.02 Lek 39.27-90.72
Tomato (1 lb) 49.95 Lek 36.29-72.57
Potato (1 lb) 33.45 Lek 27.22-45.36
Onion (1 lb) 33.59 Lek 22.68-54.43
Lettuce (1 head) 97.58 Lek 40.00-200.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 52.96 Lek 50.00-70.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 700.00 Lek 600.00-1,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 98.75 Lek 80.00-123.68
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 136.81 Lek 100.00-247.36
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 320.00 Lek 260.00-350.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 40.00 Lek 40.00-40.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 1,600.00 Lek 1,223.23-1,600.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 250.00 Lek 250.00-300.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 300.00 Lek 160.93-402.34
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1,500.00 Lek 1,000.00-1,500.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 673.53 Lek 643.52-704.09
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,000,000.00 Lek 1,500,000.00-2,500,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,034,051.51 Lek 1,700,000.00-2,400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 8,386.43 Lek 5,000.00-12,367.87
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 26.89 Lek 12.00-50.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,475.63 Lek 1,800.00-4,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 3,688.20 Lek 3,000.00-4,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,089.13 Lek 500.00-2,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 600.00 Lek 500.00-700.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 16,032.36 Lek 9,000.00-25,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 296,719.29 Lek 150,000.00-540,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 5,061.82 Lek 3,000.00-8,657.51
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,980.65 Lek 2,500.00-6,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 9,028.64 Lek 5,500.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 10,859.64 Lek 6,000.00-16,078.23
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 36,643.02 Lek 30,000.00-50,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 21,977.25 Lek 15,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 70,609.60 Lek 50,000.00-120,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 38,420.98 Lek 30,000.00-55,601.48
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 18,110.21 Lek 12,397.21-26,012.63
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,060.51 Lek 6,503.16-9,290.23
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 40,260.45 Lek
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.27 4.00-7.00

Prices in Tirana

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Last update: October 2019
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8 Comments so far

#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 $2800. First make sure it is really intl. Then you need to look at several and get an average.
#Louis on Oct 18, 2018 :
Tirana is very beutiful city and absolutly different from all european capitals...all around the city you can find a lot of shops...i travel a loot,but never experience so convinent life. evrything here is easy going..People are very flexible and friendly to forigner! Tirana have infinty number of fancy bars and restorants! if ur job make you earn around 600-1000 euro a month,u can have a good life! the rent for one apartament 1+1 outside center cost 200 euro! foods are cheap,cost of life is cheap.The energy in Tirana is very dinamic! I live here for 3 years and last year start my investimet in this city,Tirana is growing up fast.No doubt after few years Tirana will be top 5 destination city for forigners to work,make bussines and live here!
#matthew on Sep 12, 2016 :
@Visi 15- 25$ 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 .