Cost of Living in Albania

Updated On January 12, 2023

How Much Does It Cost to Live In Albania?

Having in mind the fact that nowadays Albania has turned into a wanted destination being a relatively cheap country, a very frequently asked question is what the cost of living is in Albania.

People are interested in this since Albania is considered a very affordable country both for tourists and those who want to start living there.

However, the real question is whether earning a wage in Albania would be enough to cover all the costs.

Albania is a country where the prices are considered high due to the fact that the locals’ salary is low.

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When it comes to restaurants, they are definitely cheaper than in most of the other countries in the world and it can be said that you will save a lot of money in Albania.

You can enjoy your cappuccino for just 1.27$ or have a decent meal for 5.54$.

Eating out more than twice a week would not affect your budget too much.



Unlike those who frequently visit restaurants, there are people who love cooking, so they will probably need to get some food from the market, so as to be able to make a meal.

Fruit and vegetables are not expensive at all, and you can have a nice bottle of wine with your dinner for just 7.39$.



Even though you can save some money on food, you will have to be careful when transportation is in question.

Buying a car can be very expensive, and gas prices are 2$ per liter.

Still, you can use public transportation which is inexpensive, especially a monthly ticket which can be found at the price of 14.78$.



Utilities prices vary from 60-80$ a month, including electricity which is measured per kilowatt hour, central heating, water, and garbage.

High-speed Internet is often less than 20$ per month.

Those who want to use a cell phone will have to pay 0.26$ per minute, which is not considered too high.

Sports and leisure


As in most countries, sports people will need to give a little bit more money, so as to fulfill their desires.

Fitness centers usually cost from 27.62 to 41.42$ per month while tennis courts are even more expensive with prices going up to 15.13$ per hour.

Clothing and shoes


How much one can spend on clothes is an individual thing, but the prices in Albania are more than reasonable when it comes to designer clothes.

Quality shoes and jeans do not reach 100$, while dresses can be found at the price of just 33$.

Rent per month


Depending on whether you are living alone or with a family, the costs of renting a flat in Albania vary.

A studio apartment for one or two people can be around 150-250 $ monthly, while a family will need to pay a higher price for a bigger flat.

The location of the flat also plays an important role, as those away from city centers are always cheaper.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Albania

*Note: All prices are indicated in USD.
Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)$5.54
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)$1.44
Water (0.33 Liter)$0.64
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter)$1.35
Loaf Bread (500g)$0.73
Eggs (12)$2.57
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket$0.37
Monthly Pass$14.78
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)$82.06
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local$0.26
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)$16.42
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult$32.86
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)$15.13
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release$6.47
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)$41.20
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)$33.23
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)$73.21
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center$364.20
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center$222.04
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center$612.67

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Albania?

According to the data provided, it can be said that buying food in markets, renting a flat, and paying for transportation are the costs that take the most money.

When it comes to utilities, they need to be paid, no matter whether we want to pay them or not.

Also, people in Albania spend a great amount of money on restaurants, being that for those living alone, it is more profitable eating out than buy groceries and prepare meals at home.

It is interesting that more money is spent on sports and leisure, than on clothes, which take the last place on the scale.

Average Costs Breakdown


Albania: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

The minimum wage in Albania is 216$ and it is so low that cannot cover basic needs.

Albania is in 66th place among the countries with the lowest minimum salary in the world and rare are the people who can afford a mortgage interest rate of 5.82% per year.

All in all, you can survive a month with 600 $ a month in Albania if you are used to a modest lifestyle.

However, for those who look for more comfortable living conditions 700 $ a month would not be enough.

Average Salary$424.69
Minimum Wage$216
Mortgage Interest Rate4.77%

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10 Reviews on Albania

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    Shahnawaz Ismail says:

    It seems that the cost of living in such a wonderful country is very cheap
    I am very much interested to know the cost of monthly rent for a 2 bed room fully furnished apartment in Durres having sea view

    Thank you so much

    1. Hi Ismail, don’t know if you’re still interested… You can expect between 300 to 500 Euro for a two bedroom, fully furnished sea view in Durres

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    StuggleLord says:

    this was awesome, can’t wait to spread my wings and feel the winds of struggle in the motherland that is Albania

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    Mister Wonderful says:

    LMAO! Yours was th exact question I was to post…😄

    If you get an answer let me know. I’m sure size of the place and what’s in it matters but I was told a figure by two people that I will broach subject on to an agent Monday, so I will let you know if i struck a good deal or if I left the country soon.

  4. Good information on Albania 🇦🇱.

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    Dermot Kyne says:

    I am an dual national, Ireland and Canada. I am an EU citizen. Consequent to my Irish Passport. I would be interested in moving to Albania. I live at an very basic level. I don’t want to live close to the beach. I would prefer to live outside of major cities. Within about 30 minutes of an beach or some area where I could swim in the Adriatic.

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      James V says:

      You should look down south, inland of Saranda. It’s much nicer than up near the Adriatic, where Albania can tend to get a bit overcrowded and dirty. Also the roads up north are very bad and will destroy your car should you elect to buy one. Albanians are extremely friendly and hospitable people, I’m sure you’ll find it very rewarding.

  6. Cheap? This is VERY expensive!!!

    1. Huh?

      Expensive compared to where?😳

  7. Interesting information for this beautiful and affordable European country. I’m excited to visit and then retired there.

Albania Rated 4.1 / 5 based on 10 user reviews.

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