Expats can look forward to a low cost of living in Algeria. In Mercer's Cost of Living Survey for 2020, Algiers ranked 194th out of 209 cities. This places Algeria as one of the cheapest countries to live in the world. Although it's more expensive than other African cities like Lusaka and Gaborone, it's much cheaper than Western and Asian cities like New York City or Hong Kong.

The low cost of living, coupled with high expat salaries, makes living comfortably a reality for those settling in Algeria.

Cost of food and groceries in Algeria

Imported food is expensive, especially Western luxuries, and alcohol, where available, is also pricey. That said, expats will find groceries to be cheaper if shopping at local markets and grocery stores, compared to international establishments.

Cost of accommodation in Algeria

The biggest expense for expats in Algeria will be housing. A factor that can add to the costs is the need to be in a safe area and have suitable security in and around one's accommodation

Cost of education in Algeria

International school fees are a significant cost for expats moving to Algeria with children. Those relocating as part of an international or inter-company transfer should factor education costs into their contract negotiation.

Cost of living chart for Algeria

Prices vary across the country and the list below shows average prices in Algiers, Algeria for April 2021.

Accommodation (monthly)

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

DZD 34,000

One-bedroom apartment outside city centre

DZD 20,800

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

DZD 60,700

Three-bedroom apartment outside city centre

DZD 36,800


Eggs (dozen)

DZD 150

Milk (1 litre)

DZD 91

Rice (1kg)

DZD 121

Loaf of white bread

DZD 21

Chicken breasts (1kg)

DZD 510

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

DZD 300

Eating out

Big Mac meal

DZD 550

Coca-Cola (330ml)

DZD 70


DZD 94

Bottle of local beer

DZD 250

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

DZD 2,500


Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)


Internet (average per month)

DZD 5,722

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

DZD 4,900


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

DZD 37

Bus/train fare in the city centre

DZD 40

Petrol/gasoline (1 litre)

DZD 42