Cost of Living in Algeria

Expats can look forward to a relatively low cost of living in Algeria. In Mercer's Cost of Living Survey for 2019, Algiers ranked 184th out of 209 cities. This places Algeria as more expensive than other African cities like Johannesburg and Gabarone, but much less expensive 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. Alcohol, where available, is also pricey. However, 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 November 2019.

Accommodation (monthly)

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

DZD 32,000

One-bedroom apartment outside city centre

DZD 21,000

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

DZD 56,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside city centre

DZD 33,000


Eggs (dozen)

DZD 144

Milk (1 litre)

DZD 93

Rice (1kg)

DZD 130

Loaf of white bread

DZD 18

Chicken breasts (1kg)

DZD 455

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

DZD 270

Eating out

Big Mac meal

DZD 475

Coca-Cola (330ml)

DZD 70


DZD 105

Bottle of local beer

DZD 200

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 3,000

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

DZD 3,900


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

DZD 32

Bus/train fare in the city centre

DZD 30

Petrol/gasoline (1 litre)

DZD 37