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 2017, Algiers ranked 187th out of 209 cities, placing it as more expensive than other cities in the region such as Tunis, but cheaper than nearby Casablanca.

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, and 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 Algeria for June 2018.

Accommodation (monthly)

Furnished two-bedroom apartment

DZD 32,000

Unfurnished two-bedroom apartment

DZD 28,000


Eggs (dozen)

DZD 135

Milk (1 litre)

DZD 41

Rice (1kg)

DZD 105

Loaf of white bread

DZD 15

Chicken breasts (1kg)

DZD 430

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

DZD 240

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

DZD 400

Coca-Cola (330ml)

DZD 60


DZD 70

Bottle of local beer

DZD 150

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

DZD 1,500


Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)


Internet (average per month)

DZD 4,400

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

DZD 4,300


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

DZD 40

Bus/train fare in the city centre

DZD 20

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

DZD 30

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