Cost of Living in Libya

The cost of living in Libya is relatively cheap, especially if expats choose to prepare their own meals with local produce and avoid spending money eating out or purchasing Western gadgets and luxuries.

Expats should expect to pay unusually high prices for personal care items like cosmetics and toiletries, but as these are still relatively small expenses, it does not create a major dent in one's finances. Telephone rentals and Internet connections are also on the expensive side for a country with a low cost of living. Again, these payments are not overwhelming when compared with larger expenses.

Transport, local groceries, furniture and appliances and clothing are all very reasonably priced, and serve to keep day-to-day expenses for expats at a minimum. 

Cost of public transport in Libya

Public transport in Libya is limited to taxis and buses, and is very cheap. Many expats prefer to hire a car and driver on a wet lease, which means that fuel, servicing and the driver’s wages are all included.

Cost of electricity in Libya

Expats should try and negotiate an accommodation allowance that also covers the cost of utilities like electricity and water.

Cost of Internet and television in Libya

For personal Internet use, connection speed is slow and video streaming is a painful process in Libya. If working from home and need a connection for one's business, then vast and microwave-based VoIP systems are available. This includes the cost of the modem, switch, router and antenna.

The most popular satellite TV service provider in Libya is Nilesat.

Cost of living in Libya chart 

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for November 2015.


Furnished two-bedroom flat

LYD 1500

Unfurnished two-bedroom flat

LYD 1200

Furnished two-bedroom house

LYD 2000

Unfurnished two-bedroom house

LYD 1600


Milk (1 litre)

LYD 1.75

Eggs (dozen)

LYD 2.40

Rice (1kg)

LYD 2.55

Loaf of white bread

LYD 0.55

Chicken breasts (1kg)

LYD 6.70

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

LYD 1.80

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

LYD 12

Coca-Cola (300ml)

LYD 0.75


LYD 1.10 

Bottle of local beer

LYD 16

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

LYD 40


Mobile to mobile call rate (per minute)

LYD 0.14

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

LYD 32

Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)

LYD 50


Taxi rate (per kilometre)


Bus/train fare in the city centre


Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

LYD 0.19

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