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

You should expect to pay unusually high prices for personal care items such as cosmetics and toiletries. These are still relatively small expenses, so they won't make a major dent in your finances. Telephone rentals and internet connections are also expensive for a country with a low cost of living. Again, these payments are not overwhelming when compared with larger expenses.

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

Cost of accommodation in Libya

Relocating to Libya offers unique advantages, especially in terms of accommodation costs, which are generally lower compared to other North African destinations. This can significantly enhance your standard of living.

In major urban centres like Tripoli and Benghazi, various housing options are available, ranging from modern apartments to spacious standalone villas. These properties are often located in areas popular among expatriates, providing easy access to essential services and facilities, thus ensuring a high quality of life.

Due to ongoing political and economic instability, Libya experiences frequent electricity outages. Many residents and businesses resort to generators as a backup power source, which can be costly. When negotiating your relocation package, consider including an accommodation allowance that sufficiently covers utility expenses, including electricity and water, to avoid unexpected financial burdens.

Internet connectivity in Libya can be slow and unreliable, particularly for streaming video content. If your work requires a stable and fast internet connection, consider investing in a microwave-based internet system, which includes the necessary equipment such as a modem, switch, router, and antenna, to ensure uninterrupted service.

Cost of transport in Libya

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

Cost of groceries in Libya

Shopping for groceries in Libya offers an advantage due to generally lower prices than in nearby Tunisia. The variety and cost of local produce make it feasible to maintain a comfortable lifestyle while managing grocery expenses effectively.

While local products are affordable, imported goods and brands may vary in price due to fluctuating import costs and availability. Be prepared to pay a premium for familiar products and brands.

Cost of entertainment and eating out in Libya

Enjoying leisure activities and dining out in Libya generally costs less than in other North African countries. This affordability extends across various entertainment options, from casual dining to cultural events. Benghazi, known for its vibrant nightlife, offers an array of cultural experiences, including traditional Libyan music performances.

Cost of education in Libya

Education in Libya encompasses various types, each catering to different needs and financial capacities. Public schools provide free education, making them the most accessible option. Private schools in Libya offer smaller class sizes and generally higher teaching quality for those seeking enhanced educational standards. Although these schools charge tuition fees, they are preferred by families desiring more personalised education experiences.

At the top of the education cost spectrum are international schools, following curricula such as the International Baccalaureate or the American or British curricula. These schools provide a global standard of education but come with higher fees, which typically do not include additional costs like books and uniforms. Such schools are particularly popular among expats and wealthy locals.

If you're relocating for work, we recommend trying to negotiate an education allowance as part of your contract.

Cost of healthcare in Libya

Navigating the healthcare landscape in Libya can be complex, especially given a choice between the under-resourced public system, which provides services free of charge to all citizens but often lacks adequate facilities and staff, and the private sector, which offers higher standards of care but at a significant cost.

In light of these challenges, securing comprehensive private health insurance is advisable. This will ensure access to the best available medical treatments and facilities, and safeguard against the uncertainties and potential shortages in the public healthcare system. Consider a plan with the option of medical evacuation for serious injuries or illnesses.

Cost of living in Libya chart

Prices may vary depending on the product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Tripoli in April 2024.

Accommodation (monthly rent)
Three-bedroom apartment in the city centreLYD 2,400
Three-bedroom apartment outside the city centreLYD 1,225
One-bedroom apartment in the city centreLYD 1,125
One-bedroom apartment outside the city centreLYD 615
Food and drink
Dozen eggsLYD 6.67
Milk (1 litre)LYD 4.70
Rice (1kg)LYD 6.05
Loaf of white breadLYD 1.65
Chicken breasts (1kg)LYD 16
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)LYD 11
Eating out
Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurantLYD 125
Big Mac MealLYD 20.50
Coca-Cola (330ml)LYD 2.50
CappuccinoLYD 2.90
Bottle of non-alcoholic beer (local)LYD 3.50
Mobile phone monthly plan with calls and 10GB+ dataLYD 45
Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)LYD 95
Basic utilities (average per month for a standard household)LYD 260
Taxi rate/kmLYD 3.65
City-centre public transport fareLYD 1.05
Gasoline/Petrol (per litre)LYD 0.15

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