It is somewhat expensive to live in Lebanon and in the recent years, it got even more expensive.
Prices bounced way up while wages stayed the same, and currently, Lebanon is the third most expensive Arab country to live in after Kuwait and Qatar.
And, of course, like everywhere else, the expenses may vary from region to another, but when it comes to the capital, Beirut is the ninth most expensive city in the world for expats and tourists.
However, there are still ways to live there and not spend too much money: you can still rent for few hundred dollars and buy your food from low cost shops.
Lebanon is filled with luxurious restaurants and gorgeous food, and if you have money, they can be expensive. However, there are also many mainstream restaurants, but they do offer good value for money. However, you should be ready to pay for your drinks as the price of a bear can reach up to 5$ or 6$ at pubs and clubs.
You can save a lot of money if you decide to cook, and with the prices in Lebanon, you will probably want to save some money. Practice going to supermarkets and open markets that often pop up in major cities, and if your diet includes a lot of veggies and fruits you can truly save plenty of money.
Transportation is relatively affordable in Lebanon. A one way ticket costs a lot more than in some inexpensive countries – it’s around 1.50$, while a monthly ticket costs around 50$ which is reasonable, considering the standard of the country. If you use multiple forms of transport a day, you’ll need around 7$ daily only for transport.
Utilities aren’t as costly as you would expect in a country where expenses keep on increasing and rising. All the basic ones, including electricity, garbage services, heating, cooling and gas, for an apartment of a larger constitution (say, 852) would cost around 140$ or less. Internet, however, is a bit more pricey.
SPORTS & LEISURE
As in most cities and countries, sports is an expensive pleasure. If you want a membership in a gym or a fitness club, be ready to spill out around whopping 70$. Since fitness and gym membership is this expensive, you don’t expect cinema tickets to be cheap do you? One will cost you around 10$ – without the popcorn.
CLOTHING & SHOES
You can buy clothing and shoes in Lebanon, just beware of the prices, as they aren’t low. You can buy quality jeans like Levi’s for about 70$, which is along the lines of the European norm. Quality running sneakers of brands like Nike costs more than 100$ which is really expensive. Even the light pieces of clothing, like a regular shirt, cost around 50$.
RENT PER MONTH
Rent is pretty expensive in Lebanon if you’re looking to rent an apartment in the city or even near one. Rent in rural areas and in villages, on the other side, is not that expensive. You can get a good four-room, two-bathroom flat for only 200$ a month. In turn, a one-bedroom apartment in the city center costs around 800$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Lebanon
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$10.00|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$2.00|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.47||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$2.15|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.87|
|Eggs (12)||$2.83||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$1.33|
|Gasoline||$0.92||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$137.81|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.30|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$45.10||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$63.76|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$24.02|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$10.00||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$71.02|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$49.46|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$104.70||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$836.56|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$450.49|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$1898.94|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Lebanon?
The average person in Lebanon doesn’t spend the biggest bulk of the money on food – which is a rarity!
No, the biggest expense in this country is, without a doubt, rent, followed by food supplies.
Rent is unusually high in Lebanon, and given the average salary, you should set aside more than half of it in order to pay for rent.
Restaurants and transportation are next on the list of expenses an average Lebanese person spends their money on, and the last on the list are clothing and shoes.
Lebanon: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
Minimum wage in Lebanon is around 330$ which is nowhere near enough to cover all costs and expenses, especially taking into consideration how high the rent can be.
Even with an average monthly net salary of around 1000$, you don’t get enough money to cover all other expenses, besides rent, because you already have to set aside more than half of it for rent only.
Those who don’t rent, however, are rather lucky and can earn enough money for a comfortable living, without having to worry about tomorrow.
Cost of Living by City in Lebanon
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|