Macedonia is generally not an expensive country, compared to others in its vicinity, and even less so compared to tourist destinations and popular cities around Europe like London, Paris or Rome.
You can rent an apartment for around 200$ there, eat out for less than a dollar (if you’re into street food), even utilities are cheap.
The best thing about Macedonia is that it has Ohrid – one of the favorite destinations in Europe during summer.
It’s a city with the gorgeous Ohrid lake, that attracts many tourists each year, and the prices even there are pretty low.
As mentioned before, restaurants and eating out in Macedonia are very affordable. You can eat at a mid-range restaurant for 16$ for two people! If you like fast food you will not pay more than $2 for a burger. Pizzas in restaurants are $3 and beer is around $2. If you want some soft drinks or a coffee add another $1.
Food is generally cheap. When you go grocery shopping, bring around 25$ and you’ll be able to eat for probably a whole week. Though restaurants are definitely cheap in this country, cooking at home will save you a lot of money, since all of the basic groceries cost less than a dollar. Ask the locals about the cheapest supermarkets.
Public transport is definitely not organized well and you can’t count on it really, but at least it’s cheap! The buses are somewhat late but you can mostly catch one with just a bit of waiting. A one-way ticket for public transport is less than a dollar, and a monthly pass costs less than 30$ which can be considered a reasonable price.
Utilities (water, gas, heating, cooling and electricity) can be around 50$ per month if you’re renting a really small apartment. If the apartment is larger, around 85m2, it will cost you around 100$ and if there’s central heating, add 25$-45$ more per month (but it really depends on the size of the apartment).
SPORTS & LEISURE
Being a member of a fitness club or a gym isn’t expensive either in Macedonia. A membership in either one will cost you around 20$ which is incredibly cheap, considering the prices in the rest of Europe. Cinema tickets are also not expensive – not cheap either, mind you – but not expensive, costing around 5$ each.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Shopping is definitely recommended for anyone who wanders off to Macedonia. It is very cheap and Macedonia has many shopping malls where you can have a good time. You can buy yourself some quality jeans like Levi’s for just a bit more than 40$, while quality running sneakers will cost you around 70$.
RENT PER MONTH
The price of rent depends on what you want and prefer. If you live alone you can rent a fully furnished studio for about $200 or a one-bedroom apartment for $250. Two-bedroom apartments are $250 and if you’re looking for that apartment to be in the city center, then it costs well above 300$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Macedonia
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$4.65|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$1.49|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.71||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.90|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.49|
|Eggs (12)||$1.50||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.65|
|Gasoline||$1.25||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$108.03|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.11|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$15.98||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$20.65|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$7.36|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$4.65||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$44.16|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$31.66|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$74.46||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$216.40|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$152.46|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$357.29|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Macedonia?
Food is definitely number one thing people spend their money on in Macedonia, like in most countries.
The next expense that draws most funds from people of Macedonia, surprisingly isn’t rent – but transportation. It’s something that has to be paid every month if you want to get anywhere.
Rent follows after transportation, but it’s really not as high as in most countries and doesn’t represent a problem for the citizens of Macedonia.
The least important expense for an average person living in Macedonia is clothing.
Macedonia: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
As expected, since the expenses and prices are low – the salaries in Macedonia are low too.
Minimum wage in this country is 270$ which makes it rather difficult to make ends meet.
Average monthly net salary, in turn, is around 350$ which is also a small amount, but it does allow for citizens to cover most expenses and buy all necessities.
Tourists that visit Macedonia and plan on staying there for a month, should bring around 500$ and that would definitely suffice.
Cost of Living by City in Macedonia
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|