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Cost of Living in Macedonia

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.

Restaurants

RESTAURANTS

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.

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $ 4.65
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $ 1.49
Water (0.33 Liter) $ 0.71
Markets

MARKETS

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.

Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $ 0.90
Loaf Bread (500g) $ 0.49
Eggs (12) $ 1.50
Transportation

TRANSPORTATION

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.

Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $ 0.65
Monthly Pass $ 26.04
Gasoline $ 1.25
Utilities

UTILITIES (MONTHLY)

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).

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
Sports and leisure

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.

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
Clothing and shoes

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$, while quality running sneakers will cost you around 70$.

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
Rent per month

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 $250 and if you’re looking for that apartment to be in the city center, then it costs well above 300$.

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.

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Utilities (Monthly)
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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.

Average Salary$ 354.39
Minimum Wage$ 274.92
Mortgage Interest Rate6.31%

Cost of Living by City in Macedonia

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Skopje 34.68

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