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. 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. This means that fuel, servicing and the driver’s wages are all included.

Cost of electricity in Libya

Libya's political, economic and social crisis has been having an effect on its electricity supply. It is not uncommon for electricity to cut out unexpectedly. Some businesses and private citizens rely on generators to supply electricity. This can be a big expense.

Expats should try and negotiate an accommodation allowance that 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 in need of 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 Tripoli in October 2019.

Accommodation (monthly)

Three-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

LYD 791

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

LYD 1,500

One-bedroom apartment outside of city centre

LYD 455

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

LYD 650


Milk (1 litre)


Dozen eggs


Rice (1kg)


Loaf of white bread

LYD 0.40

Chicken breasts (1kg)

LYD 22

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)


Eating out

Big Mac Meal

LYD 12

Coca-Cola (300ml)

LYD 2.20



Non-Alcoholic local beer (500ml)


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

LYD 50


Mobile call rate (per minute)

LYD 0.15

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

LYD 85

Basic utilities (average per month for standard household)

LYD 72


Taxi rate per km


City centre public transport


Petrol (per litre)

LYD 0.15

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