Cost of living in Iran

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ﷼‎ 238,916
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ﷼‎ 213,612
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ﷼‎ 77,762
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ﷼‎ 29,378
12 eggs, large ﷼‎ 79,909
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ﷼‎ 30,569
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ﷼‎ 101,861
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ﷼‎ 46,839
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ﷼‎ 23,972
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of Coca-Cola ﷼‎ 33,445
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ﷼‎ 20,043
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ﷼‎ 50,075,600
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ﷼‎ 28,097,400
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ﷼‎ 5,026,990
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ﷼‎ 33,221,800
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ﷼‎ 21,335,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ﷼‎ 3,081,690
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ﷼‎ 601,443
40” flat screen TV ﷼‎ 26,589,900
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 15,298,600
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ﷼‎ 172,644
Hourly rate for cleaning help ﷼‎ 238,465
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ﷼‎ 1,802,910
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ﷼‎ 1,952,120
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 5,637,110
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ﷼‎ 3,239,910
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ﷼‎ 1,586,690,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ﷼‎ 10,000
Monthly ticket public transport ﷼‎ 718,011
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 70,108
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ﷼‎ 142,246
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ﷼‎ 543,913
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ﷼‎ 159,259
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ﷼‎ 175,813
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ﷼‎ 158,075
4 rolls of toilet paper ﷼‎ 78,352
Tube of toothpaste ﷼‎ 98,535
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 254,093
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ﷼‎ 584,142
2 tickets to the movies ﷼‎ 230,978
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ﷼‎ 1,423,580
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ﷼‎ 1,188,640
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 133,649
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ﷼‎ 34,704,200
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ﷼‎ 5,482
1 month of gym membership in business district ﷼‎ 1,546,980
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ﷼‎ 135,376

Map of Cost of Living in Iran

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This map shows only the top cities in Iran. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Iran

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Tehran 91
2nd Mahabad 81
3rd Mashhad 66
4th Shiraz 65
5th Kerman 54

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 30,000,000 (about 3 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 1,200,000 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 300,000 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 700,000 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 400,000 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 10,000 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 400,000 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 170,000 (about 7 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 45,000 (about 7 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Karaj costs ﷼‎ 300,000 (about 7 hours ago)