Cost of living in Iran

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ﷼‎ 230,864
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ﷼‎ 204,800
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ﷼‎ 74,752
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ﷼‎ 28,259
12 eggs, large ﷼‎ 73,942
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ﷼‎ 28,540
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ﷼‎ 97,813
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ﷼‎ 43,379
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ﷼‎ 22,560
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of Coca-Cola ﷼‎ 31,521
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ﷼‎ 19,143
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ﷼‎ 48,978,600
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ﷼‎ 27,378,800
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ﷼‎ 4,788,200
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ﷼‎ 32,185,900
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ﷼‎ 19,573,700
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ﷼‎ 2,586,320
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ﷼‎ 610,283
40” flat screen TV ﷼‎ 23,454,200
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 13,791,700
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ﷼‎ 150,634
Hourly rate for cleaning help ﷼‎ 220,733
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ﷼‎ 1,744,770
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ﷼‎ 2,025,780
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 4,833,160
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ﷼‎ 3,054,740
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ﷼‎ 1,288,960,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ﷼‎ 10,000
Monthly ticket public transport ﷼‎ 782,821
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 79,780
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ﷼‎ 124,427
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ﷼‎ 546,117
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ﷼‎ 153,555
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ﷼‎ 175,209
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ﷼‎ 137,568
4 rolls of toilet paper ﷼‎ 75,020
Tube of toothpaste ﷼‎ 93,351
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 233,244
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ﷼‎ 574,454
2 tickets to the movies ﷼‎ 225,198
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ﷼‎ 1,277,670
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ﷼‎ 1,146,110
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 126,451
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ﷼‎ 26,527,300
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ﷼‎ 5,643
1 month of gym membership in business district ﷼‎ 1,380,610
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ﷼‎ 115,854

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 60
4th 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

  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 150,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the theater (best available seats) in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 2,000,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 240,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 120,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 12,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 17,500 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 80,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 25,000 (about 4 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 32,500 (about 4 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 1,000,000 (1 day ago)