Cost of living in Iran

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ﷼‎ 230,651
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ﷼‎ 199,332
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ﷼‎ 71,613
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ﷼‎ 27,631
12 eggs, large ﷼‎ 67,203
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ﷼‎ 30,596
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ﷼‎ 91,563
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ﷼‎ 42,147
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ﷼‎ 22,619
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality -
2 liters of Coca-Cola ﷼‎ 30,616
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ﷼‎ 22,021
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ﷼‎ 44,319,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ﷼‎ 24,674,800
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ﷼‎ 3,931,110
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ﷼‎ 28,773,200
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ﷼‎ 17,882,300
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ﷼‎ 1,393,300
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ﷼‎ 650,399
40” flat screen TV ﷼‎ 22,100,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 12,723,200
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ﷼‎ 139,510
Hourly rate for cleaning help ﷼‎ 195,935
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ﷼‎ 1,636,500
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ﷼‎ 1,838,260
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 4,149,230
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ﷼‎ 2,953,570
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ﷼‎ 908,883,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ﷼‎ 10,000
Monthly ticket public transport ﷼‎ 793,008
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ﷼‎ 82,577
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ﷼‎ 122,713
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ﷼‎ 525,695
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ﷼‎ 128,805
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ﷼‎ 148,535
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ﷼‎ 130,047
4 rolls of toilet paper ﷼‎ 63,318
Tube of toothpaste ﷼‎ 91,340
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 232,510
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ﷼‎ 559,554
2 tickets to the movies ﷼‎ 214,679
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ﷼‎ 1,204,390
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ﷼‎ 1,095,010
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ﷼‎ 127,238
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ﷼‎ 24,709,300
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ﷼‎ 7,563
1 month of gym membership in business district ﷼‎ 1,366,840
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ﷼‎ 104,593

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 Mahabad 77
2nd Tehran 71
3rd Mashhad 56
4th Kerman 51

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

  • 1 kg of rice in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 120,000 (35 minutes ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 15,000 (35 minutes ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 45,000 (35 minutes ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 60,000 (35 minutes ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 14,000,000 (about 6 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 100,000 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 2,000,000 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 180,000 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 1,200,000 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Tehran costs ﷼‎ 1,000,000 (about 9 hours ago)