Cost of living in Turkey

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 30TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.45TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.18TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.88TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.46TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 8TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 50TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.77TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.86TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,932TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,790TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 391TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,153TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,311TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 313TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,714TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 398TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 182TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 139TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 295TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 261TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 114,613TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.55TL
Monthly ticket public transport 172TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 13TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 21TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 172TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 19TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.77TL
Tube of toothpaste 11TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 29TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 92TL
2 tickets to the movies 36TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 138TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 175TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,019TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.54TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 158TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL

Map of Cost of Living in Turkey

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This map shows only the top cities in Turkey. 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 Turkey

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Istanbul 62
2nd İzmir 55
3rd Ankara 51
4th Siirt 50
5th Bursa 49
6th Antalya 48
7th Adana 43
8th İzmit 43
9th Eskişehir Province 42
10th Adapazarı 41
11th İskenderun 39

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.

Are you moving to Turkey? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Turkey of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Istanbul costs 220,000TL (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 4,500TL (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in İzmir costs 12TL (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in İzmir costs 40TL (2 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in İzmir costs 20TL (2 days ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in İzmir costs 10TL (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in İzmir costs 8TL (2 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in İzmir costs 450TL (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in İzmir costs 200TL (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in İzmir costs 250TL (2 days ago)