Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 13,283TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,495TL
  • Turkey is the 3rd cheapest country in Middle East (7 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Turkey is cheaper than in 92% of countries in the World (69 out of 75)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 40TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 27TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.43TL
12 eggs, large 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.63TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 23TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5.60TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.19TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 77TL
2 liters of coca-cola 6TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.40TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,656TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,214TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 566TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,609TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,446TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 451TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 72TL
40” flat screen tv 2,427TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 674TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 32TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 27TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 235TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 187TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 456TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 320TL
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 224,078TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7TL
Monthly ticket public transport 225TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 19TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 29TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 214TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 28TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 21TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 20TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 10TL
Tube of toothpaste 18TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 36TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 114TL
2 tickets to the movies 47TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 175TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 315TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 54TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 16TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 23TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,813TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.78TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 172TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 18TL

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:
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 68
2nd İzmir 63
3rd Ankara 60
4th Antalya 57
5th Siirt 43
6th Mersin 42
7th Adana 39
8th İzmit 39
9th Eskişehir Province 37
10th Adapazarı 34
11th İskenderun 32

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.

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Prices recently added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Istanbul costs 285TL (about 18 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 6,000TL (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Sanliurfa costs 6.00TL (4 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Sanliurfa costs 1.50TL (4 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Sanliurfa costs 8TL (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Sanliurfa costs 2.00TL (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Sanliurfa costs 3.00TL (4 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Sanliurfa costs 3.00TL (4 days ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Sanliurfa costs 10TL (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Sanliurfa costs 9TL (4 days ago)