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 3.65TL
12 eggs, large 10TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.44TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.06TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.81TL
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 3.95TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.10TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,955TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,762TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 406TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,104TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,273TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 298TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,776TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 388TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 189TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 150TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 307TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 251TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 122,618TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.88TL
Monthly ticket public transport 177TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 13TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 22TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 161TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 20TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 13TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 6TL
Tube of toothpaste 11TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 28TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 94TL
2 tickets to the movies 36TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 156TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 173TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 34TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 16TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,129TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.62TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 160TL
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 71
2nd İzmir 65
3rd Ankara 59
4th Antalya 57
5th Bursa 55
6th Siirt 55
7th Adana 52
8th İzmit 48
9th Eskişehir Province 47
10th Adapazarı 45
11th İskenderun 43

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 2,500TL (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Istanbul costs 2.60TL (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Istanbul costs 212,200TL (1 day ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Istanbul costs 20TL (1 day ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Istanbul costs 22TL (1 day ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Istanbul costs 35TL (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Istanbul costs 205TL (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 13TL (3 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Istanbul costs 1.50TL (3 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Istanbul costs 20TL (3 days ago)