Cost of living in Turkey

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 28TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.95TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.99TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.60TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.19TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 47TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.52TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.44TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,808TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,656TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 361TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,127TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,218TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 280TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55TL
40” flat screen TV 1,630TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 351TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 22TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 20TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 169TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 123TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 259TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 242TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 98,095TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.09TL
Monthly ticket public transport 166TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 19TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 155TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 14TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.44TL
Tube of toothpaste 10TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 77TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 69TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 183TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 30TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL
iPad Air 2, 64GB 1,901TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.52TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 163TL
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 102
2nd Ankara 86
3rd İzmir 85
4th Antalya 76
5th Kahramanmaraş 69
6th Adapazarı 66
7th Aydin 62

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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Recent Prices Added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Istanbul costs 5.00TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Istanbul costs 2.50TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Istanbul costs 120,000TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in İzmir costs 15TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in İzmir costs 6.00TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in İzmir costs 150TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in İzmir costs 25TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in İzmir costs 15TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in İzmir costs 3.00TL (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in İzmir costs 5.00TL (about 20 hours ago)