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) 18TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.05TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.98TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.64TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.25TL
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 3.59TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.48TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,769TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,659TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 373TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,099TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,224TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 302TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,692TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 362TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 177TL
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) 269TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 230TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 100,765TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.20TL
Monthly ticket public transport 167TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 20TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 159TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 16TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.67TL
Tube of toothpaste 11TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 27TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 84TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 75TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 181TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 31TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,911TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.49TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 157TL
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 92
2nd İzmir 78
3rd Ankara 77
4th Siirt 71
5th Antalya 70
6th Bursa 70
7th Kahramanmaraş 65
8th Eskişehir Province 62
9th Adapazarı 59
10th İskenderun 56

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?

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Recent Prices Added

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Tekirdağ costs 80,000TL (about 3 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Istanbul costs 205TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 13TL (about 23 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Istanbul costs 2.60TL (about 23 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Istanbul costs 205TL (about 23 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Istanbul costs 102,900TL (about 23 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Istanbul costs 20TL (about 23 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Istanbul costs 35TL (about 23 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Istanbul costs 2.00TL (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in İzmir costs 15TL (1 day ago)