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) 20TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 10TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.77TL
12 eggs, large 10TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.58TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.17TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.06TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 9TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 52TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 4.13TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.91TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,951TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,773TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 402TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,165TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,293TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 296TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,832TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 409TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 24TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 190TL
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) 313TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 252TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 130,118TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 6TL
Monthly ticket public transport 181TL
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) 157TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 17TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 13TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 7TL
Tube of toothpaste 12TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 28TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 87TL
2 tickets to the movies 37TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 141TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 185TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 36TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,235TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.66TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 153TL
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 78
2nd İzmir 70
3rd Ankara 64
4th Antalya 61
5th Bursa 60
6th Siirt 58
7th Adana 55
8th İzmit 51
9th Eskişehir Province 50
10th Adapazarı 47
11th İskenderun 46

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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Prices recently added

  • Public transport in Antalya costs 160TL (about 23 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Istanbul costs 150TL (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Istanbul costs 30TL (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Istanbul costs 2.30TL (1 day ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Istanbul costs 4.00TL (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Istanbul costs 250TL (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Istanbul costs 320TL (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Istanbul costs 85TL (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Istanbul costs 125TL (1 day ago)
  • Daily rate for domestic cleaning help in Istanbul costs 25TL (1 day ago)