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) 18TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.30TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.22TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.78TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.34TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 8TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.71TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.87TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,938TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,758TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 378TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,138TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,284TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 295TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,704TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 391TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 24TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 178TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 129TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 287TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 261TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 107,353TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.27TL
Monthly ticket public transport 171TL
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) 166TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 18TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.57TL
Tube of toothpaste 11TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 27TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 89TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 126TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 176TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 32TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,932TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.73TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 159TL
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 85
2nd İzmir 76
3rd Ankara 72
4th Antalya 68
5th Siirt 67
6th Bursa 66
7th Eskişehir Province 57
8th Adapazarı 55
9th İskenderun 55

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 3,500TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Istanbul costs 9TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Istanbul costs 1.25TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Istanbul costs 4.45TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Istanbul costs 85TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Istanbul costs 8TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Istanbul costs 3.00TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Istanbul costs 5.00TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Istanbul costs 22TL (about 13 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Istanbul costs 3.00TL (about 13 hours ago)