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 2.97TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.95TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.62TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.22TL
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 3.56TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.45TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,795TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,631TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 367TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,115TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,216TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 298TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 54TL
40” flat screen TV 1,634TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 361TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 19TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 173TL
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 229TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 98,814TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.15TL
Monthly ticket public transport 166TL
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) 153TL
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 5.39TL
Tube of toothpaste 10TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 27TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 80TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 73TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 182TL
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 1,900TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.50TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 162TL
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 91
2nd Ankara 78
3rd İzmir 77
4th Siirt 73
5th Bursa 70
6th Antalya 68
7th Kahramanmaraş 66
8th Adapazarı 60
9th 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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Istanbul costs 60TL (about 1 hour ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 3,500TL (about 2 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Ankara costs 60TL (about 3 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Ankara costs 5.70TL (about 3 hours ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Ankara costs 2,500TL (about 3 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Ankara costs 70TL (about 3 hours ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Ankara costs 70TL (about 3 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Ankara costs 800TL (about 3 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Ankara costs 1,000TL (about 3 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Ankara costs 150TL (about 3 hours ago)