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 3.37TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.94TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.88TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.30TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 8TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 49TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.74TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.63TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,816TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,786TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 369TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,158TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,309TL
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 1,705TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 390TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 182TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 134TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 288TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 262TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 110,825TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.38TL
Monthly ticket public transport 174TL
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) 170TL
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.) 12TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.68TL
Tube of toothpaste 11TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 28TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 92TL
2 tickets to the movies 36TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 131TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 178TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,953TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.53TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 161TL
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 81
2nd İzmir 73
3rd Ankara 69
4th Siirt 64
5th Bursa 64
6th Antalya 63
7th Eskişehir Province 53
8th Adapazarı 52
9th İskenderun 52

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 13TL (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Istanbul costs 160TL (about 12 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Istanbul costs 30TL (about 12 hours ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Istanbul costs 13TL (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Istanbul costs 6TL (about 12 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Istanbul costs 164,900TL (about 12 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Istanbul costs 85TL (about 14 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Istanbul costs 1,200TL (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 1,600TL (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 1,500TL (2 days ago)