Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 11,430TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,760TL
  • Turkey is the 3rd cheapest country in Middle East (11 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Turkey is cheaper than in 85% of countries in the World (82 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 36TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 23TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.53TL
12 eggs, large 11TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.34TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 18TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.77TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4.16TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 11TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 65TL
2 liters of coca-cola 5.09TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.04TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,203TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,931TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 522TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,234TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,416TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 392TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 63TL
40” flat screen tv 2,298TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 561TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 29TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 242TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 156TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 398TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 319TL
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 165,152TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7TL
Monthly ticket public transport 177TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 18TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 193TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 21TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 18TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 9TL
Tube of toothpaste 15TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 34TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 105TL
2 tickets to the movies 46TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 159TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 212TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 43TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 14TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 20TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,990TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.75TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 186TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 16TL

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:
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 79
2nd İzmir 74
3rd Ankara 69
4th Bursa 66
5th Antalya 62
6th Siirt 54
7th Mersin 54
8th İzmit 51
9th Eskişehir Province 50
10th Adana 48
11th Adapazarı 43
12th İskenderun 42

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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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 16TL (about 14 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Ankara costs 1,240TL (3 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Istanbul costs 100TL (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 19TL (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Istanbul costs 30TL (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Istanbul costs 30TL (4 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Istanbul costs 25TL (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Istanbul costs 3.00TL (4 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Istanbul costs 7TL (4 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Istanbul costs 200,000TL (4 days ago)