Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 93,099TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 44,731TL
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 315TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 212TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 109TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 38TL
12 eggs, large 88TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 35TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 139TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 34TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 24TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 62TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 422TL
2 liters of coca-cola 50TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 34,536TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 22,211TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,123TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 23,024TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 14,055TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,653TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 256TL
40” flat screen tv 11,986TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,267TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 192TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 208TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,799TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,026TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,194TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,122TL
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,431,340TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 40TL
Monthly ticket public transport 959TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 111TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 157TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 1,518TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 177TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 158TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 108TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 51TL
Tube of toothpaste 80TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 319TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,127TL
2 tickets to the movies 392TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,159TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,455TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 425TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 134TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 136TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 34,528TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.40TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,160TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 59TL

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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 Karaman 32
2nd Turhal 24
3rd Denizli 13

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.

Prices recently added

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Istanbul costs 37,000TL (about 11 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Istanbul costs 350TL (about 11 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Istanbul costs 300TL (about 11 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Istanbul costs 600TL (about 11 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Istanbul costs 8,000TL (about 11 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Istanbul costs 1,000TL (about 11 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Istanbul costs 1,000TL (about 11 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Istanbul costs 4,000TL (about 11 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Samsun costs 100TL (about 22 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Samsun costs 130TL (about 22 hours ago)

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