Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 45,895TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 23,277TL
  • Turkey is the cheapest country in Middle East (7 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Turkey is cheaper than in 86% of countries in the World (60 out of 70)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 107TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 94TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 42TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 21TL
12 eggs, large 36TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 20TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 71TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 16TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 36TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 178TL
2 liters of coca-cola 22TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 9TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 18,162TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 11,860TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,449TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 11,618TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,153TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,519TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 172TL
40” flat screen tv 5,802TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,021TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 121TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 127TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 914TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 631TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,703TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,281TL
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 796,239TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 21TL
Monthly ticket public transport 614TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 33TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 55TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 518TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 52TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 49TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 36TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 28TL
Tube of toothpaste 30TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 90TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 293TL
2 tickets to the movies 159TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 473TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 552TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 136TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 40TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 58TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 10,225TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.43TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 539TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 34TL

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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 İskenderun 95
2nd Istanbul 78
3rd Osmaniye 43
4th Turhal 33
5th Denizli 20

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

  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Antalya costs 30TL (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Antalya costs 2,500TL (4 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 34TL (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Ankara costs 10,000TL (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rate for domestic cleaning help in Istanbul costs 94TL (9 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in İzmir costs 25TL (10 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in İzmir costs 5,000TL (10 days ago)

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