Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,761 (90,650TL)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,285 (42,173TL)
  • 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
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 277TL ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 216TL ($7)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 136TL ($4.14)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 38TL ($1.15)
12 eggs, large 77TL ($2.36)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 36TL ($1.10)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 135TL ($4.12)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 37TL ($1.13)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 27TL ($0.82)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 62TL ($1.88)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 381TL ($12)
2 liters of coca-cola 59TL ($1.78)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 17TL ($0.52)
Housing
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 28,760TL ($876)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 23,243TL ($708)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,376TL ($72)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 22,256TL ($678)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 14,061TL ($428)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,344TL ($41)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 286TL ($9)
40” flat screen tv 12,958TL ($395)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,867TL ($118)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 172TL ($5.23)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 207TL ($6)
Clothes
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,580TL ($48)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 916TL ($28)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,112TL ($95)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,276TL ($69)
Transportation
TRY USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,462,140TL ($44,536)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 43TL ($1.29)
Monthly ticket public transport 1,076TL ($33)
Personal Care
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 83TL ($2.52)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 262TL ($8)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 1,315TL ($40)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 212TL ($6)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 133TL ($4.06)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 104TL ($3.15)
4 rolls of toilet paper 71TL ($2.15)
Tube of toothpaste 76TL ($2.32)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 308TL ($9)
Entertainment
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,048TL ($32)
2 tickets to the movies 374TL ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,244TL ($38)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,231TL ($68)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 351TL ($11)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 113TL ($3.43)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 112TL ($3.41)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 26,144TL ($796)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 2.57TL ($0.08)
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,336TL ($41)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 64TL ($1.96)

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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:
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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

  • 1 lb of local cheese in Ankara costs 66TL (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Istanbul costs 3,800TL (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 15,000TL (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 66TL (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Istanbul costs 1,800TL (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Istanbul costs 120TL (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Istanbul costs 480TL (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Istanbul costs 2,500TL (3 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Istanbul costs 1,200TL (3 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Istanbul costs 4,000TL (3 days ago)

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