Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $1,609 (12,659TL)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $671 (5,277TL)
  • Turkey is the 2nd cheapest country in Middle East (8 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Turkey is cheaper than in 94% of countries in the World (72 out of 77)
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Food
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 39TL ($4.93)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 26TL ($3.32)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13TL ($1.69)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.22TL ($0.66)
12 eggs, large 12TL ($1.53)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.29TL ($0.67)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 23TL ($2.91)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5.20TL ($0.66)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.42TL ($0.43)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 12TL ($1.56)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 73TL ($9)
2 liters of coca-cola 5.82TL ($0.74)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.32TL ($0.29)
Housing
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,568TL ($453)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,145TL ($273)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 559TL ($71)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,427TL ($308)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,415TL ($180)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 426TL ($54)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 73TL ($9)
40” flat screen tv 2,482TL ($315)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 632TL ($80)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 32TL ($4.08)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 27TL ($3.47)
Clothes
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 249TL ($32)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 181TL ($23)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 436TL ($55)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 314TL ($40)
Transportation
TRY USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 207,103TL ($26,318)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 6TL ($0.82)
Monthly ticket public transport 200TL ($25)
Personal Care
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 19TL ($2.41)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 26TL ($3.32)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 225TL ($29)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 24TL ($3.10)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 20TL ($2.55)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 19TL ($2.37)
4 rolls of toilet paper 10TL ($1.22)
Tube of toothpaste 18TL ($2.26)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 35TL ($4.42)
Entertainment
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 101TL ($13)
2 tickets to the movies 47TL ($6)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 173TL ($22)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 287TL ($37)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 49TL ($6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 15TL ($1.90)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 22TL ($2.83)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,101TL ($394)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.77TL ($0.10)
1 month of gym membership in business district 183TL ($23)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 18TL ($2.33)

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 65
2nd İzmir 61
3rd Ankara 54
4th Antalya 53
5th Siirt 43
6th Mersin 42
7th Adana 39
8th İzmit 38
9th Eskişehir Province 37
10th Adapazarı 33
11th İskenderun 32

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 8,000TL (about 19 hours ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Ankara costs 1,500TL (about 23 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Istanbul costs 193,363TL (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in İzmir costs 300,000TL (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Istanbul costs 5.00TL (4 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Antalya costs 18TL (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Antalya costs 12TL (4 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Antalya costs 45TL (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Antalya costs 50TL (4 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Antalya costs 9TL (4 days ago)