Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 23,423TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 9,493TL
  • 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 59TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 43TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 27TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 9TL
12 eggs, large 22TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 12TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 38TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 8TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 6TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 20TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 117TL
2 liters of coca-cola 11TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3.52TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 6,440TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 3,456TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,331TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,876TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 2,529TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 897TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 90TL
40” flat screen tv 4,644TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,455TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 52TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 79TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 371TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 301TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 795TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 455TL
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 467,259TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 15TL
Monthly ticket public transport 291TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 36TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 55TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 335TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 43TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 34TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 28TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 16TL
Tube of toothpaste 25TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 52TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 221TL
2 tickets to the movies 74TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 569TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 500TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 82TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 28TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 38TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 5,696TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.99TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 275TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 23TL

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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 İskenderun 95
2nd Istanbul 79
3rd Osmaniye 50
4th Turhal 44
5th Antalya 35
6th İzmit 28
7th Denizli 25
8th Konya 22
9th Adana 21
10th Gaziantep 21
11th Eskişehir Province 19

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 kg of local cheese in Antalya costs 40TL (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Antalya costs 20TL (2 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Antalya costs 24TL (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Antalya costs 12TL (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Ankara costs 50TL (3 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Ankara costs 70TL (3 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Ankara costs 20TL (3 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Ankara costs 30TL (3 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Ankara costs 25TL (3 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Ankara costs 38TL (3 days ago)

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