Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 34,561TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 15,674TL
  • 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 114TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 65TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 37TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15TL
12 eggs, large 31TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 13TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 54TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 12TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 26TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 157TL
2 liters of coca-cola 16TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 6TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 13,265TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 5,766TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,437TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 7,227TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 4,375TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 786TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 115TL
40” flat screen tv 4,330TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,038TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 63TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 73TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 494TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 442TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,237TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 841TL
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 600,940TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 21TL
Monthly ticket public transport 348TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 42TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 44TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 823TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 62TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 46TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 34TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 22TL
Tube of toothpaste 30TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 86TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 213TL
2 tickets to the movies 97TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 466TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 634TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 99TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 30TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 44TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 8,364TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.28TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 692TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 29TL

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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 Osmaniye 47
3rd Turhal 40
4th İzmit 26
5th Denizli 22
6th Adana 21
7th Eskişehir Province 21
8th Konya 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

  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Istanbul costs 15TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Istanbul costs 26TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Istanbul costs 162TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Istanbul costs 29TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Istanbul costs 30TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Istanbul costs 28TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 500 g of local cheese in Istanbul costs 61TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Istanbul costs 25TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 12 eggs, large in Istanbul costs 53TL (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Istanbul costs 27TL (about 9 hours ago)

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