Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 11,661TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,849TL
  • Turkey is the 2nd cheapest country in Middle East (10 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Turkey is cheaper than in 90% of countries in the World (81 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 37TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 24TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.66TL
12 eggs, large 11TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.25TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 19TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.84TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.99TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 11TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 66TL
2 liters of coca-cola 5.24TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.00TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,263TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,994TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 543TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,186TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,429TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 373TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 63TL
40” flat screen tv 2,293TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 553TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 29TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 245TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 160TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 391TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 315TL
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 169,711TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7TL
Monthly ticket public transport 180TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 17TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 206TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 21TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 19TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 9TL
Tube of toothpaste 16TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 96TL
2 tickets to the movies 46TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 177TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 227TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 46TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 15TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 21TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,985TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.80TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 183TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 16TL

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 78
2nd İzmir 74
3rd Ankara 67
4th Bursa 65
5th Antalya 62
6th Siirt 54
7th Mersin 53
8th İzmit 50
9th Eskişehir Province 49
10th Adana 48
11th Adapazarı 42
12th İskenderun 41

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 10TL (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Istanbul costs 18TL (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Istanbul costs 30TL (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Istanbul costs 15TL (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Istanbul costs 70TL (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Istanbul costs 500TL (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Istanbul costs 200TL (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Istanbul costs 60TL (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Istanbul costs 100TL (2 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Istanbul costs 20TL (2 days ago)