Cost of living in Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Turkey

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 13,425TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,553TL
  • Turkey is the 3rd cheapest country in Middle East (7 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Turkey is cheaper than in 88% of countries in the World (68 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 39TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 27TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.55TL
12 eggs, large 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.54TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 23TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5.71TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.16TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 79TL
2 liters of coca-cola 6TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.38TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,719TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,216TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 560TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,641TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,485TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 438TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 73TL
40” flat screen tv 2,399TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 711TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 34TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 28TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 237TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 191TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 458TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 312TL
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 229,123TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7TL
Monthly ticket public transport 224TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 20TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 217TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 27TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 21TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 20TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 10TL
Tube of toothpaste 19TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 39TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 116TL
2 tickets to the movies 46TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 181TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 313TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 56TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 16TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 24TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,912TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.78TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 182TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 18TL

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 Osmaniye 75
2nd Istanbul 72
3rd İzmir 66
4th Ankara 64
5th Antalya 59
6th Siirt 44
7th Mersin 44
8th Adana 41
9th İzmit 40
10th Eskişehir Province 38
11th Adapazarı 35
12th İskenderun 33

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

  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Ankara costs 100TL (about 17 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Istanbul costs 350TL (1 day ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Ankara costs 4,000TL (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 4,500TL (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 2,000TL (8 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Istanbul costs 98TL (8 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 3,500TL (8 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Istanbul costs 6,000TL (9 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Istanbul costs 28TL (9 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Istanbul costs 20TL (10 days ago)