Cost of living in Turkey

Suppose you are planning to live in Turkey, then you must be aware of the price rate. Living costs in Turkey are 56.23% lower than in the U.S. (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account).

On average, the rent in Turkey is 85.18 percent smaller than in the United States. In Turkey, market prices are 25.13 percent higher than in India (without rent). Market prices in Turkey are 21.74 percent higher than in India, including leases.

Rent rates are 5.62 percent higher in Turkey than in India.

In Turkey, restaurant prices are 12.70 percent higher than in India. Grocery prices are 7.02 percent higher in Turkey than in India. Turkey’s local buying power is 25.01 percent lower than India’s.

When we talk about living in Turkey, we need to think about all aspects of life that require us to live in either Turkey or other countries, such as health status, transportation, utilities, housing and rentals in Turkey, jobs and average monthly salaries for those who come to Turkey.

It varies depending on the city in which you want to live, in terms of accommodation and rent. Renting an apartment in Istanbul is the most expensive city of all Turkish cities in terms of costs, but it depends, of course, on the monthly salaries received by a resident in any city of his choosing, and it also varies from city to city. The lower the salaries of the working force, the lower the houses and homes, and vice versa.

Cost of living in Turkey

Cost Of Food:

The primary lunchtime menu, including a drink in the business district, can cost up to 34TL. The combo meal cost in fast food restaurants (Big Mac Meal or similar) starts from 22TL.

Pazar weekly is open on a weekly basis to display different goods and food commodities. Each neighborhood is devoted to a particular day, including cheeses, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, affordable clothing, and some women’s handicrafts. Spices of all sorts, starting from 0.50 TL of fresh and delicious flavor, are specialized in old folk markets.

The fish market offers different styles of fishing and has been moved to the outskirts of Istanbul, with prices beginning at 4.5 TL.

Public Service Cost:

The cost of electricity and water will rise from that to hit 100 pounds a month. Electricity exceeds the cost of water to 60 liras.
In winter Turkey is a country vulnerable to snow and storms, and fuel is very important, heating that uses natural gas reaches via lines and meters cost 300 liras and above.
The average cost is 100 liras per month for the internet.
Entertainment and entertainment venues are available for all starting from public parks and children’s games, barbecue breaks and token fees are provided by the municipality, amusement parks, resorts and snow lounges are distributed in different Turkish cities, from 15 TL to 150 TL.

Sea cruises as a means of entertainment, varying prices and beautiful places and picturesque nature in different sea destinations. E-shopping is available, online booking is often available, and sales and discounts are available.

Finally, the monthly cost of cell phones is $10, $9 for landline bills.

Groceries Price: 

 The price of 500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast is 12TL. One liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk can cost up to 4.32TL. The cost of 12 eggs is up to 12TL. The price of vegetables can vary from session to session. Tomatoes up to 1 kg (2 lb.) can cost 5.38TL. Apples can cost up to 4.75 TL. The price of local cheese is 18 TL for 500 gm.

  500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 18TL

  1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.75TL

  1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3 4.00TL

  0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 10TL

  1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 61TL

  2 liters of Coca-Cola 4.82TL

  Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.02TL


  Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,091TL

  Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,984TL

  Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 507TL

  Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,289TL

  Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,326TL

  Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 375TL

  Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 59TL

  40” flat screen TV 2,303TL

  Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 535TL

  Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 31TL

  Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL


  1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 235TL

  1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 161TL

  1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 374TL

  1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 320TL


  Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 159,841TL

  1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7TL

  Monthly ticket public transport 189TL

Personal Care 

  Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 15TL

  1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25TL

  Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 185TL

  1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …) 18TL

  Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 16TL

  Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16TL

  4 rolls of toilet paper 9TL

  Tube of toothpaste 15TL

  Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city 35TL


  Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 94TL

 2 tickets to the movies 44TL

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 159TL

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the ex-pat area including appetizers, main course, wine, and dessert 225TL

  1 cocktail drink in downtown club 43TL

  Cappuccino in ex-pat area of the city 14TL

  1 beer in neighborhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 19TL

  iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,207TL

  1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.77TL

  1 month of gym membership in business district 174TL

  1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 15TL

School Fees in Turkey:

Private colleges have set their fees, and up to $20,000 is paid. Tuition fees for study programs in English are typically more costly at public universities, ranging from $600-1500 a year, whereas the same courses are about $240-750 in Turkish.

How much money does a person who works in Turkey make?
Usually, a person employed in Turkey earns around 7,830 TRY per month. Wages range from TRY 1,980 (lowest average) to TRY 35,000 (highest average, the actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the monthly average wage that covers lodging, transportation, and other benefits. Among various occupations, salaries vary dramatically.

Cost of Living in Ankara and in Istanbul

Ankara is the capital of Turkey, but since it is a place where you can find a lot of items at a variety of prices, this does not scare you. Where the monthly transport ticket price is $51.68, while the taxi tariff is $0.99 per kilometer, and the minute per cell phone is $0.21.

As a standard of living, the city of Istanbul is one of the most expensive cities in the world, where a family of four people requires $1,800 per month to live a medium-sized life, while a student needs $600 per month.

The cheapest cities in Turkey for living

Sanliurfa, Kayseri, Mersin, Konya, Iskenderun, and Hatay, which have a charming nature and a cheap standard of living, but are very far from the capital, are the cheapest Turkish cities to live in.

Top cities by data quality:

RankingCityPrice Index *

Istanbul is the costlier among all the cities in Turkey. The price index of Istanbul is 81. Ankara has a price index of 73 and ranks 2nd on this list of cities. You can check below about the cities and their respective price indexes. 

1st Istanbul 81

2nd Ankara 73

3rd İzmir 72

4th Bursa 69

5th Antalya 62

6th Mersin 56

7th Siirt 56

8th İzmit 53

9th Eskişehir Province 52

10th Adana 51

11th Adapazarı 44

12th İskenderun 44

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 Prague’s cost.

Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Transportation Charges:

For residents of trams, dolmus, bus, ferry, taxi, and trains, there are thousands of transportation means available. In a previous post, we addressed them in depth. Metro travel costs 1.75 TL per person – free of charge for children up to 8 years of age. In one of two forms, transportation fees can be paid:

The purchasing of a KGS magnetic card, equivalent to a Visa card, in categories 20 – 25 to 30 TL, can be bought from the Bank of Agriculture or from any kiosk prior to crossing the fence. For the selling of these cards, there are carts 500 meters before the gate.

OGS is a small automatic transmitter mounted in the car that you can cross without stopping at your speed with dedicated gates of the same name. There is another payment scheme.

Istanbul kart E-wallet similar to the cards used in European countries – The price of the fare is deducted from boarding the bus or demolish put on the computer near the driver. Sold outside bus stations at kiosks.

Akbil’s prepaid stainless key can be loaded and recharged once inside a plastic holder, appropriate for different means of transport.


Summary of living costs in Turkey

Family of four monthly average costs: 13,290TLL

Monthly costs were calculated by a single individual: 5,463TLL

Turkey is the Middle East’s third-cheapest region (7 out of 9)

Living costs in Turkey are cheaper than in 89% of the world’s nations (67 out of 75)

(Source: www.expatistan.com)

Post By: Shubham Sharma 



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