Cost of Living in Turkey

Undoubtedly, wherever in the world we are dreaming of going, the cost of living is a driving factor that helps us decide.

That is why the living conditions in Turkey determine whether we should move there permanently or not and when it comes to daily spendings Turkey can be a surprisingly cheap place.

In Turkey, as in any other country, the most expensive places to live in are busy hubs of business, tourism and economics.



Due to the heavy taxes that Turkey has placed on alcohol, visiting restaurants daily can make a huge hole in your budget.

A person who likes drinking one glass of alcohol with the meal will pay an average of $3 just for the drink, depending on the brand.



When you take into consideration the food prices in Turkey, you will find out that the cost of groceries here is more reasonable than in neighboring European destinations.

If you are savvy enough to follow the ways residents supply themselves with goods, you will be able to save quite an amount on food.



The cost of gasoline is neither as high as in some European countries, nor to low to be considered affordable.

Many Turks drive and driving is hectic, so it is not advisable to newcomers, especially in major cities.

Car owners should also have in mind other expenses like registration, insurance and repairs.



The cost of utilities in Turkey is not high and running a household is exceptionally cheap.

Basic services are not more than $70 per month while the Internet access is quite affordable, not exceeding $16.

However, the larger apartment with more people living in would cause these prices to grow.

Sports and leisure


With foreign purchasing power not only that you will be able to afford tennis court and fitness clubs, but you can make your money last longer in Turkey.

Entertainment is affordable here, especially the cinema tickets which cost less than $4 for the latest cinema release.

Clothing and shoes


If you are used to wear comfortable, quality and designer clothes, and you are on Turkish salaries once you get there, you might not be able to afford that luxury.

Prices are not too high as they are in some other European countries, but for Turkish standards branded apparel is expensive.

Rent per month


Many newcomers who receive a salary from their home country are enjoying a luxurious lifestyle in Turkey, thanks to the low rent prices here.

However, earning a wage in Turkey would not allow you such a lifestyle, as the rent will take pretty much money and it is one of the most important expenses.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Turkey

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $3.79
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $2.58
Water (0.33 Liter) $0.23
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $0.74
Loaf Bread (500g) $0.42
Eggs (12) $1.81
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $0.52
Monthly Pass $37.94
Gasoline $1.22
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $65.56
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.13
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $15.68
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $25.27
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $12.81
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $3.79
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $36.27
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $24.63
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $60.44
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $255.19
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $158.57
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $444.42

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Turkey?

How high your daily costs will be depends on the place where you live and your living habits.

The most expensive places are huge cities where all the prices are higher, including rents, daily transport costs, food shopping and services.

Getting familiar with the fact that they are more costly, you might decide to choose a less urban area for your future living.

A family that does not have to pay rent would save more than 15% and can have a good lifestyle.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Turkey: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

The minimum wage in Turkey is $260 a month and a single person with rent to pay would have an extremely basic lifestyle for this amount, due to the fact that the rent will take the majority of the income.

Those who earn the average amount are estimated to have enough money to cover basic expenses and lead a decent life, but this all depends on the lifestyle of each person.

Buying a property is far too pricey, being that the interest rate is 20% and more.

Average Salary$461.19
Minimum Wage$264
Mortgage Interest Rate20.50%

Cost of Living by City in Turkey

*Click the name of the city for more information.

City Cost of Living Index
Ankara 34.77
Antalya 33.78
Bursa 33.72
Istanbul 37.85
Izmir 34.03


  1. Amin Mohammed

    I like the .work

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  2. Jordan Hess

    This is actually bullshit and far from reality

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  3. Abdurazak


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  4. Chris

    Hi, Jordan. Why do you say so? I’m considering relocating and I’ll need information that is as accurate as possible.

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  5. Makram

    I mike 9000 lira a month I want to move to Turkey

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  6. Nelly

    I will like more information my American pension is 1000$ can I leave in turkey with this income? Please be kind and informed me. I don’t want to make a big move to be cut by surprise. Thank you

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  7. Tapiwa Ngandu

    This is actually good.

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  8. Soheil

    You’d be okay for a living if you have an income of over 5000 TL per month, So $1000 is around 7500 TL which is more than enough for living in Turkey.

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