Like most destinations in the world, the cost of living in Turkey is directly affected by location and person’s life choices.
It is reasonable that rural villages are cheaper than urban centers, and the idea of living in a big city like Ankara is still a dream for many potential newcomers.
Nevertheless, the frequent question asked by many, is how much it will cost to settle permanently there so it is advisable to take a look at some of the average costs involved.
Ankara is among the most expensive cities in Turkey, and being frequently visited by foreigners makes it even pricier.
Do not get surprised by the cost of alcohol and bottled water which are pretty high.
When it comes to meals, they are not inexpensive, even in the least famous restaurants.
It can be said that food is not too expensive, but it is still the hugest expense.
So as to save some money on this, shopping can still be done at markets where you can find fruits and vegetables on sale for low costs.
If you are used to the imported goods then you will have to pay much more.
Ankara has to offer a great and efficient public transport system which remains extremely cheap even though it is constantly improving.
Buses are the most economical means of commuting, as the monthly pass does not exceed $30.
Driving is terrible and it is not suggested to newcomers.
Monthly services are not too expensive, but you should bear in mind that are not included in rent, and has to be added to the possible costs.
The cost of water, electricity and gas does not exceed $65, while the Internet access is even more affordable.
The cost of heating might increase these expenses during winter.
SPORTS & LEISURE
If you are interested in doing sports activities, you will be happy to discover that fitness club prices would be in line with your monthly income and that you will be able to afford it.
Other means of entertainment are also inexpensive and residents devote pretty much money to it.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Tourists might find Ankara a place which is ideal for shopping.
However, those with the minimum salaries there would not take it as a bargain, and would prefer buying non-branded apparel.
In general, Ankara offers lower prices for designer clothes than some other European countries.
RENT PER MONTH
The property market in Ankara for renting offers a wide variety of accommodation.
The possible apartments suit all tastes and budgets, as depending on your financial power you can choose from very expensive villas to modest apartments with only the necessary amenities.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Ankara
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$3.79|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$2.85|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.21||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.75|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.43|
|Eggs (12)||$1.72||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.52|
|Gasoline||$1.22||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$62.61|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.12|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$17.67||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$24.69|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$13.22|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$3.41||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$39.02|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$23.91|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$55.49||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$208.24|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$127.90|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$348.41|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Ankara?
While all the utilities are really affordable and the prices are reasonable, be ready to pay more for them during winter days, as the cost of heating would dramatically increase.
Newcomers would need to avoid purchasing imported goods that they are used to in Turkey, as they can be a big trouble for their budget.
Residents of Ankara are very into sports and physical activities, so pretty much money is devoted to fitness clubs and entertainment in general.
Transportation costs might take you much of the salary, even more than the rent.
Ankara: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
The vast difference in property prices which applies to rentals also applies to the average monthly net salaries according to the regions.
Ankara cannot boast high salaries, but it is considered that the average one is sufficient for a decent life there.
Those with the minimum salary would not have great living conditions and in many cases would struggle to survive, especially if they need to pay the rent.
Trying to save some money buying a property here is not suggested, as the mortgage interest rates are pretty high.
Cost of Living by City in Turkey
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|