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30 Nov. 2022


Cost of living in Turkey: monthly expenses, housing rent, transportation, food

Cost of living


Cost of living in Turkey: monthly expenses, housing rent, transportation, food

An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine

Turkey can surprise expats with fairly moderate prices. The cost of living in the country varies depending on the region. It is most expensive to live in big cities and business centers. However, Istanbul, although recognized as the most expensive city in Turkey, is much cheaper than London or New York.

Choosing to live in Turkey, you can really save some money, because the country has a warm climate and always fresh products. You can find out more about the peculiarities of life in Turkey at the link.

A family of 2 people in Turkey should count on a budget of 10,000 - 15,000 lira (€500-750) per month.

Read more about obtaining Turkish citizenship through investment here.

Housing rent and utilities

The largest expenditure item will be housing rent. If you plan to rent an apartment not on the shores of the Aegean or Mediterranean seas, you should expect from 4,000 to 6,000 Turkish lira per month (€200-330) for a two-room apartment.

In Istanbul, a one-room apartment on the outskirts of the city costs from 3,500 liras (€180). The closer to the center, the higher the prices. For an apartment in the heart of Istanbul, you can pay up to 100,000 lira (€5,200) per month.

Monthly utilities consist of electricity, water, gas, telephone, internet and television fees, with an average cost of 1,250 lira (€65).

Compared to other countries, Internet and mobile communication are quite cheap, respectively 265 lira (14€) and 50 lira (2€) per month.

The cost of food in Turkey

Food in Turkey is usually fresh and reasonably priced. You can buy them in local supermarket chains or markets. The food budget for a family of 2 adults is 2,800 lira (€145) per month.

Lamb and veal in Turkey are expensive, from 120 to 150 lira per kilogram (€6-8), the most popular is chicken - 70 lira (€3.5) per kg. Vegetables and fruits from 10 to 20 lira (0.5-1€) per kg.


The public transport system in Turkey is represented by trams, buses, metro and ferries. A travel ticket in Istanbul costs 602 lira (€31) per month.

Many Turks prefer cars. However, their management style has certain peculiarities. Drivers drive very restlessly, so it can be difficult for young car owners in Turkey.

The cost of 1 liter of fuel is 22 lira (€1.1). Maintenance and car insurance 1250 lira (€65) per month.

The good news for Ukrainian drivers is that there is no longer a need to exchange a Ukrainian driver's license in Turkey. Also, many useful tips for Ukrainian car owners in Turkey are collected in this article.

Entertainment in Turkey

Lunch at a budget restaurant or fast food establishment costs approximately 40 lira per person (€2). Dinner for two in a middle class restaurant is 300 lira (€15).

Tea, coffee and dessert in the cafe three times a week - 350 lira (€18).

Alcohol taxes are very high in Turkey, a glass of beer will cost you 70 lira (almost 4€), a bottle of wine - 150 lira (8€).

A monthly subscription to the fitness hall is 380 lira (€20).

A ticket to the cinema - 58 lira (€3).

Medical services

Medical care in Turkey is of high quality, doctors work according to European standards.

Insurance is mandatory. The monthly payment at the state insurance agency is 580 lira (30€). Consultation with a doctor costs 150 lira (8€).

Also, those Ukrainians traveling with pets should familiarize themselves with the current rules for crossing the border with Turkey.

The country provides shelter to Ukrainians, previously we talked about humanitarian residence permit, international protection and basic rules for refugees.

Relevant tips and advice:

• Living and working in Turkey: when you need the help of a lawyer

• Rules for importing cars to Turkey and fines for traffic violations

• Housing in Turkey: Which areas are chosen by businessmen and investors

• How medical care works in Turkey: appointment with a doctor, private clinics and insurance

• Travel to Turkey for tourism: what to visit, entry conditions, currency and transport