Costs of Living in Turkey

Official figures have shown record number of flight reservations for Turkey in the first six months of 2011, also the number of Brits buying a Turkey property has increased since last October. These figures have prompted Easy move to Turkey to let Brits moving to Turkey know exactly what the costs of living in Turkey is.

We have put together prices in Turkey for basic everyday items, to give an idea of how much things cost in Turkey;

 

Indexes
Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 61.95
Rent Index: 17.08
Groceries Index: 47.53
Restaurants Index: 42.47
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 45.83
Local Purchasing Power: 55.89

 

Restaurants Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4.42 £ 3.37

6.51

Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 14.73 £ 10.05

21.14

Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 4.29 £ 3.34

5.21

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) 1.82 £ 1.08

2.51

Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle) 2.30 £ 1.33

3.18

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle) 0.86 £ 0.42

1.30

Water (0.33 litre bottle) 0.33 £ 0.21

0.44

 
Markets Avg.
Milk (regular), 1 litre 0.76 £ 0.61

0.99

Loaf of Fresh Bread 0.37 £ 0.26

0.42

Eggs (12) 1.04 £ 0.84

1.42

Fresh Cheese (1kg) 4.85 £ 2.51

6.29

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 3.10 £ 1.77

4.40

Water (1.5 litre bottle) 0.48 £ 0.42

0.63

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.90 £ 4.12

8.42

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre bottle) 1.19 £ 0.92

1.54

Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle) 1.64 £ 1.27

2.03

Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2.90 £ 2.47

3.14

 
Transportation Avg.
One-way Ticket (local transport) 0.67 £ 0.52

1.04

Monthly Pass 31.83 £ 20.27

46.32

Taxi (5km within centre) 5.36 £ 2.88

8.42

Gasoline (1 litre) 1.48 £ 1.26

1.62

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,420.28 £ 16,218.19

20,436.97

 
Utilities (Monthly) Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) 57.74 £ 21.04

83.90

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.13 £ 0.09

0.21

Internet (4 Mbps, Flat Rate, Cable/ADSL) 18.86 £ 12.52

26.35

 
Sports And Leisure Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.94 £ 24.72

67.34

Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 7.95 £ 4.12

12.21

Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.20 £ 3.24

6.18

 
Clothing And Shoes Avg.
1 Pair of Levis 501 36.26 £ 25.03

46.60

1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 22.50 £ 17.36

32.44

1 Pair of Nike Shoes 45.12 £ 34.80

52.09

1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 45.52 £ 29.78

62.58

 
Rent Per Month Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 264.76 £ 141.91

421.06

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 178.54 £ 101.36

285.92

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 454.82 £ 251.30

796.48

Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 287.60 £ 162.18

547.37

 
Buy Apartment Price Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 603.42 £ 456.65

879.11

Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 442.32 £ 282.29

690.73

 
Salaries And Financing Avg.
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 595.15 £ 376.76

753.66

Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.32 10.00

12.50

 

 

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Comments
5 Responses to “Costs of Living in Turkey”
  1. Colin Guest says:

    Hi there, As an expat who has been living here for over 20 years I would like to point out that the cost of living here has gone up quite a bit these past few years. The cost of petrol here is if not the most expensive in the world, must be pretty close. The cost of buying meat in the stores just goes up and up each weekand is now more expensive than in the UK. It is now getting very expensive to live here, especially for those on a fixed income.

  2. Greg says:

    Care to share your own estimates Colin?

  3. pauk foxall says:

    How do we get to work and live in turkey, Im looking for property maintenance work, my wife is in retail. Can anyone help our dream move, love olu deniz, hisaronu area, love the people and the country.
    Regards
    P.I.Foxall

    • Colin Guest says:

      Hi Greg, I have been away for the past 4 months so am a bit out of touch with prices at present. All I can say for certain that while in Kippa and the Ozderlik Shopping Mall on Friday there were very few people in the stores and shops. All the electronic shops on the top floor including Samsung, Vestel and Panasonic were empty, not one customer in sight. In Media Mart there were more assistants standing around than customers. Most shops are offering anything from 30 to 70% discounts, with apparently very few takers.
      This unfortunately is the cold hard facts. Turkey like most other countries in the world has economic problems, which I sincerely hope will be resolved..

    • Colin Guest says:

      Hi there,
      Living in Turkey is not a problem, however, if you wish to work here that is a different story. You will have to first obtain a work permit, which is not so easy to obtain. Unless the law has changed? to live in Turkey you must obtain a Residence Permit, which for the first one you have to apply for outside of Turkey. The cost of the permit varies depending on what passport you are holding, but is quite easy to obtain. I suggest then when applying for a residence permit you also enquire about how you can obtain a work permit. You should also know that once you have a residence permit you are only allowed to drive in Turkey on either an International Driving Licence or a Turkish Driving Licence. If for instance you have a European driving licence you can apply for a Turkish licence without having to take a driving test.

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