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Cost of Living in Turkey

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Aug 10, 2023

Summary: The cost of living in Turkey is generally considered to be quite affordable. A nice 1 bedroom apartment in Turkey can cost anywhere from $400 to $800 per month, while a nice 2 bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $600 to $1,200 per month. The cost of dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in Turkey is usually around $15 to $20 per person.

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Is the cost of living in Turkey high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Turkey, they wrote:

"The cost will depend on which part of the country you are living in. Rent in Antalya being far cheaper than in Istanbul. A 2 bedroom apartment in Antalya can cost around 700TL per month, which at present is under 200 pound sterling. Rental costs in Istanbul are or can be extremely expensive and in some areas on par with those in London," explained one expat.

"The cost of living in Turkey varies depending on the city and lifestyle. Generally, the cost of living is quite affordable, with basic necessities such as food, transportation, and housing being relatively inexpensive. Eating out at restaurants is also quite affordable, with a meal for two people costing around 25-30 Turkish Lira. Utilities such as electricity, water, and internet are also relatively inexpensive. Overall, Turkey is a great place to live with a low cost of living," said one person in Turkey.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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