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The costs of living in Turkey in numbers

The costs of living in Turkey in numbers

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We talked in our previous article about The cost of living in Turkey with an analytical view, and today we will talk about the same topic, but with real numbers updated in 2020 and correct at the date of writing this article.

 

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Returning to the topic of today's article, we will discuss the following points:

  • Introduction to Turkey and the Turkish Lira
  • Is food expensive in Turkey?
  • How much money do you need for a one-week stay in Turkey?
  • What is the cost of meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) in Turkey? What is the average cost of lunch in Turkey?
  • Utility prices (per month) in Turkey.
  • Prices for sports and entertainment in Turkey. How much does a movie ticket cost in Turkey?
  • Prices for clothes and shoes in Turkey.

 

Introduction to the Turkish lira and Turkey

What are the prices in Turkey? Wondering how much the dinner costs? What is the cost of accommodation? How much money do I need for shopping in a supermarket in Turkey?

What currency is used in Turkey?

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY). 1₺ (lira)

 

There are 6 different coins with the following values: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200. To avoid unforeseen risks of receiving fake money, we recommend that you check the coin when trading. Be careful especially with those banknotes: 200, 100. The current exchange rate for the Turkish Lira (TRY) is:

  1. (USD) The exchange rate of the United States dollar $ 1 is 7.86 TRY Turkish Lira (TRY).
  2. For 1 Euro (EUR) you can get: 9.52 TRY Turkish Lira (TRY).
  3. (GBP) You can get 1 British Pound (British Pound): 10.40 TRY Turkish Lira (TRY).
  4. (RUB) 1 Russian rouble you can get: 0.11 TRY Turkish Lira (TRY).

 

These are the exchange values for today as of December 12, 2020.

 

Is Turkey an expensive country?

The prices of basic products in Turkey are almost 50% lower compared to an Arab country such as Saudi Arabia. The average cost of accommodation in Turkey ranges from 155 TRY in a simple hotel accommodation to 419 TRY in a 3-star hotel, while the price is per night in a luxury hotel in Turkey is about 1400 TRY.

Using public transportation in Turkey comes at a cost of 3.50 TRY for a one-way ticket. The price for renting a car in Turkey (such as Volkswagen Golf or Toyota Corolla) is 250 TRY. If you prefer to use a taxi, the taxi price starting from 5.00 TRY. For a 1 km ride in Turkey, it costs approximately 3.30 TRY, and the lowest cost for short distances is 13 TL.

 

Is food expensive in Turkey?

Regarding food prices in supermarkets, we will choose a number of products and we will write their approximate small, large and medium prices in the local currency, in Saudi riyals, and also in dollars and euros.

Milk (regular), (1 liter)

4.50 TRY (3.00-6.00)

2.20 SAR (1.40-2.90)

0.58 USD (0.38-0.76)

0.48 EUR (0.32-0.63)

Fresh white bread (500 grams)

2.50 TRY (1.20-4.00)

1.20 SAR (0.60-1.90)

0.32 USD (0.16-0.51)

0.27 EUR (0.13-0.42)

Eggs (regular) (12)

10 TRY (4.60-17)

4.80 SAR (2.20-8.00)

1.30 USD (0.59-2.10)

1.10 EUR (0.49-1.80)

Local cheese (1 kg)

34 TRY (20-52)

16 SAR (9.50-25)

4.40 USD (2.50-6.60)

3.60 EUR (2.10-5.50)

Water (1.5 liter plastic bottle)

1.90 TRY (1.00-3.00)

0.91 SAR (0.48-1.40)

0.24 USD (0.13-0.38)

0.20 EUR (0.11-0.32)

A bottle of wine (mid-range)

50 TRY (30-80)

24 SAR (14-38)

6.40 USD (3.80-10)

5.30 EUR (3.20-8.40)

Local beer (0.5 liter bottle)

11 TRY (9.00-15)

5.40 SAR (4.30-7.20)

1.50 USD (1.10-1.90)

1.20 EUR (0.95-1.60)

Imported beer (0.33 liter bottle)

15 TRY (10.00-20)

7.20 SAR (4.80-9.50)

1.90 USD (1.30-2.50)

1.60 EUR (1.10-2.10)

Cigarette Pack (Marlboro)

18 TRY (15-19)

8.60 SAR (7.20-9.10)

2.30 USD (1.90-2.40)

1.90 EUR (1.60-2.00)

Chicken breast (skinless and boneless) - (1kg)

21 TRY (15-30)

10 SAR (7.20-14)

2.70 USD (1.90-3.80)

2.20 EUR (1.60-3.20)

Apples (1 kg)

5.00 TRY (3.00-7.00)

2.40 SAR (1.40-3.30)

0.63 USD (0.38-0.89)

0.52 EUR (0.32-0.74)

Oranges (1 kg)

5.00 TRY (3.00-7.00)

2.40 SAR (1.40-3.30)

0.64 USD (0.38-0.89)

0.52 EUR (0.32-0.74)

Potatoes (1 kg)

3.20 TRY (1.60-6.00)

1.50 SAR (0.76-2.90)

0.40 USD (0.20-0.76)

0.33 EUR (0.17-0.63)

Lettuce (1)

3.60 TRY (2.00-5.00)

1.70 SAR (0.95-2.40)

0.45 USD (0.25-0.64)

0.37 EUR (0.21-0.53)

Rice (white) (1 kg)

8.90 TRY (5.00-14)

4.20 SAR (2.40-6.70)

1.10 USD (0.64-1.80)

0.93 EUR (0.53-1.50)

Tomatoes (1 kg)

4.80 TRY (2.00-8.00)

2.30 SAR (0.95-3.80)

0.61 USD (0.25-1.00)

0.51 EUR (0.21-0.84)

Banana (1 kg)

12 TRY (7.00-15)

5.60 SAR (3.30-7.30)

1.50 USD (0.89-2.00)

1.20 EUR (0.74-1.60)

Onions (1 kg)

3.30 TRY (2.00-6.10)

1.60 SAR (0.95-2.90)

0.41 USD (0.25-0.77)

0.34 EUR (0.21-0.64)

(1 kg) of beef

61 TRY (45-80)

29 SAR (21-38)

7.80 USD (5.70-10)

6.40 EUR (4.70-8.40)

Pears (1 kg)

6.00 TRY (3.60-8.40)

2.90 SAR (1.70-4.00)

0.76 USD (0.46-1.10)

0.63 EUR (0.38-0.88)

Cucumber (1 kg)

2.60 TRY (1.10-4.40)

1.30 SAR (0.52-2.10)

0.34 USD (0.14-0.56)

0.28 EUR (0.12-0.46)

Soda (0,33 liter small bottle)

1.40 TRY (0.75-2.30)

0.68 SAR (0.36-1.10)

0.18 USD (0.10-0.29)

0.15 EUR (0.08-0.24)

Sausages (1 kg)

45 TRY (32-63)

21 SAR (15-30)

5.70 USD (4.00-8.00)

4.70 EUR (3.30-6.60)

Cheese (1 kg)

22 TRY (13-33)

11 SAR (6.10-16)

2.80 USD (1.60-4.20)

2.30 EUR (1.30-3.50)

How much money do you need for a one-week stay in Turkey?

If you want to spend a week in Turkey, the cost of your stay will be:

  1. 2100 TRY - cheap accommodation for 7 days in Turkey in normal housing with cheap local meals.
  2. 6500 TRY - good accommodation for 7 days in Turkey in a 4-star hotel with meals in average restaurants.
  3. 9400 TRY for one week of a comfortable stay in Turkey in a 5-star hotel with meals in good restaurants.
  4. 13000 TRY for a week of luxury holidays in Turkey, including everything.

 

What is the cost of meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) in Turkey? What is the average cost of lunch in Turkey?

In Turkey, you can choose a meal from many different types of cuisines. For example, a meal for two, in a restaurant:

  1. The Asian Restaurant 236 TRY.
  2. The Chinese restaurant 197 TRY.
  3. French Restaurant 275 TRY.
  4. Italian Restaurant 181 TRY.
  5. Japanese Restaurant 314 TRY.
  6. Mexican restaurant 165 TRY.

 

As for people wanting to live in Turkey or university students who are looking for economic meals, we will attach a varied list:

 

Meal, inexpensive restaurant

25 TRY (15-40)

12 SAR (7.20-19)

3.20 USD (1.90-5.10)

2.60 EUR (1.60-4.20)

Meal for two, average restaurant

100 TRY (60-150)

48 SAR (29-72)

13 USD (7.60-19)

11 EUR (6.30-16)

A meal at McDonald's

23 TRY (18-30)

11 SAR (8.60-14)

2.90 USD (2.30-3.80)

2.40 EUR (1.90-3.20)

Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

4.10 TRY (2.50-8.00)

1.90 SAR (1.20-3.80)

0.52 USD (0.32-1.00)

0.43 EUR (0.26-0.84)

Water (0.33 liter bottle)

1.40 TRY (1.00-3.00)

0.68 SAR (0.48-1.40)

0.18 USD (0.13-0.38)

0.15 EUR (0.11-0.32)

Cappuccino (regular)

11 TRY (7.00-15)

5.30 SAR (3.30-7.20)

1.40 USD (0.89-1.90)

1.20 EUR (0.74-1.60)

Espresso coffee

7.70 TRY (4.90-11)

3.70 SAR (2.30-5.00)

0.98 USD (0.62-1.30)

0.81 EUR (0.51-1.10)

Cheeseburger (fast food)

6.90 TRY (5.40-9.00)

3.30 SAR (2.60-4.30)

0.88 USD (0.69-1.10)

0.72 EUR (0.57-0.95)

Billing rates (per month) in Turkey 

 

Basic (electricity, heating, water and garbage) for a 120 m2 apartment

404 TRY (250-750)

193 SAR (119-358)

51 USD (32-95)

42 EUR (26-79)

Minimum 1 call on prepaid mobile devices (no discounts or plans)

0.73 TRY (0.30-1.00)

0.35 SAR (0.14-0.48)

0.09 USD (0.04-0.13)

0.08 EUR (0.03-0.11)

Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable/ ADSL)

92 TRY (70-150)

44 SAR (33-72)

12 USD (8.90-19)

9.70 EUR (7.40-16)

Prices for sports and entertainment in Turkey. How much does a movie ticket cost in Turkey? 

Fitness club, monthly fee for adults 1

Racket stadium for rent (hour per week)

Cinema, international release, seat 1

Prices for clothes and shoes in Turkey 

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

226 TRY (100-400)

108 SAR (48-191)

29 USD (13-51)

24 EUR (11-42)

1  summer dress in chain store (Zara, H&M)

155 TRY (60-250)

74 SAR (29-119)

20 USD (7.60-32)

16 EUR (6.30-26)

1 pair of Nike sneakers (mid-range)

382 TRY (250-600)

182 SAR (119-286)

49 USD (32-76)

40 EUR (26-63)

1  pair of men leather business shoes

303 TRY (150-500)

144 SAR (72-239)

38 USD (19-64)

32 EUR (16-53)

 

The compilation for this article is provided by Tonya Moore's blog 

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