Cost To Living In Antalya As An Expat

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Cost To Living In Antalya
Cost To Living In Antalya

If you have always had the dream of living in a metropolitan city but have been repelled by the high living expenses, the Pearl of the Turkish Riviera can make your dream come true. Take a look at the costs of living in Antalya for yourself and you will realize how precious your hard-earned money can become if you spend it in the right place! Here, we have prepared for you a comprehensive and up-to-date list of living expenses in Antalya so that you can plan your monthly budget without effort.

Costs of living in Antalya compared with the Portland USA

Antalya is cheaper even than low-cost eastern European nations
Antalya is cheaper even than low-cost eastern European nations

Despite being a large, lively and growing city, the costs of living in Antalya are much lower when compared to its peers. A life in Antalya is cheaper even than low-cost eastern European nations such as Romania! Besides, Antalya’s affordable living expenses does not mean you have to deprive yourself of all that it has to offer. Quite the opposite, you can live a comfortable life and get a taste of all the available recreational activities each month at a lower cost than a plethora of other major cities around the world.  Take the United States for example. In the US, the bulk of your monthly budget will be allocated to housing, transportation, healthcare, and food. In fact, these 4 essentials comprise up to 68 percent of your living expenses per month. In Antalya, however, healthcare and transportation are lowered to a tiny fraction and housing costs are almost half. Even the food is cheaper! Take a look for yourself; the following is a comparison between living expenses in Portland USA and Antalya Turkey: 

 PortlandAntalya
Housing$962$505
Food$313$269
Transportation$862$57
Healthcare$353$60
Total$2490$891
comparison between living expenses in Portland USA and Antalya Turkey

This means that if you’re a citizen of the US, you can save up to $1600 per month if you move to Antalya and live there. You can even buy property in Antalya for a fair price and get rid of the housing expenses. You will still have all the recreational activities you could have in your home country plus gorgeous Mediterranean beaches and an enchanting nature to indulge in. 

However, there are more to living expenses than just housing, food, transportation, and healthcare. Fortunately, the sum of all the costs is still lower in Antalya when compared to other major cities around the globe.

Food

Costs of Living in Antalya
Costs of Living in Antalya

Below, we have gathered a detailed list of all the things you might need or do in a month so that you can estimate the budget you need for living a good life in the pearl of the Turkish Riviera. 

Food and Beverages

Costs of Living in Antalya Food and Beverages
Costs of Living in Antalya Food and Beverages

The colorful Turkish cuisine is irresistible and there are many great restaurants and cafes in Antalya. You can also buy fresh Mediterranean ingredients and cook your meals yourself. The prices are as follows:

  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district:  $2.53
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar):  $2.12
  • 1 kg of round steak:  $9.29
  • 500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast:  $1.34
  • 1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk:  $0.46
  • 12 eggs, large:  $1,32
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes:  $0.44
  • 500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese:  $1.62
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of apples:  $0.47
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes:  $0.31
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of bananas:  $1.67
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of oranges:  $0.92
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of onions:  $0.23
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of rice:  $0.93
  • 0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket:  $0.98
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality:  $5.74
  • 2 liters of coca-cola:  $0.48
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day:  $0.19
  • 1 liter of water:  $0.15

Personal Care

Costs of Living in Antalya Personal Care
Costs of Living in Antalya Personal Care

Antalya’s modern healthcare system offers its services to the public for a very fair price. Besides, you can find several international health insurance companies in Antalya from whom you can purchase an insurance plan for approximately $43 per year. Other personal care and health-related prices are as follows:

  • Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands):  $1.21
  • 1 box of antibiotics (12 doses):  $1.54
  • Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes):  $15
  • 1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, o.b., …):  $1.20
  • Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.):  $1.55
  • Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.):  $1.21
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper:  $0.77
  • Tube of toothpaste:  $0.99
  • Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city:  $6 to 8$

Transportation

Costs of Living in Antalya Transportation
Costs of Living in Antalya Transportation

Antalya’s efficient and affordable transportation system utilizes buses, taxis, and trams. Buses and trams charge you 0.40 cents per ride, regardless of the distance, and taxis will drive you almost anywhere for a small fee. Here are the prices:

  • Monthly ticket public transport:  $13
  • Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles):  $4.45
  • 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas:  $0.52

Clothing

Costs of Living in Antalya Clothing
Costs of Living in Antalya Clothing

Just to give you a glimpse of what to expect, here are some of the prices:

  • 1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar):  $21
  • 1 summer dress in a high street store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers):  $13
  • 1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands):  $26
  • 1 pair of men’s leather business shoes:  $20

Entertainment and Sports

Costs of Living in Antalya Entertainment
Costs of Living in Antalya Entertainment

Antalya offers a wide range of recreational activities, vivid nightlife, alluring nature, gorgeous beaches, and myriad historical monuments. The good news is, you get to enjoy it all even if you have to live on a low budget. A number of the prices are as follows:

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district:  $11
  • Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub:  $5.55
  • 2 tickets to the movies:  $2.92
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats):  $10
  • Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetizers, main course, wine and dessert:  $23
  • 1 cocktail drink in downtown club:  $2.45
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city:  $1.17
  • 1 beer in a neighborhood pub (500ml or 1pt.):  $1.74
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans):  $0.05
  • 1 package of Marlboro cigarettes:  $1.32

Bottomline

Costs of Living in Antalya
Costs of Living in Antalya

Antalya is one of Turkey’s major cities wherein living expenses are quite low considering the quality of life it offers. Since the costs of living in Antalya are pretty low, you can save a significant sum of money by living there. You can buy some of Turkey’s finest holiday homes or check out the convenient flats available for sale in Antalya and start a new life in this beautiful Mediterranean resort. 

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