Your helpful Guide on the Cost of Living in Trabzon


Know the cost of living in Trabzon as it is the bride of the North Turkish. Trabzon located as a bright pearl on the coast of the Black Sea and most of its inhabitants is Greek Turks. Trabzon has been home to many civilizations throughout history. Trabzon has been known in the Greek language as “Trapezos” which means the water table, and the name was written In the Ottoman era to “Tarabozun”.

The city was of historical and commercial importance as it is located on the historical Silk Road, and for this, we find it rich in social and cultural heritage. It also has wonderful tourist attractions and picturesque nature, which made it one of the most important tourist cities in Turkey.

For this, we notice a significant increase in the cost of living in Trabzon, as is the case with all Turkish tourist cities that depend on tourism as a source of its essential income. Hence, we find a high price of housing rents, and a relative increase in the prices of food commodities compared to Turkish cities that do not depend on tourism for their income. Let’s get to know more details about the cost of living in Trabzon.

Accommodation cost of living in Trabzon

Accommodation is always a challenge, especially when it comes to large central cities.

If you aren’t planning to buy an apartment but rent one then the average cost per month for a one-bedroom apartment in city center is 700 TL and 1166 TL for a three-bedroom apartment. If you’re looking for something cheaper you can rent outside the city center for 400 TL per month for one-bedroom apartment and 866 TL for a three-bedroom apartment.

Food and groceries cost of living in Trabzon

Food is actually one of the cheap affordable things in Trabzon, unlike accommodation. You can find here a detailed grocery list:

Milk (1 liter): 3.4 TL

White Bread (500 g):  2.35 TL

Rice (1 kg): 15 TL

Eggs (12 pieces): 8.25 TL

Cheese (1 kg): 23.75 TL

Chicken (1 kg): 18.95 TL

Meat (1 kg): 49.75 TL

Apples (1 kg): 4.6 TL

Banana (1 kg): 9.2 TL

Oranges (1 kg): 3.25 TL

Tomato (1 kg): 4.75 TL

Potato (1 kg): 3.8 TL

Onion (1 kg): 3.8 TL

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught): from 10.5 TL to 20 TL

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle): from 14 TL to 25 TL

Cappuccino (regular): 9 TL

Coke (0.33 liter bottle): 3.25 TL

Water (1.5 liter bottle): 1TL

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range): from 30 TL to 60 TL

Cigarettes 20 Pack: 15 TL

Transportation cost of living in Trabzon

Luckily, transportation is relatively cheap in Trabzon, and the best way to go around it. It is also very clean, convenient, and fast with a variety of vehicles and means. There are busses, sea busses, shared taxis, tram, metro buses, metros, cable cars, and ferries. One-way ticket in public transportation can cost 2.5 TL.

If you have a car, 1 liter of gasoline would cost you around 6.56 Turkish liras. If you want to take a cab, the basic tariff would be 7 Turkish liras and for each kilometer, you add around 3.75 Turkish liras. You can check this article for further information about the cost of public transportation in Turkey.

If you are planning on buying a car, a Volkswagen 1,490KW would cost 137,500 TL and a Toyota 1,619KW would cost 120.000 TL.

Utilities and bills cost of living in Trabzon

By comparing the household bills in Trabzon with other European cities, you would find that it is relatively cheap. Which is also an added plus to living in Trabzon and allows for a low cost of living budget. 

Basic utilities for an 85-meter square apartment per month is 409 TL.

Water and sewage: from 50 to 60 TL per month.

Internet cost per month for 6mb per second 130 TL.

You can also get monthly maintenance services that ranges from 50 to 500 TL per month depending on services provided.

For mobile phone calls, one minute can cost 0.58 TL.

Know all about the electronic portal through which one can get acquainted with the real estate consultancy and information that foreigners wish to obtain before commencing the purchase of the real estate.


Dining out the cost of living in Trabzon

Dining out and trying cultural foods is a very important thing to add to your cost of living budget so that you get to experience important cultural sides through food, you can find here a price guide:

Meal in a cheap restaurant for two: 20 TL

Three-course Meal for two People in a mid-range restaurant: 60 TL

Fast Food Chains: 15 TL

Sports and other leisure activities cost of living

The average cost of 1 month gym subscription is around 113 TL.

Renting a tennis court to play with friends on weekends would cost around 12 TL an hour.

 If you fancy a movie, going to a cinema would cost you 17.5 TL for 1 ticket.

Shopping in Trabzon

Shopping comes at a convenient price, you can buy a pair of jeans at the price of 216 TL from a famous chain store. A summer dress for 136 TL. A medium-quality sneaker for 325 TL. Men’s shoes for 250 TL.

Child care can cost around 750 TL per month for a child in the age of pre-school and younger. A primary international school would cost 20,000 TL per year.

Medical care in Turkey is relatively of low cost, as governmental hospitals provide a discounted service for Turkey residents as long as they have a proof of identity or refugee identification card. This would serve well in planning your cost of living in Trabzon.

If you’re planning to work in Trabzon, the salary averages at 1800 TL after tax reduction.

All in all, Trabzon is an amazing place to live in, with its amazing nature, modern residential areas, and very convenient cost of living.

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