How Expensive Is Turkey (Türkiye) in 2022
turkey is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world . but I guess you've heard about the extreme inflation rate or maybe you know the fact that this here A Hundred Turkish lira Bill 10 years ago was worth about 40 euros yet today it's worth about 5. so things really change fast. but it doesn't matter if you're here for a week holiday or want to stay for a longer time, because in this video we have created a complete guide of all the prices you need to know if you want to visit Turkey.
we are Joe and Liisu and for the past one month we have been traveling around turkey. every month we calculate our expenses and when we put it all together, and when we were calculating how much have we spent in Turkey we were quite shocked. inspired by those numbers we decided that today in this video we're gonna talk how expensive is this country. from food to accommodation and even plastic surgery... why are you looking at me because I'm not the one who got plastic surgery. and during all of this discussion we will also share what we personally spent this month.
also in the end of this video we decided that we want to share with you how do we make money. how is it possible that two unemployed YouTubers travel like us? because isn't it just lovely looking into other people's wallets. and the first thing that we want to talk about is something that everybody can relate to. Food. our food topic is made into two parts. first one of them is gonna be eating outside restaurants, and the other is supermarkets and markets. I have to say that if you come to Turkey as a tourist, if you earn your money in Euros or dollars, then the prices in in the stores are gonna seem to you a fair bit cheaper. and to
give you some examples. let's say milk is gonna cost you 80 Euro cents per liter. bread is quite cheap. okay so it's gonna be like 25 Euro cents. eggs 12 pack is like 1.3 Euros. onions are like 30 Euro cents. apples about 70 cents. a kilo of cheese is gonna be like five euros. Coca-Cola very importan.t because you can relate to it probably. and I'm addicted. is one Euro for a two and a half liter bottle. so how much did we spend in supermarkets and markets this month? our accountant says...
137 euros. and now to the second part of the food expenses. and that's eating out. I'm sure you've heard about Turkish foods. and Turkish restaurants are known all over the world. it's the same here I don't think I've seen another country where like there's so many restaurants. they're literally everywhere. In the past month we have had 25 meals in restaurants.
which is 6 out of seven days every week. and spent about 200 Euros on eating out. and talking more closely about the prices of eating out. than regular street food you can get... which is really good and they haven't made us sick not even once... street food, street food is good, eat Street Food... regular Street Foods is gonna be about one and a half to two and a half Euros for a belly full.
then a mid-range restaurant like cheaper more local places. for both of us a good belly full, for me means a soup and a main course for Liisu a main course. and usually two cups of ayran or some kind of a drink and two teas. will cost from six to like seven euros. for two people anicer places will cost around 10 euros. and it includes dessert usually. and the really really nice places
we've had one luxury place .I don't remember what was the luxury place. but it cost 15 euros. that was the iskender place. you loved so much. oh I remember . this Iskender place. that's the place where Liisus favorite food was invented. and to give you one more comparison then Big Mac meal or a similar. Is gonna cost like four Euros. and it might sound like it's cheap But the thing is that if you take the Turkish minimum hourly wage then people would have to work three hours.
for one McDonald's meal. and if it was the same in Germany or the USA. the Big Mac meal would cost 30 Euros or 30 dollars. that's so expensive! so it's it's a luxury here. and this just shows that although for us as tourists it might seem cheap, but not for the locals. just the inflation has done its job in a worst way possible. as we mentioned it's cheaper with euros and dollars. but you're still gonna have to exchange them.
best way to exchange them is with Wise. don't worry this video is not sponsored by Wise It's just our own experience that with them it's cheaper than Banks and the exchange rate is much better than what you get on the street. I think thanks to the fact that we've been using Wise for so long they have this inviting program. and if you use that link down in the description, you get a first transfer of like 500 British pounds or dollars or something for free. so if you need to exchange currency you can check out that link over there but no pressure it's not sponsored by them. but moving on to the next thing. we should talk about is the price of accommodation. and for
us the cost has been zero. how is that possible? we'll tell you in a few seconds. fou years Turkey has been one of the top 10 most visited countries in the world. and if you come here as a tourist these are the prices that you should be ready for. I know many tourists come here for a resort. All-inclusive holiday. and in that traveling style: low end prices start from about 50 to 60 dollars a night. all-inclusive mid-range is probably like a hundred dollars a night. and if you want real luxury then about 200 dollars a night. but if you're more adventurous.
and don't really want to stay in one place, only in a resort, and want to travel between cities. then the prices are going to be different. low-end like 20 to 30 Euros per night in an Airbnb. or a cheaper hotel. and luxury already starts from like 100 euros. so that's short term. but if you're thinking of coming here for a longer term, doing remote work or something, then there are good options. monthly rent for a Airbnb in Istanbul and antalya. you can get a decent Apartment between 300 and 500 euros a month. and from 800 you can already get a luxury apartment.
if you want to come with a whole family and have a nice place then 800 Euros a month is a real luxury. if you go to smaller cities then the apartments are going to be a lot cheaper. for 100 to 200 Euros you can actually rent a place for a whole month. but how did we only spend 0 euros on accommodation? we live in our car. because our home likes to drink diesel. and compared to when I was in Turkey last year last summer diesel price in liras has gone up four times so that's quite scary that's a four-time rise yeah but when you put it in Euros then a liter of diesel is gonna cost you about 1.4
this is still 30-40 percent cheaper than in European Union. we spend the 182 Euros on diesel and since our home is always moving around it needs fixing. we also went to a car mechanic. you might have seen that video over there. and fixing the whole thing, cost us 180 so our home costs have been 362 Euros this month. pretty much our Caravan has cost us the same as a average rent would have. so far we have talked about
where to sleep, what to eat, and what else would people want to know before coming to a new country? as a doctor I recommend not spending your money on alcohol,l cigarettes, and drugs... Bars!I meant bars! so how much does a beer cost here in Turkey if you buy it from a store it's something between one and a half and two and a half years so it's it's not cheap and the selection is really narrow but if you go out if you go to a bar then it's going to be from two and a half years to five years it's funny actually because yeah when you buy it from a store it's more expensive than in Europe but if you go to a bar it's like twice as cheap cigarettes I'm actually quitting nicotine at the moment so I haven't bought the single pack myself these are nicotine gums but the Google says that a pack of Marlboro is gonna cost you about one and a half Euros doctor not approved and I guess we've bought one bottle of wine while we've stayed in turkey and that cost us about six euros we bought wine she doesn't remember she had most of it but yeah mid-range wine is from like six to eight Euros if you have drank too much and smoked too much you're gonna need Healthcare um Healthcare here is public and it's free for people who live here which is excellent and if you are a foreigner that gets into a really bad accident then it's also gonna be covered for you which is a good thing I think it's pretty cool that yeah if you have a bad accident then it's gonna be free for everybody emergencies are free in turkey and how much has been our budget for uh Healthcare this month well we were hoping it's not gonna be zero but this guy here needed plastic surgery so so it's a bad joke I'm sorry I don't know why I'm doing this if you've seen the her mom with a video then on the back they damaged one of like birthmark thingies or a mall thingies and after it was damaged it just started growing it was disgusting and we had to get it removed surgically and we did it in Ankara we went to a plastic surgeon and the operation the whole thing because there's 59 Euros was was there Mulberry mobile surgery so it's actually coming more and more common for Americans Europeans to come to Turkey for procedures let's say procedures hair transplants um I don't know boob jobs yeah Medical Health Care aesthetic tourists so yeah a lot of people do it now and for us it was a really pleasant experience and after we got those mole removed he so as a last thing before we show you our own income and how we make money in social media we're gonna talk about entertainment we spent 54 euros and how much of it was Top Copy Palace half of it and and other really really touristic things are quite expensive there are a few really touristic places around turkey and that these are gonna be expensive but if it's uh entertainment that locals also do like going to the cinema costs two and a half three Euros when in escucha here we went to a zoo that was one euro per person and for example in Istanbul we took the river cruise that was for hours and it cost three years so if you do the things that locals do and locals enjoying as well then it's gonna be quite affordable and all the lovely mosques they are free yeah and before you add all of those numbers together our expenses were shocking we were quite shocked to see the final number that in a whole month for two people we spent 980 Euros so that's like 490 per person which is pretty nice because we were living a similar lifestyle in Spain a year ago and that cost a silver 2 000 Euros actually the life we live here in Turkey is better we eat out more we spend more on entertainment so we get to have a much higher quality lifestyle in turkey and we paid more than double in Spain but I just have to stop here for a moment and it might seem that turkey is a cheap country but this is sadly like this only for tourists only if you earn money in euros dollars other currencies Turkish economy Turkish lira has weakened a lot over the last years and the average salary not the minimum salary average salary for Turkish people is about 450 a little bit over Euros so if you take two average salaries you couldn't cover our budget and we don't actually pay rent we live in a car to make it even more obvious than I found this beautiful website I'm gonna put it over Lisa's face and as you can see from there then although in liras in 2016 Turkish minimum salary was this and now Turkish minimum salary is this then if you convert it into Dollars then in six years the minimum salary of Turkish people has actually decreased about 30 percent and at the same time currently the inflation rate is 80 percent so the prices are going officially yeah the prices are going up so so fast and just the buying power of locals has fallen a lot and I feel I feel sorry for Turkish people that they can't afford to travel themselves anymore and it's it's harder and harder for them to make ends meet but nevertheless what makes our experience even more incredible is that Turks are still kind they're still welcoming and things like this happen for example going into a random Village store they gave us three things although we wanted to pay and it just shows the kindness of Turks that in this country money doesn't come first for the locals there's things that are much much much more important than money and it just makes us feel privileged makes us feel happy to be part of it and just reminds us that we are lucky that our currency our economy is stronger in that sense and we can afford a lifestyle like this talking about affording a lifestyle how can we do it we're unemployed we do travel videos we earn a little bit of money from YouTube and those videos and it's all because of you because you are watching over there and that's why we decided that we want to be transparent we want you to know how we make money because actually you make us money you over there with every view with every like with every comment you're helping us to create those videos and we want to thank you for this so our biggest Revenue Source this month was YouTube ads which was 330 Euros yeah in September we made 330 Euros because you were watching their commercials at the beginning of the video super annoying right I know they're annoying but they are our biggest income so literally at the beginning of the video every time you watch an ad we earn like a microscopic amount of money and the thing is that the longer you watch this ad the more money we earn and if you click on it we earn more as well but it doesn't cost you anything yeah you don't have to do it we're already grateful that you're here watching this video but yeah if you want to support it you can at sometimes just click on it and although on Main revenue is Those ads then I just wanted to assure you that there won't be any uh ads in the middle of the videos now or probably never nothing should get in second Revenue stream for people that are supporting us on patrons big thank you to you it's just a beautiful feeling knowing that there's four people out there who are willing to support us every month for us to create those videos and they've become our friends like it's it's really a blessing having this small group of people that we can discuss things with and and share share our stories even more than on this YouTube and if you want to know more about it then it's again in the description is our patreon page so all together in social media in September we made 360 Euros minus about 60 Euros for internet to upload those videos and to be able to do it minus about 25 Euros for this music and those beautiful b-roll clips so our profit from social media was 275 euros it's a little bit less than Turkish minimum salary but we are still really grateful that making those videos is earning us even this little money it's really like a dream to us that we get to take you along with us under on those Journeys show your cultures Foods people Beyond politics show you how people really live what they think about and although mostly we still live off our savings and and do it due to the fact that a year ago we worked really really hard then it's a nice feeling to know that by now almost 20 000 of you have subscribed to this Channel and are supporting us on this journey are traveling together with us and just special thank you it was an absolute pleasure having you today with us and I really hope that you learned something new about this country and lastly next week we're gonna go to the capital city of Turkey Ankara we're gonna try its food we're gonna wander its streets and also visit the site that for many Turks is the most important place in the whole country until then you can check out this playlist to see more of our Turkish adventures and we will see you next time bye