Cost of Living in Tehran

Summary about cost of living in Tehran:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 200,000.00 ﷼ 150,000.00-300,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700,000.00 ﷼ 500,000.00-1,000,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 200,000.00 ﷼ 150,000.00-259,486.50
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 20,000.00 ﷼ 18,000.00-30,000.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 40,000.00 ﷼ 22,000.00-59,377.54
Cappuccino (regular) 97,028.02 ﷼ 55,604.25-130,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 15,718.45 ﷼ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 7,958.95 ﷼ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 100,500.49 ﷼ 75,708.25-113,562.38
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 15,976.27 ﷼ 9,071.86-25,221.69
Rice (white), (1 lb) 54,164.48 ﷼ 38,555.40-68,038.94
Eggs (regular) (12) 55,422.85 ﷼ 40,000.00-80,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 83,217.84 ﷼ 45,359.29-113,398.23
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 59,808.05 ﷼ 36,287.43-84,072.31
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 186,828.68 ﷼ 158,757.52-226,796.45
Apples (1 lb) 20,392.58 ﷼ 13,607.79-27,215.57
Banana (1 lb) 20,207.98 ﷼ 15,875.75-25,221.69
Oranges (1 lb) 21,462.83 ﷼ 15,875.75-31,751.50
Tomato (1 lb) 12,743.02 ﷼ 9,071.86-18,143.72
Potato (1 lb) 10,137.01 ﷼ 6,803.89-13,607.79
Onion (1 lb) 10,806.09 ﷼ 6,803.89-13,607.79
Lettuce (1 head) 17,818.29 ﷼ 13,000.00-29,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 13,497.72 ﷼ 10,000.00-18,534.75
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 259,486.50 ﷼ 200,000.00-444,834.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 21,403.47 ﷼ 15,000.00-30,000.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 44,234.41 ﷼ 30,000.00-60,000.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 85,000.00 ﷼ 74,139.00-100,000.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7,500.00 ﷼ 5,059.33-10,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 500,000.00 ﷼ 300,000.00-1,000,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10,000.00 ﷼ 10,000.00-15,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16,093.44 ﷼ 16,093.44-27,358.86
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 180,000.00 ﷼ 100,000.00-250,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 37,854.13 ﷼ 37,854.13-37,854.13
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,050,000,000.00 ﷼ 800,000,000.00-1,482,780,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,474,633,424.83 ﷼ 1,200,000,000.00-1,800,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,190,876.61 ﷼ 667,251.00-2,000,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 605.33 ﷼ 490.00-1,000.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 1,625,172.16 ﷼ 800,000.00-4,000,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,220,463.66 ﷼ 700,000.00-2,000,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 776,818.44 ﷼ 350,000.00-1,500,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 120,000.00 ﷼ 100,000.00-150,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 5,244,244.96 ﷼ 3,000,000.00-10,000,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 115,310,453.74 ﷼ 50,000,000.00-200,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,749,951.35 ﷼ 1,000,000.00-3,000,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,334,304.76 ﷼ 700,000.00-2,500,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 4,035,613.02 ﷼ 2,500,000.00-6,000,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,675,679.45 ﷼ 1,600,000.00-4,500,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 20,016,746.25 ﷼ 12,000,000.00-30,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 12,966,053.13 ﷼ 8,000,000.00-22,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 42,725,880.02 ﷼ 30,000,000.00-60,000,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 26,578,596.74 ﷼ 16,681,275.00-40,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,369,886.19 ﷼ 4,645,113.34-9,290,226.68
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,430,077.34 ﷼ 2,322,556.67-5,109,624.67
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 18,685,815.98 ﷼
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 18.72 15.00-26.00

Prices in Tehran

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Last update: February 2018
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39 Comments so far

#Amir on Feb 13, 2018 :
There is a huge price gap for rentals in different parts of Tehran. If you are looking for apartment/condo in northern Tehran, you’re not going to find anything less than $1000 for a 1 bedroom apartment. But if you are more inclined to live in poluted middle or southern Tehran, you can easily rent a 2 bedroom apartment for $200 or less!
#Shahrooz on Mar 12, 2017 :
I believe that, though the prices are not accurate, they can give a quick and overall view to a visitor, as you can see the prices for gasoline, taxi, restaurants are generally near to true. Most of you nagged about only the internet, well forget this stuff and why not talking about the other prices which have been collected almost true.

After all, nowhere in the world you will find house renting fixed and agreed upon on a unique price. Let's admit that some prices are really tricky and you need to move there and see it for yourself, but taking these prices into account as a ballpark figure I reckon "" has done really a Good Job ! Keep it up and THANK YOU!
#Zeeshan Ahmed on Jan 23, 2017 :
Living Cost given above is not accurate , Find accurate cost below:

1 / 2 Bed room furnished apartment : USD 1100 - 1250
Monthly Common Charges : USD 50
Electricity and Phone Bill : USD 100
#HR on Oct 31, 2016 :
first of all hi,
as an Iranian living in Iran i should say : what i read up there is not all true ... 10mbps ADSL ? you gotta be kidding me right ? i have 2mbps internet it doesn't look like a 2mbps because my internet would hit the 800kbs in top/free time with less bustle, how could someone say Iran have 10mbps ADSL ? Iran's real Internet speed is 4mbps at least, i did my research on this one. though the expenses are not fully true a tourist should've spend at least 5000$~7000$ for 10 days enjoyable travel to Iran not sure who much it'll cost for a University student ... i don't wanna talk about buying house or apartment in Tehran because anything i say would be considered as betraying to your own country ... in all and all those numbers up there should change.
#Admin on Aug 01, 2016 :
Ali, please update prices using links provided at the page. Thanks
#Ali on Aug 01, 2016 :
This is a big mistake ,The cost is much higher in Iran, Annual Rent in tehran is between $ 500 to $ 3,000 , but you need a big mortgageabout $5000 to $20000 ,Wage of a worker in tehran In the best of circumstances is between $200 to $350
#Anonymous on Jun 24, 2016 :
hi i live in tehran since 4 years, the thing you are looking for is impossible, you cant find a rent for 100$, unless you pay a big mortgage, in north tehran for example: a 50 m2 unfurnished, you will need about 20000$ as a mortgage and 200$ per month, but since your studying in tehran university you will to get a house in the center of tehran, it is a little bit cheaper but not that much. i blieve taking the unuversity offer is better for you. For living you will need 200$- 250$/month at least (for an acceptable life) depending on you how much you go out. you ma find some houses in the university area (60-80 m2) with low or no mortgage but not less than 400$/moth (if it is founded).
#shah on Jun 24, 2016 :
I m going to start my studies in tehran university of medical sciences.the university offers me a well furnished professional accomodation in 300$,but I want a cheap upto 100$/month.
so plz tell me if any one can help me in this concern.
#Josh on Jun 13, 2016 :
Am visiting Iran for EId holidays for 10 days . Need Budget accommodation with breakfast ..Want go to Isfahan, Shiraz Masshad . How much is a sedan Car hire on daily basis.

Any one wants to meet up let me know.
#bashir xiddig on Apr 01, 2016 :
I am very glad the life standard of iran, i like to see great people of persians, tehran and esfahan are my favourite cities which i like to visit.
#HM on Feb 15, 2016 :
real cost of living in Tehran:
The major Cost is Rent: City center rent is lower than Outside of City center because of traffic, population, pollution,etc.... For 100 Sq meter in city center 500$ up to 800$ Monthly. for Outside of City center from 600$ up to 1800$ !!! (depends on the quality of the apartment and which part of city).
IF you leave in a Washington dc and you expend 45.000$ net/year to keep the same level of living in Tehran you need between 32-35000$ net(depends on your rent).
If you leave in Paris and you earn 40000 euro net/year you need about 30000 euro net to keep your level of life in Tehran.
Remember we are talking about the average cost of living for 2 adults, if you have kids please add at least 500$ (for each kid) monthly (school, other costs).
If you are used to travel 1 or twice year (outside country) add the travel cost to your expenses.
Cars are expensive in Tehran, triple the price of any car in europe/usa and you can buy any car in Tehran.
If you want to buy new build Apartment outside of center the price is from 1400$ up to 8000$ per Sq/meter !!! the average is about 2000$/sqm.
Rent in other cities are 25% up to 60% less than tehran.
Have fun :)
#Santi on Feb 09, 2016 :
I heard that only consumption of non-alcoholic beer is allowed in Iran. But what exactly does that mean? Must the beer contain 0,0 % alcohol or is 0,5 % okay? I ask because in other countries non-alcoholic means less than 0,5%... A friend told me that the beer usually comes in flavors like peach or lemon, is this true? What are the common brands ?
#Amir on Jan 19, 2016 :
There are certain places in Tehran which rent goes as high as $5000 a month (i.e, Ekbatan, shahrak gharb, saadat abad) and there are places which rent is $300+ (i.e pasdaran, poonak, tajrish) and there places where rent is as low as $150 (i.e south ferdosi street which is the heart and center of Tehran and mid class).
There are even places where rent is maximum $100, but those places are the south of tehran and may or may not come to your taste.

Always get a reliable citizen(not an agent who will double the rent for foreigners!), to get your rental contract done. ( or do it yourself if you know persian).

You can ultimately find some nice one on streets to bring you around, since iranian people really love alliens and take time for them. Trust me.
#Anonymous on Jan 06, 2016 :
Who says Tehran is more expensive than north America. I am from Toronto, Canada, and finding a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs is around 1300$ and downtown 1600. Gas is expensive, phone plans are expensive and the apartments are horrible by western standards. Tehran is quite crowded though and dangerous so I prefer Esfahan.
#Soroush on Nov 11, 2015 :
Hi guys iam soroush
If you guys are intreasted in iran
I can help you... i will meet you the day you arrive to your hotel we can see tehran and shiraz together
Contact me .
Be safe :)
#Anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 :
#Hafeez on Aug 05, 2015 :
"Hi, Any Business needs a reliable person to start business In Tehran.I can help him. I am also interested in small business in Tehran. I know Tehran very well where to live and where to sell.I myself is very much intrested in ADHESIVES AND GLUES TO SELL IN TEHRAN. Any one have connections with the manufacturers IN USA can contect me. Manufacurers of glues and adhesives need business in IRAN...I offer my services..."

Hi Hafeez, i would be glad to get in tough with you regarding the "ADHESIVES AND GLUES TO SELL IN TEHRAN" business plan. This is my e-mail:
Looking forward to hear from you.
#Hass on Oct 07, 2015 :
Salam All
I am also planning to go again to main cities this year...I have been last month. Any one interested....please email....perhaps we can arrange something.
#V on Aug 26, 2015 :
@ (Hafeez on Aug 05, 2015),

any way for me to communicate? email, tel ??
#Jimmy Patrawala on Aug 23, 2015 :
I'm planning for Iran tour.Im am interested in Tehran, Sheraz, Yazad, Parsi polis followed by Esfan. Please give me the details for the same...
#Raza on Aug 23, 2015 :
Selam all,
I will be visiting Iran in the middle of Sept.
Can anyone please tell me good cheap hotels in Tehran & Mash'had. I am on a tight budget but not willing to compromise comfort for saving money. Also how much will hiring a cab for 8 hours cost in Tehran & in Mashhad?
And how much is avg daily meal cost (Lunch+Dinner)?

#Hafeez on Aug 05, 2015 :
Hi, Any Business needs a reliable person to start business In Tehran.I can help him. I am also interested in small business in Tehran. I know Tehran very well where to live and where to sell.I myself is very much intrested in ADHESIVES AND GLUES TO SELL IN TEHRAN. Any one have connections with the manufacturers IN USA can contect me. Manufacurers of glues and adhesives need business in IRAN...I offer my services...
#Dovis on Jul 27, 2015 :

i am planning my trip to Iran. I will visit Tehran, Mashhad, Esfahan, Shiraz, Bandar Abbas.
I need accommodation in all the cities and a drivers who speaks English. Any recommendation? What are the rates?

And what about phone number - sim card (i need to have internet 3G) any recommendation? what is the best for using in all Iran. How much cost?

Best Regards
#‫فرهاد غلامی‬‎ on Jul 08, 2015 :
10 Mbps internet with unlimited data was never less than 900$. Those ISPs who claim they sell this much, are liars and never you experience 10 Mbps (1,25 MBps).
#Hossein on Jun 18, 2015 :
Dears Iran visitors,

I personaly will be available to help you during your visit to any part of Iran. You may also get my Mobile number by e-mailing me at any time.

Warm regards
#Shaahin on Jun 04, 2015 :
The Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer is not that high. It is actually Delster that is very inexpensive and about 0.3$ per 0.5Litre.
#Thomas on Feb 04, 2015 :
Hello ,
my name is Thomas , and am looking forward to invest in your country , so am looking for someone we can do business together , so if you are interested , do contact me directly to my email address ( )

#Meg on Jan 31, 2015 :
I have three pairs of giveh shoes(slipper style), one with the marking of Kermanshah Sariry on the sole. Can anyone tell me how much they cost. They are about 45 years old never worn.
#GEMBY on Jan 22, 2015 :
i want to learn my post graduate study in Tehran University of Medical sciences. how much it costs for monthly expenses excluding house.please inform me with
#Anonymous on Dec 03, 2014 :
can any one help me with a teaching job in Iran in school or colleges where teaching medium is englsih
#Hans on Nov 06, 2014 :
Is any one interested in west of Iran I am available.
#Ahmad on Nov 05, 2014 :
i am looking for someone to assist me in forming a new business in Iran , anyone is interested please contact me directly on for more details ,
#A Tourist on Sep 05, 2014 :
Tehran is a big city. In northern parts (closer to mountain) living cost are always higher than the southern parts. At the center part of Tehran (Ferdousi street) you can exchange your money to local currency at the best rates. Try only money changers in the shops. Shop money changers do not speak English very well, but be sure they are very helpful, and they do not cheat.

Cheap Hotel, handicrafts, souvenirs, also available in Ferdousi street, walk from Ferdousi Square to south of the Ferdousi street.
After or at the end of Ferdousi street toward south, you can find the old market (Bazzar-e-Tehran), with its old construction, and many people who work there.
#Yasmine on Jun 18, 2014 :
These prices are way above the average cost of living here. They are inaccurate even for the most expensive community in Tehran. Please correct the entries.
#syed ali naqi jaffery on Apr 30, 2014 :
i want to move in tehran from anyone tell me plz that how much pakistani rupees needed to come in tehran and for 1 bed appartment`s rent..and if i came,can i easily get any job relating to security or h.r field ?
#faster bird on Apr 30, 2014 :
is there anyone please tell me how much pakistani rupees needed 4 1 bedroom apartment ??
#Jack straw on Apr 20, 2014 :
Why would anyone want to live or work in ash it hole like Iran
#Hassan on Mar 22, 2014 :
The price given here is much higher than real price in Tehran probably due to fluctuation of foreign exchange in Iran. nowadays, each USD is Exchanged to about 25000-30000 IR Rial. So some of given price are exactly false. As an illustration, the highest price of gasoline is 8000 IR which equals at maximum 0.32 USD. In addition, there is a big difference between the price of domestic car and foreign made car. As an example, purchasing of a domestic made C class sedan car (comparable in size to Toyota Corolla) costs 10k-15k USD while you must pay at least 30k for its foreign made equals. The differences in other items such as groceries and clothing is about 15-30%. For example, you can buy a pair of leather shoes by only 30-40 $. Since there is high inflation and exchange fluctuation in Iran, I think the prices must be updated every each season!
#Anonymous on Feb 25, 2014 :
I want to live in Tehran along with my family, kindly any one inform me what are the latest prices of 2 bed room rent. in side the Tehran city or outside of city and about Advance money deposits.
#Hasan on Feb 03, 2014 :
Prices reported here for beer and wine refer to illegal purchases of smuggled beer and smuggled or home made wine. Alcoholic beverages cannot be legally obtained in Iran. Taxi fares reported refer to "shared taxis"( i.e. each of the four passengers). If you want the taxi to go strait to your destination, you need to pay four times as much. A 5 km bus ride or a 12 km subway ride (including line changes) costs $0.10 one way so the monthly cost round trip for a combination ride (which gets you almost anywhere in Tehran) cannot exceed $12 a month. Certain categories of individuals (e.g. the disabled, senior citizens, ideologically favored "mobilized" citizens, veterans etc.) get the cheaper monthly pass. Average prices reported for buying a square meter of an apartment in the city center are for "newly constructed" apartments, "seven-year-plus" apartments may cost considerably less. Prices reported for petrol are for purchases within monthly quotas (first 60 liters), beyond that the "free market" rate is twice as much. Domestic cigarettes cost as little a 30 cents a pack. the Basic Iranian-made car costs USD 6000. Also salaries reported are based on former exchange rates, they amount to considerably less today. I am writing in early 2014, the "floating" exchange rate (as opposed to the 25000 rial "reference rate," which you can only get with a big beard and powerful connections) is 30000 rials to the USD.