Cost of Living in Tehran

Summary about cost of living in Tehran, Iran:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.00 $ 2.00-10.69
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 28.90 $ 15.00-65.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.04 $ 3.00-7.13
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 0.95 $ 0.50-2.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.19 $ 0.78-2.38
Cappuccino (regular) 2.04 $ 0.71-4.75
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.63 $ 0.30-1.19
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.36 $ 0.20-0.59
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.53 $ 1.89-7.19
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.18-1.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.49 $ 0.45-3.02
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.99 $ 0.63-3.56
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.09 $ 0.91-5.39
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.74 $ 0.68-4.31
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.27 $ 2.72-12.93
Apples (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.23-1.29
Banana (1 lb) 0.86 $ 0.45-2.15
Oranges (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.17-1.40
Tomato (1 lb) 0.42 $ 0.17-0.86
Potato (1 lb) 0.32 $ 0.10-0.65
Onion (1 lb) 0.34 $ 0.14-0.54
Lettuce (1 head) 0.64 $ 0.24-1.21
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.43 $ 0.12-0.83
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 1.19 $ 0.40-3.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.48 $ 0.23-0.95
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.06 $ 0.60-2.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.50 $ 1.90-4.75
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.28 $ 0.14-0.47
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 11.03 $ 7.13-24.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.48 $ 0.25-0.71
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.76 $ 0.38-1.15
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4.00 $ 2.00-7.12
Gasoline (1 gallon) 0.97 $ 0.66-1.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 50,000.00 $ 37,000.00-71,250.45
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 62,278.86 $ 47,500.30-90,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 32.74 $ 18.89-59.38
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.02 $ 0.01-0.03
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 21.92 $ 10.00-47.50
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 29.42 $ 10.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.87 $ 9.00-21.38
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.16 $ 2.00-5.94
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 133.79 $ 80.00-284.99
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,259.56 $ 1,187.51-4,750.03
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 56.05 $ 16.38-111.34
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.58 $ 18.93-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 194.87 $ 80.00-475.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 91.22 $ 40.00-237.50
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 680.65 $ 300.00-1,187.51
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 463.05 $ 237.50-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,619.32 $ 776.61-3,087.61
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 941.05 $ 500.00-1,900.01
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 337.55 $ 185.80-661.93
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 176.87 $ 92.90-330.97
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 311.35 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 21.19 15.00-28.00

Prices in Tehran

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60 Comments so far
Haj Agha on Nov 14, 2020:
Hi there,

Iran is the paradise for foreigners to come and enjoy living here with very very affordable prices and cost of living , The only problem is tourists should find a local friends to help them to enjoy living in here , come here and enjoy lots of organic fruits and food stuffs...
Rezvan on Oct 11, 2020:
The official minimum wage in Iran is 60 USD per month.

The average wage is around 100-120 USD per month.

These numbers are converted to USD with today's exchange fee, which is around 1 USD = 310000 Iranian rials

Iran is extremely cheap for foreigners and super expensive for locals.
Solik Beneunge on Oct 01, 2020:
Considering the decline of the local currency, is it possible that foreigners/tourists in Iran will soon have to pay everything in dollars or euros?
Anonymous on Sep 30, 2020:
All info here are wrong
For example average salary in Tehran is 150 USD/month and not 300 ! Howcome all items listed here are doubled ?

Can someone divide every price by two in this list ?

Free dollar rate in Iran is 1$ = 300,000 IR - yes you saw it well 300,000 IRR - the cheapest/weakest currency in the world. Even was-torn countries like Afghanistan and Syria have a stronger currency.

As the currency is still falling, I think that even dividing all prices listed here would not be enough, but it will be a good start for us to update more easily.
ali shafiee on Sep 23, 2020:
The official dollar value is not used in Iran. Dollar is exchanged at the free dollar rate for tourist.
Or if an Iranian wants to go to another country, shall buys dollars at a free rate.
Therefore, the calculations of this site are completely wrong for Iran.
Free dollar rate: 1$ =270000IRR
Official dollar rate :1$=42000IRR
Official dollar rate just is used by government for import or export of goods
ali shafiee on Sep 23, 2020:
Cost of living in tehran without rent for 1 person is 2 million IRR
1$USD is 270000IRR.
If you come to tehran 74$USD is enough to spend a month.
Tehran is cheepest city of the planet.
Mahsa on Sep 19, 2020:
The average salary in Iran is approximately 250$ per month.
The cost which mentioned above is higher than what is in real.
Claire on Sep 18, 2020:
Ok nobody seems to agree on real costs of items listed above. So to get a good idea of how expensive life in Iran is, what does the average employee earn in Iran, maybe that could help
M Reza on Sep 11, 2020:
Are you kidding?!!, the price of an apartment in Tehran $3422/sqm?!! . from where you got all these info?!!. Life in Tehran is much cheaper than what you mentioned here specially with the Iranian currency being so down these days.
Piooya on Aug 13, 2020:
Prices in dollar are lower than listed prices except for rent.
Abolfazl on Jul 15, 2020:

Please be advised that as of today, 7/16/2020 the Iranian Rial currency rate is 234000 per one USD.

Thank you for your time
Manocher on Jun 21, 2020:
01 may 2020
1 USD = 19,000 TOMAN OR 190,000 RIAL
ehsan hoseini sianaki on May 01, 2020:
Hi, yes, economic conditions in Iran are very difficult and people are under pressure.
ehsan hoseini sianaki on Apr 30, 2020:
Many greetings
Currently, life in Tehran has become very difficult and costs have risen sharply.
Mladen Adamović on Mar 02, 2020:
Price per square meter to buy an apartment in City Center of Tehran including districts 1 to 5 is almost 430,000,000IRR which is equal by 10,200$.
An old apartment is about 5,500$ to 10,000$ and a not old not new is from 7,500$ to 14,500$ and new apartments or luxury apartments are from 13,000$ to 38,000$. If you are not sure about any of them you can search on the Internet.
The prices are very high for people. For example about the highest price, an experienced engineer needs to store whole of it's salary in one year to buy one square meter of that. (38,000$)
Also the prices are increasing very fast because of inflation.

(Salaries are not like prices and not increasing enough fast.)

So I think these datas are almost right about prices of buy and rent of apartments in Tehran:

Apartment (1 bedroom) in city center:
Between 1,050$ to 3,500$
Average price: 2,070$

Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of city center:
Between 600$ to 2,500$
Average price: 1,215$

Apartment (3 bedroom) in city center:
Between 2,100$ to 7,500$
Average price: 4,120$

Apartment (3 bedroom) outside of city center:
Between 1,250$ to 4,500$
Average price: 2,570$

Price per square meter to buy apartment in city center:
Between 5,500$ to 38,000$
Average price: 10,200$

Price per square meter to buy apartment outside of city center:
Between 3,150$ to 10,000$
Average price: 5,550$
Tehran Citizen on Mar 02, 2020:
come on!
Your datas about rent and apartment price are absolutely wrong. Your website should share info based on international values of currencies.

These are real property prices in Tehran in march of 2020 year:

== Rent Per Month ==

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre : (( 2,300 $ )) * from [[ 1,020 $ ]] to [[ 7,020 $ ]]

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre : (( 1,300 $ )) * from [[ 550 $ ]] to [[ 3,000 $ ]]

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre : (( 4,400 $ )) * from [[ 2,200 $ ]] to [[ 9,500 $ ]]

Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre : (( 2,750 $ )) * from [[ 1,250 $ ]] to [[ 6,000 $ ]]

== Buy Apartment Price ==

Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment inside City Centre : (( 10,900 $ )) * from [[ 5,300 $ ]] to [[ 38,000 $ ]]

Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre : (( 5,900 $ )) * from [[ 2,620 $ ]] to [[ 11,600 $ ]]
saeed on Feb 16, 2020:
thank you for your good information.
change price of $ in Iran is not correcet in your informations.

your sincerely
Anonymous on Dec 26, 2019:
If I want to start a school in Iran what is the process and how much does it cost me around?
I am from India and looking forward for great Globalization with good Education Projects and Employment.
Milad on Dec 17, 2019:
So for foreigners to know, Toyota Corolla in Iran is not $78,000 but $50,000.
Milad on Dec 17, 2019:
Hi people! I just realised the prices are NOT in both real USD ($1=130,000IRR) and virtual USD ($1=42,000IRR) but a combination of them. For example, it is said Toyota Corolla is 78,738 USD while new model of this car in Iran would be about 6,500,000,000IRR which means $1=83,333IRR --- Good Luck ;)
Ali on Dec 12, 2019:
Now price of 1 liter gasoline is 30000 IRR in Iran , please correct it
Ali on Dec 12, 2019:
Now price of gasoline is 30000 IRR in Iran , please correct it
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2019:
I review a lot on your site, I realized that prices for large mistakes
in Iran
I'm living in Tehran
For example, the price of a liter of milk in Tehran is approximately
seventy 5,500 toman or 55,000 rial (depending on the price of 13,000
toman or about 130,000 rial per dollar America that is) that the dollar
is America America US $ 2.3
But the price less than a dollar in your site with the fact that America
is inserted too far.
Please go ahead and, if necessary, I am ready to help you in these cases

Part of the problem is caused by the currency conversion rate
Now the real price of the dollar is America's approximately seventy
130,000 rial( 1 dollar $ = 130000 rial)
Anonymous on Nov 06, 2019:
You can exchange euro as well as dollars, Airport always is the worse, the exchange rate is close in exchanges in city centre exchanges. In Tehran you can get the best exchange rates near Ferdowsi square and Sabze meydan (Grand Bazar) but if you are staying far from there maybe it doesn't worth to take time to go there so find an exchange near where you stay.
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2019:
I want to visit Iran.I read it safe country.Moreover I have great confusion .Can we exchange euro or only dollars can be exchange.After exhanging currency.What will I get Rial or Toman?
Which place is good to exchange money in Iran.Like on an Airport ?
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2019:
I am loving to Read comments.Life is nowhere .All you need good money
Khalil from Tehran on Oct 16, 2019:
Iranians are suffering from US acts against them, but prices are controlled by government to protect people.
And a foreigner visitor will see the prices are cheaper than everywhere, except imported items. viva Iran!
... on Oct 08, 2019:
I'm Iranian citizen.
please please go to another countries and not come to Iran. Iran is one of the worst countries in the world. also it's people are not good humans. 80% are very bad humans including Thieves, Killers, Ravishers, Defrauders and other kinds of Wrongdoers. 5% are bad humans. 10% are almost good and good humans and 5% are very good humans.
Iranian are in illustration of civilization! They tell they were a civilized country thousands years ago! now, the most developed country, The US has a long way to become a become a civilized country. so, it's a joke that you say you were developed thousands years ago.
Anonymous on Sep 10, 2019:
I am a Tehran resident. Since the collapse of Rial value in 2017 (after 2 years of changing rates it has got stability about one third of before value currently) Iran got much cheaper for foreigners vacations, so i strongly recommend traveling to Iran and be sure you may enjoy your cheap trip through thousand years of civilization and Art.
... on Aug 28, 2019:
in Iran doctors have very good revenue. between 15,000,000 IR Tomans (1,250$) to 2,000,000,000 IR Tomans (167,000$) per month. Software engineers' revenue is between 700,000 IR Tomans (58$) to 40,000,000 IR Tomans (3,330$) per month. in both fields there are special people who can have more revenues because of their skills.
in Iran there is not a good economical situation. so try to not come to Iran.
Anonymous on Aug 26, 2019:
As of today currency exchange rate $1 usd = 42,108 irr.Expect the exchange rate to hover around $1 usd to 58,000 irr by years end or more especially with another intense round of heavy sanctions from the U S coming up in October.
Mojtaba on Jul 26, 2019:
If you want to come to Iran, you should this costs be divided into 3. For example, Macdonald price is = 6 divid 3$ = 2$.
S.S.Haider on Jul 22, 2019:
I am a software engineer from Pakistan. Currently I have an experience of 6 years major technology stack in Java. I want to know the job opportunities for software engineer in Iran. What average salary earned by a Java developer and expenses living with family. Also if anyone can compare the Software developer stats in Iran to other countries like middle east or Pakistan itself
... on Jul 21, 2019:
I want ask a question from people who completed apartment prices.
Do you really know the prices of Tehran high class neighborhoods? There are apartments with 140,000,000 tomans price for each meter.(=8,700 meters apartment with 350 Billion Tomans = 30 Million Dollars price)
and the average price of apartments in city center (high class neighborhoods) is higher than you wrote here.
Please Correct prices. thank you very much.
Anonymous on Jul 10, 2019:
The prices are not realistic !!!!! Considering the recent fluctuations of currency, the cost of living in Iran would be completely different !!! Eg price of a bottle of water is lower than 0.28 $, due to the decrement of Rial's value.
Anonymous on Jun 24, 2019:
In iran USA $ is equal to 135000 IRR in free market. 42000 IRR is official but not applicable for people. For example if you want to travel you have to buy US dollar from free market.
Anonymous on Jun 24, 2019:
For you to being notified about Iran:
I just wanted to say:
1 usd = 13500 IRR(current price, may increase every moment! - it's not stable)
bahram on Jun 06, 2019:
divide all costs to 3.5 to get the realistic results (the real exchange rate effect)
HM on Jun 01, 2019:
when you check the prices in local currency IRR, it is almost correct. except for rent, you must add at least 25% . and midrange restaurant for 2 persons cost 9-11 USD. red meat is also +50%
all you have to do is to divide the IRR to 14000
for example cost of utilities/per month ==> 148000 IRR/14000= 10.75 USD
in gross cost of decent living (without rent) from a single person is around 450 USD and for 4 person family (without rent) is about 1100 USD. you should add 7000-15000 USD (per year) for each child (private foreign school). a luxury style life cost 5-10 times more than mentioned prices.
for example, a luxury fully furnished 250sqm apartment (very nice complex) rent is about 2500 USD per month.
this includes sports, 2 times midrange restaurants /week /pp, average shopping, groceries, clothes,...
of course, many people are living with much less and they don't go to the restaurant or sports clubs.
my salary as CEO of a midrange company is about 1200 USD per month.
Hamidreza on May 30, 2019:
All prices are not real. There is two currency rates for $ in Iran.
Virtual rate is about 42000 IRR = 1 $
Real rate is about 150000 IRR = 1 $
And real rate every day has tolerance so for instance you have to buy goods one day by 2 $ × 130000 IRR and maybe next week you have to buy the same goods by 2 $ × 170000 IRR.
So everything is not certain except your salary. In Iran your minimum salary is about 100 $ every time. So if you want labour, Iran is so cheap in all over the world and you can produce everything with low price.
Notes for producers.
For more information you can contact me:
mohammadreza on May 29, 2019:
what?!! 12 eggs for 2.09 $?!!! today i bought 12 eggs just for 0.30 $. who created this informations?!!
Mehran on May 25, 2019:
Completely wrong
I'm living in Tehran
100$ is enough for a four person family without rent
Costs are not correct
bahram on May 20, 2019:
The calculation is based on rate 1USD=42000IRR so it is not accurate; today exchange rate is about 140000 IRR for 1 USD so divide all prices of any currency other that IRR to almost 3.5. For example "Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant" becomes is about 1.5 USD. and I guess it makes Tehran one of the 5 cheapest capital in the world!!!
... on Mar 25, 2019:
To all users.
For real prices in IRR, select usd then multiply it in 130,000 to calculate prices in Iranian Rial and multiply in 13,000 to calculate it in Iranian Toman.
LOL to prices :) :) :)
Correction on Mar 25, 2019:
Correction to previous post
To all users
For the real market prices (almost real), please select currency of IRR on top of the page, and check. Then divide the written amount to 130,000 Rial per USD.
Ali Fard on Mar 24, 2019:
To all users
For the real market prices (almost real), please select currency of IRR on top of the page, and check. Then divide the written amount to 13,000 Rial per USD.
benyamin bahmani on Feb 16, 2019:
hi , just wanted to mention that these prices for Tehran in dollar is different now , what you've written is for a year ago witch every dollar was 42000 rial , but now every dollar is 120000 rial .
thank u
Payam on Feb 16, 2019:

Please note that most of the values of goods mentioned above are more or less based on govermental exchange rates ( excluding minor changes) . The iranian market/ or in other words cost of goods and daily living is very dependent to the cost of free market exchange rate.
Which as of today : euro is roughly 140,000 IRR, regardless of daily ups and downs on exchange rates, it can be concluded to raise cost of goods/expenses by 2 to 3 times. Often exported goods are expected to raise in price by 3 to 5 times. Inflation has heavily affected the above mentioned figures in this page.

Regards to all,
Mehdi Rezaee on Feb 06, 2019:
Please note that :
Prices in the list of tehran are based on "1 USD = 42000 IRR"
but it was for 1 year ago.

1 USD = 120000 IRR
Amir on Nov 21, 2018:
hey Kaus, Here we have two rates for currency; that 1$ = 42000 IRR is determined by the government for certain stuff like traveling abroad, some importation,etc. but in the real market and for everyday use, it's much higher. right now 1$ equals to 130000 IRR and it may change in every second :/ so you may want to consider visiting another country :( although, by the way, Iran is beautiful and people are kind & nice to visitors, if not to themselves :)
Hotan Farah on Nov 13, 2018:
I'm originally from Tehran, born and grew up here, all the above prices are 95% correct, some people commented that Iran is cheapest country, yes they are right, Iran has massive resources of oil& Gas .... but because of mismanagement with illiterate & thieves managers it's turning to ashes, the main problem is fanatic Mollas who rule the country and majority of them are spy agent, they are so nosy and intrusive to all part of individual's life, they ruined our country, the corruption rate is really high among the government and policies, the first Daesh group who appeared in middle east region was Iranian government when they could control country for about 40 years ago, they began banning drinking alcohol, wearing Jeans, demolishing the discos & bars, brothel, forcing Hijab, arrest girl& boy dating, unfair execution and etc , for this reasons lot's of people immigrated to other countries and this process continues until now. When enter to Iran you will encounter with extremely hypocritical people that pretend are really religious but in fact they are full of duplicity and cheating and busy to lure public wealth( not all Iranian ). Iran is rich but not for it's own people and after new embargo against Iran in 2018 the national currency devaluation occurred and all prices became triple and lead people toward poverty line,the severe economic recession is carrying out .Generally Iranian people are kind and welcome to tourists and if you interested to see country you are welcome
Kaus on Nov 10, 2018:
I am planning to visit Iran in January. I have a query..the last post from Raam on Sep 24, 2018 says the USD = 1500000 IRR. How's that? Forex websites show 1 USD = 42500 IRR!
So which one is correct?
Raam on Sep 24, 2018:
I've been leaving in Tehran since 1998 and these prices in USD are baised on 1USD=42000IRR which is wrong. In fact each US Dollar is more expensive that and I sure you each USD can change with 150000 IRR in this day (September 24th) then Tehran is cheapest metropolis (chief-city) and Iran is cheapest country in the world.
Adel on Aug 09, 2018:
IRR prices are quite good but the USD/IRR rate changes A LOT!!!
USD prices are far from accurate. current USD/IRR ratio is about 100,000 while this site is still calculating with 43,000!!!!!!!
Milad on Apr 25, 2018:
Oh, it is not in metre but foot :D You know USA only use this silly so u must respect 199 other countries and add metre
Milad on Apr 25, 2018:
Totally fake price for flats. 1 m2=1,000 to 5,000 Euros
Ron on Mar 31, 2018:
Most of the prices listed here are way off. specially those related to properties. Rent and buy apartment price is not even any close to reality.
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