Cost of Living in Iran
Expats moving to Iran will find the cost of living fairly low. According to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey 2015, the Iranian capital was ranked 203 out of 230 countries.
The biggest expense for most people will be housing. Another major cost that expats with children will need to consider is the cost of international school fees, which are very high. Transportation is generally fairly cheap, as are many other everyday expenses.
Cost of accommodation
While housing prices have risen significantly in Iran over the past few years, they still remain cheaper than expats would find elsewhere in the Middle East. The cost of a one-bedroom apartment in a decent expat area of Tehran would cost approximately 35-60 million IRR per month and a three-bedroom place would set an expat back between 70-130 million IRR per month. The standard of accommodation in Iran is generally very good.
Wherever possible expats should liaise with their employer to negotiate an accommodation allowance or to see whether the company has any relationships with landlords or agents which can assist expats in finding cheaper housing.
Additional costs to bear in mind when renting property in Iran include electricity, a telephone line and Internet. The average cost of basic utilities will be approximately 1.5 million IRR for a small family.
Cost of eating out and entertainment
Much of an expat’s lifestyle expenses will depend on individual choices. An average fast food meal will cost around 200,000 IRR and a three-course dinner in a restaurant will set one back approximately 1.5 million IRR for two people. A cinema ticket costs about 120,000 IRR.
Generally, the cost of everyday groceries are fairly cheap, so expats who opt to cook at home will save a fair amount of money.
Cost of transportation in Iran
The cost of travelling around in Iran is generally inexpensive. Public transport is very affordable, but most expats opt to use taxis or hire a private driver to take them around. An 8 km (5 mile) taxi trip costs around 150,000 IRR in Tehran.
The cost of buying, or even hiring, a car in Iran is fairly expensive in Iran. However, maintaining a vehicle is fairly cheap as is the price of fuel which is approximately 10,000 IRR per liter.
Cost of healthcare in Iran
The standard of healthcare in Iran varies. Generally the medical services in all major towns will be good and doctors will be well-trained. However, most expats tend to choose to have private hospitals which offer a higher standard of facilities and faster treatment. It is very important that expats ensure that they have a fully comprehensive international health insurance policy – in most cases this will be arranged by the employers.
Cost of education
Expats relocating to Iran with children will need to factor the cost of schooling into their budget. Most expats send their children to one of the international schools in Iran. Facilities and standards of teaching at these schools tend to be excellent with plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities.
Fees vary according to the age of the child and the school itself. Because fees fluctuate regularly expats should contact the school directly to make enquiries.
Parents should note that fees usually don’t include the cost of uniforms, text books and school excursions, so these will also need to be accounted for. Luckily for most expats, companies relocating expats to Iran usually offer some sort of allowance for children’s school fees.
Cost of Living in Iran chart
Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Tehran in June 2017.
|Accommodation (monthly rent in good area of Tehran)|
|Furnished one-bedroom apartment||IRR 68,000,000||≈ 1813 USD|
|Unfurnished one-bedroom apartment||IRR 40,000,000||≈ 1066 USD|
|Furnished three-bedroom house + Swimming pool||IRR 130,000,00||≈ 3466 USD|
|Unfurnished three-bedroom house||IRR 75,000,000||≈ 2000 USD|
|Eggs (dozen)||IRR 50,000||≈ 1.33 USD|
|Milk (1 liter)||IRR 24,000||≈ 0.65 USD|
|Rice (1kg)||IRR 100,000||≈ 2.66 USD|
|Loaf of white bread||IRR 12,000||≈ 0.3 USD|
|Chicken breasts (1kg)||IRR 85,000||≈ 2.26 USD|
|Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)||IRR 95,000||≈ 2.53 USD|
Eating out (in big cities)
|Big Mac Meal||IRR 200,000||≈ 5.33 USD|
|Economy Meal in Restaurant||IRR 150,000||≈ 4 USD|
|Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant||IRR 1,000,000||≈ 26,6 USD|
|Three-course meal for two at a high-range restaurant||IRR 1,500,000||≈ 40 USD|
|Three-course meal for each at a super luxury restaurant||IRR 3,000,000||≈ 80 USD|
|Pizza (Double)||IRR 300,000||≈ 8 USD|
|Coca-Cola (330ml)||IRR 20,000||≈ 0.53 USD|
|Cappuccino||IRR 100,000||≈ 2.66 USD|
|Bottle of beer (Non-Alcoholic)||IRR 30,000||≈ 0.8 USD|
|Mobile to mobile call rate (per minute)||IRR 750||≈ 0.02 USD|
|Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)||IRR 1,000,000||≈ 26.66 USD|
|Basic utilities (per month for small apartment)||IRR 1,500,00||≈ 40 USD|
|Taxi rate (per kilometer)||IRR 40,000||≈ 1.05 USD|
|Snapp Taxi (per kilometer in traffic’s peak time)||IRR 20,000||≈ 0.5 USD|
|Snapp Taxi (per kilometer out of traffic’s peak time)||IRR 10,000||≈ 0.25 USD|
|Monthly bus/train ticket in the city center||IRR 300,000||≈ 8 USD|
|Petrol/Gasoline (per liter)||IRR 10,000||≈ 2.66 USD|
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<<Edited by Iran-Rental>>