Cost of Living in Iran

Expats moving to Iran will find the cost of living fairly low. The biggest expense for most people will be housing. International school fees, which are high, will be another major cost for expats with children. Transportation is generally fairly cheap, as are many other everyday expenses. 

Cost of accommodation

Despite the rising housing prices in Iran, accommodation is relatively low-priced compared to many other countries in the Middle East.  

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 that can assist expats in finding cheaper housing. Additional costs when renting property in Iran include electricity, a telephone line and internet. 

Cost of eating out and entertainment in Iran

Much of an expat’s lifestyle expenses in Iran will depend on individual choices. Eating out can be relatively affordable, although prices between restaurants can vary sharply. Generally, the cost of everyday groceries is 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 in Iran is generally inexpensive. Public transport is very affordable. Some expats opt to use taxis or hire a private driver to take them around. 

The cost of buying, or even hiring, a car in Iran is expensive. However, both maintaining a vehicle and the price of fuel are both cheap.

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 prefer going to private hospitals which offer a higher standard of facilities and faster treatment. It is important that expats ensure that they have a fully comprehensive international health insurance policy – in most cases, this will be arranged by employers.

Cost of education in Iran

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, as facilities and standards of teaching at these schools tend to be excellent.

Fees vary between schools and increase with age. As 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, textbooks and school excursions, so these will also need to be accounted for. Luckily for most expats, companies relocating expats to Iran usually offer allowances 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 March 2018.


One-bedroom apartment in the city centre 

IRR 20,040,000

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre 

IRR 13,180,000

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

IRR 44,000,00

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre 

IRR 27,130,000


Eggs (dozen)

IRR 57,600

Milk (1 litre)

IRR 27,000

Rice (1kg)

IRR 121,250

Loaf of white bread

IRR 17,000

Chicken breasts (1kg)

IRR 134,000

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

IRR 90,000

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

IRR 200,000

Coca-Cola (330ml)

IRR 15,800


IRR 100,000

Bottle of non-alcoholic local beer

IRR 21,000

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant

IRR 350,000


Mobile to mobile call rate (per minute)

IRR 610

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

IRR 1,600,000

Basic utilities per month for a small apartment

IRR 1,200,000


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

IRR 10,000

Monthly bus/train pass

IRR 500,000

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

IRR 10,000

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