Cost of living in Iran

Published on: Nov 4, 2017

In case you are interested to know the cost of living in Iran, this page is dedicated to function and do just that. Prices shown in the table below varies from time to time and from one area to another, some item has a fixed price that comes with price tag or digitally printed and depending on the spending habits of people according to their areas where they live and their income and the "rate of exchange" or ROE. For example, 1 kilo of banana may cost about 41,000 rials (as of this writing) in the government-controlled fruit and vegetable market locally called bazar-e miveh-o-tarebar, may cost about 50,000 rls to 60,000 rials in the other local fruit shops. Or  a non-furnished apartment rental could be more than doubled if not tripled in the northern side of Tehran compared to southern part of the city. While the foreign currencies such as Euros, US dollar and gold trading has an impact on basic commodities' prices as well.

Regardless of your choosen lifesytle, you will find yourself spending some money on the following item though not limited to: Or take for example the internet usage and simcard. There are more than two internet/simcard providers in Iran competing with each other such as Shatel, Parsonline, Hamrah avval, Rightel, Irancell offering different range of packages, prices and options. You can choose one that suits your daily or monthly needs just in case.

Item Price in IR USD PHP As of Jan/Feb2019 in IR
Banana (1kg) 41,000 1 51 12,000
Apples (1kg) 28,000 7 35  
Rice (5kg) 1,690,000 41 2,000  
Gasoline (1 liter) 10,000 0.25 12  
Eggs (regular) (12) 82,500 2.25 103  
Local Cheese (1kg) 31,500 0.78 37  
Chicken Breast (Boneless, Skinless), (+-1kg) 164,619 40 2,057  
Beef Meat (+-1kg) 213,268 53 2,665  
Minced Beef 1.465 kg 485,030 12 600  
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 26,000 0.65 32 45,000
Fresh Local Bread (sanggak) 16,000 0.40 20 20,000
Cinema, Local Release, 1 Seat 120,000 3 150  
Meal for 3 People, Mid-range Service-Restaurant 1,200,000 30 1,500 4,000,000
Meal, Inexpensive No-service Restaurant 1 order 60,000 1.5 75 165,000
Rent Apartment (2 bedroom) southwest area 12,000,000 300 15,000  
Buy Apartment (2 bedroom) southwest area 5,000,000,000 1,250,000 6,250,000  
Fast Food Meal for 3 People (pizza) 490,000 12.25 612 1,004,000
10 Gigabyte Internet 260,000 6.5 325  
 Baguette bread 15,000 0.37 19 25,000
 1 cim card (Irancell) 200,000 5 250  
Hair Cut 250,000 6.25 313  
Family Shower Towel 681,375 17 850  
Small Toothpaste (Signal) 33,000 0.81 91  
Young coconut (Buko) 150,000 3.75 187  
Toasted bread        60,000
Butter 50g       23,000
Sugar kg       50,000
Tissue paper 10pcs       45,000
Cocoking Oil       70,000
Pepsi family size 1.5ltr       40,000
Pizza Cheez       245,000
Petitbure biscuit       10,000
Madar biscuit       60,000
Lazania 300g       35,000
Mushroom small size       45,000
Lavash bread 10pcs       25,000
Barbari bread       20,000
Laundry (dry cleaning) Shirt       100,000
Laundry (dry cleaning) Coat       150,000
Car wash       150,000
Translation house       1,600,000
Chicken charcoal for 1p       130,000
Residence permit       3,880,000
Subway train ticket 1way       10,000
Photo ID       120,000
Doctor visit       600,000
Pay toll (Chalus) 60,000      
ChocoShake       170,000
Bloody orange 1kg       35,000
Tamson orange1kg       49,000
Tomato 1kg       62,000
Cocomber 1kg       43,000
Shampoo 400g       72,000
Molfix pampers 7-18kg       540,000
Chicken thigs (maghran) 1kg       248,000
Chicken leg (ran) 1kg       315,000
Chicken breast (cleaned) 1kg       315,000
Chicken legs (cleaned ) 1kg       238,000
Aptamil pepti powdered infant's milk       280,000


So far we based our calculation on the rate of exchange of 1USD which is equivalent to about 40,000 IRR. And since one (1) U.S. dollar is equivalent to fifty (50) PH pesos hence, by dividing 4,000 by 50 we get 80 (1Php=80toman). If you are living in the Philippines and want to know how much is banana per kilo in Iran which is 4,100 toman that is about 82 pesos.

Update Note: As of January 2019 banana per kilo in Iran is about 12,000 toman (1dollar). That would be about 240 pesos using the above formula. This is good for people with U.S. dollar incomes. As of this update (27 January 2019) the IRR against U.S. dollar is 12,000toman.

In Iran the official currency is called rials (Iranian Rials) but the people counting their money in toman by removing 1 zero. Thus, 10,000 rials becomes 1,000 toman.

When to use to rials or toman? The answer is everywhere and at all times in Iran but every time you hear toman just remove one zero. Always pay using calculator.

This page and the above table is being updated…

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