Expats moving to Iran will find the country's cost of living is fairly low. The biggest expense for most expats will be housing. International school fees, which are high, will be another major cost for expat parents. Public transport is generally cheap, as are many other everyday expenses.

Cost of accommodation in Iran

The cost of accommodation in Iran is low when compared to countries such as the US, but is considered average in comparison to other countries in the Middle East. That said, housing prices in Iran are rising.

Wherever possible, expats should negotiate with their employer for an accommodation allowance. If that isn't possible, they should inquire whether the company has any relationships with landlords or agents that can assist in finding affordable housing. Additional costs when renting property in Iran typically include utilities such as electricity and internet.

Cost of food in Iran

Much of an expat's food expenses in Iran will depend on individual choices. Eating out can be fairly affordable, although prices between restaurants can vary widely. Regularly eating out at gourmet restaurants will put a dent in expats' budgets.

Generally, the cost of everyday groceries is fairly cheap, and many supermarkets offer a wide array of quality produce and staples. Expats who opt to cook at home will therefore save a fair amount of money.

Cost of transportation in Iran

The cost of travelling in Iran is generally inexpensive as public transport is affordable. Some expats opt to use taxis or hire a private driver to take them around. Buying, or even hiring, a car in Iran is expensive, but maintenance and fuel are both cheap.

Cost of healthcare in Iran

Generally, the standard of public healthcare in Iran is good and doctors are highly qualified. That said, most expats prefer going to private hospitals, which offer a higher standard of facilities and more expeditious treatment. It is important that expats ensure 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 in the cost of schooling. Most expats send their children to one of the international schools in Iran. Facilities and standards of teaching at these tend to be excellent. Fees tend to be high, though. They vary between schools and increase with each grade. 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, and these will therefore also need to be accounted for. Luckily for most expats, companies relocating expats to Iran typically offer allowances for children's school fees. If this isn't automatically included in their contract, expats should bring it up during negotiations.

Cost of living in Iran chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Tehran in February 2023.


One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

IRR 24,000,000

One-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

IRR 18,000,000

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

IRR 54,000,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

IRR 38,000,000


Eggs (dozen)

IRR 54,000

Milk (1 litre)

IRR 33,000

Rice (1kg)

IRR 148,000

Loaf of white bread

IRR 22,500

Chicken breasts (1kg)

IRR 131,140

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

IRR 127,000

Eating out

Big Mac Meal

IRR 190,125

Coca-Cola (330ml)

IRR 38,000


IRR 63,700

Bottle of non-alcoholic local beer

IRR 42,000

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant (for two)

IRR 1,267,500


Mobile-to-mobile call rate (per minute)

IRR 465

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

IRR 546,800

Basic utilities per month for a small apartment

IRR 920,800


Taxi rate (per kilometre)

IRR 14,800

Monthly bus/train pass

IRR 20,000

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

IRR 30,503