Cost of living in Turin: What you can expect (2021)

Yordan

Jun 08 • 4 minute read

As the third best city in Italy, the low cost of living in Turin makes it a popular choice for expats and students to live in compared to Rome or Milan.

If you’d like to become one of the 200,000 internationals living in Turin it’s important to set realistic expectations when it comes to your living expenses.

In this overview, you’ll find a breakdown of the cost of living in Turin which hones in on the four key areas:

  • Rental prices
  • Food prices
  • Leisure prices
  • Public transport

How expensive is it to live in Turin, Italy?

Of course, giving a definite answer to this question is difficult since your expenses depend on your lifestyle. Though you should consider the following.

Being the 4th largest city in Italy, Turin has a thriving business and cultural environment. Despite that, the cost of living in the city is surprisingly low.

The median rent prices are 38,5% lower than those in Rome. Prepare yourself to spend an estimated € 724 per month for rental expenses.

Keep in mind: the average salary in Turin is approximately € 2,000 and the buying power is higher than the EU average. Based on that you can be certain that you’d be able to afford a decent quality of life without having to limit yourself too much.

What is the cost of living in Turin?

Turin, being the 13th most expensive city in Italy, is a budget friendly destination for those looking to stretch their budgets.

Let’s look at how this translates in the costs in each of our focal areas:

  • Rental prices
  • Food prices
  • Leisure prices
  • Public transport

Rental prices have dropped 2% in 2021

The rental climate in Turin has become increasingly favourable in recent years. The most recent data from HousingAnywhere’s Rent Index shows that the average rental price has dropped by 2% in the first quarter of 2021.

Let's take a close look at what rental prices you can expect in Turin 2021:

Type of AccommodationRental price in €
Apartment€ 637
Studio€ 585
Private Room€ 386

(Hot tip: Make sure you know [your tenant rights in Italy](https://housinganywhere.com/Italy/tenant-rights-obligations-italy) before signing any contracts!)

Expect low food prices in Turin

The prices in supermarkets are lower than those in the three larger cities, your grocery expenses in Turin are not going to break the bank.

You can trust the following prices to give you a good impression of what to expect:

Food / Beverage ProductPrices in €
Water (1.5-litre bottle)€ 0.33
Wine (1 bottle, mid-range)€ 5.50
Local Beer (0,.5 litre bottle)€ 1.16
Imported beer(0.33-litre bottle)€1.75
Milk (1 litre, generic)€ 1.10
Fresh white bread (500 g)€ 1.41
Rice (white, 1 kg)€ 1.98
Eggs (medium, 12 pieces)€ 1.92
Local cheese (1 kg)€ 11.89
Beef (1 kg)€ 15.19
Bananas (1 kg)€ 1.49
Oranges (1 kg)€ 1,58
Tomatoes (1 kg)€ 1.99
Potatoes (1 kg)€ 1.03

Prices for Leisure Time

The relatively laidback lifestyle in Turin is certainly going to leave you some time to enjoy some leisure activities.

Spending some quality downtime will cost you something in the following lines:

Leisure ActivityPrice in €
A meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 15.00
Three course meal for two in a middle-class restaurant€ 50.00
Cinema ticket, Hollywood production or comparable€ 8.00
Gym membership fee (monthly)€ 34.69
Rental fee for a tennis court (1 hour on weekends)€ 19.75

Public transport prices starting from €38 per month

Turin has a well developed public transport system, with the metro being the best way to get around.

The prices you should be prepared to pay for the different types of transport are as follows:

Mean of TransportPrice in €
A one-way trip on public transport€ 1.70
Monthly subscription (regular price)€ 38.00
Starting taxi fare (regular fare)€ 4.75
1 kilometre in a taxi (standard fare)€ 1.44
Petrol (1 litre)€ 1.50

Now that we've let you know how much it costs to live in Turin, it's time to start preparing your monthly budget for your stay.

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