Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 8,427 prices entered by 733 different people.
Latest price update: April 21, 2014.
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Food
Daily menu in the business district 22TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 13TL
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.54TL
12 eggs, large 4.97TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.58TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 10TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.15TL
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 3.35TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.62TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 39TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2.84TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.54TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,610TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 306TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 54TL
40” flat screen TV 1,311TL
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 259TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 17TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 144TL
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 86TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 138TL
1 pair of leather business shoes 152TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 70,489TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.98TL
Monthly ticket public transport 145TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 18TL
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 9TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 10TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 8TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 9TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 3.80TL
Tube of toothpaste 8TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 58TL
2 tickets to the movies 31TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 129TL
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 173TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 23TL
Capuccino in expat area of the city 8TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 9TL
iPod nano 16GB 463TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.59TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 173TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes 9TL

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