Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Lunchtime menu in the business district 24TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 15TL
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.63TL
12 eggs, large 7TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.18TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 11TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.44TL
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 2.61TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.11TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 40TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.15TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.45TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,503TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 297TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 54TL
40” flat screen TV 1,275TL
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 191TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 19TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 16TL
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 152TL
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 94TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 180TL
1 pair of leather business shoes 193TL
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 93,221TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.72TL
Monthly ticket public transport 162TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 22TL
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 10TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 10TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 9TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 3.38TL
Tube of toothpaste 7TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26TL
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 60TL
2 tickets to the movies 33TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 177TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 179TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 25TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 11TL
iPod nano 16GB 513TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.41TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 165TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 10TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 11,193 prices entered by 1,029 different people.
Latest price update: May 22, 2015.

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