Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district 23TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 15TL
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 6TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.69TL
12 eggs, large 7TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.11TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 11TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.48TL
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 2.30TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.98TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 39TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.18TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.40TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,671TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 302TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 52TL
40” flat screen TV 1,256TL
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 210TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 17TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 15TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 143TL
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 90TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 180TL
1 pair of leather business shoes 185TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 92,684TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.82TL
Monthly ticket public transport 161TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 27TL
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.) 9TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 3.30TL
Tube of toothpaste 6TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 27TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 57TL
2 tickets to the movies 33TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 164TL
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 168TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 24TL
Capuccino in expat area of the city 9TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 11TL
iPod nano 16GB 490TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.40TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 187TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 10TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 10,585 prices entered by 952 different people.
Latest price update: April 01, 2015.

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