Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food
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 2.61TL
12 eggs, large 7TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.27TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 11TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.66TL
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 2.63TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.15TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 42TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.11TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.43TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,521TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 307TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,208TL
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 197TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 18TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 15TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 155TL
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 92TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 189TL
1 pair of leather business shoes 203TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 91,211TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.79TL
Monthly ticket public transport 162TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 21TL
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.) 10TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 3.41TL
Tube of toothpaste 7TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 25TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 63TL
2 tickets to the movies 34TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 142TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 170TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 26TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 10TL
iPod nano 16GB 514TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.42TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 160TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 10TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 11,794 prices entered by 1,105 different people.
Latest price update: July 05, 2015.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
129th
out of 202
middle east
10th
out of 13

Cheapest and most expensive products in Istanbul compared to other cities:

the world
5th
middle east
1st
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1st
middle east
2nd
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2nd
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2nd

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