Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Lunchtime menu in the business district 26TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 15TL
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.55TL
12 eggs, large 7TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.20TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 11TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.66TL
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 2.61TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.25TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 42TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.13TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.47TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,531TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 314TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 56TL
40” flat screen TV 1,296TL
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 203TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 16TL
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 161TL
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 94TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 197TL
1 pair of leather business shoes 224TL
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 89,917TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.73TL
Monthly ticket public transport 163TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 24TL
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 9TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 11TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 10TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 4.09TL
Tube of toothpaste 8TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 24TL
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 61TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 156TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 174TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 26TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 11TL
iPod nano 16GB 568TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.45TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 170TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 10TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 12,513 prices entered by 1,196 different people.
Latest price update: August 28, 2015.

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