Cost of living in İskenderun, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 12TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 18TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.43TL
12 eggs, large 5.20TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.40TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.33TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.37TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 40TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.65TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.25TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 1,099TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 800TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 267TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 825TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 599TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 101TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 45TL
40” flat screen TV 950TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 300TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2.50TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 6TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 75TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 80TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 300TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 150TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 89,664TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.75TL
Monthly ticket public transport 99TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 7TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 70TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 5.00TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 3.75TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 6.00TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 4.95TL
Tube of toothpaste 4.00TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 10TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 25TL
2 tickets to the movies 27TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 60TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 30TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 10TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,300TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.50TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 100TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 15TL
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 25 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: July 10, 2018.

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