Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 32TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 10TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.66TL
12 eggs, large 10TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.38TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 16TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.37TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.86TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 8TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 54TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.95TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.08TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,500TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,113TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 407TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,539TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,535TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 283TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,872TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 417TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 25TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 24TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 198TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 152TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 311TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 306TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 118,956TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.68TL
Monthly ticket public transport 193TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 29TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 13TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 20TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 190TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 23TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 13TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 6TL
Tube of toothpaste 11TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 108TL
2 tickets to the movies 39TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 158TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 200TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 35TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 16TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,087TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.62TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 178TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,566 prices entered by 875 different people.
Latest price update: September 22, 2018.

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