Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 26TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 16TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.82TL
12 eggs, large 8TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.57TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 11TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.76TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.43TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.58TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 40TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.01TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.44TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,061TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,719TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 332TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,275TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,107TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 242TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 54TL
40” flat screen TV 1,406TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 226TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 18TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 153TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 100TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 218TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 214TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 89,538TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.58TL
Monthly ticket public transport 168TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 25TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 10TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 22TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 160TL
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.) 9TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.12TL
Tube of toothpaste 8TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 27TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 76TL
2 tickets to the movies 36TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 84TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 211TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 31TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 13TL
iPod nano 16GB 856TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.41TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 185TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 10TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,874 prices entered by 548 different people.
Latest price update: April 29, 2016.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
162nd
out of 269
middle east
10th
out of 16
turkey
1st
out of 4

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