Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 31TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.50TL
12 eggs, large 10TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.26TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 16TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.00TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.65TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 8TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 52TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.80TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.88TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,255TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,045TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 390TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,507TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,502TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 307TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 54TL
40” flat screen TV 1,800TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 404TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 24TL
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) 141TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 305TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 295TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 113,836TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.42TL
Monthly ticket public transport 192TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 27TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 20TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 189TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 21TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.89TL
Tube of toothpaste 11TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 104TL
2 tickets to the movies 38TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 150TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 199TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 35TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,944TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.58TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 172TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,495 prices entered by 875 different people.
Latest price update: July 17, 2018.

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