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) 17TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.90TL
12 eggs, large 8TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.64TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.71TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.32TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.87TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 39TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.24TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.55TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,358TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,889TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 314TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,347TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,249TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 222TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,507TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 268TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 19TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 159TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 116TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 235TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 217TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 92,781TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.48TL
Monthly ticket public transport 169TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 23TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 10TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 16TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 140TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 11TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.06TL
Tube of toothpaste 9TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 27TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 77TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 82TL
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 31TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 13TL
iPod nano 16GB 858TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.48TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 194TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 11TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,139 prices entered by 620 different people.
Latest price update: September 28, 2016.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
165th
out of 256
middle east
10th
out of 17
turkey
1st
out of 4

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