Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 28TL
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 2.99TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.04TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.77TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.26TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 45TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.55TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.45TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,374TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,047TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 365TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,570TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,483TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 246TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55TL
40” flat screen TV 1,645TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 329TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 177TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 130TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 272TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 279TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 97,321TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.99TL
Monthly ticket public transport 175TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 26TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 10TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 155TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 15TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.51TL
Tube of toothpaste 10TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 81TL
2 tickets to the movies 37TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 76TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 191TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 32TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL
iPod nano 16GB 951TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.54TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 194TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 8,998 prices entered by 1,125 different people.
Latest price update: June 25, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

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199th
out of 270
middle east
14th
out of 19
turkey
1st
out of 4

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