Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Istanbul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 50,934TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 26,158TL
  • Istanbul is the cheapest city in Middle East (9 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 80% of cities in the World (167 out of 210)

List of prices in Istanbul
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 118TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 99TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 46TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 23TL
12 eggs, large 44TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 22TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 77TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 18TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 39TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 171TL
2 liters of coca-cola 28TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 10TL
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 21,107TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 12,844TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,658TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 12,193TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 7,477TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 3,252TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 183TL
40” flat screen tv 6,091TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,680TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 141TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 152TL
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 967TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 652TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,739TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,322TL
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 833,326TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 22TL
Monthly ticket public transport 680TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 84TL
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 36TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 41TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 778TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 95TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 67TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 63TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 55TL
Tube of toothpaste 40TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 134TL
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 406TL
2 tickets to the movies 162TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 518TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 547TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 145TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 41TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 59TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,003TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.43TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 571TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 34TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,932 prices entered by 294 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2023

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Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
167th
out of 210
middle east
9th
out of 9

Cheapest and most expensive products in Istanbul compared to other cities:

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