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 2.92TL
12 eggs, large 8TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.60TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.76TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.37TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.86TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 41TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.17TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.54TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,396TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,853TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 318TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,346TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,223TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 234TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 56TL
40” flat screen TV 1,484TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 264TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 158TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 105TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 229TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 207TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 89,830TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.48TL
Monthly ticket public transport 170TL
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) 18TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 151TL
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 5.03TL
Tube of toothpaste 8TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 79TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 90TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 213TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 34TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 13TL
iPod nano 16GB 921TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.40TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 177TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 11TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,863 prices entered by 563 different people.
Latest price update: July 29, 2016.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
169th
out of 267
middle east
11th
out of 18
turkey
1st
out of 4

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