Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 27TL
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 3.02TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.01TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.86TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.23TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 49TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.55TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.49TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,286TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,028TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 378TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,606TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,491TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 260TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55TL
40” flat screen TV 1,679TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 314TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 182TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 136TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 270TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 276TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 96,094TL
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) 30TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 19TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 165TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 14TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.52TL
Tube of toothpaste 9TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 80TL
2 tickets to the movies 38TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 77TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 202TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL
iPod nano 16GB 929TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.46TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 188TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 8,674 prices entered by 1,083 different people.
Latest price update: April 26, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
159th
out of 218
middle east
13th
out of 16

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

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5th
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1st
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2nd
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3rd

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