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 3.07TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.79TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.69TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.22TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 6TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 41TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.37TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.53TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,436TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,013TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 339TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,497TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,405TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 232TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 54TL
40” flat screen TV 1,501TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 341TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 21TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 168TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 126TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 267TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 284TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 97,618TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.61TL
Monthly ticket public transport 172TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 24TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 10TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 17TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 158TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 13TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.24TL
Tube of toothpaste 10TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 31TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 87TL
2 tickets to the movies 38TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 79TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 197TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 31TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL
iPod nano 16GB 904TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.52TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 196TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 11TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,741 prices entered by 710 different people.
Latest price update: December 04, 2016.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
160th
out of 236
middle east
11th
out of 15

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

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