Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Istanbul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 12,007TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,101TL
  • Istanbul is the most expensive city in Turkey (1 out of 5)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 71% of cities in Middle East (15 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 89% of cities in the World (253 out of 283)

List of prices in Istanbul, Turkey. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 38TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 24TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.67TL
12 eggs, large 12TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.62TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 19TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.76TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4.09TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 11TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 67TL
2 liters of coca-cola 5.04TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.09TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,476TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,182TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 614TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,661TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,569TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 399TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 64TL
40” flat screen tv 2,395TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 552TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 32TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 249TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 164TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 409TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 344TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 165,184TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7TL
Monthly ticket public transport 192TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 32TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 16TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 202TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 16TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 18TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 19TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 9TL
Tube of toothpaste 16TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 40TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 111TL
2 tickets to the movies 51TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 165TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 228TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 46TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 14TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 20TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,007TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.85TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 185TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 16TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,215 prices entered by 517 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2020

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Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
253rd
out of 283
middle east
15th
out of 21
turkey
1st
out of 5

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

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3rd
middle east
2nd
middle east
3rd
middle east
3rd
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