Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Lunchtime menu in the business district 26TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 16TL
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.73TL
12 eggs, large 8TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.31TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.75TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.64TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.34TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 41TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.07TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.47TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,736TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 345TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 1,431TL
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 204TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 19TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 19TL
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 160TL
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 90TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 197TL
1 pair of leather business shoes 219TL
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 85,104TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.67TL
Monthly ticket public transport 164TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 24TL
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 9TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 11TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 10TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 4.74TL
Tube of toothpaste 8TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 25TL
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 71TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 132TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 196TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 12TL
iPod nano 16GB 729TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.41TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 178TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 10TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 13,718 prices entered by 1,312 different people.
Latest price update: November 26, 2015.

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