Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 30TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.09TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.27TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.88TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.41TL
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 3.66TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.46TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,299TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,000TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 389TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,491TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,465TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 271TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55TL
40” flat screen TV 1,730TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 330TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 22TL
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) 128TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 255TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 99,246TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.16TL
Monthly ticket public transport 182TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 26TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 154TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 17TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.96TL
Tube of toothpaste 10TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 84TL
2 tickets to the movies 37TL
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 195TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,891TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.55TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 191TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 9,217 prices entered by 1,154 different people.
Latest price update: December 15, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
256th
out of 343
middle east
16th
out of 22
turkey
1st
out of 4

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

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3rd
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4th

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