Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 29TL
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 3.04TL
12 eggs, large 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.10TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.86TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.34TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.59TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.49TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,289TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,027TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 372TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,609TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,473TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 254TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 56TL
40” flat screen TV 1,702TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 344TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 179TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 130TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 278TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 281TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 98,067TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.03TL
Monthly ticket public transport 177TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 25TL
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) 164TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 15TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.64TL
Tube of toothpaste 10TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 82TL
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 198TL
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 967TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.51TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 190TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 9,078 prices entered by 1,135 different people.
Latest price update: August 20, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
221st
out of 309
middle east
15th
out of 21
turkey
1st
out of 4

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