Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

List of prices in Istanbul, Turkey. Current as of Jan 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 32TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 20TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.02TL
12 eggs, large 10TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.00TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 17TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.60TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.59TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 9TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 59TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 4.32TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.86TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,478TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,128TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 438TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,644TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,502TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 317TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL
40” flat screen TV 2,043TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 463TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 26TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 217TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 163TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 334TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 295TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 139,641TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 6TL
Monthly ticket public transport 195TL
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) 13TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 24TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 173TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 17TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 15TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 14TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 7TL
Tube of toothpaste 13TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 101TL
2 tickets to the movies 40TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 149TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 220TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 40TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,423TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.67TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 168TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,045 prices entered by 840 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2019.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
291st
out of 330
middle east
19th
out of 25
turkey
1st
out of 4

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

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5th
middle east
2nd
middle east
2nd
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2nd
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3rd

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