Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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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 10TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.91TL
12 eggs, large 10TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.76TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 16TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.41TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.26TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 9TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 57TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 4.18TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.88TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,403TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,097TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 413TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,590TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,531TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 302TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 52TL
40” flat screen TV 1,969TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 417TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 24TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 26TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 199TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 156TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 321TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 266TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 131,172TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 6TL
Monthly ticket public transport 196TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 30TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 24TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 167TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 18TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 13TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 7TL
Tube of toothpaste 12TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 30TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 100TL
2 tickets to the movies 39TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 146TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 203TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 38TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,260TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.65TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 172TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,278 prices entered by 860 different people.
Latest price update: November 17, 2018.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
294th
out of 338
middle east
18th
out of 25
turkey
1st
out of 5

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

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

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