Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 26TL
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 2.91TL
12 eggs, large 8TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.60TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 12TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.70TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.33TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.84TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 39TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.22TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.54TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,430TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,869TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 314TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,330TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,229TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 229TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 55TL
40” flat screen TV 1,504TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 268TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 156TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 107TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 227TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 209TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 92,173TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.44TL
Monthly ticket public transport 170TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 23TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 17TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 140TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 11TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 10TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.07TL
Tube of toothpaste 8TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 79TL
2 tickets to the movies 34TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 81TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 206TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 31TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 13TL
iPod nano 16GB 805TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.40TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 193TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 11TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,076 prices entered by 586 different people.
Latest price update: August 30, 2016.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
166th
out of 264
middle east
10th
out of 17
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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