Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Istanbul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 17,791TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 7,801TL
  • Istanbul is the 2nd cheapest city in Middle East (9 out of 10)
  • Istanbul is the 2nd cheapest city in the World (156 out of 157)
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List of prices in Istanbul
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 45TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 33TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 20TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 8TL
12 eggs, large 17TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 7TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 32TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.98TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 16TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 94TL
2 liters of coca-cola 9TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.84TL
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 5,496TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 3,292TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 668TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,718TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 2,434TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 619TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 85TL
40” flat screen tv 3,511TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,584TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 42TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 33TL
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 361TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 290TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 628TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 434TL
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 306,880TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 9TL
Monthly ticket public transport 257TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 41TL
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 34TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 218TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 30TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 26TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 23TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 12TL
Tube of toothpaste 16TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 51TL
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 176TL
2 tickets to the movies 65TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 261TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 437TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 65TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 21TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 29TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 4,637TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.77TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 248TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,770 prices entered by 325 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2022

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Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
156th
out of 157
middle east
9th
out of 10

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

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3rd
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3rd
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3rd
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4th

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