Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Istanbul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 13,829TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 6,000TL
  • Istanbul is the most expensive city in Turkey (1 out of 4)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 64% of cities in Middle East (9 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 90% of cities in the World (179 out of 200)

List of prices in Istanbul, Turkey. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 38TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 27TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.47TL
12 eggs, large 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.71TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 25TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5.93TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.58TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 84TL
2 liters of coca-cola 6TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.65TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,141TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,640TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 569TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 3,399TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,961TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 388TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 71TL
40” flat screen tv 2,468TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 650TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 33TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 239TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 200TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 486TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 344TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 210,218TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 6TL
Monthly ticket public transport 242TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 40TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 18TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 24TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 217TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 28TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 21TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 20TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 10TL
Tube of toothpaste 20TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 36TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 125TL
2 tickets to the movies 55TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 199TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 339TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 59TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 16TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 24TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,921TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.70TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 192TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 18TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,424 prices entered by 350 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2021

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Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
179th
out of 200
middle east
9th
out of 14
turkey
1st
out of 4

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

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3rd
the world
3rd
the world
4th
the world
5th
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