Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 27TL
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 3.02TL
12 eggs, large 10TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.96TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.80TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.25TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.52TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.46TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,271TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,034TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 370TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,557TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,524TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 250TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 56TL
40” flat screen TV 1,601TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 338TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 177TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 270TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 283TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 95,462TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.93TL
Monthly ticket public transport 173TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 29TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 20TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 166TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 14TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.49TL
Tube of toothpaste 10TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 79TL
2 tickets to the movies 38TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 74TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 207TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL
iPod nano 16GB 791TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.46TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 198TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 7,757 prices entered by 979 different people.
Latest price update: February 28, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
160th
out of 217
middle east
12th
out of 16
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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4th

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