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) 16TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.74TL
12 eggs, large 8TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.52TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.64TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.60TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.54TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 41TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.01TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.39TL
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,843TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,655TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 348TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,207TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,086TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 244TL
Internet 8MB (1 month) 54TL
40” flat screen TV 1,379TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 203TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 19TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 19TL
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 160TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 91TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 205TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 220TL
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 87,861TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.62TL
Monthly ticket public transport 166TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 27TL
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 10TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 23TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 156TL
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 4.87TL
Tube of toothpaste 8TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26TL
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 72TL
2 tickets to the movies 35TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 82TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 204TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 12TL
iPod nano 16GB 868TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.40TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 182TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 10TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 14,727 prices entered by 1,420 different people.
Latest price update: February 08, 2016.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
146th
out of 239
middle east
9th
out of 15

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

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