Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 27TL (£7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL (£4.44)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL (£2.08)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.90TL (£0.78)
12 eggs, large 8TL (£2.18)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.83TL (£1.03)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL (£3.46)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.75TL (£1.00)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.28TL (£0.61)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 6TL (£1.62)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 39TL (£10)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.32TL (£0.89)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.52TL (£0.41)
Housing TRY GBP
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,522TL (£942)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,987TL (£532)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 332TL (£89)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,446TL (£654)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,325TL (£354)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 227TL (£61)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 56TL (£15)
40” flat screen TV 1,525TL (£408)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 299TL (£80)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL (£5.40)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 24TL (£6)
Clothes TRY GBP
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 162TL (£43)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 123TL (£33)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 258TL (£69)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 228TL (£61)
Transportation TRY GBP
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 93,884TL (£25,113)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.55TL (£1.22)
Monthly ticket public transport 172TL (£46)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 22TL (£5.83)
Personal Care TRY GBP
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL (£2.84)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 17TL (£4.54)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 156TL (£42)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 13TL (£3.57)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11TL (£2.91)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL (£2.87)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.24TL (£1.40)
Tube of toothpaste 10TL (£2.61)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 30TL (£8)
Entertainment TRY GBP
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 87TL (£23)
2 tickets to the movies 37TL (£10)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 83TL (£22)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 204TL (£55)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 32TL (£9)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10TL (£2.70)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 13TL (£3.55)
iPod nano 16GB 877TL (£235)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.52TL (£0.14)
1 month of gym membership in business district 193TL (£52)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 11TL (£2.99)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,620 prices entered by 674 different people.
Latest price update: October 27, 2016.

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