Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food TRY GBP
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 27TL (£5.88)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL (£3.61)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL (£1.80)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.08TL (£0.66)
12 eggs, large 9TL (£1.95)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.86TL (£0.83)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14TL (£2.91)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.81TL (£0.82)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.26TL (£0.49)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 6TL (£1.39)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 47TL (£10)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.45TL (£0.74)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.57TL (£0.34)
Housing TRY GBP
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,387TL (£727)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,037TL (£437)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 353TL (£76)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,514TL (£540)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,447TL (£311)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 235TL (£50)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55TL (£12)
40” flat screen TV 1,522TL (£327)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 363TL (£78)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL (£4.38)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 22TL (£4.78)
Clothes TRY GBP
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 167TL (£36)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 134TL (£29)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 270TL (£58)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 287TL (£62)
Transportation TRY GBP
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 95,986TL (£20,601)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.74TL (£1.02)
Monthly ticket public transport 173TL (£37)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 30TL (£6)
Personal Care TRY GBP
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL (£2.27)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 19TL (£4.14)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 159TL (£34)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 12TL (£2.66)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11TL (£2.46)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL (£2.37)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.24TL (£1.12)
Tube of toothpaste 10TL (£2.11)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 31TL (£7)
Entertainment TRY GBP
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 85TL (£18)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL (£8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 78TL (£17)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 193TL (£41)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 31TL (£7)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL (£2.33)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 13TL (£2.89)
iPod nano 16GB 779TL (£167)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.45TL (£0.10)
1 month of gym membership in business district 199TL (£43)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL (£2.49)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,465 prices entered by 831 different people.
Latest price update: January 21, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
172nd
out of 223
middle east
12th
out of 16

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

the world
4th
middle east
2nd
middle east
3rd
middle east
3rd
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3rd
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3rd

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