Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 27TL ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL ($4.68)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL ($2.20)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.04TL ($0.84)
12 eggs, large 10TL ($2.73)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.04TL ($1.12)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL ($3.59)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.90TL ($1.08)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.26TL ($0.63)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL ($1.88)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 49TL ($13)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.53TL ($0.98)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.47TL ($0.41)
Housing TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,340TL ($925)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,034TL ($563)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 375TL ($104)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,591TL ($718)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,499TL ($415)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 259TL ($72)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 56TL ($15)
40” flat screen TV 1,645TL ($456)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 328TL ($91)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL ($5.43)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 22TL ($6)
Clothes TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 181TL ($50)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 138TL ($38)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 268TL ($74)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 278TL ($77)
Transportation TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 96,639TL ($26,771)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.98TL ($1.38)
Monthly ticket public transport 174TL ($48)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 29TL ($8)
Personal Care TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL ($3.03)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 19TL ($5.24)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 164TL ($45)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 14TL ($3.94)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 11TL ($3.18)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL ($3.12)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.32TL ($1.47)
Tube of toothpaste 10TL ($2.70)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 31TL ($9)
Entertainment TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 80TL ($22)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL ($10)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 72TL ($20)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 203TL ($56)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL ($9)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($3.05)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL ($3.83)
iPod nano 16GB 834TL ($231)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.45TL ($0.12)
1 month of gym membership in business district 192TL ($53)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL ($3.35)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 8,246 prices entered by 1,036 different people.
Latest price update: March 26, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
156th
out of 215
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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5th
middle east
2nd
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2nd
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3rd
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3rd
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3rd

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