Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 29TL ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL ($4.83)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL ($2.31)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.04TL ($0.86)
12 eggs, large 9TL ($2.67)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.10TL ($1.17)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL ($3.65)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.86TL ($1.10)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.34TL ($0.67)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL ($1.94)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48TL ($14)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.59TL ($1.02)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.49TL ($0.42)
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,289TL ($935)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,027TL ($576)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 372TL ($106)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,609TL ($742)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,473TL ($419)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 254TL ($72)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 56TL ($16)
40” flat screen TV 1,702TL ($484)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 344TL ($98)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL ($5.80)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL ($6)
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 179TL ($51)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 130TL ($37)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 278TL ($79)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 281TL ($80)
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 98,067TL ($27,875)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.03TL ($1.43)
Monthly ticket public transport 177TL ($50)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 25TL ($7)
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL ($3.02)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18TL ($5.12)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 164TL ($47)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 15TL ($4.27)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($3.44)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL ($3.26)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.64TL ($1.60)
Tube of toothpaste 10TL ($2.91)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33TL ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 82TL ($23)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 79TL ($22)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 198TL ($56)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL ($9)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($3.14)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL ($4.00)
iPod nano 16GB 967TL ($275)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.51TL ($0.15)
1 month of gym membership in business district 190TL ($54)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL ($3.52)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 9,079 prices entered by 1,136 different people.
Latest price update: August 19, 2017.

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