Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 29TL ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 18TL ($4.71)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL ($2.31)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.13TL ($0.83)
12 eggs, large 9TL ($2.47)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.30TL ($1.14)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14TL ($3.58)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.87TL ($1.03)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.39TL ($0.63)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL ($1.90)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48TL ($13)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.69TL ($0.98)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.44TL ($0.38)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,284TL ($869)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,008TL ($531)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 391TL ($103)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,532TL ($670)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,507TL ($399)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 273TL ($72)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55TL ($15)
40” flat screen TV 1,801TL ($477)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 322TL ($85)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23TL ($6)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL ($6)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 185TL ($49)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 129TL ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 285TL ($75)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 256TL ($68)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 100,458TL ($26,592)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.18TL ($1.37)
Monthly ticket public transport 183TL ($49)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 26TL ($7)
Personal Care [Edit]
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL ($2.93)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18TL ($4.90)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 166TL ($44)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 17TL ($4.63)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($3.17)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL ($3.00)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.98TL ($1.58)
Tube of toothpaste 11TL ($2.85)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 85TL ($23)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL ($10)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 81TL ($21)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 195TL ($52)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL ($9)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($2.92)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL ($3.81)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,896TL ($502)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.54TL ($0.14)
1 month of gym membership in business district 185TL ($49)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL ($3.40)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 8,807 prices entered by 1,085 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2018.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
257th
out of 337
middle east
17th
out of 23
turkey
1st
out of 4

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