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) 17TL ($4.67)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL ($2.28)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.06TL ($0.83)
12 eggs, large 10TL ($2.63)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.10TL ($1.11)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL ($3.54)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.84TL ($1.04)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.35TL ($0.64)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL ($1.90)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 49TL ($13)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.62TL ($0.98)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.48TL ($0.40)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,277TL ($889)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,012TL ($546)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 382TL ($104)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,551TL ($692)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,490TL ($404)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 270TL ($73)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 54TL ($15)
40” flat screen TV 1,708TL ($464)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 354TL ($96)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 22TL ($5.98)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL ($5.63)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 175TL ($47)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 124TL ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 274TL ($74)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 280TL ($76)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 99,728TL ($27,061)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.09TL ($1.38)
Monthly ticket public transport 179TL ($49)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 27TL ($7)
Personal Care [Edit]
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 10TL ($2.85)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18TL ($4.89)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 161TL ($44)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 15TL ($4.12)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($3.19)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL ($3.14)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.51TL ($1.50)
Tube of toothpaste 10TL ($2.74)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33TL ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 83TL ($23)
2 tickets to the movies 37TL ($10)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 73TL ($20)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 202TL ($55)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL ($9)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($3.01)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL ($3.85)
iPad Air 2, 64GB 1,909TL ($518)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.50TL ($0.14)
1 month of gym membership in business district 186TL ($51)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL ($3.42)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 9,284 prices entered by 1,157 different people.
Latest price update: October 24, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
237th
out of 320
middle east
15th
out of 21
turkey
1st
out of 4

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