Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
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 ($4.75)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL ($2.23)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.05TL ($0.85)
12 eggs, large 9TL ($2.65)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.00TL ($1.12)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL ($3.61)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.84TL ($1.07)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.23TL ($0.62)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL ($1.91)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 49TL ($14)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.55TL ($0.99)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.49TL ($0.42)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,290TL ($921)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,011TL ($563)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 377TL ($106)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,600TL ($728)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,498TL ($419)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 259TL ($73)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55TL ($15)
40” flat screen TV 1,674TL ($469)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 312TL ($87)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL ($5.54)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL ($5.87)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 181TL ($51)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135TL ($38)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 270TL ($76)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 276TL ($77)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 96,094TL ($26,901)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.00TL ($1.40)
Monthly ticket public transport 175TL ($49)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 31TL ($9)
Personal Care [Edit]
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL ($3.08)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 19TL ($5.41)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 164TL ($46)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 14TL ($3.81)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($3.35)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL ($3.22)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.52TL ($1.54)
Tube of toothpaste 9TL ($2.64)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 79TL ($22)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 77TL ($22)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 202TL ($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 ($3.84)
iPod nano 16GB 929TL ($260)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.46TL ($0.13)
1 month of gym membership in business district 188TL ($53)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL ($3.41)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 8,710 prices entered by 1,088 different people.
Latest price update: April 28, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
160th
out of 219
middle east
13th
out of 16

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