Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

List of prices in Istanbul, Turkey. Current as of Mar 2019.

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Food [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 34TL ($6)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 21TL ($3.78)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11TL ($2.04)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.15TL ($0.76)
12 eggs, large 11TL ($1.98)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.19TL ($0.95)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 18TL ($3.20)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.74TL ($0.87)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.88TL ($0.71)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 9TL ($1.67)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 59TL ($11)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 4.38TL ($0.80)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.87TL ($0.34)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,501TL ($639)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,162TL ($395)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 454TL ($83)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,641TL ($482)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,513TL ($276)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 354TL ($65)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 54TL ($10)
40” flat screen TV 2,180TL ($398)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 534TL ($97)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 28TL ($5.05)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL ($4.16)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 224TL ($41)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 165TL ($30)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 348TL ($63)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 319TL ($58)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 148,050TL ($27,029)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 6TL ($1.15)
Monthly ticket public transport 194TL ($35)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 32TL ($5.77)
Personal Care [Edit]
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 13TL ($2.37)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25TL ($4.49)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 188TL ($34)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 18TL ($3.34)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 15TL ($2.76)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16TL ($2.99)
4 rolls of toilet paper 8TL ($1.50)
Tube of toothpaste 13TL ($2.43)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 38TL ($7)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 101TL ($19)
2 tickets to the movies 42TL ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 157TL ($29)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 234TL ($43)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 40TL ($7)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13TL ($2.36)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 18TL ($3.28)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,615TL ($477)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.69TL ($0.13)
1 month of gym membership in business district 177TL ($32)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL ($2.36)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,664 prices entered by 777 different people.
Latest price update: March 20, 2019

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
293rd
out of 333
middle east
19th
out of 26
turkey
1st
out of 5

Cheapest and most expensive products in Istanbul compared to other cities:

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4th
middle east
2nd
middle east
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