Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 31TL ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19TL ($3.93)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL ($1.94)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.51TL ($0.73)
12 eggs, large 10TL ($1.99)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.26TL ($0.89)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 16TL ($3.32)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.00TL ($0.83)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.65TL ($0.55)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 8TL ($1.63)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 52TL ($11)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.80TL ($0.79)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.89TL ($0.39)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,268TL ($681)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,057TL ($429)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 390TL ($81)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,519TL ($525)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,509TL ($315)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 307TL ($64)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 54TL ($11)
40” flat screen TV 1,800TL ($375)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 404TL ($84)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 24TL ($5.10)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 24TL ($4.92)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 198TL ($41)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 141TL ($29)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 305TL ($64)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 295TL ($62)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 114,099TL ($23,793)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.43TL ($1.13)
Monthly ticket public transport 192TL ($40)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 28TL ($5.76)
Personal Care [Edit]
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12TL ($2.53)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 20TL ($4.27)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 189TL ($39)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 21TL ($4.44)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($2.52)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL ($2.60)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.89TL ($1.23)
Tube of toothpaste 11TL ($2.28)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL ($7)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 104TL ($22)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 150TL ($31)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 199TL ($42)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 35TL ($7)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($2.38)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15TL ($3.16)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,944TL ($405)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.58TL ($0.12)
1 month of gym membership in business district 172TL ($36)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL ($2.71)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,423 prices entered by 876 different people.
Latest price update: July 19, 2018.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
299th
out of 345
middle east
18th
out of 25
turkey
1st
out of 5

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