Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 28TL ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL ($4.80)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL ($2.25)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.99TL ($0.85)
12 eggs, large 9TL ($2.64)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.04TL ($1.15)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL ($3.63)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.77TL ($1.07)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.24TL ($0.64)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL ($1.91)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 46TL ($13)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.55TL ($1.01)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.46TL ($0.42)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,375TL ($962)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,052TL ($585)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 365TL ($104)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,568TL ($732)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,475TL ($420)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 246TL ($70)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 56TL ($16)
40” flat screen TV 1,645TL ($469)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 317TL ($90)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20TL ($5.62)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL ($7)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 177TL ($50)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 130TL ($37)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 272TL ($77)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 279TL ($79)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 97,309TL ($27,737)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.98TL ($1.42)
Monthly ticket public transport 175TL ($50)
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 ($3.00)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 17TL ($4.98)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 156TL ($45)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 15TL ($4.14)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($3.42)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL ($3.25)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.43TL ($1.55)
Tube of toothpaste 10TL ($2.82)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 81TL ($23)
2 tickets to the movies 37TL ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 76TL ($22)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 192TL ($55)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 32TL ($9)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($3.14)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL ($3.94)
iPod nano 16GB 951TL ($271)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.54TL ($0.15)
1 month of gym membership in business district 193TL ($55)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL ($3.50)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 8,943 prices entered by 1,124 different people.
Latest price update: June 24, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
199th
out of 270
middle east
14th
out of 19
turkey
1st
out of 4

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