Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 30TL ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19TL ($4.54)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL ($2.25)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.35TL ($0.82)
12 eggs, large 9TL ($2.30)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.27TL ($1.05)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14TL ($3.53)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.89TL ($0.95)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.46TL ($0.60)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL ($1.82)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 49TL ($12)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.78TL ($0.93)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.84TL ($0.45)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,347TL ($821)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,031TL ($498)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 393TL ($96)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,570TL ($630)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,541TL ($378)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 261TL ($64)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL ($13)
40” flat screen TV 1,701TL ($417)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 350TL ($86)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 25TL ($6)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 24TL ($5.94)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 190TL ($47)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 132TL ($32)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 298TL ($73)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 260TL ($64)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 107,849TL ($26,458)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.23TL ($1.28)
Monthly ticket public transport 187TL ($46)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 26TL ($6)
Personal Care [Edit]
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 11TL ($2.76)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 19TL ($4.58)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 178TL ($44)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 19TL ($4.74)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($3.03)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL ($2.91)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.69TL ($1.40)
Tube of toothpaste 12TL ($2.85)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 31TL ($8)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 94TL ($23)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL ($9)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 135TL ($33)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 194TL ($48)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 34TL ($8)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($2.70)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15TL ($3.65)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,849TL ($454)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.64TL ($0.16)
1 month of gym membership in business district 174TL ($43)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL ($3.19)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,615 prices entered by 896 different people.
Latest price update: April 22, 2018.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
278th
out of 336
middle east
16th
out of 22
turkey
1st
out of 4

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

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