Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Istanbul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,035 (11,987TL)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $865 (5,097TL)
  • Istanbul is the most expensive city in Turkey (1 out of 5)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 71% of cities in Middle East (15 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 89% of cities in the World (253 out of 285)

List of prices in Istanbul, Turkey. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 38TL ($6)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 24TL ($4.02)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13TL ($2.20)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.67TL ($0.79)
12 eggs, large 12TL ($2.07)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.61TL ($0.95)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 19TL ($3.19)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.78TL ($0.81)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4.11TL ($0.70)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 11TL ($1.88)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 68TL ($11)
2 liters of coca-cola 5.05TL ($0.86)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.06TL ($0.35)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,481TL ($591)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,177TL ($369)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 614TL ($104)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,679TL ($455)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,569TL ($266)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 399TL ($68)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 64TL ($11)
40” flat screen tv 2,395TL ($407)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 552TL ($94)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 32TL ($5.36)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25TL ($4.28)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 249TL ($42)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 164TL ($28)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 411TL ($70)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 344TL ($58)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 164,627TL ($27,946)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7TL ($1.15)
Monthly ticket public transport 191TL ($32)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 32TL ($5.40)
Personal Care [Edit]
TRY USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 16TL ($2.65)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 23TL ($3.95)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 207TL ($35)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 16TL ($2.67)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 17TL ($2.86)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 18TL ($3.06)
4 rolls of toilet paper 10TL ($1.65)
Tube of toothpaste 16TL ($2.69)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 40TL ($7)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 111TL ($19)
2 tickets to the movies 51TL ($9)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 165TL ($28)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 228TL ($39)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 46TL ($8)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 14TL ($2.43)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 20TL ($3.48)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,007TL ($511)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.85TL ($0.14)
1 month of gym membership in business district 185TL ($31)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 16TL ($2.69)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,207 prices entered by 519 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2020

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Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
253rd
out of 285
middle east
15th
out of 21
turkey
1st
out of 5

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

the world
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middle east
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middle east
3rd
middle east
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