Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 29TL ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL ($4.86)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL ($2.33)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.03TL ($0.87)
12 eggs, large 9TL ($2.70)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.18TL ($1.19)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13TL ($3.72)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.87TL ($1.11)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.31TL ($0.66)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL ($1.98)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48TL ($14)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.61TL ($1.03)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.48TL ($0.42)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,281TL ($937)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,017TL ($576)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 381TL ($109)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,576TL ($735)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,488TL ($425)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 265TL ($76)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 55TL ($16)
40” flat screen TV 1,725TL ($492)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 351TL ($100)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 21TL ($5.92)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21TL ($6)
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) 279TL ($80)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 279TL ($80)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 98,709TL ($28,179)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.07TL ($1.45)
Monthly ticket public transport 178TL ($51)
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 ($3.04)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18TL ($5.10)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 161TL ($46)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 15TL ($4.29)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($3.44)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 11TL ($3.27)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.65TL ($1.61)
Tube of toothpaste 10TL ($2.88)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33TL ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 82TL ($24)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL ($11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 74TL ($21)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 201TL ($57)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL ($10)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($3.19)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 14TL ($4.02)
iPad Air 2, 64GB 1,961TL ($560)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.49TL ($0.14)
1 month of gym membership in business district 186TL ($53)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL ($3.57)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 9,226 prices entered by 1,168 different people.
Latest price update: September 22, 2017.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
230th
out of 320
middle east
15th
out of 21
turkey
1st
out of 4

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

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