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 ($4.14)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 9TL ($2.07)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.45TL ($0.75)
12 eggs, large 9TL ($2.06)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.21TL ($0.92)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 16TL ($3.41)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.05TL ($0.88)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.47TL ($0.54)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 8TL ($1.65)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 51TL ($11)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.79TL ($0.83)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.23TL ($0.49)
Housing [Edit]
TRY USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 3,349TL ($732)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,065TL ($451)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 393TL ($86)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 2,610TL ($570)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,554TL ($340)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 267TL ($58)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 53TL ($12)
40” flat screen TV 1,766TL ($386)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 393TL ($86)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 25TL ($5.41)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23TL ($4.92)
Clothes [Edit]
TRY USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 193TL ($42)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 131TL ($29)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 297TL ($65)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 265TL ($58)
Transportation [Edit]
TRY USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 110,149TL ($24,073)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.29TL ($1.16)
Monthly ticket public transport 191TL ($42)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 25TL ($5.57)
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 ($4.30)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 173TL ($38)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 21TL ($4.57)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12TL ($2.56)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL ($2.55)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.83TL ($1.27)
Tube of toothpaste 11TL ($2.50)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32TL ($7)
Entertainment [Edit]
TRY USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 99TL ($22)
2 tickets to the movies 38TL ($8)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 139TL ($30)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 197TL ($43)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 34TL ($8)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11TL ($2.48)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 15TL ($3.26)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,865TL ($408)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.64TL ($0.14)
1 month of gym membership in business district 171TL ($37)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 13TL ($2.82)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 6,461 prices entered by 877 different people.
Latest price update: May 23, 2018.

Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
300th
out of 344
middle east
17th
out of 23
turkey
1st
out of 4

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

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