Cost of living in Mersin, Turkey

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 19TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.70TL
12 eggs, large 7TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.17TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 9TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.68TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.06TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 46TL
2 liters of Coca-Cola 3.22TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.50TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 1,151TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 933TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 367TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,114TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 825TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 250TL
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 57TL
40” flat screen TV 1,213TL
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 288TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 18TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 17TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 153TL
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 119TL
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 223TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 206TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 107,075TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.67TL
Monthly ticket public transport 88TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 55TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 13TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 16TL
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 82TL
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 14TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 8TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 12TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 4.40TL
Tube of toothpaste 7TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 16TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 38TL
2 tickets to the movies 28TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 140TL
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 130TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 9TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 11TL
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,288TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.50TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 140TL
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 12TL
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 187 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: July 18, 2018.

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