Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Istanbul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 106,365TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 52,984TL
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Istanbul
Current as of May 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 353TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 212TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 114TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 42TL
12 eggs, large 81TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 40TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 158TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 36TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 26TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 67TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 396TL
2 liters of coca-cola 57TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 17TL
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 44,549TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 23,700TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,435TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 32,698TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 21,116TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,442TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 354TL
40” flat screen tv 19,084TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,695TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 230TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 196TL
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,574TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,142TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 3,496TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,920TL
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,513,200TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 42TL
Monthly ticket public transport 1,328TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 251TL
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 217TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 187TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 1,920TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 286TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 155TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 184TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 119TL
Tube of toothpaste 114TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 418TL
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 1,649TL
2 tickets to the movies 517TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,639TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 2,849TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 431TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 151TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 215TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 29,308TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.38TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,456TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 62TL
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 1,584 prices entered by 208 different people.
Latest price update: May 25, 2024

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