Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Istanbul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 36,676TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 16,694TL
  • Istanbul is the cheapest city in Middle East (9 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 87% of cities in the World (234 out of 269)
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List of prices in Istanbul
Current as of Jun 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 65TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 59TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 35TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14TL
12 eggs, large 30TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 22TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 48TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 13TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 25TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 120TL
2 liters of coca-cola 15TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 6TL
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 13,805TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 7,660TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,225TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 7,084TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,938TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 616TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 144TL
40” flat screen tv 4,604TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,552TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 56TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 49TL
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 601TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 454TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,086TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 769TL
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 599,648TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 23TL
Monthly ticket public transport 561TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 67TL
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 34TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 269TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 57TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 30TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 33TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 16TL
Tube of toothpaste 35TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 86TL
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 218TL
2 tickets to the movies 99TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 579TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 312TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 127TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 27TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 36TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 10,094TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.83TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 336TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 26TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,898 prices entered by 322 different people.
Latest price update: June 28, 2022

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