Cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey

Summary of cost of living in Istanbul

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 12,515TL
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,400TL
  • Istanbul is the most expensive city in Turkey (1 out of 4)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 67% of cities in Middle East (10 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Istanbul is cheaper than in 89% of cities in the World (213 out of 239)

List of prices in Istanbul, Turkey. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 40TL
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 25TL
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14TL
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.85TL
12 eggs, large 12TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.44TL
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 23TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5.30TL
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.78TL
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 12TL
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 75TL
2 liters of coca-cola 5.40TL
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.31TL
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,700TL
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,392TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 528TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,854TL
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,687TL
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 356TL
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 66TL
40” flat screen tv 2,563TL
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 599TL
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36TL
Hourly rate for cleaning help 27TL
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 245TL
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 178TL
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 444TL
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 341TL
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 175,145TL
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7TL
Monthly ticket public transport 199TL
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 36TL
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 18TL
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 23TL
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 212TL
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 22TL
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 19TL
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 19TL
4 rolls of toilet paper 10TL
Tube of toothpaste 17TL
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 42TL
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 103TL
2 tickets to the movies 52TL
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 185TL
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 266TL
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 53TL
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 14TL
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 21TL
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,204TL
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.77TL
1 month of gym membership in business district 176TL
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 17TL
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,510 prices entered by 445 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2020

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Istanbul position in our World Ranking

the world
213th
out of 239
middle east
10th
out of 15
turkey
1st
out of 4

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

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3rd
the world
3rd
middle east
2nd
middle east
2nd
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2nd
middle east
3rd

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