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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 53.76
Rent Index: 17.39
Groceries Index: 43.38
Restaurants Index: 42.34
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 35.97
Local Purchasing Power: 51.99

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.50 TL
10.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 TL
50.00
80.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 13.00 TL
12.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 8.00 TL
5.00
10.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 9.00 TL
6.00
12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 6.22 TL
5.00
7.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.30 TL
1.50
3.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.76 TL
0.50
1.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 2.21 TL
2.00
2.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.21 TL
1.00
2.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 4.08 TL
3.00
5.00
Eggs (12) 5.04 TL
4.00
6.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 15.66 TL
13.00
18.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 11.13 TL
9.00
13.00
Apples (1kg) 3.26 TL
2.70
4.00
Oranges (1kg) 2.82 TL
2.00
4.00
Tomato (1kg) 2.76 TL
2.00
4.00
Potato (1kg) 2.13 TL
1.60
3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.18 TL
1.50
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.21 TL
1.00
1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 TL
20.00
30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.73 TL
4.00
5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.09 TL
5.00
7.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.50 TL
9.00
10.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.10 TL
2.00
3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 155.00 TL
140.00
155.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 TL
2.90
3.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.85 TL
1.73
2.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 TL
18.00
25.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 4.99 TL
4.90
5.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 57,050.00 TL
50,000.00
62,200.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 221.82 TL
157.41
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.42 TL
0.30
0.50
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 57.37 TL
49.00
67.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 122.83 TL
100.00
150.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 42.50 TL
20.00
50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 TL
14.00
18.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 135.00 TL
110.00
150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 78.98 TL
60.00
100.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 148.16 TL
130.00
160.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 149.09 TL
100.00
190.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,204.27 TL
900.00
1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 652.15 TL
500.00
1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,330.13 TL
1,700.00
3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,188.36 TL
900.00
1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,288.54 TL
4,000.00
7,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,244.55 TL
1,700.00
2,950.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,852.92 TL
1,400.00
2,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.79
10.00
12.96

These data are based on 6220 entries in the past 18 months from 626 different contributors.

Last update: December, 2014

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62 Comments so far

#AR on Dec 21, 2014 :
Hi All,

I am from India, and almost got selected for one company in Istanbul. Also want to stay with my family in a single bed room flat. Now I want to tell them the expected salary. I also wants to save $1500 per month.

Can any one suggest me, how much should I ask?

thanks in advance.
#Emre on Nov 22, 2014 :
Now listen carefully people! This is a city everyone talks about right? right! For people who not live here it looks like a very nice city from outside. Even for people who visited Istanbul it seemed to be nice. BUT! and know you get the Information from someone inside and living in Istanbul! This city is like an spoiled apple which is red and shiny from the outside but ugly from the inside. So before considering to move to this city you should think about more than just the nice view of the bosphorus or the nice culture. Turks are friendly to tourist. That is why people visit Istanbul talk about the nice and friendly people. This is bullshit! they are only friendly because they want something from you. and this is extreme! Now listen first! i don't talk bullshit! I am turk too but i moved to istanbul from Berlin. I grown up there so I am half german half turk. Turks are people you shouldn't trust! 90% of them have only money in their minds. You wouldn't be happy living here after a while. Another thing is the fucking traffic. Its everywhere and at everytime! The gas prices are about 2.5dollars per liter. the government, which leader is a son of a bitch is making egoistic decisions everytime. The taxes are so much you wouldn't believe. For example cars.. a nice bmw which you can buy for 40.000euros in germany costs about 150.000euros in turkey. fucking ferrari which cost 150.000euros in germany costs here half a million. There are disturbing noises everywhere! 24h! constructions everywhere! Ugly people everywhere. Fuck when you move here you will feel like you moved to an arab country ! there is no difference. I hate to be a turk. Soon i will move back to germany. hopefully. Peace!
#Dr FATHI on Nov 21, 2014 :
I appreciate all the info you provided; i did my homebework before leaving Canada> i have a phd in French and I am able to teach English as well as French> I prefer to work outside Istanbul, in rural areas, it is not to make money but to help and make a difference in some kids life. Just enough to pay a modest rent and buy veggies as I am a confirmed vegetarian
Will someone please guide me> It goes without saying that i intend to honor the labor laws of Turkey being
a Canadian national
many thanks
Salem
#Jacky on Nov 17, 2014 :
Most corporations have "fixed" salary range so they can't offer the base salary more.
Therefore, you must ask "expat package" to extend more your overall salary package. Meaning some expatriation cost need to be reimburse or deserve an allowance.

To know more go here ;

http://www.xpatinsight.weebly.com/download
#Can on Nov 07, 2014 :
As an Istanbul residence I have few suggestions for those who visit first time to Istanbul.You may visit the Sapphire tower in Levent the tallest building in Europe to

look around Istanbul at 53.Th floor ,go to Bebek Hotel for afternoon drinks or next door Starbucks for great view or Lucca popular bar,restaurant all in Bebek .

Nisantasi like Beverly Hills for shopping and restaurants ,in a good weather you may take boat from Ortakoy to visit Bosporus by boat - every hour from Ortakoy

for $ 5 , you may visit Asian side the cadde,Bagdat cad like Champsellyse -Paris long way about a mile from Suadiye to Goztepe park ,restaurants,book stores

and shops very nice place to visit ,at the Bosporus for fish lufer and meze you may visit Sur Balik at Arnavutkoy and then Sevgi Bahcesi at Istinye for a great view

Next to ferry port in Istinye..Also Ortakoy Port small village like east village in N.Y for restaurants,cafés ,House cafe in Ortakoy is good place to drink ..Certainly

Reina club after 10 p.m in summer Su Ada and Princess Islands...enjoy and if you need help send me an e mail to can77california@hotmail.com .I spend my half

year in Los Angeles ,CA ..John..
#Can on Nov 06, 2014 :
I live in Los Angeles winter and Istanbul summer ..Now I am thinking of moving to Prague .
#Janice on Nov 01, 2014 :
hi guys I'm traveling to istanbul turkey end of November with my family.

Can someone tell me how wil the weather be at that time and how much liras do you need for 9days to spend?

I wil be in taksim square aswell any ideas what to do while am there...
#Paras on Oct 19, 2014 :
Hi All,
Is it worth to accept an offer in Istanbul of $750 for a trial period of 3 months post which i may be offered $1000 based on my performance this is with out food and accommodation.Kindly suggest and help me.
#Shay on Oct 14, 2014 :
Just came back from istanbul. A wonderful city to visit or live in. The prices as listed are basically accurate and useful. Be respectful and they're very helpful. Remember they're the cross road of the world. They're used to all kinds of people and will handle people according to desserts, if you will. I found them most helpful and pleasant and kind. I'm going to buy a house there and make it my home away from home. Yes they're tolerant if you're respectful.
#shahidiqbal on Oct 08, 2014 :
I am Instrument and control engineer having 8.5 yr experience in oil and gas sector. Can some body tell me average salary rate in Turkey for 8.5 Yr experience engineer.
#Oi on Sep 26, 2014 :
there is a really detailed guide about İstanbul, written by locals, who have also lived in other countries. It could be so useful for someone who'd like to live in or visit.

take a look: http://oitheblog.com/2014/06/11/istanbul-101/
#Lily on Sep 17, 2014 :
I just came back from Istanbul Turkey a few months ago, the prices are very close to 100 % accurate. I like the old Istanbul though back in the 1980 - 1990s. The truth of the matter is, if you do not speak Turkish, they charge you double or triple depends on how you are dressed too, then the price goes even higher.
But I love Istanbul no matter what.
#sanjay verma on Sep 09, 2014 :
i from capital of India and i want to work in Istanbul because i like very much of Istanbul. nine years work in New Delhi (India) so i request some body tell me how i work there
#Adeel tiwana on Aug 15, 2014 :
Now i am living in kuala lumpur, Malaysia. I feel not good there.
I want to go other country but muslim country so i want to go istanbul. I am doing auto cad.
If any one have a good idea for me please contect me.
My skype id is mr.tiwana99
Me waiting
#arslan qayyum awan on Aug 09, 2014 :
i havebeen offered 1200 $ salary in istanbul (free food,accomodation,transportation etc) is this is enough amount to live and save amount?
#Sara on Jul 25, 2014 :
I will be in Istanbul as a student ( kadikoy- marmara university) ,my housing is paid for and I need to know how much it would cost for other living costs per month: transportations , food and other different costs. Thanks!!
#Meisam MD on Jul 23, 2014 :
The table above is 95% accurate.. I am living in istanbul .. Its almost 6 months... People are great and friendly even with the expats or foreigners.
Perfect food and culture ... Sightseeing and facilities are also just great.
Simply i love istanbul.

P.S: i have been living in Malaysia ( kuala lumpur ) Cyprus ( Kyrenia & Nicosia ) Iran ( Tehran ) China ( Shanghai & Yiwu ) and earlier in Turkey ( Izmir )
#kenneth on Jul 08, 2014 :
Pls is instanbul a nice place to live with someone family?pls help I need to no cos am planning to relocate there with my family thanks
#yucel_ozyazgan on Jun 22, 2014 :
heyy!!! who are seraching a room -for a looonng term- pealse attention to me :)! Now I'm searching a well apart for my new order in İstanbul. u can join to me. only get in touch with me !

of u wonder who I'm so my C.S. profile could help you and my facebook too!

https://www.couchsurfing.org/people/yucel.ozyazgan/

https://www.facebook.com/yucelozyazgan
#Anonymous on Jun 07, 2014 :
Athens is better, it has got better climate, beautiful beaches and the salary is higher. The only negati e is that is little more expencive than Istanbul but the average wage is enough to live someone.
#TheTanha47 . on Jun 01, 2014 :
From Dallas,Texas. I would like to live three to six months in Istabul. I can live either side of Istanbul and all I need a one room in a flat with little facility to store my food and take shower.
#kidvespa on May 29, 2014 :
As Westerner, how would my wife be treated in Instanbul? I am aware of the culture as I have traveled to numerous parts of the Islamic world but never with my wife. From my understanding, Istanbul is very culturally tolerant to non Islamic folks. Does this ring true? Thanks!
#Somnath on May 28, 2014 :
I would like to come in Istanbul to join Maramara University as a Researcher for one year, Can any one tell me how much is should be my monthly requirement if i stay in a single bedded apartment and cooked my food by self? I just want to live in a average life style so mind it that going to bar, pub regularly this things should not b accounted yes might be some time in once or twice in a month.
#chi.hills_pin@yahoo.com on May 27, 2014 :
Hello guyz am planning to travel to istanbul nixt month can I get work in a hotel
#fatih on May 11, 2014 :
istanbul-view duplex apartment for sale 85000 euro büyükçekmece gsm:05425331653
#nila on May 07, 2014 :
sorry,i want a visa to turkey.how do i get 1?
#Mehmet on May 02, 2014 :
I'm a student in Istanbul. I'm living Gayrettepe with 2 person. We are paying 1500 TL per month in total(about 500 Euro). I'm paying 500 TL per month(about 170 Euro), And i'm earning 1600 TL(about 550 Euro). I go to bars, pubs and i go out to eat 15-20 days nearly in a month. It's enough money to do all of this.
#Yunus on Apr 29, 2014 :
If you are a foreigner and want to move to Istanbul and have a decent life (without saving any money) you should ask minimum 4000 Turkish Lira per month.
#Naci on Apr 13, 2014 :
People in Istanbul are usually very friendly, though there are some con -artists and scammers as everywhere else. The city has just been chosen as the best destination to visit by tripadvisors contributers. Just be aware of your surroundings and take the normal precautions, you will be fine. Indeed, you will be delighted by this magical majestic city.
#Mert on Feb 28, 2014 :
Hi, Im from Istanbul…live in ulus. One thing is that most people in Istanbul do not like outsiders, just warning you that if they realize you are a foreigner they will be rude and even go to the extent of stealing from you by lying, cheating etc… be very careful, very dangerous in Istanbul if you do not speak the language or know of anybody from Ist.
#Naseem on Feb 26, 2014 :
Hello
I am looking to go to Turkey Istanbul for 3 months. I want to rent an apartment. I was looking to pay upto $600 a month. Is there someone who can help me find a place or do any of you know of someone who could help out? I would really appreciate it.

Best regards
#paula on Feb 02, 2014 :
hello, how much are the tax deduction from a salary of 4.5oo eur?
#Hardip Singh on Jan 30, 2014 :
My Friend wants to move from Istanbul,Tukey to Auckland,New Zealand,give me your she should move or not,best place to live,living cost per month
Hardip Singh
##O|@ on Jan 03, 2014 :
i hope to move to instabul, before august 2014,hope this chart is acurate as i would use it to plan ahead for my stay there....thank you
#saad on Dec 29, 2013 :
Hey thanks for the informatiom.. I m from pakistan I am willing to come Istanbul ... I wanted to know is it eassier to find a job there.,??
#saad on Dec 29, 2013 :
Hey thanks for the informatiom.. I m from pakistan I am willing to come Istanbul ... I wanted to know is it eassier to find a job there.,??
#Anonymous on Dec 23, 2013 :
hi!
I just wanna ask how much money will I need if I plan to live in Istanbul as a student ?
#Tarek on Dec 14, 2013 :
I am living in Bakirköy in Istanbul it is nice but it is so expensive.
#Anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 :
HI all,
I live in Bakirköy (Istanbul) and I only can say, the house rent is getting higher and higher. Average is TR 1000-1100 but next year I think it is about 1200 to 1400 TL. Bakirköy is not bad but it depends where you work indeed.
#Sally on Dec 10, 2013 :
The fees listed for fitness club membership are nowhere near reality. They are upwards of 2,000 euro (and priced in euros) per year. They are expat luxuries, and only for those making stratospheric incomes.
#Ehsan on Dec 09, 2013 :
hey every buddy !!
i'm trying to get scholarship from universities in stanbul ( koc , istanbul teknik ......) they will give me 1200TL per month ..... is it enough to live in stanbul for an abroader ? if it's not enough , i can't effort :-(
#Anonymous on Nov 03, 2013 :
sorry i move to istanbul in March 2014, not 2013....what do you think about Bakirköy (Istanbul)? Is it a nice place, to search for a apartment?

thanks
#Anonymous on Nov 03, 2013 :
thanks, i plan to move to istanbul (March 2013), so this informations are really helpful, hope that i can make it there..::))bye
#Halil on Nov 03, 2013 :
I m Turkish. This page pretty accurate.
##Dr. Chi on Oct 21, 2013 :
This is the most accurate and useful list I have seen. Thank you for putting this together. It helps me plan ahead.
#Dr mass on Oct 05, 2013 :
I lived in istanbul for last year, these prices are realistic and overall this website is very nice. I got good insights in several cases.
thank you very much guys
keep it up!
##EMMA on Sep 18, 2013 :
This is information is outstanding! Since It is going to help me in planning ahead in order to live in Istanbul without stress of budget shortage
#Gökhan on Aug 21, 2013 :
Prices seem OK for Istanbul, however in touristic places they may increase 15 - 20 %.
#Nawar on Jul 08, 2013 :
I appreciate if you can list the cost of living in Dubai, the comparison between both cities are very important.
#Nawar on Jul 08, 2013 :
Thank you for the details, however, and as i have visited Istanbul more than 5 times, i realized that the prices you have mentioned is much lower than actual, i would say that it is 15-20% more as of July 2013.
#buta on Apr 25, 2013 :
Thank you !! This is a good source to plane ahead .
#Said on Apr 04, 2013 :
Thank you for the information. This page is a great contribution.
#Abdulsamad on Mar 29, 2013 :
Its really very helpfull and well detailed information about the cost living standards In Istanbul , but I need one more inforamation about the schools in Istanbul as Im planning´to move there from Swedan.

thnks all those who compiled useful information.
#omar on Mar 24, 2013 :
i would like to move to istanbul from toronto still i cannot compare the two .
but it is really fantastic and helpful page.
#mohsen on Mar 10, 2013 :
all details are 95 % correct

i am in istanbul around 1 year

#a s khokhar on Feb 07, 2013 :
all information's very helpful for all. thank you so much.may Allah blessed people living all over the world.
#ali on Jan 12, 2013 :
thk u very much for these most useful info.I have got some info from chamber of commerce ,but here I could find qut more.
price of different passenger cars ( german and Japanese ) + motorcycle price to buy can be useful . is there any ?
#ahmad on Dec 15, 2012 :
kindly, if you can provide prices for other transport means (like ferry, tram or even self-owned local buses) it would be much helpful. thank you
#Nashira on Nov 20, 2012 :
Planning to move there from Chicago. This site was very helpful!
#JEMME on Jun 27, 2012 :
Thank you so much -this is so helpful to me -will be moving here soon- can't wait- all I wanted was the price of a beer- but you gave me so much more info -cheers- keep up the good work!
#Dr Jay on Jun 22, 2012 :
Lol, let's do it. Istanbul & Capadoccia (whirling dervishes) have been on my mind since my first Lonely Planet guidebook (Europe) purchase in 1997
#laDan on Jun 22, 2012 :
I reallllyyyy appreciate what you have charted here. This is so helpful, thank you sooo much. All i need now is to be able to find a buddy to move there.

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