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Cost of Living in Istanbul, Turkey

Prices in Istanbul

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 57.51
Rent Index: 18.33
Groceries Index: 46.71
Restaurants Index: 44.75
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 38.55
Local Purchasing Power: 52.10

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 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 12.00 TL
11.00
15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.00 TL
5.00
9.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 TL
6.00
10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.93 TL
5.00
7.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.21 TL
1.50
3.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.77 TL
0.50
1.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 2.11 TL
2.00
2.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.16 TL
1.00
1.80
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.83 TL
3.00
5.00
Eggs (12) 4.68 TL
3.90
6.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 14.59 TL
12.00
17.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.54 TL
8.00
12.00
Apples (1kg) 2.86 TL
2.00
4.00
Oranges (1kg) 2.61 TL
2.00
3.00
Tomato (1kg) 2.63 TL
2.00
4.00
Potato (1kg) 1.70 TL
1.00
2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.92 TL
1.50
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.11 TL
1.00
1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 TL
20.00
30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.41 TL
4.00
5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.81 TL
5.00
7.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.00 TL
9.00
10.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 TL
1.95
3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 TL
120.00
155.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.95 TL
2.70
3.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.83 TL
1.60
2.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 TL
18.00
25.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 4.92 TL
4.72
5.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 50,000.00 TL
44,000.00
57,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 217.47 TL
170.00
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.40 TL
0.30
0.49
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.12 TL
50.00
67.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 123.09 TL
100.00
150.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 41.67 TL
25.00
50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 TL
12.00
17.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 131.68 TL
100.00
150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 75.43 TL
60.00
90.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 142.00 TL
120.00
160.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 140.24 TL
100.00
160.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,116.77 TL
900.00
1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 615.10 TL
500.00
800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,068.15 TL
1,500.00
2,944.03
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,127.78 TL
900.00
1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,840.46 TL
4,000.00
6,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,042.42 TL
1,500.00
2,500.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 1,863.95 TL
1,500.00
2,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 11.54
10.00
13.84

These data are based on 5374 entries in the past 18 months from 492 different contributors.

Last update: April, 2014

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35 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Apr 15, 2014 :
I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY. DO YOU HAVE ANY AN IDEA ABOUT THE COUNTRY?
#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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