Cost of Living in Istanbul

Summary about cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 35.00 TL 25.00-60.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 180.00 TL 100.00-300.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 30.00 TL 30.00-35.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 20.00 TL 13.00-30.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 29.00 TL 18.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 14.51 TL 9.00-20.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 5.35 TL 3.50-10.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.03 TL 1.50-5.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 23.87 TL 17.98-30.28
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.68 TL 1.68-5.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 5.69 TL 2.27-8.62
Eggs (regular) (12) 14.79 TL 8.00-18.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 23.07 TL 13.61-36.29
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 12.60 TL 7.71-18.14
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 36.66 TL 27.22-45.36
Apples (1 lb) 3.41 TL 1.81-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 6.79 TL 4.54-9.53
Oranges (1 lb) 3.55 TL 1.81-5.44
Tomato (1 lb) 2.79 TL 1.58-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.35 TL 0.68-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.11 TL 0.66-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 4.47 TL 2.08-6.53
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.25 TL 1.25-3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 65.00 TL 40.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 15.19 TL 12.00-20.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 19.36 TL 13.00-25.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 18.00 TL 18.00-20.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 TL 3.50-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 273.50 TL 175.00-300.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.60 TL 5.00-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 5.71 TL 4.83-14.01
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 34.50 TL 31.80-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 28.04 TL 24.61-30.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 349,092.94 TL 290,000.00-420,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 267,807.70 TL 230,000.00-320,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 522.00 TL 326.92-850.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.80 TL 0.50-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 119.79 TL 90.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 213.95 TL 120.00-400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 167.13 TL 100.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 30.00 TL 20.00-50.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,237.94 TL 1,100.00-4,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 57,272.73 TL 30,000.00-100,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 329.46 TL 120.00-500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 231.03 TL 100.00-311.72
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 532.59 TL 350.00-780.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 471.45 TL 200.00-800.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,767.35 TL 2,000.00-4,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,612.81 TL 1,000.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,473.30 TL 3,500.00-8,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,104.90 TL 2,000.00-5,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,069.02 TL 836.12-1,672.24
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 712.66 TL 464.51-929.02
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,650.26 TL
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 16.90 12.00-21.90

Prices in Istanbul

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100 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jun 13, 2021:
Turkey has a mind boggling taxes on cars. That's why this country has the most expensive cars in the world. It is impossible to buy a Volkswagen Golf 1.4 with 350.000 TL. It is probably around 500.000 TL.
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2021:
Hum Shyama Khanna mar 23

Watching a movie about Turkey is much different than living here as I've done all my life. I recommend you don't give your whatsapp number here or anywhere else online.
Shyam khanna on Mar 23, 2021:
Hey I love Istanbul Turkey people's I wanna come n enjoy your country ....I saw your Istanbul movies and the name is day dreamer in Mx player .... I loved it..... Seriously and my WhatsApp number is +919999723050
Anonymous on Mar 14, 2021:
Ergodan continues to make countries mad but he doesn't care at all. Recently Saudi Arabia pulled anything from Turkey off the shelves and not accepting anything else produced in Turkey. With the King of Saudi Arabia's influence comes other Arab nations doing the same thing now not accepting anything made in Turkey. The Lira won't rebound for many years not months if at all.In the same breath Ergodan wants more foreign investments but he continues to do the opposite with his actions.Many Europeans Australians Americans Asians and Middle Easterners,have already left Turkey closed their businesses and many retired people have left.It's no secret as to why they're leaving Turkey. Nobody wants to be associated with a country that promotes a dictatorship nobody. Wake up Turkish people and start being more respectful towards others who make the Turkey economy run or face financial devastation on a large scale in the very near future.
Anonymous on Mar 02, 2021:
I don't care how bad the virus gets Istanbul is over crowded and losing half the population in Istanbul wouldn't bother at all
Anonymous on Jan 27, 2021:
Covid19 has spiked as of January 26 2021.Currently 93,871 new cases and 1,248 deaths in 2 days.So far 1,963,221 have been vaccinated,and those vaccinated have contracted covid19 again. Sadly the vaccine isn't working.317 deaths in the group of 1,248 received the vaccine.
Safeguard yourselves try to stay at home disinfect everything inside of your home and change your clothes you wore while out and wash them.
Anonymous on Jan 20, 2021:
Instead of depending upon random costs of living which are normally wrong live in Istanbul like we do. It's very hard to round out the costs of anything especially since different businesses have different prices on everything.If someone really wants to save money shop at open markets like we do and even then prices fluctuate depending upon if you're a foreigner. That's how it really is.
Anonymous on Jan 14, 2021:
most of the prices are accurate.
the prices which clearly wrong are :
-Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 17.00 TL must be 25 TL,
-Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.88 TL must be 4 TL
-Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,388.78 TL must be 4000 TL
Anonymous on Jan 13, 2021:
Istanbul is in a world all of its own being multicultural which can be a good thing to experience. With so many different cultural beliefs and customs there's bound to be many differences of opinions. But any big cities no matter where they are there's going to be the same. New visitors visiting Istanbul please understand although Turkish customs remain there'll be many differences of opinion so keep an open mind when visiting. Nobody can learn how Istanbul works over night.Be patient understanding and enjoy the mix of many different cultures.Tue food scene is amazing especially in Istanbul.
Anonymous on Jan 10, 2021:
It's being discussed by the labor commission to reduce minimum wage to 2,000 liras per month due to the lira losing value rapidly.
musti 007 on Jan 10, 2021:
l'm a Turkish Citizen...l live in Izmir ...The Number of employees in Turkey is about 33 millions ...The Minimum wage in Turkey is 2825 Turkish Liras in 2021 ... Nearly 10 Millions of People work with The Minimum wage in Turkey ... Average Salary is about 4000 Turkish Liras ... İstanbul is an expensive City but lf you earn over 1500 dollars per month and you have only one kid ,you can get by ...
Grigore Emanuela on Jan 09, 2021:
Dar cat costa facultatea in Istanbul, mai exact Minar Sinan sau conservatorul? Multumesc, o seara buna!
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
I think 3,369.53 TL avarage monthly salary is not accurate. This wage can be avarage in another cities of Turkey but İstanbul avarage must be around 4,000.00 TL.
Anonymous on Dec 31, 2020:
Istanbul has turned into a dangerous place for the past 5 years and it's getting much worse.The majority of Turkey is getting more dangerous due to terrorism.
Anonymous on Nov 28, 2020:
I don't know where you get your numbers from but 5,000 TL wouldn't even get a halfway decent apartment for one person in Istanbul. Plus a family would struggle on 10,000 TL per month honestly. Especially when apartments start from 8,000 TL and go way up from there. Even suburbs of Istanbul are very expensive to name a few being Sultangazi and Maltepe.There are cheaper alternatives away from Istanbul like Sanliurfa where I live population 450,000.Any city's of 250,000 up to 600,000 are much cheaper without giving up modern conviences.I rent a very nicely furnished 2 bedroom apartment fully equipped for 800 TL per month near all conviences.I started out living in Istanbul 13 years ago and it was possible to get by on 7,000 TL per month for one person and still have a little left.As I noticed things skyrocketing after living in Istanbul 7 years I left to a cheaper area as I mentioned priorly. Just remember anything on the water attracts tourists meaning higher prices on everything.BTW the increased prices don't go away when tourist season isn't in full swing but instead remains.
Anonymous on Oct 29, 2020:
My friend is LIVING in ISTANBUL. He is single and he earns 5000 TL after tax and this amount is alright for 1 single person to have a decent (not luxury) living in Istanbul. But there are also family's who earn all in all only 5000 a month and they struggle a lot.
If you are a family, let's say 2 adults + 2 children, you should definitely earn at least 10000 Turkish lira a month to have a decent like BUT if you send the kids to a private school , 10000 will never be good enough.
You should come to live in Turkey, if you earn in EURO, POUND or USD currency. For example, if you earn 2000 EUR each month, that would create such a decent life in Istanbul.
Mehsud on Aug 27, 2020:
For retired people, which one of these three areas is most suitable? Nisantasi, Ulus, Bakirkoy (Florya/Yeşilköy)? We want a place with a little bit of city vibe, but don’t want to end up in an area Mainly for younger, working professionals. Areas on the Bosporus seem nice, but during our visits, we noticed the patrons of the restaurants in Bebek, Kurucesme were mostly Young or middle aged people and the areas were quite crowded. We are looking for an area with enough city vibe, but not too busy and crowded with working professionals. A little laidback area where everything is close by with plenty of restaurant options including foreign cuisine like Italian, Japanese and Indian among others would be ideal
localPerson on Aug 19, 2020:
Dear friends,

In this beautiful city, these prices need to be updated frequently due to constantly changing inflation rates. Not like in stable countries.
anon on Jul 30, 2020:
high increase in usd compared to turkish lira and inflation due to corona is increasing prices as it is everywhere. I would recommend you to find a Turkish friend who knows his/her way around istanbul if you dont have high budget. About the covid, you can be sure that most of the people are cleaning themselves constantly due to their habits or religious beliefs and also almost in every table at restaurants, shops or in their entrances, you can find free to use hand sanitizers you dont even need to carry your own sanitizer. as for the physical security, as in everywhere, stay away from slums. Other than that since they have the guards patrolling during nights
Aisha on Jul 29, 2020:
I am originally from Afghanistan, but have lived most of my youth and adult time in Europe. Me and my husband just moved to Istanbul and we love it. One Need to follow social distancing and wear mask, that is all needed. And yes very safe, we are walking midnight outside and it’s very normal, we are living in the Asian side of Istanbul and it’s very beautiful n peaceful. I do understand why western media is trying to make turkey sound like a war zone, because the government dose not care about USA or EU, and this makes them upset, good for Turkey and their people, stay strong and united.
mehsud on Jul 05, 2020:
What’s the best residential areas for retirees in Istanbul? We are planning to retire in 3-5 years and want spend some time in Istanbul. We like traveling, since Istanbul is close to all destinations we want to visit: middle east, central asia, southeast asia and Africa, we want to rent an apartment there and use it a base for several years, we are a well educated Muslim couple from central asia who studied, worked and lived in US for over thirty years and we are mostly secular, go to Mosque only for holiday prayers or funerals etc cultural rituals. So, we want to live in a neighborhood of well educated, secular or moderately religious older Muslim retirees, Turkish or non Turkish people with Muslim cultural backgrounds. We speak Turkish fluently, of course English as well. Money is not an issue. our budget is $5000-8000 excluding health insurance and travel budgets. If you live in Istanbul, I would love hear your advice. Thanks
Anonymous on Jun 26, 2020:
What will be the cost of living for the family of 5 in Istanbul?
Ellen.Cash on May 17, 2020:
A person who can see things from other people's ideas and who can understand other people's spiritual activities will never have to worry about their future
Mehsud on Apr 23, 2020:
Monthly cost for a 4 person family is 10k lira, but average monthly salary is 3k. That means at leadt three of that 4 people have to work. That doesn’t sound good for average families. But, the exchange rate make a trip to Turkey a little cheaper, but who in their right mind travels these days?
kemal ataç on Mar 08, 2020:
All of the living costs for Istanbul are wrong and not updated . For example, a beer price in a normal bar 35 Try. Normal food one person 45 try . one lewis jean 339 try , one mounth home rent 2200 try etc.
Eva on Mar 08, 2020:
Hi everyone,
What are your thoughts on the current situation in Turkey and the corona virus outbreak? Really no cases reported as of 08 March 2020? Just hard to believe.
anon on Feb 02, 2020:
aight guys eat kebab and live in istanbul. If you are smart and single you can live in istanbul with 2000 turkish liras as well as you can live in london with 1000 pounds. if you want a decent life without action and worry of meeting the months end, get an income of 3000, get a 1+1 for 1000 and live like a king. cinema costs like 30tl kebab costs like 20tl. if you want a more expensive outdoor activity, you can do it once in two days or three days. Ez tricks to live in istanbul listen to me I wont be here always. peace out
N/A on Oct 29, 2019:
find below the Istanbul crime rate.
N/A on Oct 29, 2019:
First of all, Turkey is a secular country not an Islamic country as propaganda at the western countries.
Secondly Istanbul is a beautiful place where anyone in the world must see before die, and it is safe as New York , London and other big capitals.
TES on Oct 29, 2019:
I'm offered a lucrative management position with an International company in Istanbul. They asked me to inform them my expected monthly net salary, but I have no clue what's a reasonable income for a family of 4 (7th & 4th grade children). Can anyone assisted with an estimated reasonable income for an Expat to live a decent life, live in a good and safe neighborhood and put my kids in an International School, which for sure has to be in the same neighborhood due to my understanding of the hectic traffic in Istanbul? Hence, job will only provide me with net salary + Medical Insurance and Transportation card.
Thanks a million :)
Andi on Oct 10, 2019:
What's with all the insane conspiracy theorists trying to make Turkey sound like a war zone? It's less dangerous than Chicago or Baltimore. Or the meth belt.
Anonymous on Sep 22, 2019:
EMA you can stop lieing any time Istanbul is a violent city,folks don't believe EMA.I've lived in Istanbul 16 years now and I know better.
Ema on Sep 12, 2019:
I've just come back from Istanbul as a single female , let me just say I felt more safe there then here in London. The people are lovely. I stayed in faith and the area was beautiful. Very peaceful. There's nothing to worry about. It's a lovely city and the people were more than willing to help me out.
Anonymous on Sep 01, 2019:
Turkish citizens follow Islam and are predominantly Muslim.They pray 5 times each day at Mosques and come equipped with prayer rugs and Allah is their purpose in life.If tourists like terrorists groups and prostitution Allah won't mind just as long as Allah gets to join the activities.
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2019:
I asked to see crime statistics but he said don't believe everything you read in the paper because the majority of reports are bogus and they're bogus for reasons we cannot report things that are grusome.
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2019:
I agree the U S or nowhere in the world is always safe. I can honestly say the U S is extremely dangerous no matter where anyone goes since I'm an American.So I'm not bashing Turkey at all.Abductions happen often in the U S and it normally goes on the missing persons files with little follow up normally. I reported it to the police on three ocassions I was almost abducted three times in good areas of Istanbul during daytime.The detective opened a filing cabinet and said atleast you're not amoung the women abducted in these files that were never found.He said we are under a gag order not to bring evidence of abductions to the public because it'd cause unessessary histeria with Turkish citizens plus it'd be bad for tourism.He didn't show me the documents of very few women that were actually found never alive ofcource but he said they were brutally raped beaten and decapitated. I know common sense plays a big role because I had to be very alert day and night especially growing up in NY where ISIS the Taliban and many other bad gangs native to the U S.are.
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2019:
Tell me how many abductions have happened for the last 10 years in İstanbul, a city of 15-20 million. As a born and raised Istanbul citizen I have never heard one(not that it never happened but I think it's vastly overrated.) Compared to mass shootings, serial killers on the loose, lunatics with automatic rifles running around freely, İstanbul is like a kindergarden in terms of safetly. But people don't go around and claim that US is just a sugarcoated version of the movie purge made by and made for psychopaths and rich people, instead we argue that these mere events are just a blip, a mark in the beautiful painting that is US. So, just stick to places like "levent, kadiköy, etc." and avoid places "tarlabaşı" and you'll be fine. Don't put to much weight on mere anecdotes by people and just look at the crime statistics and see it for yourself.
Anonymous on Aug 25, 2019:
Hello Kim# the American woman told you the truth about foreign women abductions by ISIS in Istanbul.Just wanted to give advice on one more thing Kim#.The majority of Turkish men cannot be trusted.They have turned abducted women into a business. I hope you saw the area where the room you rented is before renting it? Choose your friends wisely for your safety Kim. A friend Miray
Anonymous on Aug 25, 2019:
# Kim figure a minimum of 400 TRY per week food and transportation 600 TRY much better though per week.Istanbul most expensive city in Turkey.Did you know ISIS is alive and well especially in Istanbul and police normally look the other way? Crimes against foreigners happen quite often especially on foreign women.Go out in a group only during the night and have several people with you during the day for your safety.The majority of people will tell you that's not true but I'm an American living in Istanbul so I know first hand.I've lived in Istanbul two years now, almost abducted three times, yes it's that bad. I'm leaving Istanbul next month when my employment contract runs out.So far this year 263 foreign female abductions by ISIS in Istanbul some American some British and some Swedish women none found again,be safe.
Kim on Aug 25, 2019:
Hello every one i want to go to istanbul for 5 weeks for a course and i have chosen the room but can any body help me how much i need for food? And transport for a month?
Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019:
Is it possible to leave in turkey alone and depending on 2222 TRY as a salary per single
marc on Jul 23, 2019:
i used to work for a big company in Istanbul myself for almost 2 years and it has been an awesome time! my flat was close to the Atatürk Airport and quite far from the City center. Luckily, it was kind of not too expensive (1 k) and i had no car during my stay, so i could get along very well with 2-3 k a month. negotiating gross salary, instead of net salary, is becoming more popular in Turkey, as well. so did i. for the net salary calculation, i used this website:

so, if you think of moving to Istanbul, just dare - it will be fun!

Anonymous on Jul 21, 2019:
I want to buy a 2roomms apartment/flate in Istanbul, how much price.
Bugra on Jul 10, 2019:
A quick calculation of cost of living in İstanbul

Rent for 3 bedroom apartmen -> The cost can be various up to your choices. If you want to live near sea side or good neighbourhoods you have to pay at least 2000 TL monthly. The cost can be reduced to 1400 TL. It is up to your choices.

There will be additional costs like heating price, apartment monthly fee, electricty, water and gas prices. So these total will be 500-600 TL average.

If you want to have cable channel or private tv box subscription, it will be 70-100 TL monthly.
If you want to have internet connection in your home, it will be 60 TL to 200 TL monthly as well.

Local beer ( EFES ) - > 15 TL
A meal in average restaurant for 2 people -> 80 TL

It goes like this.

As a married man with no children I have to earn at least 5000-7000 TL to live moderate life in Istanbul. If you have want to spend your spare time outside home and make acitivities you have to earn at least 10000 TL because current economy in Turkey is not good right now and inflation rate is very high. So every price is increasing day by day.
Felipe on Jul 09, 2019:

My girlfriend and I are thinking about moving to Turkey. She already has a job opportunity that pays around 4000 TRY and I have an online job that roughly translates to 2200 TRY.

Do you think around 6600 TRY per month would be sufficient for the two of us? We're really more of a laid back and stay at home on a friday kind of couple.

Thank you!
Mentis on Jun 18, 2019:
#Elahe You need 5300TL minimum. (Of course if you want to live properly.) Renting a home isn't cheap in İstanbul. If you move to home with 3 room, it's approximately 2200TL.

#parnia It's up to the university. If it's Boğaziçi or a technical university, you'll manage.
Elahe on Jun 08, 2019:
I really want to live in Istanbul with my husband and daughter.I like to know how much money I need to manage a family of 3 three?
parnia on Jun 02, 2019:
I really want to go to Istanbul to attend university there, but I don't know the language at all... will I manage there?
rosa on Jun 01, 2019:
to the man who is attending college in Istanbul who was from Nigeria, has it been hard living there? i dont know any Turkish but im hoping to go to Istanbul for university, do you think I'll manage without knowing the language?
listen anonymous on May 28, 2019:
you are just a negro that living in the states! don’t mess anyone and just go!
Anonymous on May 27, 2019:
Ahh finally a # German replies.Why did Merkel beg president Trump to be Germany's Ally fighting their battles last year only for Trump to say deal with it? Merkel stated I guess germany cannot depend on the U S anymore as an ally boo hoo.Germany is on their own.You must be related to those other cocksucker's # World # Nukes and # To Muricans.I'd say you're the same posters.How many germans can you get in a Volkswagen beetle? One American and 59 germans in the ASHTRAY.Trump needs a bigger golf course.Maybe he'll destroy Germany and build one.Blocking you now fuzz nuts, just taking out another load of trash as usual.
Anonymous on May 26, 2019:
FYI #WORLD George Washington was never an immigrant.He was born in Virginia 60 miles from the Capital named after him Washington.George Washington died in Virginia also,so stop lieing because every real American knows that.Oh the only reason it's called the world series is because America was the first place to call it the world series only because the world watches all of Americas baseball games a fact.The world depends upon the U S to save them from everything including financial ruin and that's why the U S is and always will be the most powerful place on earth both financially and military.Things have changed though for real Americans being good.MAGA- MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN it says nothing about the world promise.
Anonymous on May 26, 2019:
# WORLD Being an American citizen I must agree with Anonymous post on May 26.Nobody likes to be lied to especially real American citizens that know how it really is.Go back to your hole where you came from somewhere overseas WORLD.
Anonymous on May 26, 2019:
# World you must be hiding under a rock not to know that Trump told Europe to handle their differences with other countries because the U S won't be the watchdog military wise and financial wise anymore.Look at how the U S keeps Mexico central America Russia Ukraine and many other countries out of the U S.Lie to someone who hasn't lived in the U S all of their life like me and other real American citizens.
Anonymous on May 26, 2019:
To World# So you're from Finland living in D C.You're poor wording of sentences shows you're a lieing punk wanna be American most likely texting from a tree in Africa.All you said about the U S is incorrect.Tell you're bullshit to someone else you lieing piece of shit,fuck you.
world on May 26, 2019:
us doesn’t try to close the door for the alliens and allies ! that’s just your alt right opinion like breitbart news! the us is not a dictatorship so no one can’t close the door for immigrants! i live in DC since 2016 and i have even us citizenship! i am originally from finland! on the other hand us takes almost one million immigrants from the world and think about why??? reason is simple who takes the brains that he will rule the world! yes us a world state and no one can’t change this! us doesn’t have a race or a nation? us is just merge of race and nations! look at the nyc! even baseball why they called the finals as world series!!! and don’t forget that US has created by immigrants like george washington! don’t try denie this fact!
world on May 25, 2019:
if america close to all doors for aliens that would end of america! america is a world state not a national state! immigration is important for america! the real problem is illegal immigration! president trump and republicans is too right about that.on the other hand turkey issue is so complicated! turkey and US are very close allies but their current governments have a big complex problems! solution for this we need just time! enjoy from DC
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
To Taboo # Your plan to visit the U S will be denied watch and see.No reason for you to visit the U S since you hate Americans.A huge visa wall is in place for many countries and India made that list too.
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
To Patriot # Turkey will never agree with the U S on anything especially since the Turkish government got caught red handed doing business with Russia and Iran under the table on many occasions.After Turkeys stunts they don't have an ally with the U S anymore.No worries though the U S will crush Turkey with sanctions as the U S is doing now successfully.The Turkish president should think before he spits out words because Trump will make him eat his words no doubt.Even after Trump completes his second term his successor cannot put out the positive fire U S citizens have that Trump put there." WE THE PEOPLE " have awoken looooook out !!
Anonymous on May 24, 2019:
To Taboo # Think that'll ever happen loud mouth? That'll never happen the U S constitution won't allow it rag head.
patriot on May 24, 2019:
well turkey is weak now but i think it will be better when turkey agrees with the US ! turkey ‘s best ally is the US but nowadays they have a problem
Taboo on May 24, 2019:
Well, who likes americans anywhere. I plan to visit USA when the first native indian will be presindent.
Anonymous on May 23, 2019:
It's a known fact that Turkish people hate anything that resembles America whether they're tourists visiting Turkey or living there.It doesn't matter even though American citizens have nothing to do with political decisions the U S government makes, but we don't care.A wedge has been driven between Turkey and America politically.Oh well no worries such is life.The downside for Turkey being they'll be dropped from NATO since stepping out of bounds purchasing items from Russia, Turkeys business obviously.Turkey is in for a very rough ride economically much worse than it is now, rest assured.Bad decisions are bad decisions Turkeys president made with numerous activities,no worries though.All American expats will disappear from Turkey whether they own businesses or not in the very near future,or lose U S citizenship.A major visa wall is being built especially for the Turkish people.But then again major visa walls are already completed for many countries around the world already.Enjoy the ride TURKEYS it'll be a very rough one for Turkey.
Anonymous on Apr 18, 2019:
The economy is faultering some but that's to be expected.Prices here should be 20% more to offset the laging economy especially on food due to rising Petro which adds to transportation costs to market and taxi's ofcourse.
Mari on Apr 10, 2019:
I have not been to Istanbul Turky since 2017 when i had a lay over at Istanbul on my way to Morocco. I am planning another visit this year. I loved Istanbul and I have been wanting to visit again. Most people were very friendly and helpful. The people at the hotel were very accommodating and went out of thier way to make me feel welcomed and comfortable. I did not stay long but I did enjoy my stay.
Anonymous on Mar 28, 2019:
The equivalent of $55,000 USD to be in a Turkish bank at all times and a monthly retirement pension of $3,300 USD per month.Turkey has a flat tax on all retirement pensions of 35%.
et on Mar 27, 2019:
can anyone tell me the Turkish government requirements for moving to turkey to live as a retiree. Do not need job or work.
Anonymous on Mar 14, 2019:
No foreigners should even visit Istanbul or Turkey for that matter.Civil unrest is alive and well as we found out and left the same day we landed.
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2019:
To #Umu I didn't need to read the address you provided to know how the experience for a foreigner is in Turkey,but I wish I would've read that before I lived there for 7 months as a retired Australian.There's alot of resentment towards foreigners as a rule from what I noticed during my time there.I believe some on here are from Turkey who just want to make Turkey look good.Simple things like ordering food at a restaurant as a foreigner will get you dirty looks and that's just the tip of the iceberg.After my very unpleasant stay in Istanbul I retired in South America.The difference was like night and day on a positive note.
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2019:
I've visited Istanbul and other areas of Turkey throughout the years.Fact is friendly people are few and far between throughout Turkey.Yes I'm an American but it doesn't matter where others are from from around the world.Turkish people in general treat most everyone like shit including the natives of Turkey who've lived there all of their lives because I've seen it many times.
AnonimBiri on Feb 20, 2019:
Utilities per month averaging around 370 TL? Are you joking?!
Heating let alone is around that amount in autumn/winter time. Plus the electricity bills can smash you if you're not used to live in half-lit rooms. Cost for electricity is around 150 TL for regular usage. Water is another thing. Our people don't bathe regularly so it is common to have water bills around 30 TL but if you're the one that pays attention to hygiene, it can climb up to 50 TL.

OTOH, safety became a real problem in most of the areas hence many start to carry arms illegally. You can easily get shot after picking up a small fight in day time.

About overall QOL -> it sucks. You either get used to slavery, trying to commute between you daily job and home and working in commercial areas day and night in exchange for a low-to-moderate life or you better win at lottery. No joke. Do not expect to have a healthy social life with sanity if you choose to live alone. Your best bet is to marry someone and try to take care of your lives together.

Istanbul WAS a nice city before it's totally gone out of control.
I'm writing those lines as a 36 years old male and a member of mid-class family, who has spent his whole life in Istanbul.
Umu on Feb 15, 2019:
Must read before any decision.
Its a real experience of a foreigner living in turkey.
Iqbal on Oct 18, 2018:
I am thinking to come and live in Istanbul for some time. I have about 3000 Turkish Lira income at today's exchange rate monthly. Can I live a simple life in Istanbul without going broke? Oct 19. 2018
Hopp on Sep 06, 2018:
The help people are sending is in the form of tourism and aggressive clothes shopping. People love the city as well as the islands and Izmir, the food, the weather.

I think there isn’t still a tourism culture, that can be positive at times since prices looks uniformed and there aren’t many tourist traps (if not the cabbies, use Bitaksi/Uber instead).
Customer service should be improved as well as skills in foreign languages like English and Arab (not weird that in tourism a lot of workers are Syrians).
Do not just stay close in your circle of local friends, be curious about tourists and expats as for the most they’re educated mid-class people from wealthier countries and can represent a vector of better opportunities than the whole city of Istanbul.
Tourist on Sep 03, 2018:
If you’re from a wealthy country with a stable currency like EU GCC NAm OZ is the best moment for tourism, especially food clothing nightlife. You ll visit the city like a boss and still not spending much
numan on Aug 28, 2018:
Since May 2018 the prices of almost everything including house rent increased about 50% in Istanbul.And it is expected that it will not stop.
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2018:
With the current exchange rate, anyone from Western Europe who visits Turkey can live like a king. Literally. €1 buys 6TL right now - crazy :)
Fatih on Aug 23, 2018:
After recent devaluation of Turkish Liras, increase rate for goods are very high.
Based on my consumption logs, my personal outcome has %50 increase in only 9 months in 2018.
CEYHUN on Aug 09, 2018:
#Nadia Can someone tell me how much is an average English medium school fees in Istanbul?please give some details

In private schooll (college) - 20-45 K TurkishLira
In public schooll - Free

Where do you live in Istanbul? I can say some school in there.

Best Regards
Halil on Jul 29, 2018:
July 2018 some of grocery costs
1 liter olive oil 28 TL
1 kg beans 4.75 TL
1 kg rice 9.90 TL
1 kg lentil 5.90 TL
1 kg tea 22 TL
500 gr local cheese 10 TL
1 kg beef meat 59 TL
1 kg chickhen wings 21 TL
500 gr sausages 20 TL
500 gr butter 17 TL
200 ml crema 5 TL
1 liter milk 3.75 TL
5 liter water 3.75 TL

McChickhen menu 11 TL
BigMac menu 14 TL
KFC box menu 21 TL
Midpoint-Bigchefs-Happymoons (midrange rest.chains) pizza / salads/ pasta 25-30 TL, chicken meals 25-35 TL, beef meals 40-60 TL, soft drinks 7-9 TL,
Starbucks tall filter coffee 6 TL
Starbucks tall latte 8.5 TL

H&M shorts 60-70 TL
Zara mens jeans 169 TL
Tommy Hilfiger polo shirt 299 TL
New balance sneakers 299- 399 TL
Giorgio Armani acqua di qio 100ml 290 TL
Massimo dutti leather shoes 450 TL
Mens barber hair cut 30 TL
Leading mobile phone operator 7gb +1000 minutes+1000 sms 65 TL
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Nadia on Jun 05, 2018:
Can someone tell me how much is an average English medium school fees in Istanbul?please give some details.
Hammad on May 24, 2018:
on Nov 05, 2016 :
Hi Guys,
First of all, it's Istanbul 20,000,000 people live here, so all the other huge cities in the world you can find cheapest and most expensive things in Istanbul.
So I try to give some global example,
Subway : day of sub 10 tl
McDonald : bigmac menu 14 tl
Public transportation: monthly 180 tl
Cola : 1 lt 2.45 tl
Adidas sneakers: 180 tl
Jeans : 130 150 well known brands
Meat : 1 kg 50 tl
Vegatable : around 2-5 tl / kg
Bread :1.25 tl
Rent starts 1000 tl to ....
Pizza : 15 25 for two people take away
Restaurant: 100 tl for 2
If you get more then 10,000 tl you can have a middle high standards

Some one posted this above. Let me tell you this is cheaper than Pakistan at least.

Ok a big Mac meal from McDonald's costs 33 liras
Fuel per month for a car average 583 liras
Good restaurant meal per person costs
125 liras
Water bottle 250 ml costs 1.6 liras
Anonymous on Apr 27, 2018:
In my opinion, 1.5 Lira in Turkey is like 1 euro in europe, in terms of the purchasing power (otherwise 1 eur = 5 lira!). So if you earn 3000 euro in Germany, I think you need 5000 lira minimum to have a similar life style. That being said, IStanbul is incredibly crowded and there is a never ending traffic problem among other things like safety, political and economical instability. If you earn in terms of USD or EUR you are safe.
Anonymous on Apr 09, 2018:
@usman 90k £ is a lot money for Liverpool(even when taxes are not included)I wouldn't move out if i was you. As far as im concerned liverpool has one of the highes unemployment rate and lowest prices. So think twice before decide.
pal on Mar 26, 2018:
I am from India and I would be Moving to Izmir with family with 2 Kids . I would need your guidance as is any good availability online like good Rice , Wheat Flour or pulses etc.
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2018:
Hi, i want to know is it possible to live in Şişli (with a rent) with 400EUR?
Cello Allo on Feb 14, 2018:
Is thus salary monthly or yearly? Wegen is monthly, you can live ibln Istanbul , with the Stars togheter and have a really cood live. Wegen this salary ist yearly. You can live in Istanbul good with IT. But in Others Citys you can live Like a King. Most Basic Services in Istanbul £750-£1000 monthly. I come frome tekirdag Basic Services in tekirdag £250-£500 . Most Basic Services is , Rent, Gas, Elektrik, watter, meal, train or Bus.
usman on Feb 14, 2018:
Hi I am an accountant and i have studied acca,icaew & i live in Liverpool uk and my annual salry is £90,200 plus bonuses £20,600 and i want to move in turkey and how much cash do i need for basics services.
Cello Allo on Feb 11, 2018:
Istanbul ist real expansive. I am from tekirdag , Turkey.
This City tekirdag is cheap. Rent month 3 bedrooms with Elektrik, Gas, water is 600 Lira, = 160 Dollar, =130 euro. And when You go to Basar Market Not in the mornig, but in the afternoon 16:00-18:00 hours= 4:00 - 6:00 PM. You get all products half price. 1kg tomato 0.50 lira =0,15 Dollar, 0,12 Euro. Is really cheap when You go Basar . You can live her too good with 1500 Lira, = 390 Dollar, 320 dollar. When You have More Money , You can live the live of a King. This City tekirdag is a good City. People are friendly and crime is very very Low. Food prices Low. Gas prices high. Health Care price Low. 300 Lira month. = 80 Dollar, 65 euro month. Pollution is Low. Poperty prices Middle. 3 bedrooms in Winter buy price 50000 Lira. =15000 Dollar, 12000 euro. Sommer price 150000 Lira= 45000 dollar, 36000 Euro. Quality of Life is top. When You are poor You can Go to a volunteer doctor for poor people every City has such an doctor. IT cost You 0 Lira,0 Dollar, 0 euro. Taxi price Middle. Traffic in tekirdag is super easy, super Low. Everwhere is beach. Please contact me when You Wish Help or a Guide for tekirdag.
Medi Hoti on Jan 27, 2018:
Hi guys , need some help please!
I'm looking to bring one of my friends to Turkey to work from kosovo. I need to know what rent prices are for single rooms and what wages are per month for starbucks or any other customer related jobs. ??
Basil on Jan 20, 2018:
In my opinion, Istanbul is a very expensive city. Even if you make 6,500 lira, that is only 1710 US dollars. I make 5,300 TL. That is about 1,400 USD. Rent is 2000 plus TL, which is $500. That means rent for some people is easily 36-40% of their income. I make more than 5,300 TL only because I teach private lessons. I wouldn't teach so many private lessons if my institution paid me more. However, I want to save money. If you can save even 700 TL a month, that's an achievement. That is less than 200 dollars. I managed to save 1000 TL, but it's difficult. Istanbul's very nice if you're a tourist or if you're earning dollars at some private school or you have a roommate, and you're making close to 5000 TL. Living alone is not affordable for many people.
Yeliz on Jan 17, 2018:
Arabic, Pakistani, Iranian, Kirghiz, Ukrainian, Moldovan please do not come this city anymore. We don’t wanna you.
سعيد on Dec 02, 2017:
What are the private and public schools in Istanbul?
SRB on Dec 02, 2017:
Hello, who knows how many universities in the city of Istanbul for engineering course
Emine on Oct 02, 2017:
I am a Turkish who is living in İstanbul.Honestly, Istanbul is very costly for a person who has low income.You need
to earn at least $1,000 to live as a person has a social life.But here the people are generally earning between $700-$900.If the family members are working,Surviving becomes more easy but its not mean living a good life.
Actress are happy here, footballers, doctors and highly educated people who erarns ver $3000 are very very happy.I am sure,Turkish people are not really happy what they are earning.A new graduated person is working at least 8 hours in factory or in a cafe under stress and earning minumum wage is 1404,06 TL at the beginning.If you are lucky you find a job with 10-12 hours And you can earn 1800 TL In city centre, you are able to pay your rent and bills with this stupid salary and eat the room walls.Its not a life.For a european Turist Turkey is anice place,if you come here to work,think more.
Anonymous on Sep 23, 2017:
i am pakistani i wants to live in turkey becuase i love it since childhood i wanna job there its my dream please help me to go there....
Anonymous on Sep 02, 2017:
I visited Istanbul in 2012, and these prices seem accurate, they may have increased in last year because of political instability and a authoritarian leader in charge who wants to take Turkey back to the Middle ages.

I went out to local pub/bar you pay 12 TL for half litre of beer,
Reasonable restaurant will set you back 50-60 TL pp for a meal.
Look out for sandwich stall's that sell "Balik Ekmek" which is local fish seasoned in a bread roll for around 5 TL, very popular with locals.

Even though I was a tourist, there are many great sights to see, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, a cruise down the Bosphoros at night is an absolute must!

Despite all that i was acutely aware of the daily struggles local have, massively overpopulated, people desperate for every Lira they can get, much misery once you scratch under the surface.

In economic terms as a Westerner, local wealth is approximately half of Westerners.

Hope iv'e given helpful information :)
Hendialys on Aug 14, 2017:
I have been living in Istanbul for two years now. I have never been to an expensive restaurant, have never bought anything pricey and have not even rented a bedroom every months (could live with bf's parents few months in total). I am taking the public transports very rarely. And yet I spent more than 20 000 euros in two years, and Had no income to balance, as you get 500 euros a months for 6 days a week, 12-14 hours job routines.
Istanbul is great to visit. Not to live unless you made lots of money abroad. No way to get money here unless you are an actor...
SRB on Aug 07, 2017:
What is the cost of living in different cities of Turkey with all the costs of living in the moon?