Cost of Living in Istanbul

Summary about cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 70.00 TL 40.00-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300.00 TL 200.00-800.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 65.00 TL 59.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.00 TL 22.00-65.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 50.00 TL 35.00-80.00
Cappuccino (regular) 27.24 TL 15.00-40.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 10.88 TL 7.00-20.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 4.72 TL 3.00-10.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 56.43 TL 37.85-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 6.09 TL 3.18-14.47
Rice (white), (1 lb) 9.73 TL 5.90-13.61
Eggs (regular) (12) 26.16 TL 15.00-36.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 40.15 TL 23.81-58.97
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 33.75 TL 22.68-40.82
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 69.46 TL 45.36-90.72
Apples (1 lb) 6.09 TL 3.18-9.07
Banana (1 lb) 11.47 TL 7.52-16.78
Oranges (1 lb) 5.84 TL 2.72-10.43
Tomato (1 lb) 9.29 TL 4.54-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 4.69 TL 2.27-6.80
Onion (1 lb) 3.45 TL 2.04-4.54
Lettuce (1 head) 12.26 TL 7.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.76 TL 3.00-8.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 120.00 TL 70.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 26.49 TL 20.00-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 35.75 TL 25.00-50.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 29.00 TL 27.00-34.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7.67 TL 7.00-12.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 600.00 TL 410.00-610.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 TL 8.00-20.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 11.27 TL 9.66-16.09
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 TL 40.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 95.37 TL 83.28-113.56
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 600,000.00 TL 500,000.00-700,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 522,428.67 TL 450,000.00-600,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,046.50 TL 600.00-1,657.84
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.43 TL 0.50-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 152.36 TL 120.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 331.05 TL 180.00-600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 217.51 TL 120.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 TL 35.00-75.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,250.63 TL 2,000.00-7,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 85,850.35 TL 45,000.00-160,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 627.32 TL 300.00-1,399.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 453.40 TL 200.00-750.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,096.78 TL 600.00-1,650.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 772.85 TL 350.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,104.15 TL 5,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,100.75 TL 2,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 15,175.45 TL 10,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 8,131.58 TL 5,000.00-12,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,250.48 TL 1,858.05-6,160.67
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,581.92 TL 929.02-2,618.29
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,669.00 TL
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 21.38 11.88-30.00

Prices in Istanbul

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100 Comments so far
Andrew on Jun 08, 2022:
These prices are wrong. At present prices increase every other week. Earning overseas funds while living here is workable and you are likely to find it about half to a third of most countries costs. Is it safe? Unsure. On the roads no. Road rules yes. But no one follows them in Istanbul. I wontcomment on politics other than to say you will find it difficult to sign up to a lot of services as everything is now connected to the Turkish ID. If you are living with a local your experience will be a lot easier.
mnsr on Jun 03, 2022:
How much do the exchange offices charge for their service if I need to convert CAD to TL? Also, can someone give me a reputable website in which I can check the local exchange rates please?
Behzad Norouzi on Jun 02, 2022:
Hi everyone.I have a question.

What is the monthly cost of a single man in Istanbul?

Thank you for for your honest answer.
muph on May 30, 2022:
"A single person estimated monthly costs are 6,657.83TL without rent."
"Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,058.27 TL"

"Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,626.69 TL"

It is very difficult to live in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ghulam Farid Bhatti on May 11, 2022:
Moving to Istanbul
2 adults, 3 kids (2 school going, 1 todler), how much expense should i consider monthly including rent, grocery, etc?
Anonymous on Apr 26, 2022:
What a dumb foreigner you are Zhan the anonymous information on apr 19 was on target.No need to do as Zhan said WRITE QUESTIONS I WILL SHARE INFORMATION what an idiot.A full breakdown of costs has already been given correctly
Zhan on Apr 24, 2022:
hello! Turkey is a safe country. I say this as a foreigner who has been living in Istanbul for more than a year. Yes, there are problems in the economy, but who doesn't have them now? Write, ask questions, I will share information.
Anonymous on Apr 19, 2022:
Here is the comparison on monthly costs for 2 people

2,450 lira = $167 usd monthly

Currently the monthly income requirement is $400 usd
Anonymous on Apr 19, 2022:
To Anonymous March 30 2022
Answering cost

Currently 1 usd to lira 14.783.
The only reasons why it's expensive because of lira devaluation against usd euro and British pound sterling.
If you have a steady income in above currencies you will be fine. However if you are working making lira you won't make it.

I live in Istanbul u s citizen with a steady monthly pension in usd.Im living very well on my pension. Prices have drastically increased for Turkish citizens making lira.

1,500 lira 2bd 1 bth unfurnished house or apartment monthly
500 lira monthly food cost 2 people.
150 lira monthly electric and water combined.
150 lira monthly transportation.

1,500 lira monthly rent.
500 lira monthly food.
150 lira monthly transportation.
150 lira monthly electric and water combined
150 lira monthly phone.
2,450 lira total monthly expenses

Note: Public transportation as in city bus which are on-time 85% cheaper than taxi. Open markets fresh fruit and vegetables 75% cheaper than supermarket.This is the actual cost monthly for 2 people
Anonymous on Mar 30, 2022:
Hi everyone,

I ve heard cost of living increased drastically in turkey,
does anyone knows how much is generally required for the basic lifestyle for a foreigner in turkey per months?

Really appreciate any response
Turkish Citizenn on Mar 14, 2022:
I agree with all of your comments about Turkey. But not all of us are rude. I'm not trying to praise the Turkish people but we really have welcoming and kind people around here. Unfortunately these behavior only belongs to local citizen. Most of scamming are usually happens in business, and if you're tourist better get ready to robbed. Yeah I'm saying that because this not only happens to foreigners. They also try to scam us in many ways. Dare to say we get used this type of tricks so we don't usually beleive them. The thing is if you come Turkey to visit jsut don't try familiar companies. Give a chance to local and boutique ones. But ain't gonna lie if I was a foreigner Turkey isn't in the top 10 place that I would visit. All other things you said about economy and politics is true.
Thanks for your time.
Anonymous on Mar 11, 2022:
Turkey would be a great place to commit suicide in the square downtown Istanbul. Especially during lunchtime in front of an outdoor Cafe. Sounds like a good plan for me.
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2022:
Women are desperate for money and they'll do anything men want especially foreign men with money their bodies very cheap
Anonymous on Mar 08, 2022:
I've visited all of the big cities in turkey. There's nothing attractive about bad acting Turkish citizens. They normally are belligerent towards Americans the majority of the time. Whether it's a a small city or village Turkish citizens are mean.
Farid on Mar 08, 2022:
Moving to Istanbul
2 adults, 3 kids (2 school going, 1 todler), how much expense should i consider monthly including rent, grocery, etc?
Carl on Mar 08, 2022:
Gasoline is not 14 TRY /l but 21.. https://www.opet.com.tr/akaryakit-fiyatlari/istanbul-avrupa
Anonymous on Feb 18, 2022:
The negative comments about Turkish citizens and government are in order. ANGELA evidently you have never visited Turkey or you wouldn't say comments are very political and not very honest. Before Erdogan Turkey government was always corrupt. But all governments worldwide are very corrupt too. However Erdogan needed approval from the whole body of government before selling over 15,000 Syrian refugees living in tents to China for cash women and female children. Foreigners know how harsh acting and arrogant Turkish citizens are even though Foreigners were buying products from Turkish businesses small and large it didn't matter. You can shut up Angela because every foreigner that's ever visited turkey would say the same thing.
Angela on Feb 16, 2022:
I read negative comments about Turkey and find them very political and not very honest. Yes, Turkish economy struggle and people not very happy at this time but still country has precious opportunities. Turkish hospitality is famous in the world. Food, history, beautiful nature plus very cheap... So many reasons to visit! I believe in after Erdogan everything will be much much better...
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2022:
Nobody is intentionally targeting Turkey about the government over charging foreigners for business licenses because the Turkish government does that to all foreigners who invested in businesses throughout Turkey.

I'm one of many foreigners who opened a business in Turkey so I know what I paid for my business license which was double what Turkish citizens paid. All 9 of my foreigner friends paid double for their business licenses too.

Everyone knows how rude Turkish people are to foreigners worldwide double charging for everything it's no secret.When people are treated badly who visit Turkey for vacation they expect respectful treatment especially when those foreigners are patronizing Turkish businesses so bad news travels fast as to bad behavior from Turkish people.

As far as what anonymous January 22 mentioned about Turkey government and Turkish citizens behavior it's all true. The Turkish government and Turkish citizens overall have labeled themselves as dishonest and rude to foreigners.

The Turkey government has defaulted on three large loans from the IMF already factual news.Way before the pandemic tourism throughout Turkey was declining rapidly for above mentioned reasons.Thank you anonymous comments January 22 you told it like it really is.
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2022:
Beautiful and cheap country. Nice people and I enjoyed to be here
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2022:
These comments intentionally targeted Turkey jumping from falsely from politic to the normal people life spreading lies and false accusations.
Anonymous on Jan 22, 2022:
For many years Turkey was doing so well with work options and a heavy influx of tourism.Even with all of the tourism Turkish government and citizens were not only rude to people from every country but blatantly arrogant to visiting tourists and foreigners who opened businesses in Turkey. Prices doubled for any business licenses small or large to foreigners.The Turkish government was so arrogant they told foreigners opening businesses it'd be double the cost for a business license.Turkish businesses normally charged 50% more to tourists no lie. I refused to pay an additional 50% more for food especially since Turkish citizens paid the regular prices sitting next to me. It's a known fact Turkish government and its citizens never liked anyone from any countries. They've always acted like they were better than any other countries it's true. But many countries have walked away from Turkey with no friends left abroad.Not even IMF International Monetary Fund will loan Turkey money because Turkey has defaulted on 3 large loans already and more defaults are on the way meaning every country puts money into the IMF so in essence Turkish government has stolen from all countries.
Turkey Residence Permit on Jan 22, 2022:
On December 20 2021 the USD/TL that was 8.5 TL jumped for 1 week to 18.5 TL.

Now in Jan 2022 the exchange rate stands at 13.5 TL.

Turkey has faced an inflation over 100% in utility bill and fuel, the prices have doubled now.
Turk Guy on Jan 12, 2022:
If u come turkey you first eat kebab and get out of turkey
Anonymous on Jan 10, 2022:
I noticed so many posts about how much the lira has lost and how people are struggling now since the pandemic is ongoing.

Here's a piece of solid honest information are you ready people?

Yes all of Turkey is suffering financially no matter what type of work they do working for employers of companies owners of businesses the stock market it really doesn't matter. I'm just one of those Turkish citizens suffering right along with the rest.

But here's the truth it doesn't matter where anyone lives worldwide nobody I mean nothing is going to escape the final result.

We are all dead just don't know it yet. That's how it really is in the real world in today's society.

There's nothing to be optimistic about because everyone is doomed worldwide and this is how it ends.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2022:
the biggest refugee camp in the whole planet. close to 3 million refugees living in this city. mostly syrian and afghans.
Anonymous on Dec 30, 2021:
Here's your answer we don't want or need your tourist money or anything from foreigners.

Turkish citizen
Bolo on Dec 25, 2021:
One of the scammiest place on Earth, they’re pretty creative on trying to overcharge tourists. Is advisable to go with a local
Ross on Dec 21, 2021:
It was always my dream to visit Istanbul. After reading through some of the contents, I don't think it is very safe - especially now with global terrorism and the weak Turkish Lira. I will visit one day when the economy has recovered and we have more peace.
Anonymous on Dec 20, 2021:
80% population of Turkey working around a 140 euros per month right now. You do the math.
Anonymous on Dec 19, 2021:
How can I find Syrian woman for company in Istanbul?
Anonymous on Dec 15, 2021:
As of December 16, 2021 $1 usd to 14.86 Lira.It looks like the other poster was right about Lira being 25 to one dollar by June 2022.I can just imagine how much more the Lira will lose against the dollar by years end. It's a bad situation here in Turkey for everyone because the cost of living has outstripped wages earned by far. The government isn't doing much to help and funds are running out quickly. I used up what savings I had last month just to buy a little food just like many others have I'm sure. Turkey is holding a debt from the IMF for over 57 billion usd unable to make even interest payments. It looks like Turkey is doomed hope not.
Anonymous on Dec 10, 2021:
As of December 10, 2021 it's
$1 usd to 13.86 Lira.
Anonymous on Dec 10, 2021:
Arena post Dec 9 2021

I agree with your information on the Lira crashing not good for Turkish citizens at all.But citizens have been unhappy with the government allowing so many Syrian immigrants into Turkey and many have taken jobs from the Turkish citizens too.

The minimum wage will be drastically cut mid 2022 or sooner unfortunately.Currently there's over 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey and more are coming each day to further burden the economy.

Ergodan has managed to make Saudi Arriba angry boycotting their products so Saudi Arabia pulled all turkey products off the shelves.But other middleastern countries are also a big part of trade and they've followed the same path as Saudi Arabia did boycotting all products from Turkey.

Currency it's 1 usd to 13.72 Lira really bad for citizens. I believe the Lira will be at 1 usd to 25 Lira by mid 2022.Ergodan has managed to anger more than middle eastern countries but other countries around the world.

Turkey is supposed to be an ali to the U S but on many occasions has threatened to kick the U S airforce out of Adana for no reason especially since the U S military is a big part of security in Turkey.

The U S government gave a stern warning to Erdogan by Mike Pence when Trump was the president. Pence said grave consequences are on the way for Ergodans wrecklous behavior and the outcome is obvious. But like I mentioned before Ergodan has made many other countries angry but unfortunately Turkish citizens are feeling the fallout.
Asena on Dec 09, 2021:
Turkey is in an economic crisis: the currency has lost more than 40% of its value against the dollar (currently 1 lira is exchanged for 0.0725 dollars), inflation gallops on 20% for consumers and 40% for producers.

Over 60% of the population earns 2900 lira (minimum wage), prices are skyrocketing every single day, the cost living of has already exceeded the purchasing power.
These are very difficult times for the Turkish people, and it will be even worse in 2022.
Anonymous on Dec 06, 2021:
Turkey has been on a downward spiral for 20 years now financially. None of the high rise buildings in Istanbul Ankara and other areas of turkey are paid for its just debt.Investors have left turkey and the IMF isn't giving anymore loans turkey already owes 47 billion dollars to the IMF and turkey has missed 4 payments so far. Turkey owes many countries money without a doubt and the majority of loans haven't been receiving payments. Turkey is quickly turning into another Syria basically turkey is broke because no country can live on loans very long. Nobody in their right mind would invest one dollar in turkey. But you can " MORAD " since you seem to be a financial guru.
Morad on Dec 04, 2021:
Good choice to visit Istanbul, people are friendly, lot to see,good food . Every country has some financial problems some times, and Turkey is one of the good countrys to invest .give it a littel time and its going to be so good like never before
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2021:
Turkish people are suffering since current exchange rate is $1 usd to 13.75 lira.Turkish citizens wanting to visit or live in the U S will have a very long wait time just to visit the U S. I went to the U S embassy in Turkey to make an appointment/interview to visit the U S. But I made the appointment in January 2021 I was told the U S embassy would contact me to schedule the interview but no answer and it's been almost 1 year now. So I visited the U S embassy in Turkey last week to find out how much longer it'll take? I was told no exact date of an interview could be given,and not to ask again in a rough tone. Other Turkish friends of mine have been trying to get a visitor visa for the U S some have been waiting over 2 years and no answer yet. It seems the U S has closed off visits to the U S from Turkish people but friends from other countries are having the same problem.
Young Turk on Nov 29, 2021:
The prices here are mostly accurate. It is currently very hard to find places to rent. Economy is collapsing, Lira depreciates. If you gain income in a foreign currency or have savings, you'll live comfortably.
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2021:
Anything that has American mixed in the gene pool isn't welcome in turkey. But overall Turkish people don't like or welcome anyone outside of their country. Its always been like that.Erdogan like his so-called management cannot bring back any value to the lira against the dollar. Endogan put his own financial interests before Turkish people and here's why.So far Erdogan has sold well over 50,000 Syrian refugees privately to China only women and female children to enhance Chinas badly needed working population. However one ship which had over 15,000 Syrian refugees inroute to China from turkey was caught but nothing was done about it.Turkish investors have lost everything investing in things Erdogan recommended. The dollar is dominating world currencies and it'll continue to do so for decades to come and beyond. Remember this if visiting turkey though many Turkish are desperate financially so most foreigners visiting will most certainly be targeted for robbery.
Anonymous on Nov 10, 2021:
My family are Turkish and we want to visit Turkey. We have never been. But I see comments about how tourists are not valued. I am married to an Irish American. My sister is married to a man who is half Scottish and half Turkish. Should we choose another country to visit? We want to be sensitive to the needs of the Turkish people.
Anonymous on Oct 11, 2021:
That's true unfortunately. The Turkish lira has lost nearly 800% of its value against the US dollar since 2008.
Anonymous on Sep 28, 2021:
@Mehmut

The people cannot live unfortunately. Turkish economy has collapsed thanks to Erdogan and his corrupt regime. Turkish lira surpassed Argentine Peso and became the most depreciated currency against dollar in the whole world in 2021. And I think Turkey will not be able to recover from this for years. It has become a heaven for tourist or usd/euro earners and total hell for Turkish people.
QUAZI on Sep 02, 2021:
I am a Canadian and looking for doing business in Istanbul.I am looking for some one who had contact to sell domestic product like food items( dried food, fruit,etc) , furniture, medicines in domestic or international.Just to provide the I like to give 10 percent of profit from every deal.
ersin on Aug 14, 2021:
i am turkish and gonna write turkis here.

Yorumlarda siyaset ve nefret cümleleri gördüğüm için yorum yapmak istedim. Türkiye de ucuz fiyata kaliteli yaşayabilirsiniz. Burada önemli olan kalitedir. Türk apartman daireleri standart olarak geniş alanlara sahiptir, yani tek odalı dar evlerde oturan neredeyse hiç yok. Türk yemekleri lezzetli olmasının yanında son derece sağlıklı, doğal ve doyurucudur. Türk hastaneleri gelişmiş, teknolojik aletlere sahiptir ve kendi vatandaşına ücretsizdir. Ancak her şey bu kadar güzel değil tabi gelişmekte olan bir ülkeyiz. Türkiye de iyi bir yaşam sürdürmek için gerekli minimum maaş 2 kişi için bence 1500 dolar yani şuan ki dolar/Türk lirası kuruna göre 12 000 Türk lirasıdır. Ancak bu fiyat da maaş almak için gelişmiş bir doktor, mühendis, iş insanı veya dükkan sahibi olmanız lazım. Yani 5000-6000 liraya da geçinilir ancak bazı şeylerden ve kaliteden kısmak zorunda kalırsınız. örneğin zincir marketler daha uygun ürünler sunmaktadır. Son olarak Türkiye bir çok tarihi geçmişe sahiptir ve gelip görülmesi gerekir.
Mehmut on Jul 04, 2021:
If average salary is 3600 lira, how people live with that? A lot of people must be struggling. I pray for Turkey, its people, everyone except the dictator wannabe Erdogan.
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 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.

https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/Turkey/United-States/Crime
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 month.am 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:

https://www.brutten-nete.net

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

marc
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:
Hello.

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.