Cost of Living in Istanbul

Summary about cost of living in Istanbul:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 TL 20.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 TL 70.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 20.00 TL 18.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 15.00 TL 10.00-20.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.00 TL 13.00-25.00
Cappuccino (regular) 10.66 TL 8.00-13.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 TL 2.50-7.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.46 TL 1.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 16.42 TL 11.36-21.77
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.10 TL 1.36-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.91 TL 2.27-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.62 TL 7.00-15.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 13.30 TL 9.07-18.14
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 9.32 TL 6.80-12.70
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 27.55 TL 20.41-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 2.37 TL 1.81-3.63
Banana (1 lb) 4.76 TL 3.18-6.35
Oranges (1 lb) 2.20 TL 1.36-3.18
Tomato (1 lb) 3.00 TL 1.81-4.49
Potato (1 lb) 2.04 TL 1.36-2.72
Onion (1 lb) 2.23 TL 1.36-3.18
Lettuce (1 head) 3.75 TL 2.00-5.95
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 TL 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 40.00 TL 30.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 9.85 TL 8.00-13.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 13.10 TL 10.00-18.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.00 TL 12.00-15.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 TL 2.60-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 205.00 TL 180.00-210.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 TL 4.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.02 TL 4.02-5.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 23.10 TL 20.00-35.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 24.47 TL 22.71-26.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 TL 120,000.00-166,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 118,032.54 TL 94,500.00-150,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 406.39 TL 250.00-600.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.72 TL 0.45-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 87.47 TL 60.00-150.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 151.54 TL 100.00-250.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 87.40 TL 40.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 24.50 TL 20.00-30.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,678.82 TL 900.00-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 40,099.44 TL 20,000.00-60,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 202.76 TL 120.00-300.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 153.23 TL 80.00-250.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 360.39 TL 250.00-500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 313.88 TL 200.00-500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,780.07 TL 1,200.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,065.82 TL 750.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,371.94 TL 2,500.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,947.12 TL 1,300.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 779.95 TL 510.96-1,105.50
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 386.16 TL 278.71-557.41
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,627.19 TL
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 22.73 15.00-30.00

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Last update: April 2019
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96 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Apr 25, 2019 :
The president of Turkey bought S-300 missel defense systems from Russia.The president wanted to buy F-35's from the U S and warned the U S if they didn't sell them to Turkey they'd buy SU-57'S instead.The U S declined obviously because Turkey and Russia are in bed together.Turkey can leave NATO too the U S doesn't care.Its just easy target practice for the mighty U S military," BRING IT ON " !!!!!!!!!!!!
#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.
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#Steve on Nov 15, 2018 :
Hi , i want know about living in istanbul or Bursa . can a photo designer work there and start living in turkey ? i really need some information about it
#Partha Sarathi Ghosh on Nov 11, 2018 :
I have received one employment offer letter from Shishane Oil Company, Shishane Group, Istanbul as Lab Chemist. Is this reliable company? I am Indian. They have asked to contact their travel agent Joan Clay Consulting for Work permit and other processing work. Please guide me. Thanks with repards
#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
#Muhammad Rashid Iqbal on Sep 07, 2018 :
Or anyone to know about the cheap single room in Istanbul please tell me about that
#Muhammad Rashid Iqbal on Sep 07, 2018 :
I am coming to turkey Istanbul I don't know the turkey language so any Pakistani to share room with me I need a place for living
#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.
#Anonymous on Sep 03, 2018 :
Update: 1€ buys around 8TRY now. Send help. Our economy is fucked.
#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
#Anonymous on Jul 06, 2018 :
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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?
#SAEID on Aug 07, 2017 :
The cost of renting a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment is good every month in Istanbul
#SAEID REZA on Aug 07, 2017 :
Hello, one can guide me that the cost of studying at universities in the city of Istanbul is private and state-owned.
#hu_lıek on Jul 15, 2017 :
a big mac menu is 18.75 TL. these prices are cheaper than actual prices.
#alper on Jul 15, 2017 :
in a restaurant, 10 TL for a beer has become impossible after the latest raises. the average price for a beer in a restaurant is 14 TL.
#Anonymous on Jul 08, 2017 :
Hi, I would like to know that what is the cost of studying at the private and public universities and also the cost of studying in the elementary school in Istanbul, both monthly and yearly...
#Mehmet Yüksel on Jul 06, 2017 :
I am living in Istanbul and the prices given on the list are correct.
#Can on Jun 17, 2017 :
As an Istanbullite, the prices seem a little bit lower than they actually are. (around 20%-30%)
I am a student currently living in a moderate neighbourhood and I spend 3000 Turkish Liras and I don't really think about my bank account for 25 days. A regular dinner + a beer in a moderate district costs 18 + 12 TL. I am living in a 3 bedroom apartment with 2 other friends and paying 2400 TL for total. I am pretty sure that you cannot find a lower rent in a moderate neighborhood. For a student, if you like to hang around regularly and usually eat outside, 2500TL is required. For a family with 2 children, at least 8000-10000 TL (2000-2500 EUR) is mandatory covering all expenses for a "RELATIVELY COMFORTABLE" life.
#Furkan on Jun 07, 2017 :
Entries in this site is very cheap to normal life in İstanbul it must be entered 10 or 5 years ago generally.
#Anonymous on Apr 02, 2017 :
if you earn like 1.500 $ you can live with your regular standarts which includes taxes.
#Anonymous on Feb 04, 2017 :
Purchasing Power Parity is far too low, if you won't make 5k in a month for one person, don't consider moving here! everything way too expensive to income!
#David on Jan 29, 2017 :
Istanbul is expensive for Turkish people because their income is lower than European people's income. But don't worry TRY is worthless against Euro or USD . You can live in Istanbul with $1,000+ income easily.
#Selcuk on Jan 27, 2017 :
Recently Turkish Lira is loosing value against other currencies. Below is the exchange rate for US $ for the last couple of months. (Lost is around %30 since last September.) If your income is, say in US$ then your money is now %30 more valuable. Due to political uncertainity, turkish lira might loose even more value. Please keep this situation in mind while you do your planning....

Sept 2016 2.95
Oct 2016 3.07
Nov 2016 3.17
Dec 2016 3.53
Jan 2017 3.54
Today (Jan 27h 2017) 3.88
#Anonymous on Jan 23, 2017 :
Hello, my name is Susan and I am about to be an exchange in Istanbul. I would like to ask if 2100 TRY are enough to spent a month including the rent.Thank you very much in advance!!!
#Tad on Jan 22, 2017 :
Hi all
I am surprised th read some bullsit stuff like one idiot called Emre, I have been to Istanbul almost 6 times, apart from being very traffic, it is very target to hear this idiot talk non sense about Turks or Arab countries in away that mislead readers.
He should get out and back to Berlin instead of giving false information.
I will be moving to Istanbul shortly because it is great place to live with great people to know.
#Alpay Türegen on Jan 10, 2017 :
If you think working or living in Turkey you can contact me from I am an İstanbul based lawyer and ı can help you about any issues.
#Anonymous on Dec 06, 2016 :

you can leave with a teacher income. Bur you should find yourself private students.
#Mahyar on Nov 29, 2016 :
Hey guys. I'm planning to immigrate to turkey and I want some info about the city!
I teach english,does anyone know how much is the income of a teacher there? Can I live with the income of just being a teacher? for paying things like rent a house and etc.
thanks in advance.
#Yuchell 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
#Augusto on Oct 31, 2016 :
how much is recomendable bring to spent like 20 days in Turkey, most of the time in Istanbul, but I want to travel to other cities!
#Anonymous on Oct 05, 2016 :
#Baran Cem Zurnacı

you are exaggerating

your income specify your lifestyle

these expenses for the lowest and dull standart of the living

and yes i don't like to living in this country too...
#Baran Cem Zurnacı on Oct 01, 2016 :
750 TL - 1500 TL for rent 1 br house depends on area (if you want your home to be burglarized often or to have murderer neighbours)

200 TL - 300 TL for bills (if you have no problem with cold weathers or take a shower twice a month)

300 TL - 400 TL for kitchen (if you are vegetarian or on diet of death)

500 TL - 750 TL for leisure (if you just read a book on seaside without drinking or eating anything)

150 TL - 200 TL for transportation (if you have legs strong enough to go everywhere by walk)

"so you need at least 2.000 TL for a month to living modestly" is a big and ridicilous lie. You need minimum 5.000-6.000 TL to live with low standards.
#SD on Oct 01, 2016 :
#HANDE agreed, everything so expensive as to income!

Expenses for one person would be;

750 TL - 1500 TL for rent 1 br house depends on area

200 TL - 300 TL for bills

300 TL - 400 TL for kitchen

500 TL - 750 TL for leisure

150 TL - 200 TL for transportation

so you need at least 2.000 TL for a month to living modestly

minimum wage is around 1300 - 1750 TL depends which job you could have...
#Baran Cem Zurnacı on Sep 25, 2016 :
#HANDE If you really know any restaurant where Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draugh) is just 9.00 TL, I'd like to drink with you vastly! (Limitless. I will order. Promise:)
#HANDE on Sep 23, 2016 :
I was born in Istanbul and I live in Istanbul. The prices above are 100% accurate.
#Baran Cem Zurnacı on Sep 14, 2016 :
Prices mentioned above are quite fake. If you come to or live in Istanbul (or any other city), e-mail to then i will reply. Moreover, it is extremely hard to survive in Turkey in safe, due to terror, thieft, confiscating, usurping, raping, etc. So think twice or more to move to Turkey.
#Zoko on Aug 28, 2016 :
I have dual citizenship (American and other) I want to move to Turkey, does anybody what are the requirements to be able to live in Turkey. How do I get work permit, etc.
Thank you,
#trappedin on Aug 12, 2016 :
As of 2016 summer, middle-class life for a single person in Istanbul costs 2000-2500TL except rent. There aren't any vacancies for english speaking graduates in corporations. Think Greece. Starting salaries are around 2500-3000TL for graduates. Mid-class life costs around 4500-5000TL including rent.
#Prince Adiki on Jul 18, 2016 :
Hi, my name is prince and I've been living in Istanbul for almost a year now, I find its a very interesting place but difficult to survive, I don't work so I get my money from home (which is Nigeria). Lately I've been thinking of looking a little job to hold on to, but I don't know how to go about it, I don't even know if foreign students are allowed to work here and what sort of jobs are allowed, the salary rate is not a problem for me, I just need a job. Please any help will be appreciated. Thanks and God bless.
#fuck this siti on Jun 18, 2016 :
if you wanna live in istanbul you need 10k try/month at least. Below that you will live like a plant. I saw someone mentioned 900try/monnth. That is not even enough for your monthly rent.
#Caner on Jun 15, 2016 :

Firstly thanks for your useful work.

I was born in Istanbul and still living in here.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre (İstanbul) is written 6,919.03 TL on the page.

However that price is so rare for even really outside of the city (maybe in 3 or 4 districts of total 32). In the city centre it varies between 18.000-25.000 TRY depending on the exact location.

Take care...
#shammas bk on Mar 24, 2016 :
i got admission to istanbul university with monthly stipend of 600 tl . accommodation is free .... can i survive there..... pls help me
##Khan on Mar 03, 2016 :
Can any one help in finding out cost of living in Istanbul. I am planning to come there in a few months. Please tell me
1- The monthly rent of one-bed apartment in city centre and out of centre.
2- Average living cost of one person (without rent) in istanbul?
3- Any economical school in Istanbul for Pakistani students?
3- Primary class (Grade 4) monthly fee at school in Istanbul where Pakistani students can study?

##chris on Jan 28, 2016 :
To #olash10

You can check out this website and enter your info, use a translator and play around with it.

You'll need to click BRÜTTEN NETE first.

Basically in Turkey the tax increases over the year so that you get paid the highest in the first 3 months of the year and lowest in the later 3. It evens out. If you are getting 100,000/yr that will be about 65,000 net/yr, but this can increase depending on if you have family, etc.
#olash10 on Jan 25, 2016 :
hello everyone, I got a job offer for Turkey,
can anyone tell me which are the taxes rates in Turkey and which will be the net salary of a year gross salary of 100000TL.
Thank you in advanced,
#eng..... on Jan 13, 2016 :
hey there every one ... i have received a job offer in Turkey and i was wandering for family of me, wife 3 years son. to live an average level of life what is the minimum salary i should be expecting, am an architect with 9 years of experience...

thank you
#Ali on Jan 11, 2016 :
Your questions are very welcome about Turkey. Anyone who has questions of Turkey can contact me.
#Faisal Khan on Dec 31, 2015 :

Depending what do you want to do in 3 months... if you want to explore Istanbul, then live on European side, otherwise, life on the asian side is cheaper and quite as well. I would recommend to live close to metro station, so its easy to commute. Try to explore asian side, I live in Atasehir, the nearest metro is Kozyatağı, live close to Kozyatagi.

Accommodation rental: Explore the rentals of single bed room on the following website:
Food: Max 500-800 for single person.
Rent - 1000 TL
You would need 2000 TL per month to live a decent life without shopping etc.
#Faisal on Dec 31, 2015 :
#COLOMBIAN 1400 would be more than enough per month...we have a family of 4, and our weekly grocery is approx 250 TL i.e. 1000 TL...unlimited you can manage to spend less!
##COLOMBIAN on Dec 30, 2015 :
Hi, im coming from Colombia as an exchange student. I will leave in Bakirkoy. After paying for my rent and services, i have an extra 1400 TL for my other expenses. Is this enough??
#Tanha on Dec 08, 2015 :
I would like to stay in Istanbul at least for three months in very near future because I was there once and I like it very much. My budget is tight and limited. Can some one advice me how much money I will need to live in Istanbul, include a small place to rent(anywhere), food, wi-fi, transportation (public)etc. I will be appreciate an open honest response. Thank you.
#makifak on Oct 21, 2015 :
Hi, #Anonymous It is very difficult to live in Istanbul with 900 TL, Consider this! Here is a giant city, people wish to leave, but can't because of other cities bad employment conditions.
However, Here has a good weather and beautiful landscape..
If you want to live in Turkey, Bursa or Izmir would be better for 900 TL income.
You can find any job with those salary in anywhere of Turkey.
If you good at speaking Russian or German or English, you will also have a job in Antalya where has the perfect sea and beaches.
#Anonymous on Oct 21, 2015 :
can anyone tell me if living on 900TL a month good? accommodation is out
i mean living in istanbul will 900TL be okay?
#obinna andrew on Sep 01, 2015 :
how many years stay will a nigerian be given to move in to istabul, school and work, i have skills in painting and am a structural window hood maker, also a graduate in business administration???/thanks u can mail me as well....urgent responds
#Aftab on Aug 03, 2015 :
i am pakistani based in istanbul since 2013.if anyone need any help to settle in istanbul,you can contact id is
#Emir on Jul 02, 2015 :
Inexpensive Restaurant Big Döner = 5 TL = 2.5 $
Inexpensive Restaurant Kebab = 10-15 TL = 5 - 7.5 $

gasoline , cars and phone expensive than other contries

fruit and vegatable cheaper than other countries
#omer on May 29, 2015 :
@surya Depends on your family and life style. Where are you living now and how much you spend. But in Istanbul 12k lira (netto) is relative high salary. I assume 12k is netto if it is brutto then it changes. Im living now in Hannover/GER I would go back to Istanbul if I would earn 12K lira(netto) in Istanbul.
#surya on May 22, 2015 :
Am planning to work in turkey, Istanbul for Software company for 12k lira.. Is tat survival ?
#rehan imtiaz on Apr 30, 2015 :
anyone who from pakistan and settled there plz help me or guide me for move to turkey.
#kamran najjaraqdam on Apr 24, 2015 :
Hi everyone, I am a TEFL teacher And I plan to live to Turkey, can someone tell me if teachers can have a normal life on their own? How much does a normal teacher earn in Istanbul,
#Kamran on Apr 24, 2015 :
Hi everyone, I am a TEFL teacher And I plan to live to Turkey, can someone tell me if teachers can have a normal life on their own? How much does a normal teacher earn in Istanbul,
#fay on Apr 16, 2015 :
I am going to retire. I live in Utah. with my social security around $2000 I want to move to Istanbul. Any suggestion will be appreciated greatly
#SD on Apr 13, 2015 :
(March 2015) Poverty Line of 4 Person in Turkey 4.238.00 TL, and the Living Wage of of 4 Person is 1.301.00 TL,
also minimum wage is 1.202.00 TL after tax is 949.00 TL, regular working hours in a week around 50-60 Hours, and Turkey's minimum wage is not covered by hourly rate.

If you want to live comfortably at least with 2 kids, you must earn minimum 4.000.00 TL by month, if you are single you can live modestly with 2.000.00 TL in a month, don't buy a car because is over-over taxed, also gasoline is around 4.50 TL which is world's highest gasoline consumed in Turkey because of taxes, don't go out night everyday, if you love drinking alcohol, don't drink everyday because both imported and exported beer around 5.25 TL in markets, in a bar it's around 10 - 12 TL, also food prices marking up and utilites over-taxed, i'm thinking to move away from this country,it's too hard to live if you are not rich enough...