Cost of Living in Istanbul

Summary about cost of living in Istanbul, Turkey:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 120.00 TL 75.00-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 TL 370.00-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 100.00 TL 87.00-120.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 TL 30.00-80.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 70.00 TL 45.00-100.00
Cappuccino (regular) 41.12 TL 25.00-60.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 19.17 TL 12.00-30.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 8.18 TL 5.00-15.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 86.73 TL 64.35-109.78
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 9.18 TL 4.54-21.77
Rice (white), (1 lb) 16.95 TL 13.60-22.68
Eggs (regular) (12) 38.85 TL 20.50-54.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 66.94 TL 45.36-99.79
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 39.27 TL 20.41-49.90
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 90.49 TL 68.04-117.48
Apples (1 lb) 8.07 TL 4.54-11.34
Banana (1 lb) 12.64 TL 7.71-22.68
Oranges (1 lb) 8.54 TL 4.54-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 9.74 TL 5.44-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 5.27 TL 3.18-8.16
Onion (1 lb) 5.23 TL 3.63-6.80
Lettuce (1 head) 13.70 TL 8.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 6.60 TL 3.50-10.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 180.00 TL 90.00-300.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 37.95 TL 30.00-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.92 TL 35.00-60.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 35.00 TL 32.00-40.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 9.90 TL 8.00-15.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 700.00 TL 600.00-780.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.65 TL 9.80-22.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 13.68 TL 10.14-16.58
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 90.00 TL 60.00-200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 82.49 TL 74.19-105.99
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 800,000.00 TL 700,000.00-999,999.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 719,468.52 TL 630,000.00-850,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,393.74 TL 940.58-2,200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.43 TL 0.60-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 191.22 TL 150.00-290.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 568.76 TL 300.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 234.49 TL 100.00-350.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 80.00 TL 60.00-143.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 5,524.09 TL 3,500.00-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 129,374.39 TL 60,000.00-250,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 948.25 TL 350.00-1,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 634.01 TL 300.00-1,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,729.50 TL 1,000.00-2,600.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,372.71 TL 650.00-2,500.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 12,253.87 TL 8,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,598.24 TL 5,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 21,274.15 TL 15,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 12,752.87 TL 9,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,502.79 TL 2,787.07-7,432.18
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,292.94 TL 1,393.53-4,180.60
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 9,870.50 TL
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 23.98 13.00-35.00

Prices in Istanbul

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100 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 26, 2023:
Too many exaggerated claims? People make just above minimum salary of $400 per month? Where is this person from?

Here's your answers!!!

I'm Turkish lived in Istanbul all of my life.

400 lira monthly if people are lucky

None of you actually live in Istanbul let alone are Turkish citizens
Mert on Jan 23, 2023:
The prices in dollar terms are similar to the prices in USA, except eating at restaurants. Considering the wages in Istanbul, it is hard to imagine how people get by? Feel sorry for people who work for minimum salary, which is just above $400
Anonymous on Jan 23, 2023:
There are too many exaggerated and false comments againts Turkey here. I am a Spaniard living in Istanbul for 2.5 years, Turkish people are excellent, humourus, friendly, warm and reliable. In 2,5 years, neither I nor my friends have experienced any problem. Yes, especially in the last year, there have been serious economic problems, the country's politics and inflation etc.., 65% of Turks do not support Erdogan, people are get by more difficult than they were 2 or 3 years ago, I believe that everything will be better than before after this government leaves. Despite the heavy traffic, Istanbul is really beautiful.
Anonymous on Jan 19, 2023:
To Anonymous on Jan 09, 2023: What the f ? :) I'm really curious where is this person from ? when I read its comment I felt like I live in a prison :)
Actually, Türkiye is a nice country to visit and if you earn more than 2000 dolars a nice country to live.
Türkiye has some major problems as all the countries have.
Don't be misleaded by exaggerated comments.
Alex on Dec 27, 2022:
I am a US citizen and lived in Turkey about 100km from Istanbul for about 6 months. My experience living there was very positive. The turkish people are great, very helpful, kind and decent. My landlord I rented apt from used to come and help me on my one call. My average cost of living for a very good furnished apt, food, transportation was under $1000 a month. The car and gas is expensive and renting a car can be expensive as well as prices fluctuates a lot. Rental cars companies can rip you off and taxis as well. Avoid restaurants around touristic areas as well as guides and random people asking to help you.

I find the negative comments a huge exaggeration. Turkey is safe and beautiful.
Mert on Dec 10, 2022:
Turkish people deserve the hardship they are suffering now, because they elected and empowered an uneducated street smart crook as their president. He knows how to manipulate uneducated masses, because he was one of them.
Anonymous on Dec 08, 2022:
Erdogan is doing as much economic damage as possible to turkey.Turkish citizens are sitting on their hands while Erdogan is bombing Iraq and Syria plus Kurdish rebels on the Eastern part of Turkey.All of this over 4 lives lost years ago to avenge just 4 Turkish lives costing many millions of dollars adding to additional debt to turkey economy which makes absolutely no sense at all.Currently $1 USD = 18.67 lira.Just the same Erdogan wants to make a name in Turkish history for himself without any regards to how much Turkish citizens are suffering just another dictator.
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2022:
Erdogan promised a ground offensive including tanks to iradicate kurds from Turkey next step.Erdogan should be applauded by all Turkish citizens for keeping turkey safe.
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2022:
The bright spot in turkey is Erdogan leveling many areas of Iraq and Syria including the Eastern region of turkey where kurds are the most concentrated.So far over 500 missiles have been launched against Iraq and Syria hitting their mark slendidly.Turkish citizens aren't grateful for very much if anything.Atleast Erdogan has the guts to iradicate kurds and Kurdish rebel supporters instead of allowing Kurdish rebels to run out of control in turkey.
Anonymous on Nov 27, 2022:
20 years ago Turkish citizens were still bitter to tourists and especially other foreigners who decided to stay in Turkey being retired or open businesses so Turkish citizens could work.But Turkish citizens have always been bitter towards all foreigners who visited turkey.Every citizen from every country has experience Turkish citizens non gratitude towards them.Karma bites hard Turkish citizens have created their own karma so deal with it.Nobody owes Turkish citizens an apology.Yes Turkish citizens have a negative outlook towards all people who visit turkey.
Murzah on Nov 26, 2022:
Aussie here with Turkish heritage. Just spent 6 weeks in Turkey through our winter with relatives. Breaking through the polished tourist surface of Istanbul it is in fact true that the people are really struggling and miserable. We in western secular democracies (which Turkey once was) take a lot for granted.

Someone mentioned below that there are amazing shopping malls and great food in Istanbul... The sad truth is that most Turks don't get to enjoy these malls or fantastic food. The only people that visit these arab funded, arab built shopping malls are arab tourists who fly in by the droves as Istanbul unfortunately becomes their new play thing.

To those who think Turkish people hate all other countries, get down and kiss the soil you walk on. With most all people living under the poverty line, struggling to pay their rent, wondering where their next meal will come from, earning less than $10USD a day, all while tourists from all over the come and do what locals cant even dream of enjoying without even a thank you, its not hard to see why they have become so bitter.

Yes we all know the media in most countries are controlled by a handful of corporations, but in Turkey, the supreme leader runs a tight ship and Turkey has generally had a nationalist rhetoric parroted through 95% of news outlets for years now as a method of brainwashing the masses into accepting their meagre life full of hardship, with the blame being pointed squarely at other countries and external sources, not their own leadership.

If we lived under such a dictator that sold off all our national assets, natural resources and land, dumbed down the masses, syphoned trillions of dollars out of the economy into his own personal accounts, and muzzles 95% of news outlets, you can begin to understand how this sentiment would form.

Turkey was unfortunately in a better position 20 years ago than it is before ultimate greed and corruption got in the way.
Anonymous on Nov 22, 2022:
To Helena

You must be living in the British area shielded from the hatred throughout Istanbul and turkey otherwise you wouldn't defend Turkish citizens.Hate doesn't scratch the surface of how Turkish feel about foreigners no matter which country they come from.
Helena on Nov 20, 2022:
I am amazed at numerous negative comments about local people...I have been living here with a residence permit for 8 months and I find local people very friendly and helpful. No single negative experience, let alone taxi drivers, yes, but lets admit the fact, they are similar everywhere.
I am grateful to Turkey that it is so warm and welcoming!
Servet Adriyan on Oct 19, 2022:
I'm from Iraq, I live in Turkey .. but my passport is Turkish, my lady is Turkish, so I got citizenship, but now I'm having trouble
Anonymous on Oct 13, 2022:
As of oct 13 2022 $1 USD equals 18.57 lira.
It's sad to know many lives are being disrupted no matter how much or how little anyone makes.Fortunes that were built are lost forever. Students in Izmir invested money in their educations and now they cannot afford to continue to complete their goals.Even when Erdogan is gone financial security will take decades to recover if ever.One person mentioned turkey has better malls etc than USA UK etc.However none of the glamorous malls including the gold chairs Erdogan sits in are owned by turkey it's all debt.Those shiny expensive things mean nothing without a flourishing economy with the ability to pay for it all.Everything is priced way out of reach for most Turkish citizens simple things like a kilo of potatoes.I must agree with one of the comments about Turkish citizens shunning most every country.Not only is it a bad repretation but it spills down onto the economy as a whole.Negative attitudes towards tourists visiting who help stimulate the economy.NEVER BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU WE NOTICED AND NEVER RETURNED FOR HOLIDAY AGAIN.
Anonymous on Sep 17, 2022:
To Omer

Spoken like a true Turkish idiot.

Food is very high priced rents are double and triple with the approval of the Turkish government. Crime is rampid everywhere Turkish people don't have anything good to say about any countries truth be known. Muslim roots align more with radical countries such as Syria and Iran.
Erdogan,wants to be the masiah,of the Muslim world. Turkish people are very aggressive and rude naturally staring at foreigners with their hate filled expressions while you make 9 usd if you're lucky if you're lucky Omer.

Just like most Turkish people you're living in the dark ages blaming your woes on all countries. But instead you should look in the mirror and fix the blame and start with yourselves.
Omer on Sep 13, 2022:
Most of the negative comments are from people and clearly they are anti Muslims. Turkey is one of the best country where you can live safely as compared to USA. There are no events recorded like mass shooting on school kids but in USA its been reported many times. Most of the citizens are friendly. Yes you are right there are economic downturn and high inflation but we are experiencing same kinda inflation in North America too. At least food is cheap and very tasty. Living cost is fairly cheap as compared to the USA and Canada. Overall its safe and I feel way more safer here as compared to the streets of New York and Toronto downtown where you can get stabbed or mugged by any black or red neck racist psychopath. I don't know which world you are talking about there are many cases reported almost everyday in USA and India but not in Turkey. Feel safe enjoy your trip with kuch more positivity. Good and bad people are every where but majority of the Turkey is safe and nice. Food is amazing and shopping is outclass. Malls are wayyy wayyyy better and beautiful than UK, USA and Canada.
Can on Aug 25, 2022:
Turkey was on its way to join the EU 20 years ago and was much stronger economically than many of its Eastern European neighbors like Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia. But, Erdogan has a different idea. He wants Turkey to join the Arab Union. But, there is one little problem, Turks are not Arabs. Without enough Arab population, he can not fulfill his dream. But, it is not something a world leader like him could not solve. He opened the door wide to the Syrians and other Arabs to increase their population. He may just succeed, or not. A civil war is not off the Table. The secular Turks who doesn’t want to be a part of the middle east may not give up without a fight.
barbaros akamac on Aug 25, 2022:
Taxis do not operatör on official tarifs but they overcharge 300%.
Uber is not allowed in Turkey.
Anonymous on Aug 25, 2022:
There's never been anything western about turkey get your geography right for once. Turkey is a country full of Muslim nobodies.
Anonymous on Aug 25, 2022:
Almost all of those who make unfounded comments about Turkey are Middle Eastern or Asian people. If you do not have the same culture as the Turks and if you do not respect their culture, you will suffer the consequences. Especially young people in Turkey do not like political Islamists and if you have the same culture as political Islamists, you will not be liked by the Turks. Westerners always make good comments about Turks, because except for some suburbs, Turks have always had a western way of life. A European does not feel foreign in a European country like Turkey, but if you are from the Middle East, you will feel that you are a foreigner in Turkey as in every European country.
Mahmud on Aug 21, 2022:
The foreigners who are still planning to move to Turkey is living in the past and have the prepandemic Turkey in their heads. Turkey is hard hit by the pandemic, partly due to the pandemic and war related problems, partly due to mismanagement of the economy by its dictator wannabe president. Unemployment is high, inflation is one of the highest in the world, 80% by book, but probably around 200% in reality. Thus, many Turks are pushed into poverty and they blame the foreigners for economic hardship, Syrian and Afghan, Pakistani and Central Asian immigrants for the unemployment since they are believed to taking up jobs for much lower salaries and benefits, Russians, Ukrainians, Arabs and other foreigners for the sky high rent, because they are believed to be scooping up the properties at higher prices than the locals pushing the rent and purchase prices out of reach of ordinary Turks. According to government numbers, 40% Turks work for the minimum salary of 5500 TL, which is roughly 275 dollars. As a result, anti-foreigners sentiment is high. If the current economic crisis doesn’t resolve soon, which is highly unlikely, the safety situation could be a problem down the road, particularly in a crucial election year in 2023. So, I would recommend to give a second thought until the horizon clears up.
Anonymous on Aug 17, 2022:
Furthermore the Turkish government doesn't allow any foreigners to purchase any real-estate in Istanbul or its suburbs by foreigners new law on maximum 25% quota on foreigners
Anonymous on Aug 17, 2022:
FYI on average a 2 bedroom apartment averages 1,500 euro monthly depending upon what area in Istanbul.
Anonymous on Aug 17, 2022:
HELLO PRAJAKTA

Unlike many here I'm going to give you honest advice only because I've lived in Istanbul almost 20 years now. The Turkish government isn't allowing anymore residence permits for foreigners in Istanbul including 97 suburbs near Istanbul for this reason. 25% is the maximum the Turkish government allows foreigners living there no matter what part of Turkey it's in.So resident permits aren't being issued anymore. But other areas away from Istanbul are fine
As far as you being accepted as Indian it's not a problem at all because Turkey overall accepts anyone from any countries.Type in on Google search engine 2022 25% maximum foreigners allowed in Istanbul it'll list all of the cities in the suburbs not allowing residence permits. Good luck with your move to Turkey welcome.
Prajakta on Aug 16, 2022:
Hello, I will be moving into Istanbul in September 2022. It will be 2 adults total. I am struggling very much to understand the price for a 2 bedroom apartment atleast 110 - 120 sqmeters. Please provide rent advice, if we want to find a sea view apartment close to the second bridge connection on Asian side and is Gokturk really worth it for an Indian to live there ? Is Gokturk a hyped township in the name of foreginers living there ? I find the rent aparts there are overly priced. Second question is, fees and availability for maid per month visiting 15 days for cleaning, ironing, washing and if possible cooking too.
Thank you.
Biggy on Jul 27, 2022:
Istanbul is a nice touristic city. Very historical and modern at the same time. Food is amazinggg, transportation and accomodation are cheap especially nowadays after the Turkish Lira devaluation.

Locals are not bad. Knowing some turkish worda will be highly appreciated by them as they are very proud of their language. Even just truying to say turkish words will make them look at you in a different way. Some are noce some are not. Like in allll countries, locals will try to over charge you. Just do your homework and search the web about costs and prices and you will be fine.

Or you can just contact me and I can help you roaming around in Istanbul, visiting historical and nice places.
As a Lebanese (male 41years old) I liked the turkish cuisine but you have to know where to have it. I am living in Istanbul since a year and a half and got to know some authentic super tasty restaurants (the high budget and the low budget ones).

Clothes shopping is a must qhen visiting Turkey or Turkiye as they changed its name now. I got to know some deals where many many locals couldn't know like buying an original US Polo shirt from US Polo shop in the mall for 90 Turkish Liras (original price is never less than 300TL). There are pazars also but you have to know where the good deals are at.
Also there is a biggg market for luxury second hand clothes starting from 20000TL (more than 1000$) for some authentic Diesel or Harley jacketa also you can find fine branded t-shirts for less than a dollar.

Local perfumes, leather, aunglasses, caps and many many products will shock you for that quality/price ratio.

It will be my pleasure to assist you if needed. Feel free to contact my via mail:
yabanjee@gmail.com

(Locals will laugh at my mail) :))

Regards,
Amer
barbaros akamac on Jul 17, 2022:
Taxis in Istanbul try to overcharge most of the time. Recently they tried to charge me 150 TL for 3 km although İ am a local.
Anonymous on Jul 16, 2022:
Tourists aren't coming to turkey much these days especially since Ergodan is swapping spit with terrorists like selling Syrian refugee women to China for breeding purposes.
Atakan Can on Jul 14, 2022:
We are interested in tourism. We are two 35-year-old men in Tekirdag-Süleymanpaşa. We can help with historical touristic trips and accommodation. for a place to stay in the city or nearby sea. The fee is 100 dollar for 1 day and 12 hours. The languages ​​we know are German, English and Turkish.
My e-mail address: canatakan93@gmail.com
Atakan Can on Jul 14, 2022:
We are interested in tourism. We live in Tekirdağ- Süleymanpaşa, two men are 35 years old. We can help with historical touristic places to visit and guide and accommodation. We can find places close to the city or the sea for you to stay. The fee is $100 for 1 day and 12 hours. The languages ​​we know are German, English and Turkish.
Anonymous on Jul 05, 2022:
Be aware Erdogan,has approved a 25% increase in rent starting July 15, 2022.He blames inflation but he should be blaming himself.2023 will be 23% more for rent.Many people are walking away from their rented apartments and houses tent communities are springing up everywhere. My brother makes 9 usd per day now and he was a mechanical engineer before.

Turkey has always allowed raise in rents annually.By the end of 2022 the lira will be between 21.6 and 22.0 to one dollar.
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
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.
Shyam khanna on Mar 23, 2021:
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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.