Cost of Living in Istanbul

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 44.20
Rent Index: 15.05
Groceries Index: 37.59
Restaurants Index: 33.66
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 30.18
Local Purchasing Power: 53.39
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 TL 15.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 TL 60.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 TL 14.00-18.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 TL 6.50-14.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 12.00 TL 8.00-17.00
Cappuccino (regular) 7.72 TL 6.00-10.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.79 TL 2.00-5.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.01 TL 0.50-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.50 TL 7.57-13.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.54 TL 0.91-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.59 TL 1.81-3.63
Eggs (12) 6.64 TL 5.00-10.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.17 TL 6.80-11.34
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.94 TL 4.54-8.62
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 20.98 TL 18.10-27.22
Apples (1 lb) 1.64 TL 1.13-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 2.71 TL 2.27-3.18
Oranges (1 lb) 1.44 TL 0.91-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.59 TL 0.91-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.94 TL 0.45-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.89 TL 0.45-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.46 TL 1.50-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.62 TL 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30.00 TL 25.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.57 TL 5.75-8.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.84 TL 6.50-12.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 12.00 TL 11.00-13.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.45 TL 2.30-3.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 180.00 TL 150.00-185.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.45 TL 3.20-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.38 TL 3.22-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 21.00 TL 20.46-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 18.30 TL 16.66-20.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 79,500.00 TL 70,000.00-88,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 78,208.20 TL 70,000.00-90,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 305.60 TL 200.00-450.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.54 TL 0.40-1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.34 TL 49.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 131.93 TL 100.00-200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 72.58 TL 30.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 TL 15.00-25.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,324.01 TL 1,300.00-3,612.78
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 44,234.11 TL 20,000.00-60,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 148.44 TL 100.00-200.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 98.34 TL 60.00-150.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 233.52 TL 150.00-300.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 225.04 TL 150.00-300.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,719.49 TL 1,200.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 945.05 TL 700.00-1,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,185.11 TL 2,400.00-4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,742.86 TL 1,200.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 759.17 TL 464.51-1,031.22
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 347.94 TL 232.26-464.51
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,431.07 TL
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 12.13 10.00-15.00

Prices in Istanbul, Turkey

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Last update: March, 2017
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Cost of living in Istanbul is 55.80% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 502.24$ (1,814.47TL) and for four person family at 1,791.63$ (6,472.76TL) (without rent).
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100 Comments so far

#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...
#Negin on Mar 31, 2015 :
Hi there, I'm a Bachelor of Animals Science and I have 8 years work experience in Canada.Can some body tell me average salary rate in Turky please:)
#tremsrea on Mar 13, 2015 :
A pack of Marlboro Red now costs 10TL. Thanks to the new taxes that came on Jan 1, 2015
#Hidrisa on Mar 10, 2015 :
hi I live in Nigeria I got two options of a countries I can go first is turkey d other is Ukraine and Germany pls I need a fair advice on which country I should go which I will make a legitimate and reasonable money cos am going there to search for work that will fetch me cash.
thanks in advance
#bayzid on Feb 13, 2015 :
hy recently I will move turkis but I went to know how many TL earn in 20 hour per 1week?(coz I am student and I have work permit)
#berk on Jan 30, 2015 :
Emre, u are talking bullshit.. and u are probably not turkish.. Ah also u are not livin istanbul too.. im livin in seattle right now and my hometown is istanbul.. and be sure istanbul is more better then seattle.. so stop being stupid kid and dont talk about istanbul. cuz u dont know anything about ppl and istanbul.. and pls gtfo back to germany as soon as posible..
#Martijn Regeb on Jan 20, 2015 :
I can agree on Emre with the traffic, government and noise in Istanbul. But Turkish people are definitely friendly, nice and helpful. Yes there are stupid people who just try to trick you and get your money, but I consider this as quite normal in a tourist city. Don't meet new friends in nightlife or in center, better meet your neighbours or join activity groups of your interest. If you have Turks as friends you will recognise that these are very valuable friendships.
Else Emre is really right, Istanbul life is hard even if you earn above average, cause of noise, traffic and people everywhere.
#AR on Dec 21, 2014 :
Hi All,

I am from India, and almost got selected for one company in Istanbul. Also want to stay with my family in a single bed room flat. Now I want to tell them the expected salary. I also wants to save $1500 per month.

Can any one suggest me, how much should I ask?

thanks in advance.
#Emre on Nov 22, 2014 :
Now listen carefully people! This is a city everyone talks about right? right! For people who not live here it looks like a very nice city from outside. Even for people who visited Istanbul it seemed to be nice. BUT! and know you get the Information from someone inside and living in Istanbul! This city is like an spoiled apple which is red and shiny from the outside but ugly from the inside. So before considering to move to this city you should think about more than just the nice view of the bosphorus or the nice culture. Turks are friendly to tourist. That is why people visit Istanbul talk about the nice and friendly people. This is bullshit! they are only friendly because they want something from you. and this is extreme! Now listen first! i don't talk bullshit! I am turk too but i moved to istanbul from Berlin. I grown up there so I am half german half turk. Turks are people you shouldn't trust! 90% of them have only money in their minds. You wouldn't be happy living here after a while. Another thing is the fucking traffic. Its everywhere and at everytime! The gas prices are about 2.5dollars per liter. the government, which leader is a son of a bitch is making egoistic decisions everytime. The taxes are so much you wouldn't believe. For example cars.. a nice bmw which you can buy for 40.000euros in germany costs about 150.000euros in turkey. fucking ferrari which cost 150.000euros in germany costs here half a million. There are disturbing noises everywhere! 24h! constructions everywhere! Ugly people everywhere. Fuck when you move here you will feel like you moved to an arab country ! there is no difference. I hate to be a turk. Soon i will move back to germany. hopefully. Peace!
#Dr FATHI on Nov 21, 2014 :
I appreciate all the info you provided; i did my homebework before leaving Canada> i have a phd in French and I am able to teach English as well as French> I prefer to work outside Istanbul, in rural areas, it is not to make money but to help and make a difference in some kids life. Just enough to pay a modest rent and buy veggies as I am a confirmed vegetarian
Will someone please guide me> It goes without saying that i intend to honor the labor laws of Turkey being
a Canadian national
many thanks
#Jacky on Nov 17, 2014 :
Most corporations have "fixed" salary range so they can't offer the base salary more.
Therefore, you must ask "expat package" to extend more your overall salary package. Meaning some expatriation cost need to be reimburse or deserve an allowance.

To know more go here ;
#Can on Nov 07, 2014 :
As an Istanbul residence I have few suggestions for those who visit first time to Istanbul.You may visit the Sapphire tower in Levent the tallest building in Europe to

look around Istanbul at 53.Th floor ,go to Bebek Hotel for afternoon drinks or next door Starbucks for great view or Lucca popular bar,restaurant all in Bebek .

Nisantasi like Beverly Hills for shopping and restaurants ,in a good weather you may take boat from Ortakoy to visit Bosporus by boat - every hour from Ortakoy

for $ 5 , you may visit Asian side the cadde,Bagdat cad like Champsellyse -Paris long way about a mile from Suadiye to Goztepe park ,restaurants,book stores

and shops very nice place to visit ,at the Bosporus for fish lufer and meze you may visit Sur Balik at Arnavutkoy and then Sevgi Bahcesi at Istinye for a great view

Next to ferry port in Istinye..Also Ortakoy Port small village like east village in N.Y for restaurants,cafés ,House cafe in Ortakoy is good place to drink ..Certainly

Reina club after 10 p.m in summer Su Ada and Princess Islands...enjoy and if you need help send me an e mail to .I spend my half

year in Los Angeles ,CA ..John..
#Can on Nov 06, 2014 :
I live in Los Angeles winter and Istanbul summer ..Now I am thinking of moving to Prague .
#Janice on Nov 01, 2014 :
hi guys I'm traveling to istanbul turkey end of November with my family.

Can someone tell me how wil the weather be at that time and how much liras do you need for 9days to spend?

I wil be in taksim square aswell any ideas what to do while am there...
#Paras on Oct 19, 2014 :
Hi All,
Is it worth to accept an offer in Istanbul of $750 for a trial period of 3 months post which i may be offered $1000 based on my performance this is with out food and accommodation.Kindly suggest and help me.
#Shay on Oct 14, 2014 :
Just came back from istanbul. A wonderful city to visit or live in. The prices as listed are basically accurate and useful. Be respectful and they're very helpful. Remember they're the cross road of the world. They're used to all kinds of people and will handle people according to desserts, if you will. I found them most helpful and pleasant and kind. I'm going to buy a house there and make it my home away from home. Yes they're tolerant if you're respectful.
#shahidiqbal on Oct 08, 2014 :
I am Instrument and control engineer having 8.5 yr experience in oil and gas sector. Can some body tell me average salary rate in Turkey for 8.5 Yr experience engineer.
#Oi on Sep 26, 2014 :
there is a really detailed guide about İstanbul, written by locals, who have also lived in other countries. It could be so useful for someone who'd like to live in or visit.

take a look:
#Lily on Sep 17, 2014 :
I just came back from Istanbul Turkey a few months ago, the prices are very close to 100 % accurate. I like the old Istanbul though back in the 1980 - 1990s. The truth of the matter is, if you do not speak Turkish, they charge you double or triple depends on how you are dressed too, then the price goes even higher.
But I love Istanbul no matter what.
#sanjay verma on Sep 09, 2014 :
i from capital of India and i want to work in Istanbul because i like very much of Istanbul. nine years work in New Delhi (India) so i request some body tell me how i work there
#Adeel tiwana on Aug 15, 2014 :
Now i am living in kuala lumpur, Malaysia. I feel not good there.
I want to go other country but muslim country so i want to go istanbul. I am doing auto cad.
If any one have a good idea for me please contect me.
My skype id is mr.tiwana99
Me waiting
#arslan qayyum awan on Aug 09, 2014 :
i havebeen offered 1200 $ salary in istanbul (free food,accomodation,transportation etc) is this is enough amount to live and save amount?
#Sara on Jul 25, 2014 :
I will be in Istanbul as a student ( kadikoy- marmara university) ,my housing is paid for and I need to know how much it would cost for other living costs per month: transportations , food and other different costs. Thanks!!
#Meisam MD on Jul 23, 2014 :
The table above is 95% accurate.. I am living in istanbul .. Its almost 6 months... People are great and friendly even with the expats or foreigners.
Perfect food and culture ... Sightseeing and facilities are also just great.
Simply i love istanbul.

P.S: i have been living in Malaysia ( kuala lumpur ) Cyprus ( Kyrenia & Nicosia ) Iran ( Tehran ) China ( Shanghai & Yiwu ) and earlier in Turkey ( Izmir )
#kenneth on Jul 08, 2014 :
Pls is instanbul a nice place to live with someone family?pls help I need to no cos am planning to relocate there with my family thanks
#yucel_ozyazgan on Jun 22, 2014 :
heyy!!! who are seraching a room -for a looonng term- pealse attention to me :)! Now I'm searching a well apart for my new order in İstanbul. u can join to me. only get in touch with me !

of u wonder who I'm so my C.S. profile could help you and my facebook too!
#TheTanha47 . on Jun 01, 2014 :
From Dallas,Texas. I would like to live three to six months in Istabul. I can live either side of Istanbul and all I need a one room in a flat with little facility to store my food and take shower.
#kidvespa on May 29, 2014 :
As Westerner, how would my wife be treated in Instanbul? I am aware of the culture as I have traveled to numerous parts of the Islamic world but never with my wife. From my understanding, Istanbul is very culturally tolerant to non Islamic folks. Does this ring true? Thanks!
#Somnath on May 28, 2014 :
I would like to come in Istanbul to join Maramara University as a Researcher for one year, Can any one tell me how much is should be my monthly requirement if i stay in a single bedded apartment and cooked my food by self? I just want to live in a average life style so mind it that going to bar, pub regularly this things should not b accounted yes might be some time in once or twice in a month. on May 27, 2014 :
Hello guyz am planning to travel to istanbul nixt month can I get work in a hotel
#fatih on May 11, 2014 :
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#nila on May 07, 2014 :
sorry,i want a visa to do i get 1?
#Mehmet on May 02, 2014 :
I'm a student in Istanbul. I'm living Gayrettepe with 2 person. We are paying 1500 TL per month in total(about 500 Euro). I'm paying 500 TL per month(about 170 Euro), And i'm earning 1600 TL(about 550 Euro). I go to bars, pubs and i go out to eat 15-20 days nearly in a month. It's enough money to do all of this.
#Yunus on Apr 29, 2014 :
If you are a foreigner and want to move to Istanbul and have a decent life (without saving any money) you should ask minimum 4000 Turkish Lira per month.
#Naci on Apr 13, 2014 :
People in Istanbul are usually very friendly, though there are some con -artists and scammers as everywhere else. The city has just been chosen as the best destination to visit by tripadvisors contributers. Just be aware of your surroundings and take the normal precautions, you will be fine. Indeed, you will be delighted by this magical majestic city.
#Mert on Feb 28, 2014 :
Hi, Im from Istanbul…live in ulus. One thing is that most people in Istanbul do not like outsiders, just warning you that if they realize you are a foreigner they will be rude and even go to the extent of stealing from you by lying, cheating etc… be very careful, very dangerous in Istanbul if you do not speak the language or know of anybody from Ist.
#Naseem on Feb 26, 2014 :
I am looking to go to Turkey Istanbul for 3 months. I want to rent an apartment. I was looking to pay upto $600 a month. Is there someone who can help me find a place or do any of you know of someone who could help out? I would really appreciate it.

Best regards
#paula on Feb 02, 2014 :
hello, how much are the tax deduction from a salary of 4.5oo eur?
#Hardip Singh on Jan 30, 2014 :
My Friend wants to move from Istanbul,Tukey to Auckland,New Zealand,give me your she should move or not,best place to live,living cost per month
Hardip Singh
##O|@ on Jan 03, 2014 :
i hope to move to instabul, before august 2014,hope this chart is acurate as i would use it to plan ahead for my stay there....thank you
#saad on Dec 29, 2013 :
Hey thanks for the informatiom.. I m from pakistan I am willing to come Istanbul ... I wanted to know is it eassier to find a job there.,??
#saad on Dec 29, 2013 :
Hey thanks for the informatiom.. I m from pakistan I am willing to come Istanbul ... I wanted to know is it eassier to find a job there.,??
#Anonymous on Dec 23, 2013 :
I just wanna ask how much money will I need if I plan to live in Istanbul as a student ?
#Tarek on Dec 14, 2013 :
I am living in Bakirköy in Istanbul it is nice but it is so expensive.
#Anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 :
HI all,
I live in Bakirköy (Istanbul) and I only can say, the house rent is getting higher and higher. Average is TR 1000-1100 but next year I think it is about 1200 to 1400 TL. Bakirköy is not bad but it depends where you work indeed.
#Sally on Dec 10, 2013 :
The fees listed for fitness club membership are nowhere near reality. They are upwards of 2,000 euro (and priced in euros) per year. They are expat luxuries, and only for those making stratospheric incomes.
#Ehsan on Dec 09, 2013 :
hey every buddy !!
i'm trying to get scholarship from universities in stanbul ( koc , istanbul teknik ......) they will give me 1200TL per month ..... is it enough to live in stanbul for an abroader ? if it's not enough , i can't effort :-(
#Anonymous on Nov 03, 2013 :
sorry i move to istanbul in March 2014, not 2013....what do you think about Bakirköy (Istanbul)? Is it a nice place, to search for a apartment?

#Anonymous on Nov 03, 2013 :
thanks, i plan to move to istanbul (March 2013), so this informations are really helpful, hope that i can make it there..::))bye
#Halil on Nov 03, 2013 :
I m Turkish. This page pretty accurate.
##Dr. Chi on Oct 21, 2013 :
This is the most accurate and useful list I have seen. Thank you for putting this together. It helps me plan ahead.
#Dr mass on Oct 05, 2013 :
I lived in istanbul for last year, these prices are realistic and overall this website is very nice. I got good insights in several cases.
thank you very much guys
keep it up!
##EMMA on Sep 18, 2013 :
This is information is outstanding! Since It is going to help me in planning ahead in order to live in Istanbul without stress of budget shortage
#Gökhan on Aug 21, 2013 :
Prices seem OK for Istanbul, however in touristic places they may increase 15 - 20 %.
#Nawar on Jul 08, 2013 :
I appreciate if you can list the cost of living in Dubai, the comparison between both cities are very important.
#Nawar on Jul 08, 2013 :
Thank you for the details, however, and as i have visited Istanbul more than 5 times, i realized that the prices you have mentioned is much lower than actual, i would say that it is 15-20% more as of July 2013.
#buta on Apr 25, 2013 :
Thank you !! This is a good source to plane ahead .
#Said on Apr 04, 2013 :
Thank you for the information. This page is a great contribution.