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Istanbul prices 2021

What are the prices in Istanbul? Wondering how much dinner costs? What are the costs for the accommodation? How much money do I need for shopping in a supermarket in Istanbul?

Tonya Moore recently visited Istanbul and prepared this article about prices in Istanbul. Find out about average prices in Istanbul, including food prices, restaurants, beer, accommodation, transportation and more. Istanbul is a part of Turkey. What currency is accepted in Istanbul? How much money can I bring in Turkey?

What currency is used in Istanbul?
Here you can find information about the currency:
The currency of Turkey is Turkish Lira (TRY). 1₺ (lira) is divided into 100 kr (kuruş). There are 6 different coins: 5Kr, 10Kr, 25Kr, 50Kr, 1, 1Kr. There are 6 different banknotes with the following values: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200. To avoid unexpected risks of receiving counterfeit money, we recommend checking the currency when trading. Be especially careful with these banknotes: 200, 100. The current exchange rate of Turkish Lira (TRY) is: $ 1 USD = 8.40 TRY, 1 EUR = 10 TRY. (Data updated: today) Less popular banknotes are: 100, 200.

  1. For $ 1 US Dollar (USD) you can get: 8.42TRY Turkish Lira (TRY)
  2. For 1 € Euro you can get: 10.25TRY Turkish Lira (TRY)
  3. For £ 1 British Pound (GBP) you can get: 11.91TRY Turkish Lira (TRY)
  4. For 1₽ Russian ruble (RUB) you can get: 0.11TRY Turkish Lira (TRY)

Is Istanbul an expensive city?
The prices for basic products in Istanbul are lower than in Germany. You have to pay 2.20 times less for shopping in Istanbul than in Germany. Average accommodation costs in Istanbul range from: 13 EUR (130 TRY) in a hostel to 42 EUR (426 TRY) in a 3-star hotel. Price per night in a luxury hotel in Istanbul is around 102 EUR (1,000 TRY).
Use of public transport in Istanbul income at the cost of: 0.34 EUR (3.50 TRY) for a one-way ticket. The price to rent a car in Istanbul (e.g. Volkswagen Golf or Toyota Corolla) is 21,000 EUR (225,000 TRY). If you prefer taxi, keep in mind that the price of a taxi in Istanbul depends on several factors. Taxi starting price is around: 0.54 EUR (5.60 TRY). For 1 km in Istanbul you have to pay approximately: 0.34 EUR (3.50 TRY).

Also read how prices have changed in recent years: Price changes in previous years in Istanbul


Istanbul prices 2020

Cost of living in Istanbul is:
  1. 2.25 times lower than in Berlin
  2. 2.35 times lower than in Hamburg
  3. 2.55 times lower than in Munich
  4. 2.15 times lower than in Dresden
  5. 2.10 times lower than in Bremen

Is grocery expensive in Istanbul?

Food prices in supermarkets are lower than in Germany. For example in Istanbul you have to pay for:
  1. Bottle or carton of milk (1 liter): 0.64 EUR (6.60 TRY)
  2. Popular yellow cheese (1 kg): 4.70 USD (48 TRY)
  3. A bottle of beer from a known brand: 1.90 USD (20 TRY)
  4. Sausage or sausage (1 kg): 5.50 EUR (57 TRY)
  5. A mid-range wine (one bottle): 5.90 USD (60 TRY)

How much money do I need for a week's stay in Istanbul?

If you want to spend a week in Istanbul the cost of your stay will be:

  1. 198 USD (2,000 TRY) - a cheap stay for 7 days in Istanbul
  2. 387 EUR (3,900 TRY) - an inexpensive trip for 7 days in Istanbul
  3. 461 USD (4,700 TRY) for a one week of comfortable stay in Istanbul
  4. 1,100 USD (11,000 TRY) for a week of luxury vacation in Istanbul

How much does the meal (breakfast / lunch / dinner) cost in Istanbul? What is the average cost of lunch in Istanbul?

In Istanbul, you can choose a meal from many different types of cuisine. For example a meal for two in a restaurant:
  1. Asian restaurant 35 EUR (362 TRY)
  2. Chinese restaurant -
  3. French restaurant 38 EUR (387 TRY)
  4. Italian restaurant 32 EUR (328 TRY)
  5. Japanese Restaurant 52 EUR (530 TRY)
  6. Mexican restaurant 21 EUR (210 TRY)
In Istanbul A typical fast food meal costs: 2.90 EUR (30 TRY) for a McMeal at McDonalds or BurgerKing (or a similar combination meal) and 0.88 EUR (9.00 TRY) for a cheeseburger. For coffee lovers: cappuccino coffee 1.40 EUR (15 TRY) and espresso 1.00 EUR (10 TRY).
For more information on the food budget, see our: Travel Guide.

How much do cigarettes cost in Istanbul?
Cigarettes are cheaper in Istanbul than in Germany. The average cost of a pack of local cigarettes is 1.40 EUR (14 TRY). For more famous brands like: L&M, Kent, Lucky Strike you have to pay around 1.80 EUR (18 TRY).

How much does vodka cost in Istanbul? Is alcohol cheap in Istanbul? The average alcohol price in Istanbul is lower than in Germany. For example, whiskey is more expensive in Istanbul and costs around: 15 EUR (152 TRY). Prices of different types of alcoholic drinks in Istanbul:
  1. Seagram's Extra Dry Gin 10 EUR (103 TRY)
  2. Johnnie Walker Red Label 15 EUR (152 TRY)

Bellow you can find information about food and drink prices in supermarkets and groceries. You can also read about prices in hotels, cafes and restaurants in Istanbul.



Prices in Istanbul, Turkey 2021

Average prices in restaurants and pubs, transportation, taxi, groceries, salaries, food, hotels and rentals in Istanbul.

Currency: Turkish Lira

How much does a hotel cost in Istanbul?

Average hotel price in Istanbul is 1.73 times lower than the average price in Germany

Average hotel price in Istanbul is:44 EUR447 TRY53 USDRUB 3,913
Hostel prices in Istanbul are around:13 EUR130 TRY15 USDRUB 1,140
Price for the 1-star hotel in Istanbul is approx:35 EURTRY 35943 USD3.136 RUB
Price for the 2-star hotel in Istanbul is approx:36 EUR369 TRY44 USD3.229 RUB
Price for the 3-star hotel in Istanbul is approx:42 EUR426 TRY51 USDRUB 3.725
Price for the 4-star hotel in Istanbul is approx:56 EUR572 TRY68 USDRUB 4.999
Price for the 5-star hotel in Istanbul is approx:102 EUR1,049 TRY125 USDRUB 9,173
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How much does it cost to rent a car in Istanbul?

Car rental average prices in Istanbul

automobileprice
average price47 EUR (480 TRY)
Economy car34 EUR (354 TRY)
Mini32 EUR (328 TRY)
Compact car53 EUR (547 TRY)
SUV60 EUR (614 TRY)
Passenger van78 EUR (800 TRY)
Luxury car62 EUR (631 TRY)

Is grocery expensive in Istanbul? How much does an inexpensive meal cost in Istanbul?

Prices in restaurants in Istanbul.

Meal in a cheap restaurant 3.40 EUR (2.00-5.40) 35 TRY (20-55) 4.20 USD (2.40-6.50)
Meal for 2 people, medium-sized restaurant, three-course 15 EUR (9.80-29) 150 TRY (100-300) 18 USD (12-36)
McMeal at McDonalds (or equivalent combo meal) 2.90 EUR (2.40-3.40) 30 TRY (25-35) 3.60 USD (3.00-4.20)
Local beer (0.5 liter draft) 2.00 EUR (1.20-2.90) 20 TRY (12-30) 2.40 USD (1.40-3.60)
Imported beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.40 EUR (1.70-3.40) 25 TRY (17-35) 3.00 USD (2.00-4.20)
Coca Cola / Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 0.51 EUR (0.34-0.98) 5.20 TRY (3.50-10.00) 0.62 USD (0.42-1.20)
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.21 EUR (0.15-0.49) 2.10 TRY (1.50-5.00) 0.25 USD (0.18-0.59)
Cappuccino (regular) 1.40 EUR (0.88-2.00) 15 TRY (9.00-20) 1.70 USD (1.10-2.40)
Espresso coffee 1.00 EUR (0.61-1.40) 10 TRY (6.30-14) 1.20 USD (0.75-1.70)
Cheeseburger (fast food) 0.88 EUR (0.73-1.00) 9.00 TRY (7.50-11) 1.10 USD (0.89-1.20)
Prices for different cuisines in Istanbul »

Can you eat cheaply in Istanbul?

How much should you pay for cheese, eggs, milk or oranges in Istanbul?

Prices in supermarkets in Istanbul.

(Regular), milk (1 liter) 0.64 EUR (0.46-0.78) 6.60 TRY (4.80-8.00) 0.78 USD (0.56-0.95)
Loaf of fresh white bread (500g) 0.31 EUR (0.15-0.59) 3.20 TRY (1.50-6.00) 0.38 USD (0.18-0.71)
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.40 EUR (0.78-1.90) 14 TRY (8.00-19) 1.70 USD (0.95-2.30)
Local cheese (1kg) 4.70 EUR (2.40-7.80) 48 TRY (25-80) 5.70 USD (3.00-9.50)
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.23 EUR (0.15-0.34) 2.30 TRY (1.50-3.50) 0.28 USD (0.18-0.42)
A bottle of wine (middle class) 5.90 EUR (3.40-9.80) 60 TRY (35-100) 7.10 USD (4.20-12)
Local beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.40 EUR (1.20-2.00) 15 TRY (12-20) 1.70 USD (1.40-2.40)
Imported beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.90 EUR (1.50-2.40) 20 TRY (15-25) 2.40 USD (1.80-3.00)
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) 1.80 EUR (1.70-2.00) 18 TRY (17-20) 2.10 USD (2.00-2.40)
Chicken breast (skinless and boneless) - (1kg) 2.60 EUR (1.50-3.90) 27 TRY (15-40) 3.20 USD (1.80-4.70)
Apples (1kg) 0.65 EUR (0.34-0.98) 6.60 TRY (3.50-10.00) 0.79 USD (0.42-1.20)
Oranges (1kg) 0.69 EUR (0.39-1.20) 7.10 TRY (4.00-12) 0.84 USD (0.48-1.40)
Potato (1kg) 0.29 EUR (0.17-0.49) 3.00 TRY (1.80-5.00) 0.35 USD (0.21-0.59)
Lettuce (1 head) 0.47 EUR (0.24-0.68) 4.80 TRY (2.50-7.00) 0.57 USD (0.30-0.83)
Rice (white) (1kg) 1.20 EUR (0.68-1.80) 13 TRY (7.00-18) 1.50 USD (0.83-2.10)
Tomatoes (1kg) 0.63 EUR (0.29-0.98) 6.40 TRY (3.00-10.00) 0.76 USD (0.36-1.20)
Banana (1kg) 1.40 EUR (0.98-2.00) 14 TRY (10.00-20) 1.70 USD (1.20-2.40)
Onions (1kg) 0.28 EUR (0.19-0.49) 2.90 TRY (2.00-5.00) 0.34 USD (0.23-0.59)
Beef (1kg) (or equivalent - red meat) 7.40 EUR (5.40-9.80) 76 TRY (55-100) 9.10 USD (6.50-12)
Pears (1kg) 0.78 EUR (0.41-1.20) 8.00 TRY (4.20-12) 0.95 USD (0.50-1.40)
Cucumber (1kg) 0.34 EUR (0.16-0.54) 3.50 TRY (1.70-5.50) 0.42 USD (0.20-0.65)
Perrier water (small bottle 0.33l) 0.17 EUR (0.11-0.26) 1.70 TRY (1.10-2.60) 0.21 USD (0.13-0.31)
Sausages (1kg) 5.50 EUR (3.10-8.20) 57 TRY (32-84) 6.70 USD (3.70-10.00)
Cottage cheese (1kg) 3.00 EUR (1.60-5.00) 31 TRY (16-51) 3.60 USD (1.90-6.10)
whiskey 15 EUR 152 TRY 18 USD
vodka 10.00 EUR 102 TRY 12 USD
gin 10 EUR 103 TRY 12 USD

How much do you have to pay for a fuel or a taxi in Istanbul?

Prices of transportation and fuel in Istanbul.

One-way ticket (local transport) 0.34 EUR (0.34-0.49) 3.50 TRY (3.50-5.00) 0.42 USD (0.42-0.59)
Monthly ticket (regular price) 27 EUR (20-27) 275 TRY (200-280) 33 USD (24-33)
Petrol (1 liter) 0.69 EUR (0.59-0.78) 7.10 TRY (6.00-8.00) 0.85 USD (0.71-0.95)
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (or equivalent new car) 24,000 EUR (21,000-30,000) 250,000 TRY (220,000-315,000) 29,000 USD (26,000-37,000)
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (or equivalent new car) 21,000 EUR (19,000-27,000) 225,000 TRY (196,000-280,000) 26,000 USD (23,000-33,000)
Taxi right of way (normal rate) 0.54 EUR (0.49-0.98) 5.60 TRY (5.00-10.00) 0.66 USD (0.59-1.20)
Taxi 1km (normal rate)