Istanbul travel budget

Istanbul: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Istanbul

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Istanbul for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 29 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.2 per person
  • $ 1.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 658* (10668 £)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 63 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 4.2 per person
  • $ 4.4 per person

Total budget:

$ 1584* (25662 £)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 93 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 27 per person
  • $ 8.5 per person
  • $ 8.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 2525* (40908 £)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).



Cost of living in Istanbul compared to United States in 2022

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Istanbul in 2022 is 48% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Istanbul in 2022 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Istanbul by expense type

Restaurant budget in Istanbul

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Istanbul is 56% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 5.9/person
($ 3.9 to $ 9.8)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 19
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 8.2 to $ 34)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.3/person
($ 4.5 to $ 5.9)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.2 for 500ml
($ 1.8 to $ 5.3)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 2 to $ 3.6)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.2/cup
($ 1.3 to $ 3.9)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 1.7)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 1)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9

Hotel and accommodation budget in Istanbul

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Istanbul is 34% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 253/night
($ 253 to $ 253)

103% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 54/night
($ 30 to $ 112)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 144
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 71/night
($ 46 to $ 137)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 205
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 115/night
($ 71 to $ 236)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 300
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 235/night
($ 112 to $ 476)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 637
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 39/month
($ 20 to $ 96)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 130
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 101/month
($ 44 to $ 254)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 196
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 200/month
($ 83 to $ 469)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 71/month
($ 39 to $ 168)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 257
Family room
Family room
$ 170/month
($ 75 to $ 414)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 188

Supermarket food budget in Istanbul

On average, the price of supermarket food in Istanbul is 64% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.4)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.2
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.6)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2/12 eggs
($ 1.2 to $ 2.7)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 6.3)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.7)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2

Public and private transport budget in Istanbul

On average, the price of transport in Istanbul is 61% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.5/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.9)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.4
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.7
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Car hire
Car hire
$ 9.6/24hrs
($ 3.6 to $ 36)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39

Leisure activity budget in Istanbul

On average, budget for leisure activities in Istanbul is 46% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.4/ticket
($ 3.2 to $ 6.6)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 6.6 to $ 24)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Istanbul

On average, shopping budget in Istanbul is 29% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 2/pack
($ 2 to $ 2.4)

80% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 10.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 58
($ 24 to $ 100)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 54
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 21 to $ 66)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42

Plane ticket budget

London → Istanbul
London → Istanbul
London → Istanbul
$ 183
(fair price: $ 161)
Manchester → Istanbul
Manchester → Istanbul
Manchester → Istanbul
$ 254
(fair price: $ 219)
New York City → Istanbul
New York City → Istanbul
New York City → Istanbul
$ 876
(fair price: $ 719)
Dublin → Istanbul
Dublin → Istanbul
Dublin → Istanbul
$ 272
(fair price: $ 222)
Los Angeles → Istanbul
Los Angeles  → Istanbul
Los Angeles  → Istanbul
$ 1069
(fair price: $ 909)
Toronto (Ontario) → Istanbul
Toronto (Ontario) → Istanbul
Toronto (Ontario) → Istanbul
$ 1111
(fair price: $ 921)


About this information on the cost of living in Istanbul

The information about the cost of living in Istanbul shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including: Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

The information about the cost of living in Istanbul was updated on 24-11-2022.

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