Cape Town vs Istanbul - Cost of Living Comparison

Cape Town Istanbul
🚶 Cost of living one person
$904
$644
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2131
$1649
🏠 One person rent
$524
$300
🏘️ Family rent
$983
$619
🍽️ Food expenses
$245
$185
🚐 Transport expenses
$54
$102
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1340
$330
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
12 km
🎓 Higher education
56
95
😀 Quality of life
61
75
🏙️ Population
434K
15.5M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 40% more expensive than in Istanbul. Cities ranked 5702nd and 7179th ($904 vs $644) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 4th and 1st in South Africa and Turkey, respectively. Check South Africa vs Turkey comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.5 months in Cape Town compared to 0.5 months in Istanbul. Cape Town ranked 2nd best city to live in South Africa vs Istanbul ranked 1st in Turkey, while ranked 4995th and 884th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cape Town vs Istanbul

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Cape Town Istanbul
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.25
$4.18
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$30
$19.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.04
$3.89
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.12
$2.21
 Cappuccino
$1.81
$1.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.92
$0.69
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$586
$382
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$397
$222
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1213
$867
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$785
$475
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$42.6
$37
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$65.1
$57
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$46.7
$8.82
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.14%
21.7%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2104
$2296
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1443
$1125
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.21
$0.45
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$30.7
$33.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.84
$3.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.3
$1.42
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.92
$0.86
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.91
$0.39
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.11
$1.28
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.3
$1.49
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.12
$5.36
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.58
$4.22
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.83
$8.98
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$0.82
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$1.48
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
$0.79
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$1.1
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
$0.59
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$0.44
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.62
$0.19
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.32
$1.01
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.99
$7.28
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.53
$1.53
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.88
$1.63
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.43
$1.39
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.32
$2.62
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.56
$2.45
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.18
$2.37
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.6
$21.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$2.9
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$24.2
$21.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.86
$4.05
👖 Brand Jeans
$48.4
$40.6
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.4
$68.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$213
$211
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4730
$5096

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Distance City Cost of living
54 km or 33 mi Paarl
$883
99 km or 62 mi Worcester
$593
371 km or 231 mi George
$689
644 km or 400 mi Uitenhage
$579
662 km or 411 mi Port Elizabeth
$905
664 km or 413 mi Upington
$815
754 km or 468 mi Makhanda
$766
821 km or 510 mi Komani
$761
833 km or 518 mi Kimberley
$785
845 km or 525 mi Bhisho
$783
882 km or 548 mi East London
$800
912 km or 567 mi Bloemfontein
$696
950 km or 590 mi Mafeteng
$579
999 km or 621 mi Maseru
$593
1002 km or 622 mi Mthatha
$760
1029 km or 639 mi Teyateyaneng
$579
1030 km or 640 mi Welkom
$708
1034 km or 643 mi Mariental
$804
1092 km or 679 mi Butha-Buthe
$579
1092 km or 679 mi Kroonstad
$770
1113 km or 692 mi Klerksdorp
$629
1135 km or 705 mi Mmabatho
$762
1155 km or 718 mi Potchefstroom
$639
1187 km or 737 mi Rehoboth
$806
1194 km or 742 mi Lobatse
$615
1198 km or 745 mi Kanye
$641
1208 km or 751 mi Vanderbijlpark
$852
1217 km or 756 mi Vereeniging
$728
1231 km or 765 mi Pietermaritzburg
$685
1244 km or 773 mi Soweto
$897
1250 km or 777 mi Rustenburg
$881
1260 km or 783 mi Gaborone
$668
1261 km or 783 mi Molepolole
$616
1261 km or 784 mi Johannesburg
$935
1267 km or 788 mi Randburg
$776
1269 km or 789 mi Windhoek
$841
1270 km or 789 mi Sandton
$907
1271 km or 790 mi Durban
$827
1277 km or 794 mi Gobabis
$801
1279 km or 795 mi Walvis Bay
$743

Cities near Istanbul

Distance City Cost of living
40 km or 25 mi Cayirova
$318
46 km or 28 mi Gebze
$322
73 km or 45 mi Korfez
$321
79 km or 49 mi Kocaeli
$393
83 km or 51 mi Golcuk
$320
87 km or 54 mi Izmit
$204
91 km or 56 mi Kapakli
$318
92 km or 57 mi Bursa
$531
96 km or 59 mi Kartepe
$318
98 km or 61 mi Corlu
$327
111 km or 69 mi Bandirma
$287
113 km or 70 mi Inegol
$328
121 km or 75 mi Tekirdag
$292
124 km or 77 mi Adapazari
$303
124 km or 77 mi Sakarya
$302
129 km or 80 mi Bilecik
$383
141 km or 88 mi Luleburgaz
$320
166 km or 103 mi Kirklareli
$236
176 km or 110 mi Balikesir
$359
186 km or 115 mi Duzce
$283
190 km or 118 mi Eskisehir
$354
192 km or 120 mi Uzunkopru
$318
197 km or 122 mi Kutahya
$324
207 km or 129 mi Burgas
$554
208 km or 129 mi Karadeniz Eregli
$322
214 km or 133 mi Edirne
$299
224 km or 139 mi Bolu
$285
234 km or 145 mi Soma
$317
236 km or 147 mi Canakkale
$322
259 km or 161 mi Varna
$627
260 km or 162 mi Alexandroupoli
$769
261 km or 162 mi Yambol
$473
261 km or 162 mi Usak
$444
284 km or 177 mi Afyonkarahisar
$314
287 km or 178 mi Sliven
$514
290 km or 180 mi Salihli
$321
290 km or 180 mi Bartin
$231
295 km or 184 mi Manisa
$355
296 km or 184 mi Mytilene
$825
299 km or 186 mi Komotini
$834