Moving to Istanbul

Istanbul, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, is a captivating city with frenzied markets, stunning royal palaces and minarets, and modern art and entertainment. 

Expats moving to Istanbul will find a vibrant and modern multicultural city, separated by the Bosphorus Strait, where East and West intermingle and come together to form a whole that is hardly recognised by the pieces.

Compared to the rest of Turkey, the cost of living in Istanbul is expensive. Petrol prices are particularly high when compared to Europe and the US, as is imported alcohol. In fact, most branded imported items will be costly due to high import duties.

However, for daily groceries, medical care and domestic help, Istanbul is cheaper than most Western countries. Education is another expense that expats with children will have to consider when moving to Turkey. Most expats choose to send their children to international schools, which generally offer a superior education to the local public schools in Istanbul. However, this comes at a high price.

Istanbul has a lively nightlife accentuated by some very upmarket restaurants and even trendier nightclubs. There are also numerous modern shopping malls and markets to entice avid shoppers. Most notably, Istanbul is home to the Grand Bazaar, which boasts over 4,000 shops and is surrounded by a maze of streets lined with even more shops.

Expats in Istanbul will hardly find themselves being bored. There are many significant historical landmarks to explore, and an abundance of nearby villages and towns offer the chance for day trips and a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.