Money and budget Turkey
Money, banks, exchange
The currency is the turkish lira (Türk Lirası, TL). The hundredth of the pound is called the kuruş (100 kuruş = 1 TL).
Banks and exchange
The euros in hope to change the minimum on arrival.
If you run out of Turkish lira, also know that euros are accepted in many hotels, in some traders, travel agencies ...
It is virtually impossible to change Turkish Lira back home.
- The main payment cards allow you to withdraw money from many ATMs, and to pay at most merchants in tourist areas.
For any transaction with your payment card, your bank will charge bank charges (generally between 2 and 3% of the total amount of the withdrawal or payment).
- Avoid making payments by credit card in small restaurants and small stores. Some readers have complained that they were charged months after returning for purchases they never made.
Budget in Turkey
Life in Turkey is cheaper than in Europe, especially since the fall of the Turkish lira in recent times.
The prices that we indicate are due ...) and the rate of tourist attendance.
Caution : when it comes to accommodation, there is a fairly noticeable price difference between Istanbul and the rest of the country.
We show you the prices of a Double room. If you are traveling alone, generally count half of you clearly specify the current price, often lower than the price displayed near the counter.
In Istanbul in particular, prices can change significantly, up or down, from one day to the next, depending on the attendance rate of the establishment. Ask if breakfast is included (usually it is). Do not hesitate to negotiate a reduction if you are staying for several days, or even for a single night out of season.
When camping, count on average 25-50 TL (around 4-8,50 €) for 1 tent and 2 people; a small supplement for electricity can be requested.
- Cheap40 & euro Average prices: from 150 to 70 & euro Chic: from 250 to 100 & euro Classier : from 380 to 180 € for Istanbul.
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- Cheap Average prices: from 45 to Chic: from 75 to 150 TL (around 15 to 30 €).
Museums, sites and monuments
Sophie & rsquo rates, 72 TL (around € 12) for Topkapı Palace and 42 TL (around € 7) for the harem. Access to mosques is free.
In the rest of the country, museum prices € 7). The prices of some sites vary from year to year, depending on the number of visitors during the previous season (a bit like supply and demand!). So don't be surprised to see an entry go from 5 to 10 TL, or even the other way around!
L & rsquoplomb is around 6,20 TL (nearly 1,20 €). Count nearly 6 TL for diesel.
Bargaining is not practiced everywhere. Sometimes the prices are fixed even at the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul. In most tourist shops, you have to bargain hard. It is hardly that for the products of everyday life that one cannot sell.
3 main principles:
- have an idea of the price before any haggling;
- avoid touts;
- not be accompanied by a guide.