How to buy Turkish Lira online

Buying Turkish Lira online has never been easier with ICE – we offer a range of options to buy Lira. You can get your Lira in a way that best suits you so you’re ready for your next trip to Turkey!

If you’re looking to convert Pounds to Turkish Lira online (GBP to TRY) for your upcoming holiday to Turkey:

1. Use our currency calculator to calculate how many Lira you can get at our Lira exchange rate.

2. Select how you want to get your Lira. We offer home delivery Lira and click & collect Lira – all at our best online Turkish Lira exchange rate. 

3. Sit back and relax.

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When should I buy Turkish Lira and how much should I take?

Turkey is more cash heavy than most countries and although many holidays booked in Turkey are All Inclusive – any spend outside of the hotel such as bars, restaurants, taxis, shopping, snacks, etc, may require cash.

Most people will take away from £700 up to £2000 in Turkish Lira on their holiday.

The amount of Lira to take usually depends on how long you’re going away for (7-14 days) and your board basis (self catering, half board, full board, all inclusive).

That said, it’s better to take a little more and not get ‘caught short’ when you’re in resort.

But does it matter when I buy Turkish Lira? Should you buy them now or wait?

Broadly speaking, over the last 10 years, the GBP to TRY rate has increased significantly in your favour.

In 2010 the rate was around 2.5 and now in 2020 it’s around 8.6. This means your money goes a lot further, even taking into account the high rate of inflation in Turkey.

We recommend you buy your Turkish Lira at the best Lira rate available at the time, enjoy you holiday in Turkey, and then decide to keep or sell back any spare Lira after your holiday.

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Where can I use Turkish Lira?

Travelling to Turkey? Turkish Lira is accepted throughout Turkey, some places may also accept US Dollars or even Euros, but you will often pay a high exchange rate for your goods/services.

Turkey is home to an incredible variety of travel destinations, from the bustling city of Istanbul, to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, to the many Aegean Sea beach resorts.

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How many Lira will I need for Turkey?

When you buy Turkish Lira online you get a great rate and want to make sure you don’t run out!

Since banks will charge you a fee for overseas transactions, it’s best to bring a good amount of Lira away with you. If you have Turkish Lira leftover, you can always exchange them back into Pounds when you get home with our Lira buy back service.

Turkey is a highly cost-effective travel destination and tourists can expect excellent value on food, drink and accommodation.

Here’s how much you can expect to pay for things in Istanbul:

  • Meal for 1 in an inexpensive restaurant: £3.60
  • Three-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant: £14.39
  • Domestic beer: £2.16
  • Bottle of wine: £5.76
  • Cappuccino: £1.46
  • Taxi rate per/km: £0.36

Read our in-depth Turkey spending guide for more information on everyday spending, food and drink costs and tipping information.

What denominations does Turkish Lira come in?

The Turkish Lira, also know through its currency code as TRY and symbol (₺) is used throughout the country. So before you buy your Turkish Lira online, here’s a run down of the difference Lira denominations:

Lira notes

₺5, ₺10, ₺20, ₺50, ₺100, ₺200

Kurus coins

5, 10, 25 and 50

Did you know? The term “Lira” dates back to 1844, when it was used by the Ottoman Empire.

Turkish Lira buy back, for you leftover Lira!

We’ll buy back leftover Turkish Lira at excellent Lira exchange rates – putting money back in your pocket (and making your drawer a bit tidier!).

Turkish Lira FAQs

Is it better to buy Turkish Lira in Turkey?

No. The UK currency market is highly competitive online and you can get a great Turkish Lira rate guaranteed from many providers – including ICE.

If you wait until you get to Turkey to buy your Lira then you don’t know what the rate might be, it could be significantly higher – meaning you pay more for your cash.

Or worse, you can’t find anywhere to exchange your pounds for Lira!

Typically in-destination exchange for Lira may advertise a good Lira rate, but will require to you exchange a large amount of pounds (e.g. £2,000 to £10,000) to secure the advertised Lira rate.

Can I buy Turkish Lira?

Yes, you can buy Turkish Lira – it’s not a restricted currency. You can buy Turkish Lira holiday money from ICE online using our Lira home delivery service, Lira click and collect or using our Travel Money Card which offers 10 currencies on one card – including Turkish Lira.

How much Turkish Lira should I take to Turkey?

Most people take between £700 and £2000 of Turkish Lira when they go on holiday to Turkey.

If you’re going on holiday to Turkey for 7 days on an All Inclusive basis, you’ll need less Lira. If you’re going away to Turkey for 14 days on a self-catering basis then you’ll need a lot more Lira!

Where do you get the best Turkish Lira exchange rate?

The best exchange rates for Turkish Lira (TRY) are typically found online – where operating costs are much lower for travel money providers. Get ICE’s best Lira rates when you:

  1. Use our Euro click & collect service which offers discounted Euro rates at over 30 stores in the UK
  2. Order your Lira for home delivery (get free fully-insured next working day delivery when you order over £700)
  3. Get the ICE Clear Mastercard which gives you competitive rates and fee-free spending in shops, bars and restaurants across Turkey when you spend in Lira.

Is it a good time to buy Turkish Lira?

Finding a good time to buy currency often feels tricky, but over the last 10 years the exchange rate for pounds to Turkish Lira has significantly improved from around 2.5 to 8.6!

Regardless, we recommend buying your Turkish Lira ahead, rather than leaving it to the last minute before you go on holiday to Turkey.

What's the highest Pound to Lira rate ever?

Since 2018 we’ve enjoyed especially high pound to Lira exchange rates.

In 2020 it’s typically been around 7.8 to 8.6 Lira per Pound – which isn’t very far from the highest rate (so far!) of 8.8894 in May 2020.

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