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Where could your Turkish Lira take you?

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 much Turkish Lira will I need?

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

Turkey is a highly cost-effective travel destination. 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. 

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Paying for things in Turkey

Cash or card?

If you’re travelling to Turkey, you will definitely need cash. While credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, bars and shops, cash is preferred almost everywhere, and you may even be offered a discount for paying in cash. Cash is also necessary for smaller payments, like taxis, public transports, and buying things in Souks (markets). ATMs are very common throughout Turkey, but its best to use ATMs attached to banks where possible.

Tipping in Turkey

Generally, you should expect to tip 5% to 10% in restaurants, and up to 20% Lira in hotels. Taxi drivers do not need tipping as they round up their fares. If you’re driving, remember that petrol and diesel are just as expensive as the UK. Many hotels offer buffet breakfasts and taxes/charges are part of the overall cost, unlike other cities.

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Make your Lira go further

  • Buy Turkish Lira in advance – Turkish ATMs generally do not charge, but your bank may
    issue a percentage fee if you withdraw or use a debit card.
  • Load your cash onto a prepaid travel money card – this is a secure alternative to cash that saves you paying hidden fees. Find out more here.
  • Pay in local currency – if you must use a debit card, always select Lira to avoid a conversion fee. 
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Useful information about Turkish 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.

Local customs

Generally, you should expect to tip 5% to 10% in restaurants, and up to 20% Lira in hotels. Taxi drivers do not need tipping as they round up their fares. If you’re driving, remember that petrol and diesel are just as expensive as the UK. Also, it is good to note that many hotels offer buffet breakfasts and taxes/charges are part of the overall cost, unlike other cities.

Buy Back

Leftover Turkish Lira?

No problem. We'll buy back any notes you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

We will buy back up to GBP300 worth of currency per order, as per our terms and conditions.

To request a buy back, email [email protected] with your order number. 

 

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