What can Istanbul ‘sights’ entrance fees cost? Are they worth it?
Replies: 15 - Last Post: May 3, 2010 6:55 AM Last Post By: TrevorGudsell
May 3, 2010 6:55 AM
15@ Fluffy, #14 - Apart from the restriction on entitlement I don't actually have much of an issue with the Museum Card because it's essentially a reward for the prepared visitor, like buying a membership in a discounting club or a "combined ticket". A Turk who walks up to Ephesus without a Museum Card will pay the same as me.
The rationale behind such pricing is that foreigners are able to pay more. In one sense it's true - our money goes a lot further in many countries than it does at home - but we also face many expenses (not least being simple costs of getting there) not faced by the locals. The fact that we bring the money we spend into these countries is also overlooked. We could stay at home and spend it there.
In my own case, I am on a long journey through many countries and my money must last me many months. On a day to day basis, then, I am not wealthy as my funds are all "spoken for". It's one thing to pay a fair price for the sıghts I "consume", quite another to have a country help itself by charging me many times more than the locals. Money taken this way in one country is not available to spend further down the road. Is any one country more entitled to stick its hand in my wallet and help itself than the next, simply because I went there first?
@ 15, be there when Topkapı opens or go late in the afternoon. You'll be in a crowd in the morning no matter when you go but the Harem tickets are easier to get if you're there first thing. AQlso, if you go dırectly to the Fourth Court and work back you won't have to wiggle between so many bodies until you meet them on your way back.
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