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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm beds: €11–€25
  • Kebap or pide dinner: €6–€7
  • Beer at a neighbourhood bar: €4
  • Tram, bus or ferry ride €01.40
  • Double room: from €80
  • Lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) lunch: €10
  • Meyhane (tavern) dinner with wine: €35
  • Taxi from Sultanahmet to Beyoğlu: €6
Top end (more than)
  • Double room: from €200
  • Restaurant dinner with wine: €50
  • Cocktail in a rooftop bar: €12
  • Hamam experience: from €50

Prices on the ground for hotels and organised tours are often cited in euros. Other costs are usually in Turkish liras (TL).


  • Restaurants & Bars Usually 10% in restaurants, meyhanes (taverns) and upmarket bars; not necessary in lokantas (eateries serving ready-made food) or fast-food joints.

  • Taxis Round taxi fares up to the nearest lira.

  • Hamams Around 10% for the masseuse/masseur in a hamam, but only if you are happy with their service.

  • Meyhanes At least TL10 per person for musicians in meyhanes.