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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘merhaba ’
(mer-ha-ba)
Turkish
Plug combo cf
Electricity
230V/50hz
Apr-May
Sep-Oct
Best time to go
Spring
Autumn
Monday
HRS
09
09
MINS
47
47
Current Time
GMT +3

Money and costs

Currency
Lira (TL)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 29, 2019 4:48AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
₺150
  • Dorm bed: €7–24
  • İstanbul–Gallipoli Peninsula bus ticket: ₺45
  • Balık ekmek (fish kebap): ₺8–10
  • Beer: ₺7–12
Midrange
₺150–350
  • Double room ₺90–180
  • Double in İstanbul and Bodrum: €90–200
  • İstanbul–Cappadocia flight: from ₺50
  • Fish and meze meal: ₺40
  • Boat day trip: ₺35
Top end (more than)
₺350
  • Double room: more than ₺180
  • Double in İstanbul and Bodrum: more than €200
  • Four-day gület cruise: €200–300
  • Hot-air balloon flight: €160–175
  • Car hire per day: from €20

Visas

For stays of up to 90 days, most Western nationalities either don't require visas or should purchase one in advance from www.evisa.gov.tr.

Get the latest visa advice for Turkey from our community.

When to go and weather

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Getting to Turkey

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Turkey

Bus Generally efficient and good value, with frequent services between the major cities and tourist spots. Often fewer services in winter.

Air Turkey is a vast country and domestic flights are an affordable way of reducing travel time. More route choices if flying to/from İstanbul. Buy tickets well in advance to get the best fare.

Train The growing network of high-speed services offers rapid routes across Anatolia, for example between İstanbul and Ankara. The bus is often quicker than normal trains.

Car A great way to explore rural areas, with rental operators in cities and airports. Drive on the right. Petrol is expensive.

Ferry Regular services cross the Sea of Marmara and link parts of the Aegean coast.

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