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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €8–22
  • Kebap or pide dinner: €6
  • Beer at a neighbourhood bar: €5
  • Tram, bus or ferry ride: €1.20
  • Double room: from €80
  • Lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) lunch: €6
  • Meyhane (tavern) dinner with wine: €26
  • Taxi from Sultanahmet to Beyoğlu: €4
Top end (more than)
  • Double room: from €180
  • Restaurant dinner with wine: €30
  • Cocktail in a rooftop bar: €10
  • Hamam experience: from €30

ATMs are widespread. Credit cards accepted at most shops, hotels and upmarket restaurants.


  • Restaurants & Bars Usually 10% in restaurants, meyhanes (taverns) and upmarket bars; not usually 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 ₺10 per person for musicians in meyhanes.