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What Currency should I bring to Turkey
You can exchange your currency anywhere in Turkey, almost in any shop, and you can shop with your currency in Touristic areas.
Whatever you do, do not exchange your currency in your home country.
on the 30.November.2023, currency rates were floating in the region of
DOLLAR 29 TL | EURO 32 TL | STERLİNG 36 TL
This page will be updated when there is a dramatic change accurs
Banks, Tour Operators, Post Office you name it, all will tell you that they have the best exchange rates. NO, they don't.
Your best move would be exchanging your currency in Turkey. Wait until you get to your hotel, head to town and you can change in any shop whether it is a jewellery shop, travel agent or at the kiosk.
In larger Cities such as Istanbul and Antalya you can use Exchange Offices, they are easy to spot with they clear flashing Currency rate displays.
Please bear in mind that, unlike in Europe, you can shop with your own currency, Sterling | Dollar | Euro, as long as you don't expect the change in your currency.
I do come across in some platforms, where people writing ; Oh, Turks love sterling. The truth is, they dont care which currency you pay, as long as you pay, because most brits do struggle with the currency exchange rates, sales people finding it easy to tell you the prices in your own currency, so you can have easier understanding and the selling progress can be much smoother. This is one of the reasons why I am displaying my prices on this site in foreign currency which is sterling.
It would be the right thing to note that upon your arrival at the Turkish Airports, Banks do have currency exchange stalls, they are a rip-off and will take advantage of you. So, try to avoid them like a plague.
ATM are everywhere, and you can withdraw cash from most of them in either Turkish Lira | Dollar or Euro. English language is also an option on most Cash machines screens, in most parts of Turkey, especialy in the Touristic areas.
If you are going be using the cash machines often, then may I suggest that you do check with your bank the commission rates to avoid any surprise bills when you get back home.
Currency depending on the area
Although foreign currency is widely accepted and used all over Turkey, sometimes you may well experience problems in certain parts of Turkey.
The Sterling | Dollar | Euro can be used and exchanged without any problem in the main touristic areas such as Istanbul, Antalya, Dalaman, Fethiye, Marmaris, Kusadasi, Cappdocia etc.
For the non-touristic areas, it would be wise to be prepared as you may find it challenging to use your currency.
Take with you small banknotes in fives and tens. These will make it easy for you to use your currency for small shopping.
Scottish Bank Notes
Scottish banknotes are not much known therefore you may well experience some problems also same with 50 sterling banknotes.
Oh Yes, major cards are accepted everywhere.
A little note to Russian Tourists
Dear Russian guests, it is nice to see plenty of Hundred Dollar banknotes in your pockets, as we Turks like to see more and more rich guests in our country, however, when you shop for an item costing few dollars, don't hand over your hundred dollar banknote and expect all the change in dollars, people do not like it at all
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