When visiting Turkey, you'll realize that your trip is much more than a trip, it will be an ultimate experience. Turkey has a rich culture with cities steeped in history. From Turkeys illustrious beaches to the beautiful quaint countryside, Turkey will guarantee you a majestical vacation.
Turkey is home to some of the most gorgeous landscapes with high mountains, breathtaking power-sand beaches and gorgeous cyan blue seascapes. Your Turkey trip will bring you a delightful merge of European and Middle Eastern Cultures.
Here are top traveling to Turkey tips!
You'll certainly need to find out if your country’s Visa options are suspended before you travel to Turkey. If you are from a country that can travel to Turkey on a Visa you'll need to know how to obtain a Visa. Ordinary passport holders are required to have a visa. Turkey grants eVisas, which travelers can obtain through applying online. Have your Turkey visa sorted from here before you fly!
The currency in Turkey is the Turkish lira, TL. Once you land in Turkey you can exchange your money at one of the currency exchange booths at the airport. However, you might want to hold onto most of your cash and exchange only as much as you need in the meantime as you can get more competitive rates in more central and touristic locations. Banks and gold jewelers are also other locations where you can exchange foreign currency.
Also, you can use your credit or debit card at most venues where payment by EFTPOS is available. Using ATMs is another safer and easier option to withdraw cash throughout the country. However, make sure you inform your bank that you will be traveling so that your account is not blocked for suspicious activity, inconveniencing you. Something else to keep in mind though is the commission rates the bank might charge you for using a foreign ATM. Contact your bank for details on charges for withdrawing money from ATMs abroad.
Istanbul Airport has taxis and busses to reach the city centre and Taksim, which is the main area of interest for tourists in the city. If you wish to take an Istanbul airport taxi, the journey will be around 1 hour (in normal traffic) and will cost around 30€. If you wish to take public transport, the bus is available for 3€ (18TL). The bus takes approximately 100 minutes, traffic dependent.
Although Turkey is an incredibly popular tourist destination, cities like Istanbul have remained pretty cheap for the average traveller. Snacks from street vendors can normally be purchased for just a few dollars while a meal in a restaurant with a drink won’t amount to much more than USD $6. Mid-range accommodation will usually cost around USD $50 per night. Public transport within cities is very reasonable and won’t come to more than a few dollars per journey. Taxis tend to have a base fare of USD $2 (10TL) and then cost 0,50 dollar per kilometre.
The tap water in Turkey is generally considered safe to drink, but as a precaution against stomach upsets you may want to drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available from shops, hotels and restaurants.
Turkish food is famous throughout the world. Look forward to meze comprising houmous and other dips, dolma (stuffed vine leaves), cheese cigars, the ubiquitous doner kebab and pide - a kind of pizza. Exotic freshly squeezed juices, nuts and fruit are available everywhere. If you feel like a java jolt, try Turkish coffee - rich, dark and often laced with cardamom.
Breakfast in Turkey usually consists of a range of different cheeses along with olives, bread, different jams and honey and, occasionally, a special kind of spicy sausage called sucuk, which is eaten with eggs. Menemen is also a popular morning dish and is made up of scrambled eggs cooked up with sautéed vegetables.
Turkish food caters perfectly for meat lovers with dishes like kofte (Turkish meatballs) and kuzu tandir (slow cooked lamb with rice) making regular appearances. Lahmacun, flatbread topped with minced meat, lemon and yoghurt, is a popular snack and can be found at street food stalls throughout the country. For dessert, sink your teeth into the sticky, nutty, syrupy delight that is baklava or feast on a cube or two of Turkish delight.
Turkish is the official language of Turkey, but there are two more languages that you will hear during your travels. With Turkish being the first, you'll find that people around certain areas will also speak Kurdish & Arabic. Don't let this change your view about being able to communicate because in many places the people are fluent in many languages like English, French, Spanish and more, especially because of tourism.
Essential phrases to know include:
Hello – Merhaba! (MARE-HA-BA)
Good-bye – Hoşçakal! (HOSH-CHA-KAL)
How are you? – Nasılsın? (NA-SEL-SIN)
I am fine, and you? – İyiyim, sen nasılsın? (EE-em, SEN NA-SEL-SIN)
Thank you – Teşekkür ederim (TE-SH-QU-ERR ED-ERR-IM)
You’re welcome – Birşey değil (BEER-SHEY DEY-EEL)
Please – Lütfen (LUT-FEN)
Do you speak English? – İngilizce konuşur musunuz?
İngilizce biliyor musunuz?
I don’t speak Turkish – Türkçe bilmiyorum (TURK-JEH BILL-MI-YOR-UM)
I don’t understand – Sizi anlamıyorum (SI-ZI ANN-LA-MA-YOR-UM)
How much does it cost? – Ne kadar? (NAY KAD-AR)
Excuse me – Afedersiniz (AFF-ED-DAR-SAN-IZ)
Yes – Evet (EV-ET)
No – Hayır (HI-EAR)
The prices of goods sold in Turkey include 18 percent tax. If you are a non-resident of Turkey and stay in the country less than six months, you can get a tax refund on all purchases over 108.TL. So keep your receipts and claim the refund at the airport when leaving Turkey.
Previously offered to residents only, now, foreigners can also benefit from the Museum Pass that gives free entrance to museums in the city you are visiting for TL 42.Eur and you can use it for five days. In Istanbul, the Museum Pass will get you into Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum and Harem Apartments, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Chora Museum, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, Yıldız Palace, Rumeli Hisar Museum and Fethiye Museum without having to pay any extra fee. The validity period begins with your first museum visit, allowing each card to be used at each museum once only. For more details, click here