general, travel costs in
highest in Istanbul in
April-May and September-October;
and at Turkish
beach resorts in July and August; lowest in
the small towns of eastern
Turkey, and off-season (November through March;
see my Turkish
Here are current Turkish
Lira exchange rates
and here's what
Turkish Lira bills/notes look
average daily travel cost estimates below
per day, for two people
traveling together (that is, sharing
room) and include lodging,
and some transportation.
(If you're traveling alone, expect
to spend 35% more.)
the rate of exchange for
your currency and the
Turkish Lira. Then, start getting
used to thinking in Turkish
calculating from these cost estimates:
staying in hostels and pensions with breakfast
included, eating one picnic and
one restaurant meal daily, and
riding buses and trains.
staying in one-
and two-star hotels with private baths and breakfast
included, eating most meals in inexpensive
restaurants, and traveling more comfortably
by bus and train.
staying in three-star hotels,
dining in restaurants all the time,
riding buses, trains,
airline flights; in a party of
four, perhaps an occasional local car
staying in four-star
at some better restaurants, traveling
the best trains,
and for parties of two or three, some car rental.
and up, staying at 5-star
hotels, dining at
restaurants, getting around by plane, rental
car and the occasional hot-air
balloon flight or private
Lira is divided into 100 kurus (koo-ROOSH).
Note that the New
Turkish Lira notes (YTL:
Yeni Türk Lirası), current
from 2005 through 2008, have been withdrawn
from circulation, and you
should not accept them.
Accept only the "E9"
introduced in 2009, like the one
|Above, before January
that Coke only cost about €1.