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1. Posted by ariqe (Budding Member 37 posts) 8y

Hi, does anyone knows besides the new turkish lira , what other currencies are accepted in Turkey ?
Do they accept Euro or USD ?

Any travel tips to Turkey is welcomed.:)

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y


Both Euro and USD are excepted at banks and excahnge booths, EURO more so as its a budding member. In some more touristy places there are some ATMS that let you take out EURO USD or LIRA!

For day to day stuff Lira

Try the travel guide for some info

Other than that I can tell you the buses are probably some of the best in the world. They fed me Chocolate cake and coke for hours on long journeys!

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 15, 2008, at 9:03 AM by outcast ]

3. Posted by Overlandin (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y


GBP are also accepted in some places but Euro is your best bet. You can pay for some things like carpets in foreign currency but as outcast says, lira is required for the day to day stuff. Most shops and accommodation spots in the main tourist places will accept credit cards as well and ATM's are everywhere. Check with your bank and make sure that your cards are able to be used internationally before you leave!

The buses are great - I agree with outcast there! Easy to book, find and sit in and go pretty much everywhere. ;)

I recommend a trip to Cappadocia, a real 'out of this world' spot (check out the underground city of Zelve too). Goreme or Urgup is a good place to base yourself. Great carpets and turkish baths to be had there too as well as the amazing scenery.
Stay in the old part of the city while in Istanbul (Sultanahmet is a good area) as that is where the character of the ancient city is to be found. Plus the backpackers are cheap! Also within walking distance of all the great sites like Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.
The coast is great and some of the smaller towns are better (in my opinion) than some of the others based on the main tourist route. Little backpackers off the beaten track are where you will find the real locals and the cheaper deals.

Have a blast!!
Cheers, Tania