Currency

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Exchange rates tend to fluctuate, so it’s difficult to pin down what you’ll get for your money in Turkey. In the past, travelling to Turkey has been much cheaper than the rest of Europe, though that’s increasingly no longer the case.

Checking the exchange rate before you go is the best idea (www.xe.com is a good resource). The country uses the lira, which is issued in coins (1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 kuruş), plus a 1 lira coin. The lira also comes in 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes. You can use your Visa and Mastercard in most places but cash is handy for tipping, transportation and smaller venues where cards aren’t accepted.