Frequently asked questions
Can I use my bank card in Turkiye?
Credit and debit cards are accepted across Turkiye, particularly in large cities and tourist areas.
Tourist hotspots like Istanbul and Bodrum may even let you pay in euros (EUR), but it's always best to pay in Turkish lira.
Paying in Turkish lira protects you from any additional costs.
Smaller businesses like teahouses and cafés will usually prefer payments in cash. If you're visiting a market or bazaar,
bring some travel money and expect to haggle for the right price.
Can you use other currencies in Turkiye?
In major tourist areas or cities closer to mainland Europe, you may be able to pay in euros.
However, the TRY to EUR exchange rate will change from shop to shop. This means you could pay more in euros
than in lira. Wherever possible, you should pay in Turkish lira.
Do you need a visa to visit Turkiye?
UK citizens can visit Turkiye without a visa for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
If you want to stay a little longer or earn some Turkish lira, you'll need to apply for an appropriate visa or work permit.
Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your country's embassy.
You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.
Should I tip in Turkiye?
It's normal to tip in Turkiye for excellent service in restaurants or bars.
Tipping between 10% and 20% of the total bill is a good way to show your appreciation. You can also leave a cash tip of
about TRY10 for other workers, including:
- hotel workers
- cleaning staff
- spa attendants
- bath attendants
- salon workers
- taxi drivers
What languages are spoken in Turkiye?
The official language of Turkiye is Turkish, and it's the most widely-spoken language across the country.
Turkiye is also home to a large Kurdish minority, so you may hear Kurdish and Zaza along your travels.
There are a number of foreign languages recognised in Turkiye as well, including:
- Balkan languages (Bulgarian, Greek, Bosnian)
What is the latest government travel advice for Turkiye?
What is the best time of year to visit Turkiye?
Like any destination, the best time to visit Turkiye will depend on what you want to do and the weather you want.
If you want to explore the historical side of Turkiye, consider visiting between April to mid-June. The weather is pleasant
during this period, making it ideal for sightseeing and visiting historical sites.
Turkish summers are hot, particularly in coastal areas. If you want a beach holiday, this is the perfect time to visit the
Turkish Riviera or the Mediterranean coast. Major cities may be more crowded during this time, so you may need to book in
advance to secure your holiday!