The national monetary unit is the Turkish lira (TL.). The coinage is in 5,000, 10,000, 25,000 and 50,000 lira pieces. Bank notes are of 50,000, 100,000 (for a while), 250,000, 500,000 1,000,000, 5.000.000, 10.000.000 and 20.000.000 Turkish Lira. In order to see what they are like, please check our currency page now. The exchange rates for foreign currencies are published daily. Eurochecks can be cashed immediately; so can traveler's checks upon producing identification. The most widely accepted credit cards are Eurocard, Diner's Club, Visa and Mastercard. Exchange offices in touristic places are generally open until midnight. For more information:


   -Turkiye Bankalar Birligi, Nispetiye Cad., Akmerkez, No: 131 B-3 Blok, Kat: 13-14, 80630 Etiler-Istanbul  Tel: (212) 282 09 73 (16 Lines), Fax: (212) 282 09 46.

Note : You may exchange traveler's checks at Post Offices in touristic places and at certain banks.



Turkish post offices are easily recognizable by their Turquise & darkblue “Turk Telecom” signs. Major post offices are open 8:00 – 24:00 hrs., Mon.- Sat.; and 9:00-7:00 P.M., Sun. Small post offices have the same hours as government offices (see below). The services they are offering:


Poste restante

Poste restante letters should be addressed "postrestant" to the central post office "Merkez Postanesi", in the town of your choice. It is only necessary to produce an identification card when collecting your letter. It is possible to use this service for sending or receiving documents from other countries.
Fax Office

It is possible to use this service for sending or receiving documents from other countries. Valuable Dispatch, It is possible to use this service for-sending valuable belongings or valuable important documents.


Other PTT services

It is possible to exchange money at some branches of PTT at the current international exchange rate. International postal orders and traveler's checks can also be exchanged. An express postal service (Acele Posta Servisi - APS) operates from Turkey to 72 other countries for letters, documents, and small packages. Stamp collectors will be delighted with the wide range of special stamps available to them.


Phone calls

The most economic way to telephone in Turkey is from a Turk Telecom telephone booth (found in all towns). 30, 60 100 Unit Phone Cards for local, intercity, and international calls can be purchased from all Telecom offices & most markets. Nowadays prepaid Global phone cards are also available at Post Offices. Just scratch the sealed section and dial 0 800 number then talk. If you wish we may obtain rental cellular phone for your entire tour. (The information is updated regularly). The credit cards can be used easily as well. GSM system has large coverage area for the users for roaming. Turkcell and Telsim are the GSM operators of Turkey. In the West part, you may also prefer Telestet & Panaphone services for roaming. If you’d like to hire a cellular phone in Turkey, please contact us.



    Government Offices: 8:30 - 12:30 (closed Sat. and Sun., open daily in tourist areas) 13:30 - 17:30
    Banks: 8:30 - 12:00 (closed Sat. and-Sun., open daily in tourist areas) 13:30 - 17:00
    Shops: 9:30 - 19:00 (In tourist areas, closing times vary, some close around midnight)
    Covered Bazaar:  Istanbul 8:00 - 19:00 (closed Sun.)
    On the first day of the religious holidays ( Seker Bayrami, 3 days and Kurban Bayrami, 4 days) all shops and bazaars, are closed.


Summer Hours

In the Aegean and Mediterranean regions of Turkey, government offices and many other establishments are closed in the afternoon during the summer months. These summer hours are fixed each year by the province governors.



Jan.1 - New Year's Day.
Apr.23 - National Independence and Children's Day.
May.19 - Atatürk Commemoration and Youth and Sports Day.
Aug.30 - Victory Day (final rout of invading forces in 1922).
Oct.29 - Republic Day (anniversary of the declaration of the Turkish Republic).



Most Turkish museums are open every day of the week, except Mondays. Palaces are also closed only on Mondays. The famous Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays instead of Mondays. In order to receive permission for photos or films in museums or at ancient ruins, a fee, which varies according to the entrance fee, is charged. The photographing or filming, for commercial use, of yet unpublished objects which are copyrighted, requires a special permit from the general Directorate of Antiquities and Museums. In Ankara most museums are closed on the first day of religious holidays.


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