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Comparing Turkish Lira from 15 suppliers with exchange rates ranging from 3.1025 to 3.3802.

Best Turkish Lira Exchange Rates

Heading to Turkey soon? Compare the best Turkish lira exchange rates using our free comparison service. We monitor the Turkish lira exchange rates from the biggest currency suppliers in the UK so you can see who is offering the best deals.

We found 15 suppliers offering Turkish Liras in the UK. Compare them all using our free comparison service and let us show you who could save you the most money.

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Travel Alerts

The FCO issue regularly updated travel alerts to try and keep travelers safe. We monitor all alerts for Turkey and update this page as soon as the advice changes.

  • The FCO advises against all but essential travel to parts of the country bordering Syria.

Turkish Lira Currency Guide


The Turkish Lira is the official currency of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It carries the International Standard Currency Code: TRY. Monetary policy is managed by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, who is responsible for regulating Turkey’s currency market and protecting the value of the Turkish Lira along with the central government. Bank notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TL. Coins come in the amounts of 1, 5, 10 and 25 Kurus and 1 Lira .


ATMs can be found all around the country. All of them offer foreign language options and pay out Turkish liras. Cash withdrawal limits vary from bank to bank and are around 800 TL to 1.500 TL.

Changing money

Foreign exchange offices, which are known as ‘doviz burosu’ can be found throughout the country. Operating hours are mostly Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 17:00. In the arrivals section of Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen Airport, there are 24-hour exchange offices. Also the exchange offices located in shopping malls and touristic areas are open later and on Saturdays. US Dollars and Euros are accepted in highly touristic districts like Sultanahmet and Taksim but rates are often not competitive.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are widely used and accepted. Visitors can use their Visa and Mastercards but Amex and Diner’s are often not accepted.

Traveller’s cheques

Traveller’s cheques can be changed at banks or post offices. Note that you’ll need to have a valid passport with you.

In December 2003, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey voted to revalue the country’s troubled currency, and 6 zeros were removed from the Lira (1 Million old Lira equating to 1 New Turkish Lira) creating a new currency dubbed the ‘Second Lira’ or Yeni Turk Lirasi (meaning ‘New Turkish Lira’). This new currency was circulated on 1st January 2005, and replaced the old Lira at a ratio of 1,000,000:1. On 1st January 2009, ‘new’ was removed from the second Lira, and new coins were issued with the amended name in various denominations ranging from 1 Kuru to 1 Lira (100 Kurus). Local currency can also be obtained from banks and exchange bureau, known as DOVIZ in Turkish.

In recent years Turkey has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe rivalling other countries like Spain. The Turkish Lira Exchange Rates offer extremely good value for money and over the last year we have seen an increase of 39% where GBP has continued to strengthen. For more information on how well the GBP has performed against the Turkish Lira please see our latest infographic which helps explain more.

For more information on visiting Turkey please see the FCO Know Before You Go pages.

What do Turkish Lira bank notes look like?


The average order we see, based upon data from 1st of August to 31st of October, was for nearly £820 (2621 Turkish Lira). You should budget around 200 Turkish Lira a day for a typical stay.

Turkish Lira Official and Unofficial Users

Turkish Lira are legal tender in Turkey and Northern Cyprus.

Visas for Entry to Turkey

If you are going to Turkey as part of a Mediterranean cruise and you are entering Turkey as part of a day trip as a British Citizen passport holder then you do not need a visa for the day. However, if you are going to Turkey for up to 90 days then you can apply for a visa upon entry which costs 10 GBP in cash.

Although from the 11th April 2014 Turkey are changing their visa entry requirements and you will need to apply for your visa in advance using their new online electronic visa system where you will still be required to pay. Other standard entry requirements include making sure you have a blank page for stamping in your passport and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before you can enter the country. For more information on the new Turkish visa system please see the FCO website.

Safety Tips for Turkey

Currently and in the past Turkey has had several safety issues with terrorism and the FCO advises to stay clear of the Syrian and Turkish borders. Occasionally you will find demonstrations in some of the cities throughout Turkey and you are advised to stay clear and always be vigilant whilst on holiday. Despite this Turkey is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for British holiday makers and the majority of travellers do not experience any problems whilst in the country.

Crime levels are fairly low, although you are advised to be vigilant in the cities as you would be in the UK as pick pocketing and street robbery does occur. If you are approached by strangers offering food or drinks do not accept anything or go with them to a restaurant or nightclub as this could be part of an overall drugging and robbery attempt.

It has been known that passports have been stolen from rented villas. In Turkey it is an offence to not carry identification with you. You are advised to carry with you photocopies of your passport and to keep your passport securely locked away in your accommodation.

Whilst in Turkey you are advised to maintain your personal security even though you are on holiday as sexual assaults and spiking of drinks in tourist locations can be common. Drink and drugs can make you more unaware of your surroundings and you are advised to not accept drinks or lifts from strangers. Make sure you only get into Yellow registered taxis and it would be advisable to make a note of the Taxis registration number before you get into the car. When drinking alcohol in Turkey you may find that establishments will serve higher alcohol measures than in the UK and there have been reports of counterfeit alcohol which can be very dangerous.

If you a smoker then smoking on public transport and other public areas such as restaurants, cafes and bars is prohibited and if you are caught you could be fined. In Turkey they have very strict laws on drugs and again if you are caught carry drugs or trafficking drugs you could face a very heavy fine or imprisonment. When visiting religious buildings or mosques you are advised to dress moderately and to respect the local religious beliefs.

If you plan on driving in Turkey you will need an international driving permit and you can find more details on the AA website about how to apply for one of these and what countries IDP’s are required for.

As for extreme sports and activities in Turkey we would advise that you make sure the operators provide you with adequate safety equipment and training before taking part in anything which is dangerous as the European Health Insurance Card is not valid in Turkey. With this in mind you are advised to make sure that your travel insurance covers you for everything including sports and activities that you would like to take part in.

If, you need any further information about safety in Turkey partners with the FCO to promote the ‘Know Before You Go’ travel information campaign. Alternatively, to find out more about Turkey please visit the official tourism website.

Last updated 02/04/2014

18/11 Editorial Change: Added Averge order values
19/08 Editorial Change: Added Currency Images
22/07 Editorial Change: Updated the FCO link to the new site.
08/07 Editorial Change: Anti Governament Demonstrations.


FCO. (2013). Turkey travel advice – GOV.UK. Available: Last accessed 25th November 2013.

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