If you are travelling to Turkey for your holiday then you will find that Turkey is one of the best value places to visit in Europe and typically the cost of everything in the country is roughly a third of what is costs here in the UK especially what with the recent strong pound against the Turkish Lira currency exchange rate as mentioned by the Telegraph’s Travel Editor Oliver Smith.
Working out how much Turkish Lira spending money you will need for Turkey will entirely depend on your accommodation circumstances such as are you going self catering, half board or fully all inclusive. Using the currency infographic from Travelex below you can typically see that the cost of food and drinks in Turkey is roughly a third of what it costs here in the UK.
The infographic shows the cost of a typical three course meal for two people and the price of a pint of beer and other typical purchases such as cigarettes, milk and coca cola for example. Once you have established whether you already have food and drink included in your accommodation you can begin to budget how much extra Turkish Lira spending money you will need to take to Turkey for everyday living costs whilst on holiday and any specific day trips and excursions that you have planned for you and your family.
We would advise in order to make sure that you have enough Turkish Lira currency whilst on holiday that you at least budget to the same cost of food, drinks and travel that you would normally spend whilst here in the UK. This will ensure that at least you over budget to make allowances for any emergencies or inflated prices in specific tourism locations or venues and if you return from Turkey with any left Turkish Lira currency then you can always sell currency back by comparing buy back exchange rates from all the UK’s top currency suppliers.
If you plan on using your debit or credit card whilst in Turkey then you will find plenty of cash machines to use, however, before opting to use any of your bank cards overseas please read our best debit card to use abroad and best credit card to use abroad blog posts or contact your bank or credit card provider to find out what overseas card transaction fees and cash machine withdrawals fees you will get charged as you may get charged every time you use your card and the exchange rate might also be very poor.
Finally, last year the Turkish government released a new visa system for entry into the country for British holidaymakers and in order to avoid any delays we would advise buying your visa in advance which can be done online via the FCO website. If you have any questions on how much Turkish Lira spending money to take to Turkey for your holiday then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our currency experts for assistance.