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Turkey

Turkey Turkey

Population: 78.741.053 people
Region: Western Asia (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Ankara
Country Code: TR

Money in Turkey

Currencie(s): Turkish lira

  • 1 Turkish lira = 0.14 €
  • 1 Turkish lira = 0.15 $
  • 1 Turkish lira = 0.12 £

Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the UK to Turkey and want to buy some Turkish lira here, you will pay less for it in Turkey, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your GBP will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

Looking for advice about exchanging Turkish lira? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

Tipping: Usually optional and not customary in many places. Though not necessary, a tip of 5–10% is appreciated in restaurants, and is usually paid by "leaving the change". Cab drivers usually do not expect to be tipped, though passengers may round up the fare.

Corruption: Turkey has a corruption score of 59/100.
If your itinerary runs through Turkey, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Turkey scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.

Turkey is concidered to be a VERY dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 3.02 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Turkey

Language(s): Turkish

Food & Drinks in Turkey

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 2 National dishes: Döner & Kuru Fasulye With Pilav

Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.

It's not just what you drink:

  • Check that natural bodies of water are safe before you swim
  • Be picky with the water you use to brush your teeth
  • Wash your dentures or ice your drinks
  • Keep your mouth closed in the shower, and always use soap!

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Turkey is 18.

Religion in Turkey

Turkey is a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 82% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in Turkey

Age of Consent: 18 years.
At the age of 18, an individual is considered mature enough in Turkey to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Turkey.

Turkey scores a -6/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Turkey are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

National Sports in Turkey

While travelling through Turkey you'll be experiencing a foreign culture, rather than looking in from the outside as a temporary visitor. You'll discover new places, come in contact with new religions, explore intriguing destinations and experience culinary delights. You'll be immersed in a totally new culture .. and one aspect we shouldn't forget about is sports!

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Oil wrestling & Cirit is Turkey their national sport.

Other practical tips for Turkey

Timezone: UTC+03:00
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Turkey – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
When travelling to Turkey, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between -2 and 2.2°C (28.4 and 36°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 44.31 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Turkey. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.

Fly to Turkey

Planning a trip to Turkey? We have a list of 62 airports you can fly to. You can find the closest one to your destination by clicking on a city below!

List of cities in Turkey