About Turkey

Turkey is a country located in the Southeastern Europe, Western Asia. It was founded on October 29, 1923.

History [Founded on October 29, 1923] • Capital [Ankara] • Government [Parliamentary Republic] • Currency [Turkish lira (TRY)] • Language [Turkish (official); Kurdish, Zaza, Arabic, Azeri, Laz] • Religion [Islam (Sunni majority, Alevi minority), Eastern Rite Christians, Jews, agnostics, and atheists] • Electricity [230V, 50Hz (NZ plug)] • Time Zone [UTC +2] • Country Code [+90] • Internet TLD [.tr] • Emergencies [Dial 155 for police, 110 for fire, 112 for medical]

Turkey Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Turkey and find the best things to see, do and experience in Turkey even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern
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Chora Church

Chora Church

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace

Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge

Galata Tower

galata tower

Golden Horn

golden-horn

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Ankara Castle

ankara-castle

Kocatepe Mosque

Kocatepe Mosque

Tipping

Hotel –  Porters 4-5 Turkish Lira per piece of luggage
Restaurant – 5%-10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – 5-10TL
Taxi Driver – Fare will be rounded up
Spas – 10%-20% of the bill.

Money & Duty Free

Currency

New Turkish Lira:  TRY with symbol : YTL =100 New Kurus (Ykr)
New Turkish Lira Notes denominations(YTL): 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200
New Turkish Lira Coin denominations(YTL): 1
New Turkish Lira Coin denominations(Ykr): 1,5, 10, 25, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. In Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0830-1200, 1330-1700

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dial 155 for police, 110 for fire, 112 for medical

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.