Anzac Day Gallipoli FAQ's

Changing money in Turkey and how much will I spend?

The local currency is Turkish Lira but you will also find Euros accepted in more and more places. The exchange rate fluctuates all the time so it is hard to tell you an exact figure here. The exchange rate is approximately 10Turkish Lira for £1. However by 25 April, it might have changed.

It is recommended that you change your money in Turkey rather than before you depart as the local rate appears to be better. Money changers are readily available in Istanbul and they give you quite a good rate. The Istanbul airport also changes money at a competitive rate. You can also use EUR€ and USD$ as most shops will readily accept them.

Many of us now just take funds as required from one of the many ATM's around Sultanahmet. Those using the likes of Revolut and Monza do without fee. Note that once at Gallipoli ATM's are not to be found and vendors selling food and drinks overnight in the Commemorative Zone will normally only accept Turkish Lira.

How much you will need will depend on your spending and how long you are there! Turkey is not as cheap as it once was. If you budget £50+ per day for food and partying, you'll be on the right track. The famous Turkish carpets can be quite expensive, depending on the size, quality and finish you want. Most shops will ship them home for you - Australians, make sure they write Australia not Austria! Jewellery and leather is always reasonable in Turkey. Kiwi's beware as many have had water pipes, "hubbly-bubbly" pipes confiscated as "drug paraphernalia" when taking one home.

The below should give you a rough idea of the present exchange rate;

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