We'll be arriving Istanbul late afternoon and wondering about the best way to exchange money. I checked with my bank today and there's a whopping $3.50 charge for each ATM transaction ... not sure what the additional charge in Istanbul will be. At that rate I'd like to limit the number of times we use the ATM. I also don't feel comfortable using my debit card for the first time when the banks are closed and thought I'd exchange $Can at the airport immediately upon arrival. Most airport exchange bureaus seem to charge a %age commission ... does anyone know how much at Ataturk airport? We'll need lira for taxi fare/tip, etc.
I also have concerns about an ATM transaction timing out before one actually receives the money. I've read an article on Turkey Travel Planner about a Canadian who had used her card, didn't receive any money from the ATM and yet found when she arrived home each transaction had been debited from her bank account. She did eventually get her money back but I can well imagine the inconvenience. (I've alerted my bank to our travel plans.)
I read this forum regularly and plan to use many of the suggestions given. Does anyone have any advice? Many thanks in advance for your help!
We are truly looking forward to our holiday in Turkey ... not long now!