what is the best currency to take
what is the best currency to take
All the touristy shops prefer euros but will also accept £ sterling and US Dollars.
You only really need Turkish Lira for public transport & museums.
However - the exchange rate for Turkish lira is very favourable for Brits right now.
The shopkeepers are happy to deal in any currency as they can exchange notes locally.
I'd you are staying in one of the big all inclusive hotels you won't need much spending money - just tips.
will they still take the Turkish lira
As willsySurrey says most deal in euros,
we allways take a mixture, we tip the hotel staff in Lira as its easier for them.
if you we're self catering or b&b etc then either Lira or travellers cheques and change out there.
but as most are all inclusive then it doesn't really matter to me , we allway find out what they are using and generally its euro.
a lot of people say lira is better or euro or sterling , but it doesnt matter, as I have said before weather its the markets or the shops you barter for everything, so take a curency converter with you decide in sterling what you will pay and then convert to both currencies.
So if they are asking say 20€ for something and that equates to say 50 lira or £15 and you want to pay no more than £8, then work out what £8 is in lira or euro , start bartering below that price and work up , that way it doesn't matter what curency you pay in it only costs £8.
do not pay the first price they ask.
of course they will take turkish liras..if you are from the UK change up about 100 gbp's of sterling at home to turkish liras to get you started and then change the rest as you need them once you are in Turkey at any doviz office
just because most places want you to spend in euro you do not have to pay in euro, it is much cheaper to pay in the local currency lira or English.
a lot of people have still not understood the reason they want euro and the main reason is they are still hoping to join the European union which would result in there currency changing to euro and if it dose happen which I believe it wont, they wont get as much for there lira when converted to euro.
I don't spend one penny in euro or even take euro to Antalya and as some have said if your all inclusive you wont spend much mainly tips, transport and if you go into Antalya city shops prices are in lira.
why pay more in euro when you don't have to the worse currency around for value, also the euro prices to Germans is cheap but they earn in wages a hell of a lot more than we do,
simple question would you pay in euro in the uk for goods you buy here or sterling so why would anyone go to turkey and pay in euro when you get more for your money changing to lira and especially right now with the lira falling rapidly.
<<< some have said if your all inclusive you wont spend much mainly tips, transport and if you go into Antalya city shops prices are in lira.<<<
that is correct if you go shopping at the malls or markets for example use liras..If you pay in euros or other currencies the exchange rate will be lower than if you changed your money at a doviz ( currency exchange office )
also if you pay in a foreign currency you will be giving back liras for your change and not the original currency.. for example if you pay in euros dont expect the change in euros as well.
Am I the only person that barters in Turkey!!
Always barter or walk away, the trick is too decide on what you want to spend and dont go over it! Dont go shopping after dinner and drinks!!!!!!!!! Have smaller lira in your pocket so that you dont have to open a purse or wallet to show what you have. Standard basic tips that you should use wherever you are in the world. Just remember to tip and allow for that in your budget.
you can barter for some or certains items in the local open air markets...like souvenirs, tee-shirts or bags etc...however food, supermarkets and in the shopping malls the prices are set and non-negotiable
<<a lot of people have still not understood the reason they want euro and the main reason is they are still hoping to join the European union which would result in there currency changing to euro and if it dose happen which I believe it wont, they wont get as much for there lira when converted to euro.>>
I can assure you that the Turkish people who want Turkey to become a full of the EU is a very small minority. I still do not understand the fact that why our government is still negotiating with the EU. Hope this comedy will end very soon.
As to the OP's question, bring GBP with you. It will do the job. When you need to get some Turkish lira, an ATM will give you the best rate if your bank does not get a commision for that.
Hope this helps,
BorusEdited: 5:30 am, January 20, 2014