Important Information about Turkey


When using telephone services in hotels and hotel complexes, it should be remembered that the fee for such a telephone call will be much higher than for a similar time duration, but made from pay phones located on significant streets or shopping centers.

Code of the Russian Federation 007, reference 118, postal information 161.

Telephone numbers for emergency calls in Turkey:

police 155

ambulance 112

fire department 110


In Turkey, it is customary to tip luggage porters (up to 1 US dollar ), as well as waiters (the tip amount should not exceed 10% of the total bill).

When using a taxi, tips are usually not left.

In Turkish national baths, “hamam” usually leave 20 to 30% of the amount of paid services as a “tip”.


The Turkish currency is the Turkish lira (TL). It is best to exchange currency in special exchange offices, post offices, and banks. Payment for significant purchases in Turkey, as a rule, is accepted not only in lira, but also in euros, as well as in US dollars.

Banking hours and days: from Monday to Friday, from 8.30 to 17.30, lunch break from 12 to 13 hours. In resort areas, banks are open, as a rule, daily, weekends are not provided for in their work, however, during the summer period, some government agencies and commercial structures work exclusively until lunchtime. The work schedule is often regulated by the administrations of the regions of the country.

Small shops accept US dollars for payment, but may refuse small change. As a rule, all types of the most common international credit cards are accepted in the country, but a tax of 5-7% of the cashed amount is taken.

Many ATMs in Turkey operate daily and around the clock.

Shops and shopping

Turkey is perfect for purchasing inexpensive, but high-quality products made of gold, onyx, copper and other precious and semi-precious stones and metals. Prices for them, as a rule, are not fixed, which allows, if desired and skill, to achieve good discounts. See liuxers for Turkey customs and traditions.

The huge Istanbul covered market is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. all days, except for Sundays.

Most shops are also open all days (except Sunday) from 9.30 to 19.00.

In grocery stores, the working day usually lasts up to 20 hours, but there are often grocery stores open around the clock.


The most popular form of public transport in Turkey is buses and fixed-route taxis – dolmus. Dolmush opening hours are from 6 to 24 hours.

Bus tickets in major cities cost an average of US $0.5. Taxi fares are much higher than US $1.5 per kilometer. At night (from 24 to 6 hours), taxi fares will have to be paid at a double rate.


The voltage in Turkish electrical networks is 220 volts.


Before traveling to Turkey, it is recommended to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B.

Tap water in this country can be used for cooking and drinking, but bottled drinking water is generally recommended in southern countries.

Public toilets in Turkey are labeled Kadin or Bayan (for women), Erkek or Bay (for men).


Time zone in Turkey: GMT+2 (-1 to Moscow).

Important Information about Turkey