Money/Cost

The New Turkish Lira (YTL)(brought into circulation at the start of 2005 to replace the old lira’s unwieldy denominations) comes with notes of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. The New Kuruş (YKr) comes in coins of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and one New Turkish Lira. One hundred New Kuruş equals one New Turkish Lira. Please click on the picture for YTL samples : it’s perfectly possible to travel Turkey like Istanbul, Ankara, Marmaris, Fethiye, etc with nothing else but a credit or debit card. Just remember to draw out money when visiting the towns or villages and keep some cash at your pocket to reserve for the inevitable day when the machine throws a wobbly. It’s easy to change major currencies at exchange offices when travelling to Turkey, and many post offices (PTTs), shops and hotels; however, banks may make heavier weather of it. Cashing even major travellers cheques can be a hassle (although post offices at tourist areas are a good bet) and the exchange rate is usually slightly lower. Places that don’t charge a commission usually offer a worse exchange rate instead. Although Turkey has no black market, foreign currencies are readily accepted at shops, hotels and restaurants. If the pocket runs out of money, most banks countrywide can do Western Union transfers. Turkey is a relatively low-slung dollar burner. There is option of travelling on as little as €20.00 to €35.00 per day using buses and trains, staying at pensions, and eating one restaurant meal. For €35.00 to €50.00, travel on plusher buses, take sleepers at overnight trains, stay at one and two-star hotels and eat most meals at their restaurants. For more than €50.00 per day you can move up to 3 and 4-star hotels, take the occasional airline flight, and dine in restaurants allways. After dining at cheaper restaurants, it’s not necessary to leave more than a few coins as a tip.But when you are at more expensive restaurants, tipping is customary. Even if a 10-15% service charge is added to the bill, they expect to have around 5% to the waiter directly and perhaps the same amount to the maitre d’. Porters expect a dollar or so; in taxis rounding up the bill will be enough. For example, helpful guardians at archaeological sites, delicacy is required. Although a tip may be initially refused through politeness, you should offer the money a second and third time. After three refusals, it can be assumed that they really don’t want the money. At hamams, masseuse/masseurs should be tipped 10% to 20% of the admission price to the .

Money/Costultima modifica: 2011-02-11T15:29:16+01:00da justinlive
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