Top Ten Travel Tips for Turkey
1- Visa requirements vary from country to country.
Check if you need a visa by calling your local Turkish Consulate.
2- Learn some Turkish before you arrive. Check
out our Top Ten
survival phrases for a head start.
3- Change money at exchange offices as they
usually offer a better rate, longer hours and faster service
4- Bargaining is only practiced in touristic places.
When bargaining, check the average price of the item
in several places. Try and negotiate the price down
by 15-20% of the average price.
5- If you are happy with the service in your
restaurant, taxi, hotel or any other service, a tip
of 10-15% is an appropriate way to show your
6- Taxis, as in all countries, ask a rough estimate of
the fare before you travel. Ask the driver to use the
taxi meter and check your change carefully.
Most people including the Turks drink bottled water.
On the subject of drinks, Raki is the national drink
in Turkey. It looks like water but is 45% alcohol.
Don't drink Raki like beer.
Public telephones have three different systems;
phone cards, tokens and credit cards. Phone cards
and tokens are sold at Turkish Telecom offices.
Tokens are called "jeton" in Turkish.
When visiting a mosque, dress modestly and
take off your shoes before entering. Women may
be asked to wear a scarf on their heads.