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Travel Costs & Prices in Turkey

Last Updated on April 28, 2024

One of the first questions you might have while planning your trip is how much traveling in Turkey will cost. Of course, how much you spend will vary greatly based upon the type of traveler you are and how luxurious of an experience you want to have. Staying at 5-star hotels, dining at top restaurants, getting around by plane, rental car and the occasional hot-air balloon flight or private yacht cruise will be considerably more costly than staying in hostels and taking charter buses. Rest assured, Turkey has plenty of options for every budget.

In general, travel costs in Turkey are highest in Istanbul in AprilMay and SeptemberOctober; and at Turkish beach resorts in July and August; lowest in the small towns of Eastern Turkey, and off-season (November through March).

Find more information on when to visit Turkey in the Turkish Almanac

Turkey Trip Cost & Inflation

In the summer of 2018, the value of the Turkish lira dropped significantly compared to that of major currencies. In late 2021, its value continued to decline quickly. Annual inflation in Turkey reached a two-decade high of more than 80% in 2022. As of the summer of 2024, inflation still remains high, and the cost of goods and services changes frequently. We have made our best attempts to list all prices accurately on this page, but be aware that prices continue to fluctuate.

As of the summer of 2024, here is the current estimated average price for each of the following categories. Please note: due to the fluctuating currency situation, we have chosen to list the costs in USD.  However, payments would be made in Turkish lira

Below, you'll find the average costs of a one-night stay on a weekend in April 2024. Read more about hotel classes and types of accommodations in Turkey.

  1. Luxury/specialty hotels: $600-$1,000+ for the most luxurious of hotels.
  2. 5-star hotels: $150-$400 per night at international chain hotels (İstanbul). $230-$630 in other cities such as Antalya, Alanya and Bodrum.
  3. 4-star hotels: $120-$200 per night
  4. 3-star hotels: $40-$120 per night
  5. Budget: less than $60 per night

Here are some examples of prices for other types of accommodations:

  1. All-inclusive resort in Antalya: $320+ per night
  2. Small villa rental with a pool in Çeşme: $200 per night
  3. Cave hotels in Cappadocia: $100-240+
  4. Hostel near Pamukkale: around $40 per night

There are many types of ways to get around Turkey. For longer distances, taking a flight is generally recommended. However, riding buses and trains and even taking public transit can be a good option for those with more time. In some regions where local transportation doesn't come as frequently, using a rental car can be more practical.

Find more information on transportation.

Airfare

Domestic flights on Turkish Airlines and its subsidiary, Anadolu Jet, tend to be more costly but offer a smoother experience. Other airlines, such as Sun Express and Pegasus Airlines, offer discount fares, but you generally need to pay extra for meals or drinks and seat selection, and you should check the fare information carefully to determine the size and weight limits for checked and carry-on baggage. There are also many budget airlines that have direct international flights from nearby European countries and the Middle East.

Here are sample one-way airfare costs in 2024

İstanbul-Antalya: $46-$250

İzmir-Kayseri: $50-$110

Dalaman (Mediterranean region)- İstanbul: $35-$85

İstanbul-Ankara: $35-$90

Intercity Bus Tickets:

Buses are another affordable option for traveling in Turkey.

İstanbul-Ankara: $12-16

İzmir- Denizli (Pamukkale): $6-9

Ankara- Nevşehir (Cappadocia): $12

Antalya-Adana: $12-$16

Public Transportation:

The cost of public transportation is quite affordable. However, remember you must have a public transportation card (or credit cards work in some cities) to use them. Here are the prices for some of the major cities:

İstanbul Metro: 0.50 cents normal fare with an additional 0.35 cents for transfer to bus/tram.

İzmir Metro: 0.40 cents starting fare with an additional 0.20 cents for transfer to bus/tram.

Antalya tram: 0.50 cents with an additional 0.20 cents for transfer to bus/tram.

Taxi:

Taxi is another popular mode of transportation in Turkey.

İstanbul: $2.80 minimum fare, starting at 0.80 cents + 0.50 cents/km. Read more about avoiding taxi scams.

İzmir: $1.55 minimum fare, starting at 0.40 cents 0.70 cents/km. Airport to city center approximately $11.

Antalya: $2 minimum fare, starting at 0.37 cents + 0.80 cents/km. A 5-kilometer drive would be $4.5.

Ankara: $2.40 minimum fare, starting at 0.80 cents+ 0.60 cents/km.

Rental Cars/ Petrol:

Renting cars from larger firms/international companies is more expensive but also provides more reliability. There are many options when choosing a rental car.

For an economical, manual transmission car, excluding petrol or additional insurance, with drop-off in the same city as pick-up, you can expect to pay around $30 - $40 and up per day.

For larger vehicles and an automatic transmission, $40 - $60 and up per day. However, prices increase as the date approaches and can be significantly higher during peak tourist season.

Petrol is approximately $1.40 /liter, which is roughly $5.18 per gallon. Also note that there are additional costs for rental cars in Turkey, including tolls for highways and bridges.

Private Transfers:

Another option is to just book a private transfer when going from the airport to your destination. It can make for a more pleasant and smooth arrival and is affordable, especially when traveling with a family or group.

Tours

For the best prices and most updated information on the following tours, contact one of our trusted travel agencies by filling out the form at the bottom of the linked pages. Note that the cost will depend on the length and size of the tour as well as peak and off-peak season rates. Private guided tours and group tours are available. Learn more about why booking a tour is a great idea.

Whether you want to take a ride on a hot-air balloon flight or set sail on a private yacht cruise, there’s an adventure waiting for everyone. We also can connect you with our recommended guides if you are interested in a shopping tour, a one-day tour of Istanbul,  a 14-day tour of Turkey, or a customized tour based on your preferences.

Many Turkish travel companies such as hotels, car rental agencies, tour operators, etc., price their products and services in dollars or euros. You may need to request the price in Turkish lira as their exchange rate could vary compared to the daily bank rate.

Find more information on converting euros and dollars to liras.

Best Istanbul Food Tours

From street kebabs to elaborate traditional Turkish breakfast, eating is part of the experience of visiting Turkey. Assuming your hotel does not include breakfast, you might spend the following:

Breakfast: $4 - $7 /person for a large breakfast buffet with unlimited tea. Espresso-based drinks around $2.5.

Lunch: $4 for a wrap or salad, $1.5 for a drink.

Dinner: $10 - $15 for a meat-based dish, $3 for appetizers (meze), alcoholic beverages: as low as $3.5

Water: $2 per day.

This assumes dining at midrange restaurants. Therefore, the average person might spend $25-40+/day. Those who wish to save money and have a more budget travel experience can save by eating at smaller eateries outside of the touristy areas or even opting to make meals at their hotel or Airbnb.

You even find that after eating a large Turkish breakfast, you would prefer to spend a few lira on some fresh fruit from the local markets instead of having lunch.

Note that it's generally not advisable to drink tap water. Some hotels will provide one free bottle per day.

Best Istanbul Food Tours

Entertainment Costs

While in Turkey, it is only natural to take advantage of the beautiful nature and activities offered by the country. Turkey has many choices of activities.Let's look at the most popular cities in Turkey, some of the main attractions, and how much they cost.

Beach Prices in Turkey

There are many free public beaches in Turkey which locals and visitors enjoy alike.

There are also VIP beach clubs for people looking for a more luxurious experience without the crowds. These clubs will generally include:

Sunbeds ($3.5)

Drinks ($4-8)

There may also be other free attractions and amenities on site. Some beach clubs may have free entrance but require a minimum amount spent per person. Others may charge a flat rate but allow you to redeem that amount for food or drink on-site.

Beach clubs can be very popular during the summer, so it's wise to call ahead and make a reservation if possible.

Read more to learn about the best beaches in Turkey here.

Water Sports Prices in Turkey

Three-quarters of Turkey is surrounded by sea. So, the country offers breathtaking activities for water sports enthusiasts. Let's have a look at common water sports and typical prices in Turkey:

Scuba Diving Tour $20-30

Rafting, ATV / Quad Ride & Zipline Adventure Tour $30

Diving in the Mediterranean Sea $40-50

Canyoning and Rafting Tours $30-50

Antalya/Kemer Boat Tours $30-50

Please note prices may change depending on the agency and based per person.

Day Trip Prices in Turkey

Turkey has many historical and natural wonders, so it is no wonder there are many day trips to these historic places. Let's look at prices for the most popular day trips in Turkey:

Sapadere Canyon and Dwarf Cave Tours $25+

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Daily Tours $50-80+

Gallipoli Day Trip From Istanbul $65+

Highlights of Istanbul Old City $80-100+

Antalya Full Day City Tour $50-100+

Antalya Rafting Packages $35+

Diving in the Mediterranean Sea $50+

Antalya Jeep Safari Adventure $50+

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia: $100-$250+

Nightlife in Turkey

Some people may prefer nightlife. Turkey also has a big industry with clubs and bars with fully English-speaking staff. These clubs generally take an entrance fee included with the first drink of the night. Drinks in clubs will be slightly more expensive than in markets:

Beer between $3

Wine $4 per glass.

Cocktails $5

Entrance fee (generally first drink of the night included) $6

So, the average daily cost for nightlife would be around $25

Learn more about nightlife in Turkey here.

Museum Prices in Turkey

Turkey has an enormous history that will captivate many. Naturally, the country has many museums to tell its culture and history to locals and tourists alike. You can always get a Museum Pass (not Museum Kart, which is for Turkish people) that will let you visit all the museums run by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism for $180, which will save you money. Regardless, let's look at Turkey's biggest museums and their prices.

Archaeological Museums: $16

Basilica Cistern: $33 (free of charge for children under seven years old )

Blue Mosque: Free

Dolmabahçe Palace: $33. (Museum Card is not valid in Topkapı Palace Harem and Hagia Irene sections, Dolmabahçe Selamlık section, Beykoz Glass and Crystal Museum, Küçüksu Pavillion Picnic area, free of charge for children under six years old.)

Hagia Sophia: $27 (museum passes are not valid.) 

Istanbul Modern: $16

Grand Bazaar of Istanbul: Free

LEGOLAND Discovery Center: $27

For more information, please check our Museums in Turkey page.

 

 

About Turkish Money

In recent years, the value of the Turkish lira against the US dollar and the Euro has been favorable for travelers.

Note that the New Turkish Lira notes (YTL: Yeni Türk Lirası), current from 2005 through 2008, have been withdrawn from circulation, and you should not accept them, though it is rare to encounter them. Accept only the "E9" series Turkish Lira bills/notes introduced in 2009.

Here's information on counterfeit notes/bills in Turkey.

Book a Trip to Turkey

Turkey remains a remarkably diverse and captivating destination that offers an extensive range of experiences for any budget.

Whether you're a luxury-seeking wanderer or a frugal backpacker, there's a wealth of options to cater to your travel style. From exploring historic landmarks and basking in breathtaking landscapes to indulging in delectable Turkish cuisine, every moment spent in Turkey is bound to be a cherished memory.

Embark on your journey today and discover the wonders of this enchanting country.

—by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Can Turan

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