USEFUL INFORMATION


MONETARY SYSTEM

The national monetary unit is the Turkish lira (TL). The coinage is in 5, 10, 25, 50 kurus and 1 lira pieces. Bank notes are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 & 200 TL. The exchange rates for foreign currencies are published daily. Euro checks can be cashed immediately; so can traveller's checks upon producing identification. The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa and Mastercard. Exchange offices in touristy places are generally open until midnight.

       Note you may exchange traveller's checks at Post Offices in touristy places and at certain banks.


WHEN TO GO

Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean coasts: These coasts have typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The swimming season becomes shorter the further north one goes Marmara and North Aegean - June to September, South Aegean and Mediterranean - April to October.

Black Sea Coast : Warm summers, mild winters and relatively rainfall.

Central Anatolia : Steppe climate with hot, dry summers, cold winters.

Eastern Anatolia : Long snowy, cold winters with mild summers.

Southeast Anatolia : Hot summer with mild, rainy winters.


AVERAGE AIR AND WATER TEMPERATURES FOR MAJOR REGIONS IN °C

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Antalya Air

10

11

13

16

20

25

28

28

25

20

15

12

Antalya Water

17

17

17

18

21

24

27

28

27

25

22

19

Izmir Air

9

10

11

16

20

25

28

27

23

18

15

10

Izmir Water

11

11

12

15

20

24

25

26

24

21

17

13

Istanbul Air

5

6

7

12

16

21

23

23

20

16

12

8

Istanbul Water

9

7

8

11

15

20

23

23

21

17

14

11

Trabzon Air

6

6

7

11

15

20

22

22

19

15

12

9

Trabzon Air

10

9

9

10

14

20

24

25

24

20

16

13

Ankara Air

0

1

5

11

16

20

23

23

18

13

8

2

Erzurum Air

-9

-7

-3

5

11

15

19

20

15

9

2

-5

Diyarbakir Air

2

2

8

14

19

26

31

31

25

17

10

4

















WHAT TO TAKE :

• Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean coasts: Light, cotton summer clothing and cardigans for evening.
• Black Sea, Central and Eastern Anatolia : Summer wear, warmer clothing should be taken for cool evenings at night attitudes.
• Comfortable shoes are necessary for visiting archaeological and historical sites.
• Sun bats and sunglasses are advisable in the height of summer.
• Women for visiting mosques should take headscarves.

POSTAL SYSTEM AND PHONE CALLS

Turkish post offices are easily recognisable by their yellow "PTT" signs. Major post offices are open 8:00 - 24:00 hrs. Mon.- Sat. ; and 9:00 - 19:00 Sun. Small post offices have the same hours as government offices (see below)

Poste Restante

Poste restante letters should be addressed "proterestant" to the central post office " Merkez Postanesi", in the town of your choice. It is only necessary to produce an identification card when collecting your letter.

It is possible to use this service for sending or receiving documents from other countries. 

Fax Office

It is possible to use this service for sending or receiving documents from other countries.


Valuable Dispatch

It is possible to use service for sending valuable belongings or valuable important documents.



Other PTT Services

It is possible to exchange money at some branches of PTT at the current international exchange rate. International postal orders and traveller's checks can also be exchanged.

An express postal service ( Acele Posta Servisi - APS ) operates from Turkey to 72 other countries for letters, documents, and small packages.

Stamp collectors will be delighted with the wide range of special stamps available to them.


Phone Calls

The most economic way to telephone in Turkey is from a PTT telephone booth ( found in all towns) Jetton in three sizes for local, inter-city, and international calls can be purchased from all PTT offices. Telephone cards are also available.


OPENING TIMES

Government Offices 8:30 - 12:30 /  13:30 - 17:30 (closed Sat. and Sun., open daily in tourists areas)

Banks 8:30 - 12:00 / 13:30 - 17:00 (closed Sat. and Sun., open daily in tourists areas)

Shops 9:30 - 19.00 ( In tourist areas, closing times vary, some close around midnight)

Covered Bazaar - Istanbul 8:00 - 19:00 ( closed Sun. )

On the first day of the religious holidays ( Seker Bayrami 3 Days and Kurban Bayrami 4 days) all shops and bazaars are closed.


Summer Hours

In the Aegean and Mediterranean regions of Turkey, government offices and many other establishments are closed in the afternoon during the summer months. The province governors fix these summer hours each year.


MUSEUMS

Most Turkish museums are open every day of the week. In order to receive permission for photos or films in museums or at ancient ruins, a fee, which varies according to the entrance fee, is charged. The photographing or filming, for commercial use, of yet unpublished objects, which are copyrighted, requires a special permit from the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums. In Ankara most museums are closed on the first day of religious holidays.

"Closed" Days in ISTANBUL

Monday; St.Sophia & Dolmabahce Palace

Tuesday; Topkapi Palace

Wednesday; Sadberk Hanim & Kariye Museum

Thursday; Dolmabahce Palace

Sunday; Kapali Carsi & Misir Carsisi (Grand Bazaar & Spice Market)