Turkey Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Turkey?

How much money will you need for your trip to Turkey? You should plan to spend around TRY163 ($24) per day on your vacation in Turkey, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, TRY31 ($4.54) on meals for one day and TRY12 ($1.75) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Turkey for a couple is TRY204 ($30). So, a trip to Turkey for two people for one week costs on average TRY2,285 ($333). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Turkey for one week usually costs around TRY1,142 for one person. So, a trip to Turkey for two people costs around TRY2,285 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs TRY4,570 in Turkey. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Turkey can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Turkey?

How much does a trip to Turkey cost? Is Turkey expensive? The average Turkey trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Turkey prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Turkey can vary, the average cost of food in Turkey is TRY31 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Turkey should cost around TRY12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Turkey is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Turkey is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent TRY12 per person, per day, on local transportation in Turkey.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Flights to Turkey

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How much money do I need for Turkey?

Typical travel prices in Turkey are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Turkey. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Turkey can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Water
  • Gorge Walk entry and photo
  • Underground City
  • Castle entry
  • Goreme open air museum
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
  • Turkish Bath
  • Bellydancing Show
  • Paragliding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Whirling Dervishes Show
  • Ephesus Entrance Fee
Typical tour prices for Turkey

How much do tours to Turkey cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    15 days
    $ 875
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    14 days
    $ 1985
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    15 days
    $ 1050
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    11 days
    $ 1250
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Turkey Fethiye, Turkey
Turkey is a country that is strategically positioned where east meets west. Istanbul, the country's largest city, is split by the Bosphorus, dividing the continents of Europe and Asia. Turkey itself is quite diverse, with some regions having a more European atmosphere, while others are more Middle Eastern. It's a great country if you want to venture into the Muslim world, but also keep a foot in the west.

While Western Turkey has many fascinating mosques, it also has a large European population. The eastern part of the country, however, is home to the Kurdish population and offers a unique cultural experience. The country's coastal areas are strikingly beautiful along the edge of the Mediterranean. They have plenty of hiking and sailing opportunities for sport enthusiasts, but there are also resorts, camps, and hotels or hostels for all types. Whatever your travel style, don't miss the opportunity to do a Blue Cruise, which is a popular tourist activity.

Traveling in Turkey is far less expensive than nearby European countries, but it offers many of the same comforts and luxuries. As the currency continues to strengthen however, you can expect prices to get higher and many of the shockingly good deals will disappear. Istanbul, in particular, is comparable in price to elsewhere in Europe. Food is quite affordable though, even in nicer sit down restaurants. You'll find no shortage of dessert options anywhere in this country. Cakes and pastries are cheap, delicious, and ubiquitous.

Transportation options are abundant, but the large size of the country will tempt you to take a flight, particularly if your time is limited. If you're traveling by land and hoping to save some money, consider overnight buses. They are not exactly comfortable, but they can save you both time and money, and can sometimes make a twelve hour bus ride fly by (or creep frustratingly slowly, depending on the comfort level of the bus).

Street food is your best option if you're on a tight budget. The food is quite tasty and usually of a high quality. It is also a great way to experience the more traditional foods of the country. Street stands are abundant, particularly in the larger cities such as Istanbul.
At A Glance
  • Buses are generally of high quality, but the trips can be very long because the country is so large. Overnight buses are a common option for the longest routes. This can help you save money and time but it you can't sleep on the bus it will cause you to have a rough day after you arrive. It is possible to negotiate the price of a bus ticket. You'll be more successful in some cities than in others. In Eastern Turkey in particular, negotiating is recommended.

  • Once you get outside of Istanbul the prices will drop dramatically. You can also negotiate the price of almost anything, particularly when you're in the countryside. Even bus tickets and hotel prices are often negotiable.

  • Turkey has a lot to offer visitors who venture outside of the major tourist areas. Try to head to some of the less frequently visited towns and you'll be welcomed with a level of friendliness you might miss in the big cities.

  • It's easy to fill a week or more while you're visiting Istanbul. It's a beautiful city and there are many neighborhoods worth visiting that are off the beaten path and left out of the guidebooks. Plan ahead so you know everything that you want to see and do.

  • Many of the showers throughout the country are solar powered. This means when there's no sun, there's no hot water. This is most common in the smaller towns and countryside. Even if you're assured that there is hot water, prepare for lukewarm at best. You'll find the water is warmest in the late afternoon on a sunny day.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Ephesus: One of the best preserved ancient cities dating back to the 12th century BC, Ephesus is one of the top travel destinations in the area. It's best visited in the early morning hours or in the evening when the cruise ships have moved on and the crowds are at a minimum. Guides are available to help you understand the history better, but they are not required.

Pamukkale: An incredibly beautiful natural phenomenon, these calcium pools are unlike anywhere else in the world. A handful of pools remain open for wading, but the vast majority are now closed to the public in an effort to preserve this fragile ecosystem.

Blue Mosque: In the heart of Istanbul, this is an incredibly beautiful mosque named for the blue tiles on its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616 and, like many mosques of that time period, it has a tomb for its founder.

Popular Foods
Turkish food is a combination of Mediterranean, Arabic, and Central Asian flavors, among others. Beef is the most common meat, but you can also find chicken, lamb, and fish. Pork is available, but very uncommon. Food is generally heavily spiced and has a strong but delicious flavor. Rice is often served alongside of a meal. Desserts are also common, particularly in Istanbul where you can find dessert cafes everywhere. They serve everything from cakes and cookies to baklava.

Doner kebab: Turkish kebabs are made from rotating, seasoned meat. They are typically made from lamb or chicken that is slow cooked and served as either a pita sandwich or as a platter with vegetables. You'll see the meat rotating on the side of the street almost everywhere. It's a great dish for lunch or dinner and is usually a more affordable option.

Kofta: This is a Turkish type of meatball that is made from ground meat with onions and special seasoning. They are often an option on buffets or at sit down restaurants throughout the area. They can be strongly spiced or mild, and they are often served with a grain or side of vegetables.

Baklava: Baklava is a sweetened filo pastry that is made with honey and various nuts. It is most commonly found in Eastern Turkey. The diversity of options is mind boggling. You can typically buy baklava by the pound from dessert shops that are in almost every city.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Taking a Bus

By wanderinggurl in Intercity Transportation
Take the public buses in Turkey. They're wonderful, and often you get complimentary drinks and "kek" (cake), brought to you buy a steward. If ever there was a country where organized tours aren't necessary it's Turkey. Remember, all ticket prices are negotiable.

Head to Eastern Turkey

By backpackguru
If you want to get of the beaten path, head towards Eastern Turkey. The scenery is more Middle Eastern and less European. The people are incredibly welcoming and friendly (typically of the Kurdish ethnicity) and the costs are far lower than the more popular Western Turkey areas.

Take a Flight

By backpackguru in Intercity Transportation
Turkey is a surprisingly large country, and despite its wonderful bus system, trips can often be uncomfortably long and are often overnight. If you're on a short trip, consider booking at least one flight so that you can make the most of your time in this incredible country. For the shorter trips, buses are definitely sufficient, but when traveling from Turkey further into Turkey, a flight will save you a lot of time and hassle.

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