Turkey Travel Budget - Visit Turkey on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to Turkey?

You should plan to spend around $139 (TRY4,254) per day on your vacation in Turkey. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $35 (TRY1,071) on meals
  • $50 (TRY1,526) on local transportation
  • $113 (TRY3,456) on hotels

A one week trip to Turkey for two people costs, on average, $1,942 (TRY59,554). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $139
    TRY4,254
  • One Week Per person
    $971
    TRY29,777
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $1,942
    TRY59,554
  • One Month Per person
    $4,160
    TRY127,615
  • One Week For a couple
    $1,942
    TRY59,554
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $3,883
    TRY119,107
  • One Month For a couple
    $8,321
    TRY255,230
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Turkey cost?

A one week trip to Turkey usually costs around $971 (TRY29,777) for one person and $1,942 (TRY59,554) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Turkey on average costs around $1,942 (TRY59,554) for one person and $3,883 (TRY119,107) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Turkey on average costs around $4,160 (TRY127,615) for one person and $8,321 (TRY255,230) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in Turkey?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Turkey is $224 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.



Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Turkey expensive to visit?

Turkey is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Turkey is moderately priced compared to the other countries. The overall cost of travel here is comparable to Slovakia or Sweden.

For more details, see Is Turkey Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Turkey?

The average Turkey trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Turkey travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) TRY3,456 ($113)
Local Transportation 1 TRY1,526 ($50)
Food 2 TRY1,071 ($35)
Entertainment 1 TRY1,636 ($53)
Alcohol 2 TRY250 - 749 ($8 - 24)
Accommodation Budget in Turkey
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Turkey is $56 (TRY1,728). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Turkey is $113 (TRY3,456). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $56
    TRY1,728
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $113
    TRY3,456

Hotel Prices in Turkey

Looking for a hotel in Turkey? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Turkey based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $65. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Turkey
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Turkey is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $50 (TRY1,526) per person, per day, on local transportation in Turkey.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $50
    TRY1,526

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What did other people spend on Local Transportation?

Typical prices for Local Transportation in Turkey are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Local Transportation prices in Turkey, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Tram Ride
    TRY1.25
  • Metro Ride
    TRY1.25
  • Short Taxi Ride
    TRY5.00
  • Taxi Ride
    TRY13
  • Local Bus
    TRY2.00
  • Ferry
    TRY2.80
  • Local Bus
    TRY3.00
  • Local Bus
    TRY8.50


Food Budget in Turkey
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Turkey can vary, the average cost of food in Turkey is $35 (TRY1,071) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Turkey should cost around $14 (TRY428) 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.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $35
    TRY1,071

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What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Turkey are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Turkey, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • A Quick Lunch
    TRY12
  • Dinner
    TRY15
  • Lunch
    TRY18
  • Lunch
    TRY20
  • Sandwiches
    TRY5.00
  • Dessert
    TRY5.50
  • Snacks
    TRY8.00
  • Lunch at Beach (for 2)
    TRY19


Entertainment Budget in Turkey
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Turkey typically cost an average of $53 (TRY1,636) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $53
    TRY1,636

Recommended Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Turkey are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Turkey, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Gorge Walk entry and photo
    TRY5.50
  • Underground City
    TRY8.00
  • Castle entry
    TRY10
  • Goreme open air museum
    TRY20
  • Hagia Sofia entrance
    TRY30
  • Turkish Bath
    TRY70
  • Bellydancing Show
    TRY130
  • Paragliding
    TRY240


Alcohol Budget in Turkey
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $16 (TRY499) on alcoholic beverages in Turkey per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $16
    TRY499

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What did other people spend on Alcohol?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Turkey are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Alcohol prices in Turkey, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Beer
    TRY4.00


Last Updated: Nov 27, 2023
Turkey On a Budget
Turkey Cappadocia at Night
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.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.