Prices in Turkey 2022
Here are the current prices in Turkey for 2021. Keep in mind that prices in markets and stores, in and away from tourist spots, in the Mediterranean and in Istanbul may be slightly different. Also remember that in Turkey it is customary to bargain in the markets, small private stores and souvenir stores, but in regular stores and supermarkets the price is fixed and bargaining is not customary.
- How much money to take in Turkey
- Prices and description of excursions in Turkey
- Prices and descriptions of entertainment in Turkey
- Prices and descriptions of souvenirs in Turkey
- How to buy an inexpensive tour to Turkey
Turkish currency is the lira (TL).
Prices in Turkey for excursions and entertainment
- Where to look for and buy excursions in Turkey : how and where to buy excursions and entertainment tours, not to waste money.
- Excursions in Turkey : types and useful tips for visiting.
- Entertaining tours in Turkey : detailed description and recommendations.
- 20-40 $ – sightseeing tour of Antalya, rafting, ATV safari, jeep safari, picnic fishing, hammam, yacht trip.
- 45-75 $ – Demre + Mira + Kekova, Pamukkale (1 day), Aspendos, Ancient Side, Dalyan – turtle island, cable car to the mountain Tahtaly. Discovery Park, diving, sea fishing, water park, the show “Lights of Anatolia.
- 80-115 $ – Aquarium + Tahtaly + Dinopark, interaction with dolphins (from a special platform), walking on the bottom of the 4-meter pool among exotic fish.
- 125-150 $ – Ephesus and Pamukkale (2 days), Cappadocia (by bus), Rhodes (by ferry), paragliding, swimming with dolphins (30 minutes).
- 175$ – Balloon flight in Cappadocia.
- 215-300 $ – Istanbul, Israel, Northern Cyprus, Cappadocia (with airfare).
Prices in Turkey for sightseeing
- 6-10 TL – simple museums and small antiques like the Red Tower and the Shipyard in Alanya, the Damlataş Cave, the ruins of Termessos and the Military Museum in Istanbul.
- 15-20 TL – bigger museums, more interesting ruins such as the Basilica cistern in Istanbul, the ruins of the ancient city of Xanthos, the museum of ancient art in Side…
- 25-35 TL – the most common cost to visit places of interest in Turkey: Pamukkale, ruins of Aspendos, archeological museums in Antalya and Istanbul, the ruins of Perge, the ancient city of Ephesus, etc.
- 60-90 TL – tourist attractions – the national pride of the country: the Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce in Istanbul (without the harem and with a visit), Ayia Sofia Museum .
Food Prices in Turkey
Food at the market (prices are per 1 kg)
Prices for food in stores A101, Bim and Sok (analog of Russian Pyaterochka or Magnit)
- 2.5 TL – oranges.
- 3 TL – carrots.
- 3.5 TL – apples and tangerines.
- 5 TL – onions.
- 6.5 TL – tomatoes.
- 10 TL – zucchini.
- 4.5 TL – mushrooms (400 g).
- 0.7-1 TL – water (1.5 liters). Read about free water here: Water in Turkey .
- 1.5-2.5 TL – bread.
- 2-3 TL – pasta (500 g).
- 0.6 TL – ayran (small glass), 3-5 TL – ayran (different size bottles)
- 2.25 TL – unsweetened yogurt (500g), 4.5 TL – sweet yogurt
- 2.5-5 TL – milk.
- 8.5-10 TL – bryndza (500 g). The cost depends on the fat content and brand of the product.
- 2.75 TL – quail eggs (12 eggs).
- 15 TL – chicken eggs (30 eggs).
- 7 TL – sunflower oil (1 liter).
- 20 TL – butter (500 g).
- 8.25 TL – sugar (2 kg).
- 7.25 TL – sausage (250g), 7.5 TL – chicken sausage (900g), 2.5 TL – sliced (150g).
- 9 TL – whole chicken (per 1 kg), 11-12 TL – chicken “legs”, 19 TL – fillet.
Products at Migros (the equivalent of Ramstore in Russia)
- 3 TL – carrots.
- 4 TL – avocado.
- 5 TL – corn in a vacuum (2 pieces).
- 5.5-7 TL – potatoes, cabbage.
- 6-13 TL – tomatoes (different kinds).
- 8 TL – mango, sweet peppers, broccoli.
- 10.5-12 TL – eggplant.
- 19 TL – zucchini.
- 2-3 TL – oranges.
- 3-4 TL – tangerines.
- 4-6 TL – pears.
- 4-5 TL – apples, pomegranates.
- 10-13 TL – bananas.
- 23 TL – strawberries (packaged).
- 1.3 TL – white bread (like a loaf). Rye bread (385-500g) – 6.5-8 TL .
- 3-5 TL – milk (with a long shelf life), 12 TL – perishable milk.
- 8 TL – yogurt (1.5 kg).
- 23-50 TL – cheese (1kg).
- 2-3 TL – pasta (500 g).
- 7-10 TL – rice (1 kg).
- 13.5 TL – buckwheat (harder).
- 7-9 TL – butter (250 g).
- 15-25 TL – sunflower oil (2L).
- 10-15 TL – eggs (10-15 pcs.). Different firms have different prices. 24 TL – eggs (30 eggs).
- 6-9 TL – canned beans (one can).
- 6.5-7 TL – manti (400g).
- 9 TL – whole chicken (1 kg).
- 45-60 TL – beef (1 kg).
- 7 TL – Miller non-alcoholic beer.
- 5.5 TL – Turkish Malt beer. 6 TL – Efes beer. Efes strong beer (7.5 degrees) – 7.5 TL (0.5L) and 15 TL (1L).
- 10 TL – screwdriver type cocktail (0.33 liter).
- 12 TL – wine.
- 55-70 TL – champagne.
- 61.5 TL – Turkish vodka Raki (0.5 liters). 87 TL – Raki (1 liter).
- 198 TL – Chivas Regal whisky (700ml, lightly aged). 265 TL – Chivas Regal whisky (18 year old).
- 158 TL – Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky (1L), 229 TL – Ballantine’s Whisky (1.5L).
Souvenir prices in Turkey
If you buy something for souvenirs in conventional stores or markets, the prices there will be in lira. If you buy them in tourist shops, you have to pay in dollars or euros. Turkish souvenirs: details about souvenirs and what to bring from Turkey.
- 2.3 TL – a hammam mitten.
- 3.5 TL – pomegranate sauce in a glass (250 ml).
- 5 TL – Mehmet Efendi Turkish coffee in a bag (100 g), 15 TL – Turkish coffee in a can (250 g).
- 10-15 TL – Turkish tea Caykur Rize (500 g), nuts in honey (200 g), oriental sweets by weight (1 kg).
- 15-20 TL – various creams “on olives”.
- 30 TL – pine honey (gift-wrapped).
- 65-120 TL – raki, Turkish anise vodka (the cost depends on the manufacturer and the volume of the bottle).
Prices in Turkey for clothing, shoes and bedding
Prices for clothing in Turkey vary. It depends on whether you buy things in the malls (where the cost is listed in lira), and whether there are stocks and discounts. Or choose something at the markets for tourists (where prices are in euros and dollars), and what the seller’s exchange rate is. Also, the prices depend on the quality (synthetic or natural cotton) and whether things are branded or not. Here are the prices from the Koton store.
- from 15 TL – t-shirts, sweatpants.
- From 25 TL – shirts.
- from 30 TL – jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, jeans.
- TL 35 and up – jean shirts.
- 40 TL – pants, blouses, dresses.
- 60 TL – jackets.
- 80 TL – men’s windbreakers.
The price tag in Turkey for leatherette shoes starts at 40-50 TL, leather shoes – from 120 TL. At the end of the season there are often sales and make good discounts. Here are the prices of the store Rüya Kundura (Alanya).
- 40-80 TL – ballerinas, shoes, sandals.
- 80-100 TL – sneakers.
- 120-140 TL – men’s loafers.
- 150-180 TL – sandals, leather shoes.
- 220-250 TL – men’s shoes.
- 250-300 TL – men’s Greyder boots.
Here are the prices from the OZDILEK store.
- 17-25 TL – hand towels, small. From 60 TL – large, bath towels. The cost depends on the size and embroidery.
- 30-40 TL – plaids.
- 120-200 TL – bedding (single and double sets).
- 80-130 TL – blankets (children’s and adults’).
Airfares to Turkey
The most common way to fly to Turkey is via Antalya, Istanbul and Ankara. The price of the ticket depends on whether you take it in advance or at the last moment, if you buy it one-way or round trip, if you are tied to a specific date or if you have a flexible travel schedule.
You can read about how to fly cheaply to Turkey in the article: How to buy a cheap plane ticket to Turkey. We search for tickets on Aviasales and Skyscanner .
Current ticket prices to Antalya, Istanbul and Ankara
Prices in Turkey for rent
Rent an apartment or house in Turkey
You can rent an apartment or house in Turkey online at www.airbnb.ru . If you will book on www.airbnb.ru , you’ll get a free $32. Here you can find detailed information about how to use www.airbnb.ru service.
- From 15 $ – room for 1 person in Antalya.
- From 35$ – 2 bedroom apartment in Alanya.
- From $ 70 – bungalow in the suburbs of Kemer with 2 bedrooms (4 people).
- From $ 8-10 – bed in a common room in Istanbul.
- From $18 – family double room with one bed in Izmir.
Hotels in Turkey are better to book via a search service RoomGuru or Hotellook .
- from $ 32 – single room in Side (breakfast and dinner included).
- From $ 55 – double room in a 4-star hotel in Antalya (breakfast included).
- From $110 – double room in a 5-star hotel in the suburbs of Alanya (all inclusive).
Prices in Turkey for public transport
Buses in Turkey : types and features, where to find the schedule and how to buy a ticket cheaper. Trains in Turkey from A to Z : detailed description of the features of trains and railroads in Turkey (fares, timetables, discounts, routes). Ferries in Turkey : where to go, how to find out the current schedule and fares.
- 2.3 TL – bus fare in Istanbul (transport card).
- 2.6-4 TL – fare on the minibus dolmushas in the city.
- 20-27 TL – Antalya – Alanya (140 km).
- 65-85 TL – Antalya – Ankara (530 km).
- 90-120 TL – Antalya – Istanbul (700 km).
- 5-15 TL – Rent a sun lounger and umbrella on the beach.
- 6-6.5 TL – gasoline in Turkey (1L).
How do I book hotels during the sanctions?
Now the Russian equivalent of Booking is the hotel search engine Ostrovok. On this site you can pay with Russian bank cards.
“I’m happy to be cheated myself”. Top 9 “scams” in the resorts of Turkey
Travel agents and experienced tourists listed a lot of tricks to which cunning locals who want to cash in on vacationers resort. However, getting on vacation “all inclusive”, our countrymen still lose their vigilance and become victims of greedy people.
AiF.ru collected the most common tricks and dodges that await the tourist literally at every step.
Once in Turkey, tourists usually immediately find themselves in the hands of representatives of the host country. Of course, among the employees of tour operators there are people who are honest and do their job perfectly. However, there are those who want to cash in on your “tourist illiteracy.
A hotel guide is a person who will give you an information meeting about the country, he should be your best friend and help you with all your questions. However, in most cases, these people reduce the functions to a minimum: a few words about Turkey, leave their coordinates (not always) and the lion’s share of time spent on “stealing” tours. “Medical insurance covers only those tours that are purchased from the official tour operator – the guide will assure you. – And you must buy them today and right now, because only at the information meeting I can give you a maximum discount, as much as $ 5.
Antalya Airport. Millions of tourists from different countries come here to rest. Photo: AiF / Nadezhda Uvarova
In fact, the insurance covers the entire territory of Turkey for the entire period of your stay in the country. Of course, it does not cover all health problems. For example, if in the blood of a holidaymaker found a decent dose of alcohol, the case will not recognize insurance and you will be forced to treat at your own expense. The insurance also does not cover sunburns, chronic diseases, etc.
I bought a sightseeing trip to Israel from our guide,” says Svetlana, a vacationer from Ufa. – It was very frustrating: I paid $ 300, and dozens of compatriots who bought excursions in street agencies for 220-240 dollars, flew on one plane. For me, the overpayment represents a significant amount of money.”
Those who bought guided tours – at triple the price – in 90 percent of cases get on the same buses or boats, visit the same sites as those who bought it all on the street. However, if you have doubts about the street agency, look for another, in nushayuschee confidence – with an office and with Russian-speaking staff.
The guide is trying to persuade the new tourists to buy excursions from him for an hour. Photo: AiF / Nadezhda Uvarova.
2. The miser pays twice.
Street agencies also use their tricks. For example, the most popular tours – the city hammam and the Church of St. Nicholas – are usually offered at two different prices. Some sellers of excursions do not focus on this, trying to sell the most expensive option. If you start haggling – please, no problem discounted 5-10 dollars, offering a second, cheaper option. The bottom line is that by paying a little more, you get better deals. For example, a boat ride can cost $10 and $15. In the first case, there will not be an animator or will not include drinks, or the ship will be more modest. In the second tourist expects a more interesting program, an extended route, a full lunch with drinks.
“We bought several excursions from an agency on our way to the beach,” says Nina from St. Petersburg. – It would have been fine, but on one of them, at the waterfalls, they took us to four shopping centers – gold, fur, textile, and wine. The prices there were enormous, but we couldn’t stay on the bus, everyone was asked to come into the store. I was so tired of it, lost a lot of time, and I could have laid on the beach. Then the guy who sold us the tour, explained: if we took the second option, a little more expensive, we would have been taken only to the textile center and the wine tasting. And so the agency needs to “repay” the money we were underpaid, and that is the interest on our purchases. One elderly woman took a very long time to choose a jacket for her grandson, and, by the way, she chose it, while we all had to wait for her.
Clarify all the conditions when buying tours. They will not lie to you, all tricks are calculated on “understatement”, and a direct question is usually followed by an honest answer.
3. Discount from the informer.
As one trader from Alanya, Ramazan jokes, “you work for a year to rest for two weeks, and I work with you these two weeks to rest for a year.” Trade has been and remains one of the main sources of income for Turks and the mass of newcomers from the former CIS countries, who pass themselves off as locals and take jobs as sellers. Bargaining here is worthwhile – the amount on the price tags is overstated several times over. But many believe in the so-called discount given to them by hotel informants. The hotel recommends “its places” where its customer can buy everything cheaper, since the seller is supposedly its partner.
“I bought sandals at the mall for $80,” complained Natalia, a tourist from Novosibirsk. – At the hotel, we accidentally talked with a woman, she bought the same exact shoes in the bazaar, for 25. And I’m still showing a discount card from our informant. It was madly offensive, to tears.
Informants call themselves (and wear a badge with the appropriate inscription) people, as a rule, have nothing to do with the hotel. For example, the informant may be an administrator from the spa center, located near your hotel. Or massage therapist hammam, which is open in the basement of the hotel. His task is to draw you into this very hammam and earn on you as much as possible. Often, or informants, or tour operator guides, or even some rubbed into the trust always smiling and seemingly nice people offer you a discount on their own. In order for you to make an “indirim” (discount in Turkish. – Editor’s note) of 20 percent, you must allegedly show a hotel card, and the price of goods will decrease. This is true, but initially the price is increased by 20 percent, and often much more.
Whole buses take tourists to those shopping centers, which are in a share with the travel agents. We went to him on our own and got a 50 percent discount: for our purchases do not have to share with anyone. Photo: AiF / Nadezhda Uvarova
“We were walking around Alanya and happened to wander into a shopping center some distance from the main streets,” recalls Sergey from Yekaterinburg. – We went inside. The marketing consultants rushed over to us and asked, ‘Where are you from, and who are you here with? We explained that we came by ourselves. They said that all price lists, and there were fixed prices, we could safely divide in half – that would be the price of the goods for us. My friends and I stocked up on quality t-shirts and towels very cheap indeed, for some ridiculous money.
In Turkey, a discount from a guide, informer, etc. – is not a discount. These cards simply transmit information to whom the store has to pay a percentage of your purchase.
One of the malls where they bring in supposedly discount cards from the guide. In any store such a box of sweets will cost at least 2 times cheaper. Photo: AiF / Nadezhda Uvarova
4. The paid sea
In Turkey, Russia and most other countries the shoreline is free for visitors! If they ask you for money to enter the beach – it is illegal. Paid may be only sun beds, mattresses and umbrellas.
If you are asked to buy a drink or pay for wi-fi on the beach, don’t do it. You can put your mats on the sand and sunbathe as much as you want. But to use the changing booths, toilets, and sunbeds, of course, you can’t.
“We bought a trip to a three-star hotel in Side, – says Elena from Kirov. – The agency did not inform us that the hotel does not have its own beach. We reached the shore and settled right on the sand with the baby. A young Turk came running in, shouted at us to go away or pay two dollars. For me it is expensive to pay for 10 days of rest only for $ 40 beds, we would have quite laid on their towels. But he said that’s not the way it’s done on his beach, he’s the boss here, and we have to either leave or pay.
All of this is completely illegal. The sea is for everyone and always free. Both city and hotel beaches are obliged to accept you, regardless of attachment to the hotel.
It doesn’t matter what category your hotel is or whether it has its own beach, you can watch the sunset on the sea for free. Photo: AiF / Nadezhda Uvarova
5. Currency and translation difficulties
Turkey has its national currency – Turkish Lira. Today its exchange rate – about 14 rubles per lira and it continues to grow slightly. All prices in state stores as well as cab services etc. are in lira. However, our compatriots mix up liras, dollars, euros and rubles, and the crooks with a desire to deceive them are there.
“We came to Turkey for the first time, – Irina from Chelyabinsk says. – When buying a trip we were told in the agency that literally “any currency” is valid in the country. We decided if we can use any currency we will take rubles, what for do we need to change it? The problems started right away. At the airport, the exchange office agreed to change rubles into lira at a predatory rate of almost 20 rubles per Turkish lira. We refused. Our guide at the hotel said that it was possible to withdraw any amount in lira from a bank card. The transaction fee was 500 rubles. Had we known, we would have bought dollars in Russia.
In Turkey, you can really pay in almost any currency. But it’s preferable to take dollars and euros. A small portion of this money must be exchanged at an exchange office for lira. Because no one will give you change for small bills. For example, a bus fare costs three liras. You give the driver a dollar. In effect, he should give you 1.5 lira change. But that won’t happen. Alas, he will round up in his favor.
The prices are in Turkish liras. If you want to pay in another currency, be careful with the exchange rate. Photo: AiF / Nadezhda Uvarova
It is even more misleading to exchange money at the airport or hotel. These places have the most unfavorable exchange rates. When exchanging money on the street you can be cheated. The best places are banks and exchange offices. To date, the dollar exchange rate is about 4.5 lira, the euro is 5.2 lira. You can safely pay in currency in large shopping malls and government stores. You can get the change in liras, but the rate beforehand is good to clarify. You can withdraw your bank card from Sberbank without a commission only in ATMs Deniz Bank, which is a Turkish Sberbank. In others, the commission may be unreasonably high.
6. You pay your salary to the driver, maids and others.
As soon as you are met at the airport and taken to the hotels by bus tour operator, the guide will begin to appeal to your conscience, saying that the driver is trying to bring you to hotels, in the world it is customary to tip him. The same words you will hear more than once, for example, in respect of maids and porters baggage. The most cunning even assure that people of all these professions work for free, their earnings are your tips.
“When we were in Turkey for the first time – recalls Elena from Voronezh – we were so convinced that we need to help the poor and unhappy maid, that we were ashamed to leave her a dollar or two, and left 5-10. She, of course, made us swans and other animals out of sheets and towels. However, talking to people from neighboring rooms, we found out that they do not leave money at all, or put no more than a dollar. And all hotel employees, including maids, of course, get paid.
To tip or not to tip is entirely up to you. Many tourists do slyly: the same porter or doorman can be given instead of money modest present in the form of a bar of chocolate brought from Russia.
7. Revitalizing and revitalizing massage
You are offered one session of introductory massage for free. This probably comes after a visit to the hammam. During the massage your masseur supposedly leaves, quite by chance another comes in, which turns out to be the greatest specialist, he looks at your back, ahats and ochavetsya over the state of your spine and recommends immediately to start a course of massage. They say the situation is critical, all your ailments and decline of strength – because of hernias, pinch and protrusion.
“I only took four hundred dollars with me,” says Lilia from Ufa. – I accidentally got a massage. I got what was supposed to be such a great specialist that the condition of my spine called all my diseases. I now realize that I was happy to be deceived. I hoped that a course of massage could cure my back pain, lower my blood pressure and normalize my sleep. Then I realized that almost everyone has these diseases. The most frustrating thing is that I agreed to a course of massage for exactly $400. Had I had $500, he would have taken out $500. So my so-called massage therapist was a master at words, I don’t know about medicine. I gave the money up front. I can’t say that I didn’t like the massage, but I didn’t notice any changes in my body.
If you were not planning to take a massage course, remember your intention. Perhaps at home the quality is better and the price is lower.
8. Paid gifts
Sometimes you may be offered a gift, a mere trifle, and then asked to pay for it. Yes, they will ask you rudely and insistently! For example, poor Turkish women right in the middle of the road can lay out their handmade beads and bracelets. And their cute children will run up to your daughter and put a ring of beads on her hand. Will you say thank you and move on? No, not going to happen: their mother will immediately cry out, they say, “pay for the goods. Take it back it will refuse to the last, but if you insistently return the trinket, you will leave.
“We went shopping, we were offered tea and water everywhere,” says Marina from Sochi. – We thought it was Turkish hospitality. In the street, a boy from a shop selling some kind of spices came up and shoved a box of fragrant spices into my hand. I thanked him and went on my way, but the owner jumped out and yelled, “Pay for your gift. It was unpleasant, I was confused, I put a piece of paper in 5 liras, but I threw the spice away.
If you do not need the product, try not to take anything for nothing.
Another “scam”. Exquisite food cannot be cheap. It’s either last year’s candy, or it’s in a box with a fistful. Photo: AiF / Nadezhda Uvarova
9. Brands for pennies
“Turkey is a country of fakes,” says Ilnur, owner of a small hotel in Manavgat. – Although it is commonly believed that most brand replicas are made in China, it is all sold in my country.”
In this confession is the whole truth. A lot of the goods that are offered to customers as Turkish and of high quality, are brought from China or checked out from popular online stores. You will be enticed by signs and tales of $10 sale on branded sneakers and $3 T-shirts.
Good textiles are made in Turkey. Some local clothing items are not bad either. For example, jeans and bags. But most likely they will be imitations of the originals or just factory items at a considerable cost.
Turkey – a hospitable and warm country with its own flavor. Do not think that everyone around dreaming to cheat you: then the rest will be spoiled. Here, as everywhere else, there are wonderful and not so great people.
“I had too much to drink the day I arrived in Kemer,” admits Alexei, a Muscovite. – I fell asleep in an outdoor cafe. I woke up at night, sitting alone, no one was kicking me out, but I didn’t have my wallet, sunglasses, or, funnily enough, flip-flops. I walked to the hotel, which was not far away. In the morning, I was glad that I only brought 50 dollars, not all that I had brought. I went out on the street, went to the eateries, where I had begun the evening. In the first of them, a waiter almost jumped on my neck, grabbed me by the hand, and pulled me to the counter. I think, God, I messed up something here, too. Turns out I had forgotten all this. I took my shoes off, took off my glasses, threw my wallet on the table, added a couple of cocktails to what I’d already had at the hotel, and passed out. The staff woke me up, I came to my senses and rushed out of there for some reason. They made me count all the change down to the last kurush, happy that I was found, more than I myself. I tipped this kind little man ten dollars, he almost died of joy. I doubt they would have given me anything back in my homeland.