If you are thinking about planning a trip to Turkey, and you don't know where to start, we are experts in this subject. This is like my 10th time coming. So, we are going to tell you 10 things before coming to Turkey, which was really going to air our next article about Ephesus to make sure that your visit is as enjoyable as possible, but since we have done a lot Received something After our latest article about coronavirus in Turkey, we decided to answer all those questions and jump into them. So let's know everything you need to know before coming to Turkey
- Turkish Currency: So the first thing you want to know is currency. Turkey uses Turkish lira and currently it is about eight lira for one euro which is slightly more than nine lirios for one euro. We actually get it by withdrawing money from any ATM in Turkey, they charge five percent for the amount you withdraw but our bank returns it to us in the US, Charles Schwab. So if you can find a bank just like that priceless one and if not, we recommend going to the bank and exchanging there. This is going to be easier and less hassle than currency exchange.
- Turkish Outlets/Plugs: And the plugs are really similar to Europe, so before you take off maybe you can buy one on Amazon or when you arrive here you're sure you're able to find a converter for very little as a couple.
- Turkish Cell Service: As regards cell phone service, you can buy a sim card while you are here from a company like it is around 150 lira and it will be able to get 20 gigabytes worth of data and 200 minutes of conversation and all services for you for 30 days. Good for WhatsApp and similar apps. Your message is completely free. We actually use Google FI from the US and we definitely recommend it to everyone, because you like Turkey 170 Are able to go to more countries.
- Turkey's Safety for Tourists: One of the most important and most frequently asked questions we always get is Turkey's security. I am not going to answer this question as a Turkish person, because I do not want to be biased. So I'm just going to leave it to you. I think I'm a little less biased because I've come to Turkey as a "visitor" dialect, but I've also brought my parents here and they've realized that they know their surroundings the whole time and just be smart when you are traveling and you should not have any issue going to Turkey. If you feel safe about visiting New York, Paris and other big cities of the world, then here is the same thing. There are good neighborhoods, there are bad neighborhoods.
Visa for Visiting Turkey
I am also going to handle the next question, because people are curious about whether they need a visa to come to Turkey. As an American, you do! You had to pay US $ 50. You will have a visa for 180 days and within that 180 day period you can stay in Turkey for 90 days. Some European countries as well as some other countries are actually now being integrated into this visa-free program for the same 90-day and 180-day period. We are going to link Turkey e Visa with the link below so that you Check your country and of course they offer e-visas so you can visit one. Website e Visa to Turkey and get that taken care of before you even can get your visa when you arrive here, but it will be a bit more expensive but it will still be easy and you have no problem.
Weather and How to Pack
Another frequently asked question about the weather is. People believe that it is actually summer like all year round in Turkey, but it is not. Turkey goes through four seasons. The south of Turkey does not feel as cold as Istanbul, but Istanbul has every season. Therefore, you should dress accordingly. If I can convince Steve this winter, I plan to take him to a ski resort in Turkey. I am not a skier, but we will see that the other big thing to keep in mind when going to Turkey is probably to bring a comfortable pair of shoes if you are coming to Turkey then you really must have. Many ancient sites and sights and places you want to visit in Turkey have hills, so it is very mountainous. You have to wear comfortable shoes, otherwise you will not be able to do much. Even Istanbul is known as the city of seven hills, there are seven hills, which are always up and down!
So the next question is how easy it is to reach and communicate here in Turkey. Unfortunately, we have to say that there can certainly be a language barrier at many points from the time you arrive at the airport, you are going to witness a situation where many English speakers are actually around you even once. Are not the ones. Try and keep trying. They will appreciate it and be more welcome. You know the opportunity to learn a few words in Turkish before you get here, put a smile on people's faces and I don't want you to think that language barrier is going to stop you from enjoying it. Your time here largely Turkish people are simply incredibly friendly and will go out of their way to try even if they don't fully understand you.
Transportation From airport
even if there is no metro connection by April 2021. So you may have to be on the lookout for different transportation options like Havists or Cabs. A Havaist to Levant (main business district), or Sultanheim (old city) from the airport. This is going to run you around 30 lire, so if you are two people or less definitely taking a havist bus, it is going to be more affordable. If you see a large group in a taxi cab, of course, with the yellow taxi you go into the same situation we were talking about earlier, a lot of yellow taxi drivers are unfortunately good English. Can't speak in a way and if you are not familiar with Istanbul like New York City for the first time, then unfortunately, you may have to face drivers who are ready to drive a bit so that the bus is ready for that. If you prefer to take a private transfer, you can do that too, they will only run you for 30 to 35 or more than 40 Euros, but definitely have the convenience of knowing that the driver waiting for you is.
- Taxi/Cab Application for Turkey: Of course, there is an application. It is not Uber, but Turkey has its own. Yes, it is called BiTaksi, you can actually see the advertisement at the airport as well. To use the BiTaksi application, which is similar to UBER, you must have a Turkish phone number. Once you land at a Turkish airport, you can get a new Turkish phone number, it works exactly like Uber. You can pay either cash or credit card so you do not have to communicate with your cab driver. Now that you have finished your transport down from Istanbul Airport.
Best Places to stay in Istanbul
Next thing you are going to think about Where do I live? Now, of course, if you are coming to Istanbul for the first time, you are going to recommend a maximum of two to three days there if you want to stay in the old city of Sultanheim area. You definitely can't see all the sites in a day and I've tried to do this. And that's just way too much and then you can get more information about Istanbul and I'm going to give you some ideas because I lived here. You can really stay on the Asian side. There are the Kadikoy, Moda and Cadbouston regions which are very safe and really nice neighborhoods that we suggest you to stay in, and on the European side of Istanbul you can explore options around the Harbai, Nisantasi, Aileiler, Lever area, because It is very central, the metro line goes everywhere. And also you can see the more modern face of Istanbul than the old city. You can actually spend a week here or more and it is just such a big city and there is so much to do and see that you know exactly where to live. Apply for Turkish e Visa.
Transportation Within Istanbul
how you move around in Istanbul and for us The simple answer is the metro system. Istanbul Central has a fantastic metro system and it all starts from Istanbul Card and it is a flat fee 3.50 Turkish Lira in the main city area. You can also use it to take buses, ghats of metro buses and some other things and that is all. "Tap to pay" and some of those things are definitely going to cost more money. We suggest you take more and more ferries, the scissors are amazing and if you don't do the Asian-Orop ferry at least once, you're not really experiencing Istanbul, you're ever tired of that scene.
Where to go besides Istanbul
Do not go if you are looking for places to hang out outside Istanbul, you want to stay longer, obviously, of course, there are Antalya to the south, such that it stays a little warm even during the winter months and their Nearby are all inclusive resorts where you can stay on the property and you can actually have everything exposed. And elsewhere, you are reading the natural history and beauty of Cappadocia, Pamukkale Ephesus… .they are some of Turkey’s most beautiful historical sites that highly recommend traveling, but if you want to see the local side of Turkey more If you want to read, I could recommend some of them Places as well. And of course, we have some articles coming to local places,
Transportation Around Turkey
so let's write about getting out of Istanbul ... We definitely recommend flying to most places. A lot of domestic flights are on the cheap side. , So this is going to be a little easier than taking a bus that can take a very long time, especially in Covid times, you don't really want to be stuck in the bus for 11-12 hours. If you want to take a bus, buses in Turkey are such that flights are not really speed wise, but are quality wise. You will not have a bathroom on the bus, but at the same time you will have someone who serves you tea, coffee and some snacks and they are very clean. They have their own TV system behind most seats, so you will feel very comfortable and the service is really good. If you want to take the bus, do not hesitate. They make stops for bathrooms and other necessities on the way. And you also get ice cream, which I love! I know ... it's better than taking a bus to America. If it is three to four hours, definitely recommend it, but Kapadokya from Istanbul for example is 12 hours.
- Rental Car options in Turkey: And, you know, in the end you can rent a car even while you are here. International chains are here like AVIS, Budget and all of them. We have rented from an agency called Central Car, and they have a lot of English speakers and they are a national Turkish chain, but when you are driving in Turkey just keep in mind a few things, really small Watch out for the signs. On the side of the road, they are going to be your speed signs. They are also going to say things like EDS, which are going to be these speed detector signals, Turkish radar applies everywhere so within speed Do your best to stick. If you are going to rent a car, you can find a rental car as 150 lire a day, especially during non-busy times, but guests and tolls may be on the more expensive side. We would suggest you to stick to the big car rental companies because you might not know the final processes of local companies.
Turkish Food and Drink
This time Turkish food, I love it! I can't say anything bad about Turkish food. Just be open to different tastes and don't get bogged down with food kebabs and baklava, please try to find more stuff, try stuffed muscles, try kokorek, lamb intestines, try different things Do not limit yourself with just a few options. Every city has its own food, everywhere Your own special dishes, so don't hold yourself back, but be sure to bring your hunger and size or two big pants with you because you're going to gain a lot of weight! Yes, at this point I've tried a whole host of different things, even drinks, Irons, I love it! Salgam suy, carrot juice .. Not so much for me, but try them! Just try them all, you will not regret it. I love Turkish food and cannot recommend it enough.
- Wi-Fi in Turkey: So now, just a quick bonus, if you are a remote worker or a content producer and you are thinking about coming to Turkey, one thing keep in mind that Wi-Fi status is not very strong Wi-Fi country, you wi -Fi will be available, but it will not work as fast and strong as in big cities. For example, when we were traveling to the southern part of Turkey, we had a bit of uh hiccup, but it didn't work! So just to let you know that you can get frustrated at times, but in Istanbul we do not expect you to have any issues and in the end
- Drone Regulations in Turkey: if you are thinking of bringing a drone here, then it is 500 grams Any rule exceeding 500 grams. To get permission to fly below 500 grams you have to register with the Turkish government, such as the original Mavic air, Mavic mini, and things that you do not need to get permission, you can only fly them but be careful You blow them up, there are a lot of no-flying signs, especially to take into account ancient cities and historical places, as the fine is up to 9000 lire, and we've seen someone seize their drone and right in front. Okay before we do! Yes, glad we did not fly before that.
Hope to enjoy 10 things that you know before coming to Turkey! But, if you still have more questions Travel to Turkey, let us know. We would be happy to answer them. We finished our journey around the southern part of Turkey.