Turkey

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency is the new Turkish lira (Yeni Türk Lirasi) which ISO code is TRY. It has been put into circulation on January 1st, 2005 to replace the Turkish lira (TRL) at the rate of 1 TRY= a million of old one. It exists in notes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 TRY and in coins of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50. The new lira is divided in 100 Kurus.
There are many cash dispensers. Credit cards VISA, EUROCARD etc. are also accepted in many places, as well as Euros and Dollars. According to the devaluation tendency of the lira, it is profitable not to change money more than needed.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Turkey , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks open from 8.30 AM to 12 AM and from 1.30 PM to 5.30 PM Monday to Friday.



Transportation

Road
It is absolutely not advised to drive in the city: the traffic is very dense and driving is extremely dangerous. It is better to take a taxi, including for short distances. In that case, collective taxis are a good compromise.



Rail
The domestic railroad company connects together the main cities of Turkey. Buses, which cover pretty much all the territory, are cheaper and comfortable. Trains do not come close to the service offered by buses. But it can be pleasant, and shrewd, to spend the night in a coach "by navigating" quietly towards Izmir, Istanbul or Ankara.


 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .tr



Basic conversation guide

Yes = evet
No = hayir
Thank you = te, sekkürler; te, sekkür ederim
Thank you very much = çok te,sekkür ederim ou çok
You're welcome = Rica ederim
Please = lütfen

 


Languages spoken

The official language of Turkey is Turkish which is spoken by about 90% of the population. English as well as German and French are also used in commercial fields. As far as international trade is concerned, English is the most frequently used language. Moreover, there are about 30 languages in Turkey as well as other Altaic languages. There are also minorities speaking Greek, Armenian, Bulgarian, Albanish or Georgian. Finally, Turkish is the common language used by the organisms of State.


Last modified in January 2006
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