The coast of Turkey is temperate, warm, and humid in the summer. Eastern Turkey has short summers and bitterly cold winters. Central Anatolia is dry and hot in the summer, rainy and snowy in the winter. If you plan to visit beaches, June thru September is the best time to travel. Southeastern Turkey is very dry and extremely hot in the summer.
April-May and September-October are the best months for touring with the least amount of rainfall and the most comfortable temperatures.
Check out the current weather conditions in Turkey.
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Turkey.
There is no risk for malaria in Istanbul. You should check with your doctor about possible vaccinations against typhoid and hepatitis. Take along plenty of insect repellent!
The currency in Turkey is the lira. Please review the current exchange rate for the lira.
Tipping: Tip 10% in expensive restaurants even if a service charge has been added. Tip porters $1-$3 US per bag, and tour guides around $5-$10 US.
ATMs: ATMs are found all over in major cities. Beware of ATMs in secluded areas.
The best items to shop for in Turkey are handwoven rugs and kilims, leather goods, silk, alabaster, copperware and brassware, ceramics, Iznik tiles, brass samovars, and meerschaum pipes. Be cautious of “antiques,” some are fakes. If you do buy an antique, be sure to obtain an official permit to export it.
Voltage: 230 V; Plugs C & F. You
will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to
use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter
and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.