cdrc..., Turkey's ATM system is very sophisticated and widespread. The best way to get Turkish currency is by using ATM's and tens of millions of Turkish people and visitors do it that way. There are many at the airport and all over the town. Look for Plus, Cirrus, maestro, master card logos. Simply check with your bank in advance as to the commissions that they will charge for each transaction. In Turkey use Turkish currency and you will get the best prices that way.
you will also need a 4 didget PIN code number for your ATM card
It is also a wise idea to notify the fraud department of your bank before leaving for Turkey so they do not suspend your account for suspicious activity.
I generally try to use an ATM attached to a bank during banking hours so I have an immediate recourse if something happens. I have never had any problem with an ATM, but I have seen other tourists have their cards eaten by an ATM.
As in most major cities, there are ATM's everywhere, including several located very conveniently on the west side of Sultanahmet Square near the tram stop.
So I see my "sisters in Istanbul obsession" are already up and running for the day!
I learned in Aix en Provence that the ATM chewing up and regurgitating of your ATM is disaster! Very good advise that I have followed since to be close to a bank and definitely take more than one card.
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