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Turkish Lira down

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Turkish Lira down

Will be in Istanbul in July. I read about the decline in the Turkish Lira but the hotel room rates remain the same in US dollar terms. Surely the Istanbul Hotels quote in Lira and not US dollars which means the search engines are not passing through the reductions. But that cannot be because of the competition. Thanks for any enlightenment.

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41. Re: Turkish Lira down

This last post by VR brings back the truth in my post No. 5 at this thread. Hotels will continue to quote their prices in Euros as long as fluctuations continue and long term stabilty is not reached. This does not mean that they will not accept TL for payment. They naturally will at the exchange rate current at the time of payment.


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I agree with everyone who thinks that in Istanbul it's better to pay in Liras and also I think all vendors prefer it. I've been to Istanbul 3 times (probably this year will also be my 4th time) and only times I've paid anything in euros was my second hotel bill and transfers from/to airport.

Every time when I've asked vendors how much something costs, they say me price in liras. I will compare it with Cambodia, where they always asked if I want to pay in USD or local currency.

Maybe this EUR/Lira thing is more common in Sultanahmet area and Grand Bazaar but I haven't noticed it. I can not imagine what street vendors would to with so many euro coins...

A week ago I bought sahlep from street vendor with 2 liras. It's 0,67 eur.

Probably everyone who will pay for things in euros will get ripped off.

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43. Re: Turkish Lira down

There are very few things in Istanbul that the prices are quoted in foreign money: hotel rates, tours, and guides.

Daily life runs on lira. Tourists are not forced to pay in foreign money. People do not get unhappy when tipped with lira (but they do when given chocolates instead of money, as is suggested by well travelled(?) tourists on other forums). If you do not have liras, it is not possible to use the public transport, take the Bosphorus cruise, buy museum tickets, shop at malls or stores, eat at restaurants out of the tourist areas.

Enough on this subject.


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44. Re: Turkish Lira down

Back on topic the government has intervened and ordered the reserve bank to raise interest rates to lower the foreign currencies. It appears to have worked for now. I hope this is sustainable on behalf of the Turkish economy in the long run and sincerely hope and wish the lira would gain value and foreign currencies drop at least another 10-20 kuruş against the lira. I hope we see these levels soon

1 aud = 1.7 lira

1 usd = 1.9 lira

1 eur = 2.6 lira

1 gbp = 3.2 lira

I know this is wishful thinking but I hope this can happen in the near future bringing the strength of the lira back to where it was not too long ago.

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I visited Istanbul 6 times in 3 years. I only use TL. Its acceptable Every where. However, rental cars always quote in Eur. But I pay in TL anyway.

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