Can you pay with American dollars?

Eda Sökmen
30 June, 2014

Around Sultanahmet (historical peninsula, touristic area) you can pay with USD in stores and restaurants. However, museums will not accept foreign currency. You can either pay with Turkish Lira (TL) or credit card. 

There are ATM's all over the city and you can withdraw money from your credit or debit card.

In the Grand Bazaar, almost all currencies are accepted and so are the credit cards (all but American Express! Since Amex charges the stores high commissions, it is usually not accepted or preferred by many stores). 

Taxis may except USD, however it would be handier to have TL.


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Eda Sökmen

Born and raised in Istanbul, Eda has started istanbulite, a boutique travel agency which offers custom-made private tours & concierge services for her clients most of whom are from the U.S. Eda lived in the U.S for a year between 2003-2004 in Los Angeles, California as she was studying at UCLA as an exchange student. She has traveled through Turkey, U.S., South America, Thailand & Cambodia and Europe. She is a travel and history buff. Check out her company at

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