Money

What is the monetary unit used in Istanbul?

The official currency used in Turkey is Turkish Lira (TL).  1, 5, 10, 25, 50...

Which banks will let me open an account before I get a residence permit?

While I've heard rumors of Garanti bending the rules for those persuasive enough to...

Do most shops take American credit cards?

Yes they do. But not all US debit cards. It depends on the bank. I have had problems at...

Can you pay with American dollars?

Around Sultanahmet (historical peninsula, touristic area) you can pay with USD in...

Should I change money at banks?

Usually the exchange offices which say "Doviz" offer a better rate than the banks. I've...

I was wondering if most restaurants in Istanbul accept international credit cards?

I've never run into trouble with international credit cards, assuming the restaurant in...

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