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Buy Turkish lira (TRY)

Linking Europe and Asia, Turkey offers a truly unique atmosphere and some of the most beautiful historic sites in the world. You can’t put a price on a good time, but for any costs that do occur, make sure you have your Travelex Money Card on you.

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Buy Turkish lira with a Travel Money Card

Buy Turkish lira with a Travel Money Card

Another great option for spending in Turkish lira is our Travelex Money Card.

  • Safe and secure - card not linked to your bank account
  • Choice of 22 currencies, including Turkish lira
  • Seamless spending with Apple Pay and Google Pay 
  • Manage your Turkish lira effortlessly via the Travelex Money App
  • In case your card is lost, stolen, or damaged, our 24/7 global assistance team is here for you
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How to get your Turkish lira

Discover the most convenient way to receive your travel money through our range of delivery, collection, and online options.

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Home Delivery

Enjoy effortless currency exchange with Home Delivery. Place your order online and have your Turkish lira delivered directly to your doorstep, with Royal Mail Special Delivery. Free for orders totalling £500 or more.

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Store Click & Collect

Streamline your currency exchange with our free Click & Collect service. Simply place your order online and pick up your Turkish lira from one of our stores. Enjoy a smooth beginning to your travels with our online rates.

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What to spend your Turkish lira on

  • One-way ticket on the Ankara metro

    1.75 TRY

  • Entrance to the Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul

    30 TRY

  • Taxi from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Istanbul city centre

    40 TRY

  • Trip along the Dalyan River and Turtle Beach

    69 TRY

  • Scuba diving in Bodrum

    114 TRY

How much Turkish lira will I need in Turkey?*

Please select your budget above.

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Total spending money needed:

  • A budget
  • for people for
  • nights


Must-sees in Turkey

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  • Istanbul
  • This fascinating historical city has been at the heart of Europe and Asia for many centuries, with the stunning Suleymaniye Mosque and Basilica Cistern to show off its rich heritage.
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  • Ankara
  • Turkey’s capital has both metropolitan and ancient sites as well as a vibrant welcoming atmosphere. Here you’ll find the old Ankara Citadel and the beautifully preserved Roman Baths.
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  • Bodrum
  • Beautiful beaches and historic monuments are found in this stunning pocket of paradise; head to Cleopatra Beach for some rest and relaxation, or Bardakci Cove for stunning views over the water.

Key information about the Turkish lira

Turkey’s official currency is the lira, which has existed in various forms since the mid-1800s. The ‘new’ lira was introduced in 2005 (although it has not been called ‘new’ since 2009).

The symbol of the Turkish lira is ₺ and the currency code is TRY

Turkish lira denominations

Each lira is made up of 100 kurus. The current series of Turkish lira includes banknotes to the value of

  • 5 lira
  • 10 lira
  • 20 lira
  • 50 lira
  • 100 lira

Should I buy Turkish lira now or wait

Because of changes in the distribution of the lira, we offer another option for anyone travelling to Turkey: our Travelex Money Card. This then gives you the flexibility of using a card or cash when you’re on your travels.

Our Travel Money Card allows you to load your money in Turkish lira before leaving. This card is usable anywhere that accepts MasterCard, making it a great and flexible cash alternative!

Common questions about the Turkish lira

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  • When’s the best time to buy Turkish lira?

    Getting the best rates when buying Turkish lira can be tricky. The lira's value can change rapidly, impacted by political climates and economic events. Keep an eye on our rate tracker to maximise your buying power in Turkey's bustling bazaars and historic sites. 

  • Where can I spend my Turkish lira?

    Turkish lira is the currency of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

  • Can I buy Turkish lira with a credit or debit card?

    You can purchase your Turkish lira from us via credit or debit card. Buying Turkish lira from us, whether online or in person, incurs no credit card handling fees. Be sure to inquire with your card provider about any other charges. 

  • Can I sell my unused Turkish lira?

    Yes, you can! We can buy back your unused Turkish lira notes at any one of our UK retail stores at the original transaction exchange rate up to a maximum value of £250, for just a fee of £4.99. Learn more about our Buy Back Promise. T&Cs apply.

  • Can I use my bank card in Turkey?

    In Turkey, while cards are widely accepted, your bank may charge fees for transactions in TRY. See how the Travelex Money Card can help you spend abroad. 

  • Can I spend Turkish lira as cash when abroad?

    Yes, cash is still frequently used in Turkey. In Turkey, using Turkish lira as cash for smaller daily transactions and the Travelex Money Card for bigger purchases is a good way to split your spending up.

Need a different currency?

Whether you’re looking for dollars or dirham, we can deliver to your home or you can pick up from us in store.

*The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.