Turkey travel budget

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Turkey travel budget Reviews

Biedjee Biedjee
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Turkey travel budget Jan 06, 2011
Country: Turkey

Period visited: 2010 - 20 nights

Visa cost: 15 Euro / 90 days (visa on arrival)

Budget per day: 55 Euro

Actual per day: 81 Euro

Why so expensive?

Turkey is no longer the value destination it once was. While accommodation and food are cheap, transport, excursions, entrance fees and beer (especially in Istanbul!) are very expensive! I did a few expensive things, like a balloon flight in Cappadocia and doing a four day city trip with two friends from Holland, which increased the costs significantly. Take those costs out of the equation and the budget comes to 66 Euros per day.

Can it be cheaper?

Tough one. I tried, but didn't manage. Sure, not doing a balloon flight and staying away from the Roman ruins in Western Turkey would have cut down the costs, but also the fun.

Prices in Eastern Turkey are about 50% lower than in Western Turkey, while people are probably 500% nicer. Bear this in mind when you are planning a trip to this country.

Average costs:

Food & Drink:

Beer: €1.50 (Eastern Turkey) to €5 (Istanbul)

Espresso: 2 Euro and up

Meal: €1.50 (kebab stall) to €10 (restaurant)


Dorm: € 10 (Göreme)

Single room: € 8 (Pamukkale) to € 25 (Istanbul)
el_wray says:
Haha =)

I didn't mean that hip and trendy is westerner, or that's a tourist place or etc.etc. Don't misunderstand my comments, please.

And I still do insist a tourist can figure it out such a budget as 55-60 eu/day, (and 66 eu?? 81 eu???) especially when you say Tophane or Istiklal for places to hang out in Istanbul. I thought you were hanging out Nisantasi, Bebek or Baghdad Street to spend such a budget (which is actually a low budget for those neighborhoods) =)
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011
Biedjee says:
With hip and trendy I didn't mean western. There wasn't a Westerner in sight, we were the only tourists there! Apparently young Istanbulites love to burn their cash in places like Tophone or Istiklal Cadessi.
And yes, ballooning in Cappadoccia pressed the budget, but it was oh so worth it :-)
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011
el_wray says:
Oh by the way, I agree with you the baloon tours in cappadocia and most of such touristy stuff is probably expensive.
Posted on: Mar 11, 2011
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