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How Much Money Should I Take on Holiday to Turkey?

How Much Money Should I Take on Holiday to Turkey?

Holiday-making in Turkey, is very appealing to Brits and this is hugely down to the cost. For all its scenic beauty, a myriad of tourist attraction sites, modern tourist hotels and great weather all year round, Turkey is up there with one of the most affordable European destinations.

Here is a look at the average cost of a holiday in Turkey for a typical Briton;

Cost of holiday-making in Turkey

The average daily price for holiday-making in Turkey for an adult is about £50 per day, £350 per week and at least £700 for a fortnight.

If the trip is made by a British couple-perhaps on honeymoon, then their daily expenditure is projected to be £75 per day, £360 per week, £750 for two weeks and about £1,700 for one month.

Families and groups looking to have a good time in Turkey should set aside about £170 per day (family of 4 or group of 5 young adults). This equates to about £920 per week, £1,900 for two weeks and about £3,900 for a full month in Turkey.

It is important to note that these are estimations based on data collected and there can be a variance of 20% depending on a number of variables.

The cost of the trip will depend on the time of the year that the trip was made, the luxury levels that the traveller is looking for, the specific town/locality where one is holidaying and the activities that one engages in while on holiday.

To help you plan your trip even better financially, here is a breakdown of the cost of the essentials of any holiday.

By using this financial guide, you’ll not only be able to plan your trip better but will avoid falling victim of unscrupulous agents who might look to swindle you off your hard earned money. Here is the breakdown of the individual costs;

Breakdown of costs of a holiday in Turkey


Flights to and from Turkey are generally cheap and available all year round. A typical return ticket from Glasgow to Istanbul during the peak travelling season, costs about £600. If you make the trip east, during the low season, then you can pay as low as £200 one way.It is therefore wise to book your tickets in advance and make use of airline deals and discounts to cut on the travel costs even more.

Cost of accommodation in Turkey

Depending on where you choose to holiday in Turkey, accommodation will cost you anything between £25 and £120 per night. Generally accommodation is cheaper outside Istanbul and other major cities. Eastern Turkey is particularly very cheap when it comes to accommodation and depending on the form of accommodation you opt for, you can pay as little as £15 per night.

Most Britons holidaying in Turkey, choose to live in 3 star and 4 star hotels. Depending on their location, these hotels will cost anything from £45 to £90 per night. Although it is relatively new, Airbnb is the other accommodation option that is rapidly growing in popularity.

A single Airbnb in the ore European’ Western side of Turkey, will cost you £20 per night while a similar room in the East, will cost about £15.

Hostels are by far the cheapest option available in Turkey but they don’t offer much in terms of services and amenities. You ideally pay for the bed, shower and maybe some breakfast. Bed and breakfast hostels in the heart of Istanbul will cost you about £13 per person.

Food and beverages in Turkey

For starters, the cost of drinks is pretty much universal across Europe and Turkey is not an exception. Everything from beer, bottled water to soft drinks, cost the same as back in the UK. The cost might however vary in bars especially in the peak season.

As for food, Turkey is a one stop shop for all cuisines. From Italian, Chinese, English to Local delicacies, there is food to satiate every taste and fit every budget. Hotel and restaurant food is by far the most expensive with full course meals for a family of 4 costing about £80. For people on a tight budget, then the tasty foods served in the food stands are the best option. Not only are they awesome, they are a great way of tasting and appreciating the traditions of the country. A typical street meal will cost about £8.

Moving within Turkey

Turkey is quite a large country and flights are the best way to move from one city to another. Although long bus trips offer spectacular views as you traverse the country, they can be uncomfortable. Flights between cities will cost about £70 depending on the final destination. For short movements, taxis are the best option-they average about £30 per trip.

Buses within the cities are great and comfortable and for just £5 you are given a complementary drink and a piece of cake. You alternatively can rent a car upon arrival at a rate of £250 per week and use it for all your excursions.

Tickets to places of interest

From hot air balloon flights in Cappadocia, boat trips in Alanya, museums in Antalya to underground cities, there is no shortage of places of interest in Turkey. Be it scenic natural beauty or the traditional heritage, there is everything for everyone and the rates are not too high either.

Paraglide in Izmir for £40, go marvel at the beauty in Goreme Open Air Museum for just £4, take a 3 hour hot air balloon ride for just $70, get a Turkish bath in Fethiye for £15, go on a boat ride in Bodrum for £30 and many other amazing excursions for less than £15. If you intend to stay for a week, you should set aside £200 for excursions and trips and you will have the time of your life.

There are also local music orchestras and concerts which promote local artists. They are very affordable and are a good way of interacting with the locals. For as low as £5 you can enjoy very good cultural music and have a very good time.

Plan for emergencies and gifts

When making a financial plan for your trip to Turkey, it is wise to have a contingency plan. Set aside about £100 to help you handle any emergencies and any eventuality that might arise. You can use this money as tips in the hotels and to buy gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones.

Use our financial guide to not only answer the question of ow much money should I take on holiday to Turkey?’ but to make better financial decisions and avoid getting ripped while you are on holiday in Turkey.

Holiday ClassEstimated Amount Needed Per Day (Per Person)
Budget£50 Per Day
Mid-range£200 Per Day
High-end£750 Per Day
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