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Tipping In Turkey: How To Tip In Turkey
Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY/TL)
Denominations: Notes – 5 – 200, Coins – 1 – 50 kurus
Other currencies accepted: In tourist areas, you will be able to use your UK sterling, Euros, and Dollars quite widely; however, you will receive a lower rate as a result. It’s better to change to the local currency if at all possible. There are countless ATMs in major towns, cities, and tourist resorts, however you will struggle to pay with anything other than Lira if you leave the main cities and resorts. Many vendors will also turn away a 200 Lira note if the amount you’re paying is below 150 lira, so try and have change if at all possible.
How To Tip In Turkey
Tipping in Turkey is very commonplace; however, if you feel you didn’t receive the best service, simply don’t tip. When dining in high-quality restaurants around the country and in many other restaurants across Istanbul, be sure to check the bill and look if a service charge/fee has been applied. If so, you don’t need to tip as this charge counts as your tip.
If a service charge/fee hasn’t been applied, it is customary to tip between 5-10% of the bill, depending upon how much you enjoyed the service you received. You should always tip in cash and leave the cash amount in the bill sleeve you will receive or give directly to the waiter. If you’re dining somewhere extremely high end, a tip of between 10-15% is more likely.
In terms of taxis, hotels, and tour guides, the same advice applies. You can simply round up the amount to the nearest whole Lira or 10 lira amount if you’re tipping a taxi driver, or simply tell them to keep the change. For hotels, 10 lira per night, you’re staying in an acceptable amount, but again, if you feel the service wasn’t quality, you’re not obliged to do so.
For tour guides, around 10% of the cost of the tour is a good amount to tip.
Wage levels are quite low in Turkey, and many waiters and other staff rely upon tips to lift their take-home amount. Tips are, therefore, always greatly received.
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