Where’s the Best Place to Exchange Currency for an Istanbul Trip?

Istanbul and Turkey are generally safe places. Still should be cautious. We have written notes that will make your debit and credit card usage easier in Istanbul. I hope you can use it.

Suggestions on cash usage in Istanbul ;

  • If possible, get two debit cards with you. It is possible that one of them is not accepted or there is no money in your bank account.
  • Keeping these cards in separate places will reduce your risk. (one in your purse, and other one in your laptop case)
  • Do not use your debit cards in ATM machines located in public places.It will be more convenient to use bank’s  own ATMs or machines located at Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
  • If you call your bank and say that you will travel abroad, it will protect you from potentially fraudulent activities.
  • You can ask the hotel concierge whether they can give you cash or not. They can!
  • They can also break down your bigger bill into smaller bills or coins. This makes it easier to ride a short taxi ride or buy a cup of coffee from Starbucks.

Credit cards ;

  • Our first suggestion is again that you have 2 or 3 credit cards ( maybe one of them could be Business card ) You should keep them separate place from your debit cards and call your bank ahead of leaving your home country.
  • Take photo of debit and credit cards, front and back of each. It will be easier for you to report to the bank in case of stealing or fraud.
  • Keep your pins in your mind and never note them to anywhere.