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CURRENCY

currencyThe Turkish lira is made up of 100 kuruş and comes in units of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 kuruş coins, and 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 notes (the latter two rarely seen).

Those with long memories will recall that, like Italy, Turkey used to have a currency denominated in millions. Although this is long gone many locals still confusingly refer to bir milyar lira (one million lira) when they mean just one!

Although Turkey is still not part of the EU let alone of the eurozone many hotels in tourist areas, including İstanbul, charge in euros, infuriating if you are resident and have only lira. In parts of the south coast that are particularly popular with the British prices are often shown in pounds sterling. No matter what currency you have it's worth asking if it will be accepted before exchanging it for lira. 

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