Can I sell my leftover Lira?
In Turkey, your pound is likely to stretch further than it would in most other popular summer sun destinations. If you end up bringing holiday money back with you, don’t just leave it gathering dust.
Take it to one of our travel money bureaux and we’ll exchange your Turkish Lira to Pounds. We buy back most foreign currency notes in denominations we sell (buy back rates vary daily).
Are you a Nectar member?
If you’re a Nectar member, we’ll give you a better exchange rate on your Turkish Lira*. Whether you’re buying in store or online, all you need to do is tell us your Nectar account number.
Not a Nectar member?
No problem. Just download the Nectar app or register at nectar.com.
Useful information about the Turkish Lira
Facts and figures
- The Turkish Lira is the national currency of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
- The Lira was introduced as Turkey’s official currency in 1844
- The abbreviation for Turkish Lira is TL, the currency code is TRY and the currency symbol is ₺
- All Lira banknotes feature Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first ever president
The cost of visiting Turkey
According to GOV.UK, more than two million Britons visited Turkey in 2018. So why is Turkey so popular? One of the main reasons is value for money and the strength of the Pound vs Turkish Lira.
Lonely Planet has crunched the numbers and estimates that you can enjoy a:
- Beer for ₺7–12
- Double room for ₺90–180
- Fish and meze meal for ₺40
- Boat day trip for ₺350
Top Turkish attractions
To help you plan your trip, we’ve also done some digging into the admission prices of Lonely Planet’s top five attractions in Turkey:
- Topkapi Palace Museum – ₺72 for entry to the museum plus an additional ₺42 for a tour of the Harem
- Süleymaniye Mosque – Free entry (all mosques in Turkey that are open for prayers are free to enter)
- Aya Sofya Museum – ₺72
- Kariye Museum (Chora Church) – ₺45
- Bergama Acropolis – ₺20–25
Planning to visit multiple museums on your trip to Turkey? It might be worth looking into the Istanbul museum pass. It costs ₺85 and includes free access to some of the most popular museums in Istanbul, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Chora Church. (Figures taken from lonelyplanet.com in February 2021.)
Unsure what this will cost you? Check out our currency converter to see how much Turkish Lira you’ll get for your Pounds.
Need a different currency?
Planning a day trip from Turkey to the Greek Islands? Or heading somewhere further afield after your Turkish travels? We have over 50 currencies available.
With the Sainsbury’s Bank Multi-currency Cash Passport, you can carry up to 10 currencies every time you travel. Simply pre-load your card and top it up when you need to.
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