Travel Money – Turkish Lira Exchange Rate

British Pound to Turkish Lira

From the white-sand beaches of Antalya to the bustling bazaars of Bodrum, Turkey has become one of the top travel destinations for British holidaymakers.

There’s just one thing to do before you soak up the diverse culture, unwind in a Turkish bath or tuck into a döner kebab.

Check out today’s Turkish Lira exchange rate and get your travel money sorted.

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  • Better rates for Nectar members, and collect points too*
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Turkish Lira converter – how much will I get?

Check out today’s rates for an idea of what you’ll get when converting your pounds to Turkish Lira. Or, for a more exact figure, use our online currency converter.

The Turkish Lira rate you get may vary depending on whether you buy in store or online.

Where can I buy Turkish Lira?

Online

Buying Turkish Lira online means you can place your order when it suits you, whether you’re at home, at work or on the go

In store

Buy Turkish Lira at any of our in-store travel money bureaux

Travel Money Card

Why not take a prepaid travel card with Turkish Lira on it? With a Sainsbury's Bank Multi-currency Cash Passport™ Mastercard®, you can take up to 10 currencies on your trip


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 – and you can collect Nectar points too**. 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:

  1. Topkapi Palace Museum – ₺72 for entry to the museum plus an additional ₺42 for a tour of the Harem
  2. Süleymaniye Mosque – Free entry (all mosques in Turkey that are open for prayers are free to enter)
  3. Aya Sofya Museum – ₺72
  4. Kariye Museum (Chora Church) – ₺45
  5. 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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Any questions?

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*Nectar members receive better exchange rates on single purchase transactions of all available foreign currencies. Excludes travel money card home delivery orders and online reloads. Exchange rates may vary depending on whether you buy in store and online.
Nectar points can be collected on foreign currency purchases made in store and online. Excludes travel money card home delivery orders and online reloads. 10 Nectar points will be awarded on each full £100 of foreign currency purchased in store and 5 points will be awarded on each full £100 of currency ordered online. Purchases under £100 will receive 10 points if made in store or 5 points if ordered online. We’ll add the points to your Nectar account within 60 days of your transaction.
You need to tell us your Nectar card number at the time of your transaction. Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd award the points from this offer. No cash alternative is available. We reserve the right to change or cancel this offer without notice.

**You can order currency for a secure home delivery by 1pm on the day of your choice by Royal Mail (Mon- Sat). For next day delivery your order needs to be confirmed before 2pm (Mon- Fri). Please note that whilst Royal Mail make every effort to delivery on schedule, we cannot guarantee this as it is beyond our control. Highlands and Islands (including Channel Islands) are not guaranteed next day delivery. Delivery is free on all cash orders £500 or more (£4.99 for orders between £100 and £499.99). The minimum order for home delivery is £100. The delivery day quoted is dependent on the order day being a working day; if one of those days is a public holiday then additional day(s) will be added accordingly. All home delivery orders are sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery, unless we advise you otherwise, to your billing address, and a signature will be required upon delivery. A valid telephone number is required for home delivery.

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