Visiting

Business hours

Business hours are from 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Public holidays

1 January – New Year’s Day
23 April – National Independence & Children’s Day
19 May – National Youth & Sports Day
30 August – Victory Day
29 October – Republican Day

Climate

Turkey’s climate can be described as Mediterranean on the South Coast and continental inland. The hottest month is August and the coldest is January and the highest rainfall is during winter, from November to March/April.

For weather details in Turkey, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency is the Turkish Lira.

Banking

International credit card facilities such as Cirrus, Visa Electron, Mastercard and American Express operate from a wide range of ATM machines attached to major banks and retail locations. Sometimes they allow cash withdrawals in Euro and US$ as well as Turkish currency. Credit cards can be used for relatively small transactions such as fast food purchases.

Time zones and time differences

Turkey is seven hours behind from March to October and nine hours behind from November to February, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Ankara, view the World Clock.

Dialing codes

Turkey's country code is +90.

For calls to Turkey from Australia dial: 0011 + 90 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Turkey to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialing codes.

There are 3 GSM operators, Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. Prepaid cards are available from all three operators. All have nationwide coverage. Mobile roaming operates in Turkey with Australian carriers but check before departure that your phone has the necessary facility.

Electricity and water

Turkey’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. The two-pin plugs are the most common.

Links and resources

Explore Turkey
Turktravel.net

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