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Old 05-26-2007, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hey, here's question: what kind of money do they accept in Turkey? Should I take out EUROS and the Turkish Lira???

How much Syrian Pounds and Turkish money should I take out BEFOREHAND?

I'll be in Syria for about 6 days, and Turkey for about 11 days...
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they like the good ole british pound in turkey, but IMO you'd be best just using an atm
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Yea, ATM is your best bet, otherwise they accept all the main currencies for exchange, euros, dollars, sterling etc.
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Yea, ATM is your best bet, otherwise they accept all the main currencies for exchange, euros, dollars, sterling etc.
This is the thing.... I have heard varied reports of how there is a lack of ATMS in these places.... I am wondering if I should just take out all the money I need ahead of time....
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To play it safe, why dont you take a little of both (enough of each to last a day or 2) and by then I'm sure you should be able to find at least one ATM....
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Nowadays ATMs are pretty much everywhere, even in somewhere like Turkey. Reading that they don't exist is usually based on very old information, in fact I read that there were no ATMs at all in Albania but when I arrived there were plenty.

Definitely keep some backup money in cash in case you do get stuck, I usually go for a couple of hundred dollars, but then stick to ATMs.
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Thanks for the info. Yeah, I suppose the info is old...the Lonley Planet's Syria and Lebanon guidebook says that there's like only 2 ATMs in Damascus... this was back in 1998.... I suppose things have changed since then
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FIRST TRIP (2005): FIRST EUROTRIP EVER! UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland
SECOND TRIP (2007): First Solo Trip! Greece, Turkey, Syria, Spain
2008: China (Beijing, Shanghai, Yangshuo) ...right before the Olympics!
2009: Japan & HK, Southern Spain
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2011: India (Goa), Jordan, Jerusalem, San Sebastian (Spain), Amsterdam (again), London, Driving from Vancouver to L.A. (stopping in Portland, Seattle, San Fran and all the little stops), Montpellier (France), Geneva and Lausanne (Switzerland)

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the visa and mastercard websites have atm locators, have you tried them?
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