You can do this by comparing as many Turkish lira exchange rates as possible, but remember to look out for:

  • The highest exchange rate

  • Delivery charges; e.g. 5

Some companies will not charge you anything for delivery, and others will cut the cost if you order over a set amount; such as 500 worth of Turkish lira.

Where can you buy Turkish lira?

  • Compare deals online: Rates are usually better online, and you can have your currency delivered straight to your door.

  • Search on the high street: You can still find a good exchange rate and take your Turkish lira home with you immediately.

  • Buy at the airport (in the UK or abroad): These exchange rates are not always competitive so only use in an emergency.

  • Withdraw Turkish lira from an ATM in Turkey: The exchange rate can be quite good but be careful not to get stung by foreign usage fees on your card.

What is the Turkish lira?

It is the national currency of Turkey but is also used in Northern Cyprus, and each Turkish lira () is made up of 100 kurus (pronounced koo-roosh).

What coins and notes can you get

The Turkish lira comes in a range of denominations including:

  • Kurus coins: 5, 10, 25 and 50

  • Lira notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200

There are no customs limits on the amount of Turkish lira you can take into the Turkey.

When you order Turkish lira online you will never have coins sent to you, only notes.

Can I use old Turkish lira?

In December 2003, Turkey decided to replace its existing currency with a new one, though it would also be called the Turkish lira. This was done to redenominate the currency and make it more manageable by essentially making one million old lira equal to one new lira.

This new Turkish lira was introduced in January 2005. By December 2005, the old Turkish lira was no longer valid in circulation.

This means that any Turkish lira you may still have from trips prior to the 2005 change will not be valid currency. If you want to spend cash in Turkey, you will need to bring the new Turkish lira with you.

Turkish lira FAQs


How much Turkish lira can you order at once?


Up to 7,500, but some companies do not set a maximum limit. Any order worth over 7,500 will be delivered in separate packages on consecutive days.


Is it safe to order Turkish lira online?


Yes, but make sure you buy from a company that is authorised by the FCA. Visit the FCA website to check if a company is registered or not.


Will I get the same Turkish lira rate on the high street?


No, the rates online are often better than the high street because online companies need to be more competitively priced to attract you.


How often do the exchange rates on our table change?


They are updated every ten minutes on our comparison tables. This means you will be offered the latest rates.


Is my travel money protected abroad?


No, unless you take out a travel insurance policy that covers your cash when you are abroad. You can compare travel insurance here.

About our Turkish lira exchange rate comparison


Who do we include in this comparison?


We include every company that gives you the option of buying Turkish lira online. Here is more information on how our website works.


How do we make money from our comparison?


We have commercial agreements with some of the companies in this comparison and get paid commission if we help you take out one of their products or services. Find out more here.

You do not pay any extra and the deal you get is not affected.

Last updated: 21 May 2021