Turkey Travel Guide

Overview

Turkey is a country I would love to visit again.

The city of Istanbul is full of incredible architecture, history, and food, while the Cappadocia area in central Turkey is well known for the bizarre ancient rock houses and popular balloon rides.ย If you're looking for unique 'Utah-esque' rocky landscapes, Cappadocia is your thing.

Read through this complete Turkey travel guide for more info on what to expect!

Quick Facts

Language

Turkish

Religion

Islam

Capital

Ankara

Visa

eVisa or visa free access for most nationalities

Climate

Mediterranean; hot, dry summers & mild winters

Power Plugs

Apps

Uber

Flights

Turkey has two major international airports, called Istanbul (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen (SAW). Both of these are located in Istanbul, and they have direct flights from many countries all over the world. In fact, IST is one of the busiest airports in Europe. There are also domestic airports in popular tourist spots like Cappadocia. You can shop for flights to Turkey on Skyscanner.

Safety

Turkey is a relatively safe place to travel, with a low violent crime rate of 4.3 per 100k inhabitants (31% lower than the global average). Iโ€™ve traveled in many parts of Turkey and didn't witness any crime. Terrorism is generally not an issue here and attitudes toward foreigners seem welcoming.

Climate

The climate of Turkey varies from Mediterranean (in Istanbul) to continental (in the Cappadocia area of central Turkey). Istanbul has hot, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters, while Cappadocia has hot summers and cold winters, with plenty of snowfall. Autumn is probably the best time for visiting Turkey, but any month of the year is OK.

Budget

Turkey is a pretty budget friendly travel destination, withย hostels available from $7 and private hotels from $20. Meals are shockingly cheap and good, costing about $2 to $6 depending on location. Transportation in Turkey is generally by car, and these can be rented, but hiring a driver is pretty cheap and often preferable. Transportation apps like Uberย are available in Istanbul, butย use these discreetly because theyโ€™re not appreciated by the taxi industry.

Tours

The best Turkey tours & activities

Posts

My latest blog posts about Turkey

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