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Turkey Currency-Tipping

Turkish Lira (YTL) The Euro and the US Dollar are accepted at some airports and major hotels, but not in everyday use.  see accurate exchange rate: http://www.xe.com

What do you know about Turkey Currency-Tipping in the Capital 

Tips or gratuities are custom in Istanbul and throughout Turkey. The good news is that tipping (başiş) won’t hurt your wallet since you are only expected to leave a humble amount.

However, it is quite common for Turks not to tip anywhere. When you are arriving or leaving the airport, there will be professional porters operating by an official tariff.

In case the tariff is not prominently posted, tip 2 to 3 TL per suitcase. In case it totals less than the official tariff, be reassured that the porter will let you know.

  • Taxis For taxi drivers, don’t tip, just round up the fare. For example, a fare of 7.50 TL, will become 8 TL. The only time people tip cab drivers is when they carry your luggage or bags to and from the car.                                                     
  • Minibus (Dolmuş) — No need to tip.                                                                                                                                                      
  • Hotels — For porters and room service, it is customary to tip 5 TL, the smallest paper bill. For housekeeping, people tend to leave their local change (5-10 TL) in the room, especially on the bed. Guests usually leave an all inclusive tip (for the hospitality team) at the reception after checking out, mostly around 20-50 TL.                                     
  • Restaurants, Cafés & Bars — As mentioned earlier, 5 to 10 percent is common. In more upscale establishments, it’s appropriate to tip 10 to 15 percent.

General Turkey Currency-Tipping Hints and Globally! 

Tipping or service fees is widespread across North America, Canada and also some places in Asia. USA is a country where most people tip in restaurants, bars or any sit-down dining outlets, but the practice is increasingly common also in other places where a service is provided (such as massages, services, sexual services and tourism).

Also, in general,  people tip taxicab drivers, hair dressers and hotel doormen. Baristas boast with a tip jar next to the payment screen and cashiers at more and more establishments prompt customers to to tip by offering a little extra on the top of their service and to ensure the satisfaction.