Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

GBP to Turkish lira (TRY)

  • Buy Turkish lira online at Post Office
  • Check the GBP to Turkish lira exchange rate for the best deal
  • Order your Turkish lira online and pick it up next working day in-branch*

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Get $10 FREE when you load at least £500 of US$ on a new Travel Money Card*

Order before 8am 27 November.

*New cards only. Not available in branch. T&Cs apply.

Currency fluctuations may cause advertised exchange rates to change during the promotional period. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Terms and Conditions.

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Holiday money for Turkey

Turkey is one of British holidaymakers’ favourite summer destinations. With its lengthy high season and exceptionally good value, tourists can enjoy their holidays without breaking the bank.

If you want to buy Turkish lira holiday money from the Post Office, you can do so in-branch, online or on a Travel Money Card. Our Click & Collect service allows you to order Turkish lira online and pick up your cash at a designated branch – and if you order before 3pm, you can pick it up on the next working day from your nearest branch or have it delivered to your home.

If you buy your Turkish lira online, you could get a better rate than buying in-branch. Whether you’re off on holiday this week or in a couple of months’ time, buying when the Turkish lira exchange rate is good means you can lock in the saving. And don’t forget to buy your Travel Insurance.

Get our best rates online. The more you buy the better the rate.

You can sell us back any spare currency you bring home too.

Ever wondered why the symbol for pounds (in terms of weight) is “lbs”? You may be surprised to learn that “pounds” and “lira” mean almost the same thing. A libra was a Latin unit of weight equivalent to the English “pound”, and we get the word lira from libra.

So Turkish lira are, in a sense, Turkish pounds.

The currency of Turkey was revalued in 2005 to make its note values more manageable. In 2009, a new series of banknotes was issued which are currently in use. 1 lira is divided into 100 kuruş, which are in currency as coins.

The relative value of Turkish lira has decreased over recent years, meaning excellent savings for British holidaymakers. That doesn’t mean to say that the trend will definitely continue, so it’s a good idea to buy your travel money at the most favourable rate available.

Get your Turkish lira from us

We make it easy to get lira for your holiday:

  • Order Turkish lira online up to five working days in advance
  • Pick up your lira at a Post Office branch or have them delivered to your home – minimum order value of £400 applies online.
  • Online orders placed before 3pm, on a working day, can generally be delivered to your home the next working day. Home delivery for orders of £500 or over is free, or for orders of under £500 there is a small delivery charge of £4.99. Where an order is placed on a Friday and delivery to your home is required on a Saturday, there will be a charge of £1.50.
  • Home delivery applies to online orders only.
  • Pick up your lira on demand at over 10,000 Post Office branches
  • Show us your Post Office Money receipt and we’ll buy back all your leftover lira banknotes, commission-free.

To get the best deal when shopping in Turkey:

  • Visit a few different shops or hotels to get a good idea of the basic price, and then decide the top price you'd be willing to pay.
  • Go low on your counter-offer to allow plenty of room for negotiations.
  • Walk away if things aren't going well – it might encourage the shopkeeper to make a better offer.
  • Don't be pressured by hospitality – it's ok to walk away even if you've been offered food or drink tea by the shopkeeper, but don't accept them if you don't intend to buy.
  • Bargaining is common in Turkey and not just at the bazaar - you can also try bargaining for hotel rooms.

 

Is Turkey expensive to vist?

Our Family Holiday Report showed that Turkey is one of the best value tourist destinations surveyed. Here’s a look at the average cost of common tourist purchases in the beach resort of Marmaris:

 

Bucket and spade £2.90
Inflatable lilo £1.45
Swimming goggles £1.45
Mask and snorkel £3.63
Suncream (200ml SPF15) £6.82
Insect repellent(50ml) £1.44
Cup of coffee £0.72
Bottle of beer/lager £0.72
Bottle/can of Coca Cola £0.97
Glass of wine £1.21
Family meal for four (3 courses for two adults, two for children, bottle of house wine and soft drinks) £28.51

Compare Turkish lira rates over time

The smart way to travel

Keep track of your holiday spending and instantly convert local prices into pounds with our free smartphone apps. There are three handy apps to download for iOS and Android, including Travel Essentials, Travel Money Card & Currency Converter. You can also download an instant currency converter for your Apple Watch.

Don’t forget your toothbrush

There’s always so much to do before you head off. You’ve just ticked Travel Money, but what have you forgotten? Here’s a pre-travel checklist to help jog your memory. And don’t forget to pack travel insurance for Turkey

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Turkish lira?

Turkish lira is the national currency of Turkey. It was introduced as the Ottoman lira during the Ottoman Empire in 1844. In the early twentieth century the Ottoman lira was replaced with the Turkish lira following the Turkish War of Independence.

The value of the Turkish lira dropped significantly in the late 20th and early 21st centuries before being revalued in 2005. At its lowest value, the Turkish lira was in the millions against the dollar. The lira went through a process called redenomination, where the numerical value of a currency is reduced while retaining its basic value. The revaluation created a new currency, TRY (which was previously TRL), and this is what is used today.

Whole lira can be divided into Kuruş, which are the equivalent of pence or cents. There are 100 kuruş in 1 lira.

Turkish lira have been declining in value, despite small variations, over recent years. If you’re planning on buying Turkish lira for your holiday in Turkey or Northern Cyprus, you are likely to get better value now than in previous years with only a handful of exceptions.

Which countries use Turkish lira?

Only Turkey and Northern Cyprus (the de-facto state governed by Turkey in the Republic of Cyprus) use Turkish lira.

Where can you buy Turkish lira?

You can buy Turkish lira online using our Click & Collect service or in-branch. Remember that you may get a better exchange rate if you order online. Buying larger quantities at a time can reduce the exchange rate further.

If you prefer to use plastic, then why not get a Travel Money Card? This is a prepaid MasterCard that you can load before going away. The card operates in 13 currencies, Turkish lira being one of them, and if you buy at a good time for the Pound, you can lock in that great rate. We are also able to deliver Turkish lira to your home if you order online.

What is the highest Turkish lira note?

The highest value Turkish lira banknote is 200. Other note values are 1 (which is rare), 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.