Istanbul is the best city to visit on vacation. On Istanbul vacation, like any other vacation, travel budget is much important. Here are 7 helpful tips to save money:

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation in Istanbul is very efficient. You can even cross-continents on the Underwater Metro. To really take advantage of public transit in Istanbul, buy an Akbil or an Istanbulkart.

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You can use those cards on which offer discounts on bus, tram and ferry transportation.

 

TRY STREET FOODS

Istanbul is renowned for its scrumptious street food. Street fare is the place to go when you want to grab a quick bite.

TRY STREET FOODS

Taste for simit, the Turkish version of a bagel enjoyed with tea, or kumpir, loaded baked potatoes that will fill you up all day while you sight see.

 

KNOW TIPPING CUSTOMS

A typical restaurant tip is normally about 10 percent of the bill, and you can simply round up your cab fare by a few Turkish lira.

Five or 10 lira to hotel bellboys and housekeepers is normal, and tour guides should get about 10 -15 percent of their fee.

MARKETING

The bazaars are a wonderful place to shop in Istanbul. You must know that you are not expected to pay full price for items in a bazaar.

Bargaining is expected, so when you are quoted a price, make bargain and try to meet somewhere comfortable in the middle.

FREE FUN

Istanbul has a steady stream of free fun available to you. If you like art, there are hundreds of sophisticated galleries where you can view the music, music, and cultural festivals.

Istanbul is also full of beautiful parks where you can walk, picnic or enjoy sitting in the fresh air.

If you like sports, try watching a soccer match from a local bar instead of buying a stadium ticket.

 

PURCHASE A MUSEUM CARD

If you think you’ll be visiting a bunch of museums or are traveling with a group, consider purchasing a Museum Pass.

You’ll get discounted admission to many exhibits, so you can splurge a little in the gift shop.

Sura Hotel is a beautifully hotel located on the European side of Istanbul’s “Old City” district in the center of all these attractions. Contact Sura Hotel for a reservation.

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