How much did it cost? – Turkey


Here’s a complete breakdown of costs per person for all the two weeks of our trip to Turkey.

Where: İstanbul, İzmir, Çeşme, Kuşadası, Ephesus, Selçuk, Şirince, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Fethiye, Ölüdeniz, Göreme, Uçhisar, Avanos, Kaymaklı, Çavuşin & Paşabağ.
Transport: Airlines, Bus, Taxi, Metro
When: April 2013, for two weeks
Who: One backpacker
Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)

Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult. The exchange rate at the time of publishing is assumed to be USD 1= TRY 1.80.

Initial Planning

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What Cost Notes
United Airlines $1,226 Flight from Los Angeles, USA (LAX) to Istanbul, Turkey (IST) via Newark (EWR). Return.
Visa upon arrival $20 Payable in cash in USD, EUR or GBP only. Turkish Liras are not accepted.
Pegasus Airlines $34.20 Flight from Istanbul (IST) to Izmir (ADB). TL 60 one way.
Turkish Airlines $47 Flight from Kayseri (ASR) to Istanbul (SAW). One way.
Total Costs $1,327.20 Per person
Overall Costs $1,327.20 Per person

 

Day 1 – Istanbul

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What Cost Notes
Istanbulkart top-up TL 30 or $16.70 To be used for all transportation for two days.
Aya Sofya TL 25 or $13.90 Entrance Fees
Aya Sofya Tour guide TL 20 or $11.40 Entrance fees.
Basilica Cistern TL 10 or $5.60
Lunch at Garden restaurant TL 23 or $12.80
Çemberlitas Hamam €90 or $117 One hour of massage & sauna
Dinner at Fish market TL 132 or $73.30
Snacks & water TL 10 or $5.60
Toilets TL 3 or $1.70
Total Costs $258 Per person
Overall Costs $1,585.20 Per person

 

Day 2 – Istanbul

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What Cost Notes
Ferry from European side to Asian side & back TL 10 or $5.60 One way is TL 5.
Galata Tower TL 10 or $5.60 Entrance Fees
Topkapi Palace TL 25 or $13.90 Entrance fees.
Tour guide at Topkapi Palace TL 20 or $11.10
Lunch at Sultanahmet neighborhood TL 26 or $14.40
Dinner at Taksim Square TL 18 or $10
Snacks & water TL 10 or $5.60
Toilets TL 3 or $1.70
Total Costs $67.90 Per person
Overall Costs $1,653.10 Per person

 

Day 3 – Izmir

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What Cost Notes
Train from airport to Halkapinar TL 3.50 or $1.90 Suburban train
Train from Halkapinar to Basmane TL 3 or $1.70 Metro
Güzel Izmir Oteli $56 Single room with bathroom, $28 a night. For two nights.
Lunch at Ezo Cafe TL 16 or $8.90 Single room with bathroom, $28 a night. For two nights.
Dinner & drinks at Alsancak TL 48 or $26.70
Snacks & water TL 5 or $2.80
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $96.30 Per person
Overall Costs $1,749.40 Per person

 

Day 4 – Çesme

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What Cost Notes
Bus from Izmir to Çesme & back TL 14 or $7.80 One way is TL 7.
Çesme Castle TL 5 or $2.80 Entrance fees
Snacks & water TL 5 or $2.80
Lunch at Mado cafe TL 16 or $8.90
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $23.40 Per person
Overall Costs $1,772.80 Per person

 

Day 5 – Izmir to Kusadasi

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What Cost Notes
Bus from Izmir to Kusadasi TL 10 or $5.60 One way is TL 10.
Lunch at Metin Usta Cafe TL 10 or $5.60
Hotel Stella €60 or $82 €20 per night for a single bedroom with bathroom. For three nights.
Dinner at Damla Restaurant TL 55 or $30.50
Snacks & water TL 5 or $2.80
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $147.60 Per person
Overall Costs $1,920.40 Per person

 

Day 6 – Ephesus, Selçuk, Sirince

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What Cost Notes
Bus from Kusadasi to Ephesus & back TL 10 or $5.60 One way is TL 5.
Taxi from main road to Magnesia Gate TL 20 or $11.10 Lower gate to Magnesia gate. Standard rate.
Ephesus TL 25 or $13.90 Admission fees.
Coffee at Ephesus (Lower gate) TL 6.50 or $3.60
Bus from Ephesus to Selçuk TL 2.50 or $1.40 One way is TL 2.50
Bus from Selçuk to Sirince & back TL 6 or $3.30 One way is TL 3.
Basilica of St. John TL 8 or $4.40 Entrance fees.
Ephesus Museum TL 8 or $4.40 Entrance fees.
Souvenirs & postal stamp TL 5 or $2.80 Fridge magnet & postal stamp.
Snacks & water TL 8.50 or $4.70
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $56.30 Per person
Overall Costs $1,976.70 Per person

 

Day 7 – Pamukkale

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What Cost Notes
Tour to Pamukkale €45 or $62 Includes transportation, entrance fees of TL 20, lunch and tour guide
Souvenirs TL 3 or $1.70 Fridge magnet
Coffee at Hierapolis Cafe TL 5 or $2.80
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $67.60 Per person
Overall Costs $2,044.30 Per person

 

Day 8 – Kusadasi to Bodrum

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What Cost Notes
Taxi to Kusadasi otogar TL 20 or $11.10 One way
Souvenirs in Kusadasi TL 3 or $1.70 Fridge magnet
Bus from Kusadasi to Bodrum TL 30 or $16.70 By Aydin bus company, one way.
Bodrum Backpackers Hostel TL 70 or $38.90 For two nights. TL 35 per night for single bedroom
Lunch at Marina Bomonti cafe TL 26 or $14.40
Mausoleum TL 8 or $4.40 Entrance fees
Snacks & Water TL 5 or $2.80
Souvenirs in Bodrum TL 3 or $1.70 Fridge magnet
Bodrum Castle TL 20 or $11.10 Entrance fee for castle & museum
Dinner at Bodrum Backpackers TL 10 or $5.60 BBQ dinner
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $109.50 Per person
Overall Costs $2,153.80 Per person

 

Day 9 – Bodrum to Ölüdeniz

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What Cost Notes
Bus from Bodrum to Fethiye TL 30 or $16.70 Turkish breakfast
Bus from Fethiye to Ölüdeniz TL 5 or $2.80 One way in local bus
Oba Motel, Ölüdeniz TL 300 or $166.70 ‘Ocean Villa’ cottage for 3 nights. TL 100 per night, includes breakfast
Dinner at Oba Motel TL 20 or $11.10
Snacks & water along the way TL 15 or $8.30 çay, chips, water, etc.
Toilets TL 3 or $1.70
Total Costs $207.30 Per person
Overall Costs $2,361.10 Per person

 

Day 10 – Ölüdeniz, Kayaköy

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What Cost Notes
Breakfast TL 10 or $5.50 Turkish breakfast
Ölüdeniz Boat trip TL 25 or $13.90 Booked with Sky Sports
Butterfly Valley TL 8 or $4.40 Entrance fees to hike around
Coke on boat TL 4 or $2.20 Extra for drinks on the boat
Bus from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz TL 2 or $1.10 Extra for drinks on the boat
Dinner at Cloud 9 restaurant TL 26 or $14.40
Snacks & water along the way TL 5 or $2.80 çay, chips, water, etc.
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $45.40 Per person
Overall Costs $2,406.50 Per person

 

Day 11 – Ölüdeniz, Fethiye

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What Cost Notes
Ölüdeniz Paragliding $180 With Sky Sports
Ölüdeniz Paragliding photo & video CD TL 120 or $66.60 With Sky Sports
Bus from Ölüdeniz to Fethiye & back TL 10 or $5.50 One way costs TL 5
Lunch at King’s Garden restaurant in Fethiye TL 31 or $17.20
Snacks & water along the way TL 5 or $2.80 çay, chips, water, etc.
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $273.20 Per person
Overall Costs $2,679.70 Per person

 

Day 12 – Fethiye to Göreme

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What Cost Notes
Breakfast Sultanahmet Restaurant TL 10 or $5.50 Full English breakfast
Bus from Ölüdeniz to Fethiye TL 5 or $2.80 One way costs TL 5
Bus from Fethiye to Göreme TL 60 or $33.30 One way costs TL 60
Snacks & water along the way TL 17 or $9.40 çay, chips, water, etc.
Toilets TL 6 or $3.30
Total Costs $54.30 Per person
Overall Costs $2,734.00 Per person

 

Day 13 – Göreme

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What Cost Notes
Lunch at Sedef Restaurant $25 See above
Göreme Open Air Museum TL 15 or $8.30 Entrance fees
El Nazar Kilise TL 5 or $2.80 Entrance fees
Shoestring Cave Hotel €90 or $118 €30 per night for a single bedroom with toilet. For 3 nights.
Snacks & water TL 5 or $2.80
Dinner at Cappadocia Pide restaurant TL 12 or $6.60
Total Costs $163.50 Per person
Overall Costs $2,897.50 Per person

 

Day 14 – Uçhisar, Avanos

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What Cost Notes
Breakfast in Avanos TL 10 or $5.50 Coffee with milk, eggs, bacon, toast etc.
Bus from Göreme to Avanos and back TL 5 or $2.80 One way costs TL 2.50
Uçhisar Castle Entrance TL 5 or $2.80
Bus from Göreme to Uçhisar and back TL 5 or $2.80 One way costs TL 2.50
Lunch at Elai restaurant, Uçhisar TL 42 or $23.30
Total Costs $37.20 Per person
Overall Costs $2,934.70 Per person

 

Day 15 – Kaymakli, Çavusin & Pasabag

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What Cost Notes
Coffee at Sultan Restaurant TL 3 or $1.70 Coffee with milk
Bus from Göreme to Nevsehir and back TL 5 or $2.80 One way costs TL 2.50
Bus from Nevsehir to Kaymakli and back TL 6 or $3.30 One way costs TL 3
Kaymakli Entrance TL 15 or $8.30
Tour guide at Kaymakli TL 40 or $22.20
Bus from Göreme to Çavusin TL 2.50 or $1.30 One way costs Tl 2.50
Lunch TL 6.50 or $3.60 Kebab and çay at Cappadocia Kebab Center, Göreme
Çavusin Church TL 8 or $4.40 Entrance fees
Snacks & water TL 7 or $3.90
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10 TL 1 per use
Total Costs $52.60 Per person
Overall Costs $2,987.30 Per person

 

Day 16 – Cappadocia to Istanbul

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What Cost Notes
Breakfast at Taksim Square TL 10 or $5.50 Full English breakfast
Bus from Sabiha Gökçen airport to Taksim Square TL 13 or $7.20 One way costs TL 13
Bus from Taksim Square to Ataturk Airport TL 10 or $5.50 One way costs TL 10
Toilets TL 2 or $1.10
Total Costs $19.30 Per person
Miscellaneous $200 Things we may have missed
Overall Costs $3,206.60 Per person

 

Planning

Itinerary, Planning & Information

All the planning & information before the trip.

Expenses

How much did it cost?

This section. List of all the expenses.

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