Turkey travel guide

Weather and climate

The climate in Turkey varies between the regions, but if you’re visiting during the summer, you can be sure of glorious, beach-friendly temperatures wherever you are. Highs of 34°C are common in Bodrum and Antalya during July, while more comfortable temperatures in the mid-teens °C make spring a popular time to visit. To benefit from more pleasant weather, book your holidays during spring or autumn, when you can also get great deals on cheap holidays to Turkey.

Istanbul is cooler than the resorts on the southern coast, with frequent cold spells in the winter and much more pleasant temperatures in the summer, with average highs of about 28°C in July or August.

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Turkey is best for...

Celebrity spotters: Party with the international jet set at the waterfront Halikarnas in Bodrum, which is the world’s largest outdoor club.

History lovers: From beautiful Greek and Roman ruins to Byzantine masterpieces, Turkey holidays are perfect for history enthusiasts.

Adventure seekers: Watersports abound in Turkey, with some of the best diving spots in the Mediterranean. Head inland during the winter for some top skiing that’s far less crowded than the usual Alpine destinations.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Turkey is Turkish. English is spoken to a basic level in many hotels and attractions in popular Turkey destinations, although it’s a good idea to download our handy language app or carry a phrasebook with you and try out a few useful Turkish words and phrases.

Currency: The currency used in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL).

Local time: Turkey is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Antalya Airport for Alanya, Goynuk and Side; Bodrum Airport for Altinkum, Gumbet and Turkbuku; Dalaman Airport for Dalyan, Fethiye and Kalkan; Izmir Airport for Marmaris and Kuşadası. Transfer times are 30 minutes and 2 hours 40 minutes.

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Turkey is 4 hours. 

Visa / health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health requirements for your Turkey holidays. Apply for your Turkish visa online here.

Tourist information: If you’d like more tourist information on Turkey destinations, please click here.

Holiday destinations related to Turkey:

  • Antalya
  • Alanya
  • Beldibi
  • Belek
  • Goynuk
  • Kemer
  • Konakli
  • Lara Beach
  • Side
  • in Antalya

  • Bodrum
  • Altinkum
  • Bodrum Resort
  • Gumbet
  • Turkbuku
  • in Bodrum

  • Dalaman
  • Dalyan
  • Fethiye
  • Hisaronu
  • Icmeler
  • Kalkan
  • Marmaris
  • Olu Deniz
  • Ovacik
  • Turunc
  • in Dalaman

  • Izmir
  • Cesme
  • Kusadasi
  • Ozdere
  • in Izmir

    Getting around

    By taxi: All resorts have metered taxis; there are also some fixed-route charges, for example to and from Dalaman airport. However, it’s always a good idea to agree the taxi fare before you set off.

    By minibus: For journeys between major tourist destinations and within Turkey’s cities and larger towns, minibuses, known as dolmuş, are a convenient way to travel. Hop on and hop off at any time so you can travel at your own pace to your next destination.

    By car: Hiring a car can be handy for travelling independently and exploring Turkey’s breathtaking coastline. 

    By coach: Sleek, speedy coaches are the best way of getting about, especially if you’re planning cheap holidays to Turkey. Benefit from fast, frequent, services covering every town and city. There are many private operators, but buy your ticket in advance if you’re travelling in high season to avoid missing out

    Events

    Anzac Day: Aussies and Kiwis gather for Anzac Day, marking the anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli landings (25 April).

    For culture seekers: Come to the International Istanbul Film Festival in April, the International Izmir Festival in June, or the International Ballet Festival in Bodrum if you’re booking your Turkey holiday for August.

    For yachters: Everything nautical is celebrated at autumn’s Marmaris International Race Week. You’ll see sleek yachts racing from the busy harbour.

    Look up!: See colourful parachutes and paragliders in daredevil flights from Babadağ mountain for October’s Ölüdeniz Air Games.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Turkey, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/safety-and-security