In Turkey, individuals commonly use cash, debit cards, and major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard for their transactions. However, it’s important to note that a majority of taxis (though not all) primarily accept cash as payment, while a limited number of them do offer the option to pay with credit cards, albeit with a small commission fee. It’s worth mentioning that the use of Apple Pay and Google Pay is not currently available in Turkey.
In Istanbul, both cash and debit/credit card usage are common. Some taxis do accept payment by credit card, but cash is predominantly used for payment. You can use credit cards for dining and shopping, with Visa and Mastercard being widely accepted. Be cautious not to carry excessive amounts of cash with you. Please remember that as a tourist, there may be dishonest individuals who might try to take advantage of you.
The overwhelming majority of venues and shops in Istanbul, including those that accept Visa and Mastercard, also welcome contactless payments. While exploring the vibrant Istanbul street food scene, as well as for local restaurants, bars, and taxis, it’s important to have some cash on hand.
In Turkey, many small stores have a minimum purchase requirement for card transactions, meaning you need to spend a certain amount to use your card. In such instances, cash becomes necessary. Small denominations of bills also come in handy for leaving tips.