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Practicalities

1. Time

Turkey is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time in summer (March–October) and 2 hours ahead for the rest of the year.

2. Electricity

The current is 220V, and plugs have two round pins. You’ll need a transformer to use 110V appliances from the US.

3. Opening Hours

Banks in main tourist areas open 8:30am–5pm Monday to Friday; a few larger branches also open on Saturday mornings. All have 24-hour cash dispensers. Post offices open 9am–5pm Monday to Saturday. Shops are open 10am–6pm Monday to Saturday, with many tourist shops, malls and large shops open longer. Museums are usually open 9am–5pm (closed Monday or Tuesday).

4. Public Holidays

In addition to the five state holidays, there are two principal religious festivals: Şeker ...

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