There are a lot of bank branches in Istanbul ; there fore it is possible to find a bank branch nearly everywhere. They are open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. except Saturdays and Sundays. Some banks have one-our break during lunch time. If you are around Sultanahmet, you can go to many banks on Cagaloğlu – Nuruosmaniye Street or in Beyazıt. Some of the banks in Istanbul are Akbank, Garanti Bankası, Yapı Kredi Bankası, Citibank, HSCB, Türkiye iş Bankası, T.C Ziraat Bankası, Türkiye Halk Bankası, Türkiye Vakıflar Bankası.
note: Automated teller machines where you can draw money with credit card.
You can exchange foreign currency you have at banks, or exchange offices at more reasonable prices. While there are many single exchange offices in Sultanahmet, Beyazıt and Taksim, you may not see them so often on the other walking routes. You can see the value of your currency in Turkish Lira on the electronic boards of these exchange offices.
The banknotes of Turkish Lira, which is the currency of the Republic of Turkey, are 5 liras, 10 liras, 20 liras, 50 liras, 100 liras, 200 liras. The coins are 5 kurush, 10 kurush, 25 kurush, 50 kurush and 1 lira. ın other words; 1 lira is equivalent to 20 coins of 5 kurush, 10 coins of 10 kurush, 4 coins of 25 kurush 2 coins of 50 kurush, respectively.