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Time Differences:

Local time

GMT+3 hours (April-September)

GMT+2 hours (October-March) 

Australia+8Germany-1Saudi Arabia+1

* These time differences are for the period October-March; however, they may show variances according to each country’s own time-saving adjustments.
Petrol: Super (premium) – Unleaded (at some places).

Normal (regular) – Diesel.
Electricity: 220 volts AC/50 Hz. all over Turkey. (Industrial:380 V)

Plug: European round/ 2-prong plug.

Water: Although tap water is safe to drink since it is chlorinated, it is recommended to get advice from the conceded authorities of the places resided.

Weights and Measures:

Conversion Factors
Imperial to Metric

Length                                                 Multiply by

inches             ?                  centimeters     2.54

 yards              ?          meters            0,9144

miles              ?   kilometers      1,6093

pounds            ?                  kilograms        0,4536


UK gallons     ?                  litters              4.546

US gallons      ?                  litters              3.7831

Metric to imperial

Length                                                    Multiply by

centimeters      ?                  inches              0.3937

 meters             ?                       yards               1.0936

 kilometers         ?                    miles                 0.6214


kilograms          ?                  pounds              2.2046


litters             ?                  UK gallons          0.2199

litters             ?                  US gallons          0.2643

Newspapers and Magazines: Foreign newspapers and magazines are available in big cities and tourist areas. Also there is a Turkish daily newspaper, Daily News, published in English.

Tipping: At various establishments like hotels, restaurants, Turkish baths, barbers and hairdressers, tipping at a rate of 5%-15% of the total is common. Taxi and “dolmus” drivers on the other hand, do not expect tips or even rounded fares.

Visiting a mosque: Five times a day, the “müezzin” calls the faithful to prayer in the mosque. Before entering a mosque, Muslims wash themselves and remove their shoes. Foreign visitors should also remove their shoes and show the respect they would any other house of worship and avoid visiting the mosque during prayer time. Women should cover their heads and arms, and not wear miniskirts. Men should not wear shorts. (In certain famous mosques, overalls are provided for those not suitably dressed.)