Postcards to Europe cost 1.65 Euro, and to all other destinations 1.77 euro. Letters to Europe cost 1.75 and to all other destinations 1.85 euro. Post your letters in the post office the yurtdışı Slot is for mail to foreign countries, the yurtiçi for mail to order Turkish cities; the şehiriçi for local mail. See www.ptt.gov.tr For information on post offices and rates.
Turkish postanes (post office) are indicated by black-on-yellow ‘PTT’ signs.Main post offices in large cities are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Smaller post offices keep more limited hours 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and may be closed on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.
Most post offices in tourist areas offer post-restante services, Generally from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. can you collect your mail go to the merkez postane ( main post office) With your passport. Letters should be addressed as follows: Name, Poste Restante, Merkez Postahane, District, Postcode, City, Province, Turkey. There are no guarantees you will receive mail, so never have anything available or important sent to you.
Letters sometimes take several weeks to arrive (packets even longer), so plan accordingly.
If you decide to ship something home from Turkey, don't close your parcel before it has been inspected by a customs official. Take packing and wrapping materials with you to the post office. Parcels sent by surface mail to Europe cost around 14 euro for the first 1 kg, then 2 Euro per kg thereon; to USA, 14 Euro for the first 1 kilogram, then 4 Euro thereon; and to Australia 15 Euro for the first 1 kilogram, then 5 euro thereon.
If you would prefer the security of an international courier, DHL, For example, charges 85 Euro for a 2 kg parcel to Europe, 105 Euro for the USA and 140 Euro to Australia.
We receive occasional complaints from our previous guest Who has both a beautiful kilim and agreed to have the shopkeeper ship it out only to find it much cheaper item arriving. This is only likely to happen if the shop is a fly-by-night one. Shops that have been in business a long time have no vested interest in ripping off their customers and are usually well used to shipping Parcels worldwide.