Turkey – For Digital Nomads

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All you need to know about working remotely from Turkey

 

The good

  • The food
  • Amazing and diverse landscapes
  • Cost of living is fairly low
  • Public transport

The bad

  • The language barrier
  • The cultural gap

Connectivity

Turkey has relativel high internet speed and Wi-Fi is usually available in Turkey across the country in public spaces, cafés, hotels and restaurants although the internet speed can vary at times. The most popular mobile networks are TurkCell, Türk Telecom Mobile, Vodafone Mobile.

Visas and documentation

Since April 17th 2013, Turkey allows foreigners to easily acquire and e-visa through this website, and depending on your country the lenght of times you can visit might be different. To learn more, check this article from iVisa.

Where to work

If you’re stricly looking for coworking spaces, Istanbul and Ankara are the places to go. Outside of those two cities, you’ll find only a few. We compiled a list of our favorite spots.

Coworking spaces

Cafés

On the other hand, cafés are more than common and as we said before, Wi-Fi is generally offered in exchange for a single purchase.

Tech stuff

Power plug types

Turkey’s electrical outlets are type F which works with type C and E power plugs.

Laptop & phone repair

Ankara and Istanbul are your best bet if you’re looking for a trusty and English friendly repair shop. The same thing can be applied to Apple users.

Language

Without any surprise, Turkish is the most widely spoken language, for almost 90% of the population. It is not a common thing to find a fluent English speaker, except in Istanbul.

When to visit

Turkey experiences hot summers and cold winters. From April to May and September to November, you’ll get clear skies and pleasant temperature and less crowded areas. If you are looking to ride the waves of the Black and Mediterranean seas, summer is the best time to do so from June to August.

Food

Turkish cuisine is well-known, rich and a central part of the Turkish culture. From a sweet delightful Baklava to the traditional and beefy Kebab, you can never go wrong with Turkish food.

Accommodation

Coliving, Airbnb & Hotels

More info on the main cities

Adana

  • 3.36 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.43 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$822 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • No English

Ankara

  • 3.45 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.81 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$767 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • No English

Alanya

  • 5.6 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.3 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$822 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • No English

Antalya

  • 3.01 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.57 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,030 per month
  • Dry-summer subtropical climate
  • A little bit of English

Bodrum

  • 8.6 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.5 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G partially covered
  • Cost of living at ~$901 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • No English

Bursa

  • 3.50 Mbps average download speed
  • 1.57 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$868 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • No English

Gaziantep

  • 11.6 Mbps average download speed
  • 3.5 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$885 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • No English

Istanbul

  • 3.55 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.52 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$1,376 per month
  • Transitional Mediterranean climate
  • English friendly

Izmir

  • 3.78 Mbps average download speed
  • 2.16 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost of living at ~$712 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • No English

Konya

  • 11.4 Mbps average download speed
  • 2 Mbps average upload speed
  • 4G covered
  • Cost at living at ~$649 per month
  • Mediterranean climate
  • No English
Sofiann

Sofiann

I am a digital nomad. Not the kind of nomad that keeps travelling all the time though.

I tend to live for 6 months at home in France and 6 months abroad. In the last seven years, I have been living in 13 countries.

I created this blog so I can share some insights about the places I have been and how did I manage to work and travel at the same time. I hope you will enjoy it :)