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Introducing Istanbul


Istanbul takes the culture of the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans and melds it with the modern world like no other place on the planet. It really is where east meets west both in terms of geography and culture. Istanbul takes you back in time to the Ottoman and Byzantine eras with incredible historical structures like the Hagia Sofia, Topkapı Palace, stunning water-front mansions along the shores of the Bosporus and the neighborhoods around the Golden Horn. Galata, Beyoğlu, Üsküdar, and Kadıköy are just a few of the city's most vibrant districts, offering visitors thre entertainment, history, and flavors that make Istanbul the unique jewel it is.

Istanbul is known for:


Culinary Wellness History and Art Romantic Entertainment and Shopping Swimming Seaside Urban

Quick information

NEARBY CITIES
Kocaeli (115 km)
Tekirdağ (180 km)
Sakarya (154 km)
CURRENCY
Turkish Lira (TRY)

COUNTRY CODE
+90

ELECTRIC POWER
C, E

TIME ZONE
GMT +2

AVG. PRICE OF A COFFEE
€1.97

AVG. PRICE OF A MEAL
€20.18

Istanbul airport information

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

A. Istanbul Ataturk International Airport
Istanbul Ataturk Airport is about 22 km from the city center of the historical peninsula and you can get there by metro and tram. It costs TRY 2.40 using an Istanbul Card, which you get and load money onto at the airport station, to take the metro and go to the stop at Zeytinburnu where you can transfer to the T1 tram line. The transfer costs an additional TRY 1.45, and the T1 line goes all the way to Kabataş, stopping off at various stations on the historic peninsula along the way. The trip takes about 50 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the metro all the way to Yenikapı where you can transfer to the M2 metro line and continue on to Taksim. If you want to cross to the Anatolian side of the city, go to Yenikapı and transfer to the Marmaray metro line, which goes to Üsküdar and near Kadıköy.

B. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport  

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is about 46 km from the city center of the historical peninsula and you can get there with a combination of bus, metro, and tram. Take a Havataş bus to Kadıköy or, if you plan to stay on the European side of the city, take the bus to Taksim – tickets for both services cost TRY 14 and you can purchase these on the bus. To get from Taksim to the historical peninsula, get an Istanbul Card, load some money onto it, and take the F1 funicular line from Taksim to Kabataş. This costs TYR 2.40. From there, transfer for of TRY 1.45 to the T1 tram line, which will take you all the way through the historic peninsula. It takes about two and a half hours to get from Sabiha Gökçen to the historical peninsula.

Average time from airport: A: 16 minutes | B: 150 minutes

Distance from airport: A: 22 km | B: 46 km

TAXI:

A. Istanbul Ataturk International Airport  
To get to the city center from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport by taxi, go to one of the stands in front of either the domestic or international terminals where they runn 24 hours a day. Expect to pay TRY 45-50 for the trip, which will last between 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic.

B. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport   

To get to the historical peninsula from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport by taxi, go to one of the stands in front of either the domestic or international terminals where they run 24 hours a day. Expect to pay TRY 100 for the trip, which will last between 60-80 minutes, depending on traffic.

Average taxi price: A: TRY 45-50 | B: TRY 100

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