Practical information before your trip to Istanbul
The easiest way to reach Istanbul is by plane. Turkish Airlines, Pegasus and many other airlines have regular daily flights to Istanbul. There are also local airlines that make charter flights to Istanbul, especially during the summer months or during the holiday season such as the Easter and New Year period.
Istanbul has two international airports; one on the Asian side (Sabiha Gokcen Airport) and the other one on the European side (Istanbul Airport). From Istanbul, you can fly to many other cities of Turkey as there are frequent daily flights of different airline companies. Istanbul – Izmir or Istanbul – Ankara flight takes about 1 hour.
•Airport shuttle buses go between the central parts of Istanbul and both airports, called HavaBus.
•Taxis are available to and from both airports.
Public transport in Istanbul is accessible to most people. Local transportation is provided by buses, metro, tram and boats. Istanbul has approximately 85 metro stations and it is possible to reach many central districts by metro.
Transportation services in Istanbul are provided by IETT. You can easily get to the city by purchasing single boarding or multi boarding cards valid for all vehicles.
Limited use cards are available from more than 2000 Istanbulkart Representatives throughout Istanbul. You can also obtain your card from nearly 1000 ticket machines.
The five-star luxury hotels rising all over the city offer a sumptuous stay. There are cheap and expensive hotels in every district of Istanbul.
The most famous hotels of the city are located on Ciragan Street, Maslak and 4. Levent. In addition, if you like to be in the nightlife or crowded environments, you can choose Besiktas, Kadikoy and Taksim.
Review your travel plans before choosing your area of stay in Istanbul. You must decide which of the Sultanahmet, Galata, Eminönü, Taksim and European Side regions to choose according to your plans. If you stay in this part of the city, you can easily reach sights such as Gulhane, Galata, Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar on foot.
Moreover, it is a very nice experience and quite easy to get to Kadikoy, Uskudar and Prince Islands from Eminonu pier by sea boats and ferries. The best hotels in this area include the Ayasultan Hotel, Best Western Empire Palace, Sirkeci Mansion, Doubletree by Hilton, Lalahan Hotel, Orient Express, Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus. If this is not your first visit to Istanbul and you don’t like the crowds, you should choose other regions to stay in Istanbul if you are not a fan of spending a lot of money on luxury restaurants.
If you are coming to Istanbul to experience the nightlife, to see the most beautiful sights and to eat in the most popular restaurants, you should definitely choose the accommodation facilities in Taksim. You can walk to many lively and vibrant places such as Istiklal Street, Pera, Cihangir, Galata, Asmalı Mescit from Taksim Area.
Here you will find the most popular fish restaurants, taverns, bars and cafes. From late night to early morning, you can visit many sights. The best hotels in the region; The Marmara Taksim Hotel, Innpera Hotel, InterContinental Istanbul, Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, Golden Park Hotel and Divan Hotel. If you don’t come to Istanbul for nightlife and don’t like crowded places, Taksim is not for you. You can choose to stay in other parts of Istanbul.
There are a lot of things to do in Istanbul! If you are interested in food, there are many Michelin starred restaurants and other good restaurants worth a visit. Do you plan to try the famous döner kebab in Turkey? There are many restaurants in Istanbul, you can try the doner kebab.
Museums? There are many museums in Istanbul – one for every taste. Like Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace. If you are interested in modern art and of course Istanbul Modern is one of the museums that must be visited.