About Istanbul

As the cradle of civilizations for centuries at the junction of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is today a center of science, industry, commerce and entertainment, as well as its impressive historical and cultural heritage. Get to know Istanbul, which promises many beauties that visitors can discover in a short time.

Time Zone: GMT+3

Currency: Turkish lira (TRY)

Weather: Average November temperatures are between 12 and 17 C

Transportation from Airport

Istanbul Airport

Average taxi fare from Istanbul Airport to Taksim is between 120 and 150 TRY. The taxi fare may vary depending on the traffic and distance.

You can reach most parts of Istanbul from the airport with Havaist. Information about the routes can be found here.

You can use the IST-5 Istanbul Havalimanı – Beşiktaş, IST-18 Istanbul Havalimanı – Mecidiyeköy and IST-19 İstanbul Havalimanı – Taksim routes.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

The average taxi fare from the Sabiha Gökçen International Airport to Taksim ranges from 125 to 150 TRY. The fare may vary depending on the traffic and distance.

You can reach Taksim and Kadıköy from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport using Havabus. Information about the routes can be found here.

You can use the E-3 Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı – 4. Levent and E-11 Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı – Kadıköy routes.

Local Transportation

In Istanbul, many tourist attractions can be accessed using the rail transit systems. You can access the rail transit systems map here.

You can access the local ferry timetables here.

ATMs and Currency Exchange Offices

ATMs are multilingual and provide Turkish lira. Cash withdrawal limits range from TRY 800 to TRY 1,500 per day, depending on the bank.

Currency exchange offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during workdays. Shopping malls and exchange offices in tourist areas have longer opening hours and are open on Sundays.

Credit cards are widely used and accepted. Guests can use their Visa, TROY and MasterCard. However, American Express and Diners Club Card are not widely used in Turkey. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at banks or post offices with a valid passport.


Istanbul’s historical landscape stands out with many touristic and historical destinations such as the Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Topkapı Palace. Detailed information about the museums can be found here. You can purchase numerous authentic Turkish products, from jewelry to rugs, by adding the internationally known Grand Bazaar to your route.

If you want to enjoy the Bosporus and witness breathtaking sights, you can book a Bosporus Tour. You can find detailed tour information here.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Police: 155

Ambulance: 112

Pharmacies: Pharmacies are open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day except Sundays.


Turkey’s electric current operates on 220V, 50 Hertz. Outlets are compatible with the round European two-prong plug.