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TRAVEL

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

TRAVELLING TO ISTANBUL BY PLANE

Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul

1,5 billion people reach within 4 hours flight

39 WPC member countries reach Turkey within 4 hours

In 2012 Turkish Airlines (THY) had flights to 37 points in Turkey and 182 in the rest of the world. Their target in 2013 is 210 international and 37 domestic destinations, making a total of 247. They also plan to add new flight destinations in 2013 as they continue their efforts to transport passengers to even more places around the world.

More than 3,000 customers per month reach Turkish Airlines' website via the Star Alliance website, bringing them the benefits of Turkish Airlines' online opportunities.

Turkish Airlines (THY), the airline with the 4th largest flight network in the world at the moment, presented their own journey in the last 10 years.

THY is named the Best Airline in Europe for the third year by customers at the 2013 World Airline Awards.

THY has 226 airplanes today, 38 of them wide-bodied, and the number is rising. The performance is higher passenger numbers and more destinations and more awards! The target in 2013 is 46 million passengers. And the crucial factor that spurs them on is the favor and guidance of its passengers.

  • From New York to Istanbul 11 hours
  • From Rio de Janeiro to Istanbul 11 hours
  • From Tokyo to Istanbul 11 hours
  • From Beijing to Istanbul 10 hours

TRAVELLING TO ISTANBUL BY TRAIN

Istanbul

The train is a great way to get to Istanbul. The Turkish Railways (TCDD) website www.tcdd.gov.tr has an online booking facility and available in English.

TRAVELLING TO ISTANBUL BY SEA

Istanbul

Foreign cruise ships and international ferries dock at the Yolcu Salonu in Karaköy at the northern end of the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn, right in the center of the city, and at Salıpazar just to the northeast.

  • Syria
  • Ukraine
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia
  • Bulgaria
  • Egypt
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Libya

DOMESTIC TRANSPORTATION

Public transport in İstanbul comprises an extensive bus network, various rail systems, funiculars, and maritime services for the more than 11 million inhabitants of the city spread over an area of 5712 km².
Taksim is the heart of İstanbul. Most of these lines begin / end in Taksim. Taksim square is 7 - 8 minutes walking distance to the Congress Valley.

Taxi: Taking a taxi is an easy and cheap way to get around. You won't have a problem finding a taxi, day or night. Licensed taxis are bright yellow, with a roof-mounted taksi sign. There's no room for haggling and no need to tip. Cabbies are not necessarily streetwise. It's not unusual for your driver to ask you, other drivers or passers-by the way. If you cross the Bosphorus bridges, the toll will be added to the fare.

Bus system: Buses are useful for heading up the Bosphorus coast to Ortaköy, Arnavutköy, Bebek and beyond. Most city buses (Belediye Otobüsü) are operated by the municipality, but there are also private buses (Halk Otobüsü). Municipal buses are red and white or green; all have IETT written on the front. Private ones are pale blue and green.
The informative website of the IETT www.iett.gov.tr, the local transport authority, has an excellent English version that includes maps and timetables.

Dolmush (shared taxi): The dolmush, meaning full, is point to point shared taxi or jitney that runs between the city's major centers. If you don't get on at the departure point you can flag them down anywhere on their route. The destination of the dolmush is usually placed on the front window.
Payment is made en route but can also be done at the last stop if you are going to the end of the line. Popular routes are Taksim to Teşvikiye, Bostancı, Kadıköy, Bakırköy, Yeşilköy, Kadıköy to Bostancı. The large squarish minibuses are the poorer cousins to the dolmush operating in the same manner. The main minibus line runs from Beşiktaş to the business centers in Balmumcu, Gayrettepe, Levent, Maslak and back down to the Bosphorus at Sarıyer.

Funiculars: The older of these lines is the Tünel (the second in the world after London). Two trains run every 3.5 minutes on a single rail line with a passing loop half way between the termini, and a trip takes 1.5 minutes. 15,000 people are transported daily. The modern funicular running between Kabataş – Taksim Square.

Light Rail: There are 36 stations, including 12 underground and 3 viaduct stations, on the line's 32 km length. The lines are totally segregated from other traffic without level crossings and run underground for 10.2 km.

Metro: The Istanbul Metro is a mass-transit underground railway network that serves the city of İstanbul, Turkey. Founded in 2000, it now includes 10 stations. The system currently consists of one line. This line is a north - south line. It is a serpentine shaped line, and is fully underground. This is the most popular for long distance travelling. This ticket is valid in all metro, tram, light rail, funicular, ferry boat & bus.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): The BRT system in İstanbul is called Metrobüs.

Nostalgic Trams: By the end of 1990, a historic tram was put in service along Istiklal Avenue between Taksim and Tünel, which is a single 1.6 km-long line. About 641,000 people were transported by the nostalgic trams in 2003 in European and Asian sides.

Trams: An entire trip takes 42 minutes. The daily transport capacity is 255,000 passengers. End of this line connects to Taksim via Kabataş – Taksim funicular.

Ferryboats (Vapur): Ferryboats sail on 15 lines serving 27 seaports on the shores of Bosphorus and Sea of Marmara. Ferries carry 61 million passengers yearly.

Cable Car (Gondola Lift): Connects the hotels İstanbul Hilton on one side with Parksa Hilton and Swissotel The Bosphorus to the Taksim. The cable line is 333 m long and transports in two cabins with six seats each around 1,000 passengers daily. The trip takes three minutes.

The Marmaray: This is one of the major transportation infrastructure projects in the world at present. The entire upgraded and new railway system will be approximately 76 km long. The Project provides an upgrading of the commuter rail system in Istanbul, connecting Halkalı on the European side with Gebze on the Asian side with an uninterrupted, modern, high-capacity commuter rail system.