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Transportation - Getting Around in Istanbul - Turkey

Buses & the Dolmus - Istanbul

Buses & the Dolmus

Buses in Istanbul are cheap and frequent.  They cover the entire city, and are often the best way to get around in the absence of the trains.  Some of the major transfer hubs are at Eminönü, Taksim, and Besiktas.  Commuters can purchase tickets at any of the...

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Car for Hire - Istanbul

Car for Hire

Car rental companies have offices at the airport as well as within the main city. The major car-rental companies in Istanbul are Avis, Budget and Ekin/Hertz. Local car-rental companies have offices on Divanyolu Caddesi in Sultanahmet and around Taksim and are usually cheaper.

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Driving Tips - Istanbul

Driving Tips

It is advisable not to drive in Istanbul because of traffic congestion and a lack of parking. To drive in Turkey an individual must be at least 18 years of age. Drivers bringing cars into Turkey must show their registration documents, passport and international driving license at the place of...

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Ferries & Sea Buses - Istanbul

Ferries & Sea Buses

Ferries and sea buses are used to cross the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia, as well as to reach the nearby Princes' Islands. Some of the more useful crossings are between Eminönü and Kadiköy; Eminönü and Karaköy; Karaköy and Kadiköy; Besiktas and Üsküdar; Besiktas and Kadiköy; and...

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From the Airport - Istanbul

From the Airport

Istanbul has two international airports.  Atatürk International Airport is located on the European side, about 24km west of the city center.  The smaller Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is located on the Asian side, about 35km southwest of the city center.
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Rail - Istanbul


The train should be the most convenient way to get around Istanbul, but in practice the system is fragmented and can be confusing.  Completed in 1875, the Tünel is the second oldest subway line in the world, behind only the London Underground.  It connects Karaköy and Beyoğlu around...

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Taxi - Istanbul


Though taxis are easily available in Istanbul, it is better to have your hotel call one for you. The airport and most hotels have their own taxi services which are more reliable, and the drivers usually speak a little English. Taxis found around the main tourist spots should be avoided. Night-time...

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Tram - Istanbul


Trams were once ubiquitous in Istanbul.  They were by far the easiest way to get around.  Unfortunately, in the 1960s the city government made the misguided decision to take the tram system out of service.  Instead of easing traffic congestion, this only served to make things...

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