About Istanbul

Treat your senses to the mesmerizing views, indulge in world-renowned cuisine, and luxuries of Istanbul. A major city in Turkey, the center point of four major empires, lying between two continents, Europe and Asia. Istanbul has been home to Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman civilizations all of which reflect in its unique architecture. Let the stories of the Sultan Ahmet Empire take you back to a simpler time. Visit the relaxing Hammams built with panache and opulence and gorgeously domed Mosques. Walk down the streets of Grand Bazaars hunting for the best Turkish rugs, lamps, and clothes. One of the oldest bazaars in the world, this place is bustling with people, vibrant and eclectic. Every wall of this city tells you a story as diverse as the people here. While day life offers street shopping, the nightlife is lit with stunning lights and Turkish music played in some of the most happening clubs making you experience a memorable one. Known as Constantinople in the history, Istanbul is not just a fascinating tourist destination but a generous one too, with machines to feed even stray dogs, it is a place built to empower both rich and poor alike. With moderate warm and cold seasons, Istanbul is worth touring in all year round. Come, experience Istanbul - the city of joy, the city of diversity, the city of four powerful empires, and the city of intrigue.

Public Transport System

Buses, Funicular, Trams, Metro, Ferry/Boat, Subways, Taxis

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: Normal, Efficiency: Medium

Mode & Cost of Transports

Tram: 2.00 TL

Children: NIL (under the age of 7)

Taxis: 4.00 TL flat rate

Add 2.5TL every km

Bus: Adult: 4.00 TL

Children: Nil (under the age of 6)

Metro/Funicular/Subways-1.5 TL (approx.3TL) and discount on use of Istanbul-kart

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.13
Cup of Coffee USD 1.29
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.51
Rice/Kg USD 1.03
White Bread USD 0.26
Eggs (12) USD 1.29
Combo Meal USD 2.57
Fine Dining USD 12.87
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.51
Domestic Beer USD 1.93
Imported Beer USD 2.32
Bottle of Wine USD 5.15
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 1.67
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.39
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.39
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 231.61
  • When you visit the city, make sure you rest for a day and get rid of that jet lag.
  • The best way to know Istanbul is to explore it, come out of the specific tourist zones and move amidst.
  • With uncertain weather, it is best to carry your raincoat/ boots/ umbrella, or a portable small fan to cool you off the temperature.
  • Street markets and shops are what make Istanbul, do visit the local shops for handmade souvenirs and delights to taste- tea, street food, etc.
  • Enjoying the place is one thing and being safety alert is on top, be careful of valuable and expensive things you carry. It is preferred to not carry expensive things when you travel.
  • Dressing appropriately is a very important part of their culture, which should be kept in mind.
  • Best way to explore the city? Take up Public transport- Buses.
  • English is not much spoken in the city, it is better to acquaint oneself with basic Turkish words and sentences.
  • Taking pictures is a way to capture the moment, but it is better to take the permission of the people, especially the women wearing veils as a sign of respect.
  • Take your adventurous spirit and visit the Hamman, a Turkish bath, visit various bazaars and monuments.

Night Life

The nightlife in Istanbul is unique, the dance clubs are always lit with local music welcoming all and zealous club goers. Take in the sparkling city-lights go to a rooftop bar, which will get you dancing to the local tunes or just chill and smoke the traditional Turkish sheesha. Take a trip on the boat to the Bosphorus for a romantic dinner or go to the best bars like - 360 Istanbul, Ghetto, Karga, etc.

Must See

  • Visiting Istanbul with your favorite ones or family? No worries we got you covered.
  • Take a romantic trip to the Basilica Cistern, adoring the lights, music and the fish.
  • Spend some family time or festive times, at the churches of Manila, San Augustine.
  • Take your children to a visit to the old and lovely museums of the city Aya Sofya, art museums, the Blue Mosque or learn about the cultural heritage of the Topkapi Palace.
  • Bored? Well, there’s no chance, take a trip by the roads and lanes of Istanbul for street shopping or tasting the food items, such as the Grand Bazar, Spice bazar, French street.

Experiences

  • A cruise journey to Bosphorus, the strait of Istanbul.
  • Shopping and food at local shops.
  • Touring at art museums, archaeological monuments.
  • Lunching at local shops in the Turkish tradition, at Sultanahmet.
  • A coffee tour and coffee making class, at spice bazar’s local coffee establishments.

Activities

Istanbul Golf Club
Golf
Kuzguncuk Mahallesi, Kuşbakışı Sk., Gümüşyolu Caddesi, Bağlarbaşı Korusu No:16, 34674 Üsküdar/İstanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
19.4 kms from thr city centre
Polonezkoy Hayvanat Bahcesi
Zoo
75.Yil Cad. No 58/A | Polonezkoy, Istanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
47.4 kms from from the city centre
Sakilikoy Beach
Beach
Kabakoz Mahallesi, 34980 Şile/Istanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
85.8 kms from the city centre
Aqua Beach
Beach
Balibey Mahallesi, Uzunkum Plajı, Ağlayan Kaya Cd, 34980 Şile/İstanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
82.4 kms from the city ceentre
Suma Beach
Beach
Gümüşdere Mahallesi, Boğaziçi Kampüs Yolu 1/A, 34450 Sarıyer/İstanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
41.7 kms from the city centre
Uzunya Beach
Beach
Kilyos road, Dalyan region, Demirciköy – Kilyos – Sarıyer
Distance From City Center
39. kms from the city centre
Sile Hayvanat Bahcesi (Cat Zoo)
Zoo
Ahmetli Koyu Sile Merkez, Sile, Istanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
77.2 kms from city centre
BURC Beach
Beach
Gümüşdere Mahallesi, Sarıtepe Kampüsü, 34470 Sarıyer/İstanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
63.6 ms from the city centre
Kemer Golf & Country Club
Golf
AtlIspor Cad. Hayat binasI no:7 Gokturk Eyup/Istanbul, Istanbul 34077, Turkey
Distance From City Center
29.8 kms from the city centre
Safari Life Istanbul
Safari
Sile Yolu | Agacdere Village, Sile, Istanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
72.8 kms from city centre
Bosphorus Zoo
Zoo
Crocos Place | Adres, Istanbul, Turkey
Distance From City Center
16.4 kms from city centre

Shopping

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  • Turkish tea
  • Turkish sweets and spices
  • Rugs and carpets
  • Handmade jewelry
  • Blue evil eye Lamps
  • Iznik Ceramics
  • Sweet Baklava
  • Exotic spices especially their seven spice mixture
  • Nargile pipes
  • Clay Pottery in Cappadocia
  • Scarves and traditional clothing

Official Language

Turkish

Other Language

Arabic, Bosnian, and Kabardian... Read more

Spoken Language

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Currency

Turkish Lira (TRY)

Population

15 (Millions)

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Weather

Scattered Clouds 17.06°C

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TimeZone

03:23 AM (GMT +03:00)

 

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Ambulance

112

 

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Police

155

 

Electric socket

Type F
Type F ( 220 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Istanbul Atatürk Airport - IST

Airport Name / IATA Code

Sabiha Gokcen International Airport - SAW

Best time to visit

Months to visit: March, April, May, September, October, and November - During these months, rainfall is minimal and the weather is moderate and pleasant so the tourists can comfortably roam the streets. Room rates during these months tend to be low. Various festivals occur during April, May, and October like Ramadan, Istanbul music festival, Film festival, etc.

Moderate time to visit

Moderate: August and February - These months don't have extreme temperatures.

Worst time to visit

Worst: June, July, December, and January - June and July are where the temperature rises with muggy conditions. Whereas December and January are more of the winter seasons along with heavy and uncertain rainfall and snow. Although the weather is moister, it is bearable too.

Taxi

Start Tariff: TRY 4.00

1 Km. Tariff: TRY 2.50

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: TRY 23.10

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