The largest city in Turkey but not the capital (for the capital see Ankara).

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Potential overnight travel from Istanbul (Turkey) to Skopje (Macedonia)?

I am looking to travel between Istanbul and Skopje overland during August (2015) and wondered what the best way to do this would be? My initial plan was to take an overnight bus as I've found ...
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Istanbul in 3 days; is there an Istanbul Pass?

I'll be staying in Istanbul for three days. Is there any Pass that grants access to most places worth visiting and, perhaps, public transport?
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Istanbul - Bosphorus at night

Is it possible to do the Bosphorus strait ferry tour at night? I have a 22 hour layover in November this year in Istanbul and was wondering whether one of the things that I would be able to do, could ...
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Available options to transfer from Ataturk airport to Sultanahmet after midnight!

I will soon arrive to Istanbul Ataturk after midnight. The plane will land 00:45, passport control and bag collection will take at least 40 minutes, which means that I have to catch a bus or metro ...
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Is a transit visa required for Ataturk Airport, Turkey (flying Islamabad to Olso) [duplicate]

I am planning to book a flight from Islamabad, Pakistan to Oslo, Norway on Turkish Airlines. The flight is via Istanbul Atatürk airport. I have a 10 hours and 30 minutes of stay at Atatürk airport. ...
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7 Hours to Kill in Atatürk [duplicate]

I am booked to go from Dublin to Hong Kong with Turkish airlines with a stopover in Istanbul. There is a long layover, and I was wondering if anyone knows if I can leave the airport and head into ...
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I have a 12-hour layover in Istanbul. Will I be able to leave the airport to do some sightseeing in the city?

I'm flying to Barcelona from Israel via Istanbul. The layover in Istanbul is 12 hours, and I'm thinking about leaving the airport and entering the country for a couple of hours. Would that be ...
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Where can I go and watch Flamenco shows in Istanbul?

Does Istanbul have cafés, bars or theatres where one can go and watch Flamenco shows? I know there are places where they teach Flamenco but I just want to witness the performance.
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How do I explore the Black Sea Coast between Georgia and Istanbul? [closed]

I will be travelling to Georgia (Tbilisi) in June, and then want to go to Istanbul. I would love to see some places along the Black Sea Coast along the way from Tbilisi - can someone please help me? ...
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Two legs on different tickets with Turkish Airlines - is baggage checked through

I'm booking a flight one-way from Ashgabat to Dublin via Istanbul. If I book the two legs separately, both with Turkish Airlines, it'a about €120 cheaper than booking it as a single (again with ...
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What is the best way to get from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) to the Taksim Square by public transport?

I'm going to visit Istanbul in April, an I'm curious about the best way to get to the Taksim Square from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) by public transport.
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What are Android and/or iOS apps for public transit directions in Istanbul, Turkey?

I found that Google maps doesn't provide public transit functionality in Istanbul, so I'm curious what apps natives use?
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1hr 30min layover in Ataturk Airport (Istanbul)

I found an excellent price for a flight to Chicago by Turkish airlines. My only concern is that the layover time is only 1hr 30min. Is this time sufficient to catch the next flight?
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How to get from Istanbul Airport (Ataturk) to Bursa, mid march, by bus and ferry?

I need to get from Ataturk Airport landing at around 6 to the port for the BUDO catamaran. Would a bus or taxi be a better choice? Also, which buses would be best and if Id have to book from before, ...
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Can my family leave Istanbul Ataturk Airport during layover to Toronto?

My family, including children, are traveling to Toronto and have a layover at Istanbul Ataturk Airport for 18 hours. We want to go out to the city and be back to the airport to catch the Air Canada ...
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12 hour stopover in Istanbul (Atatürk)

We booked with Turkish Airlines a flight from Valencia (Spain) to JFK airport (New York) knowing that we would have to stay in Istanbul (Atatürk) for over 12 hours. What are we entitled to for this ...
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Do I need to bring Turkish Lira (cash) for a layover at Istanbul Atatürk airport?

We will be travelling from Europe to Asia with Turkish Airlines, with a layover at Istanbul Atatürk airport. While waiting at the transit zone for a few hours, we will probably spend some money on ...
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transit visa at Istanbul airport for Egyptian citizen?

I'm holding Egyptian Passport, travelling from Cairo to Istanbul then to London ( Round Trip ). I'm using Turkish Air lines in all my flights. I will stay less than 2 hrs each time. Do I need a ...
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Do I need a visa for 1 week holiday in Istanbul, from Netherlands?

I live in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I'm Italian. I want to visit Istanbul for 1 week in March. Do I need a visa?
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Travelling with two passports, layover in Istanbul

I'm travelling from country #1 to country #2. I have passports for both these countries. I will be using the passport for country #2 on my way there and passport for country #1 when returning. On my ...
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Trying local Turkish Cuisine in Istanbul

I'll be going to Istanbul in a few days. This is a travel I do because of my job (and no - I'm not involved in any of the jobs listed here). As in this case, I often get ready at the last minute and ...
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Istanbul layover - visa for Egyptian to leave the airport?

I am Egyptian, and I have a German student visa (not a Schengen visa) which will be valid from the 28th of August. On my way to Germany I will have a 15-hour layover in Istanbul. Is it possible for ...
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E-visa for 20hr layover at Istanbul airport, is hotel reservation necessary?

I am travelling from Germany to Pakistan. I have a 20hr layover at Istanbul airport. So, I want to take advantage of the free Istanbul tour provided by Turkish Airlines as I'm travelling with Turkish ...
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Visiting Lany or Inlemay on a cruise from Spain - single or multiple entry Schengen visa?

If I am in the Schengen Visa area (with a visa) and we cruise to Turkey getting off the ship at Istanbul and Kuskadasi and return to Barcelona - do I need a multiple-entry visa or will a single entry ...
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Ataturk Airport to Yenikapi ferry by rental car?

What is the best route to drive from Ataturk Aiport to Yenikapi? How long is the journey? We want to rent a car at the airport and drive to Bodrum.
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Since train options look bad, is there a direct bus from Bucharest to Istanbul?

Since train options look bad according to a previous answer, is there a direct bus from Bucharest, Romania to Istanbul, Turkey--preferably an express bus?
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Layover in Istanbul with infants

This Saturday we'll be travelling with a layover at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The layover is just under 3 hours. We'll be travelling with two infants (under 1 year old). Are their any baby-friendly ...
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Quickest way from Istanbul to Krakow

I must travel to Krakow for a meeting, but I'm really short on time. I would leave from Istanbul at 8PM and I must be in Krakow by following day, 9AM. There is no direct flight between Istanbul and ...
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What is the best way to travel from IST to Istanbul?

Is there an airport link or subway which takes you from the IST airport to somewhere close to the Hagia Sophia neighbourhood? I am looking at either taking a cab or the public transit to get to the ...
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Train from Istanbul To Izmit and back

We are traveling to Istanbul, Turkey next month and we would like to take a day to visit Izmit. With that plan in mind what we would like to do is travel from Istanbul (european side) to Izmit in the ...
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Transit Time in Istanbul

We are going to China, and we choose Turkish Airlines. We are Pakistan nationals (2 guys) and will be on our business trip to Beijing. We have around 19 hours in Istanbul while going to Beijing, ...
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Yemeni Rial exchange in Istanbul

Can i exchange Yemeni Rial into US dollars at the airport in Istanbul at any of the currency exchange desks? I work in Yemen and have a bunch of leftover local notes that i would like to exchange ...
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Best way to send valuable item back home while travelling (Istanbul)?

I'm in Istanbul for a couple months and my phone is broken but it's still under warranty. I would like to send my phone back home to get it fixed but as I don't speak Turkish and I find it's quite ...
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Quiet beach near Istanbul [closed]

Are there are any places to have quite relax on the seaside near Istanbul (less than 100 km)? It would be nice to have place to stay for few nights in this location.
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Renting a portable 3G hotspot at Istanbul airport?

Since Turkey's mobile phone legislation is a pain in the ass, I'm considering renting a 3G hotspot on the two stopovers I will have there in February. Is there a company which could rent me one at ...
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What transport to use from Galata Bridge to Esenler Otogar?

I'm trying to find any clear information on the public transport options from the Galata Bridge in Istanbul to the Esenler Otogar. What options exist, if any?
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Turkish Airlines rules to get free accommodation on long layovers

I've flown a couple of times with Turkish Airlines and, the last time I had a long layover at Istanbul airport I applied to a free tour with Touristanbul. When I was waiting for the tour start at the ...
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How do I get to Abant Lake from Istanbul?

I'm planning to go to Istanbul and I heard that Abant Lake is nice throughout the year. So, I'm planning to go there for a day as well. What worries me is how to go from Bolu to Abant Lake. I found a ...
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What is the shortest layover in Istanbul that would let me visit The Blue Mosque?

I am planning a trip that will involve changing planes in Istanbul (IST) airport. This is a routing that a travel agent chose to save my client money, and I've agreed to it because I've never been ...
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Two layovers in Istanbul

Next month I have two 1-day layovers at Istanbul. First is on July from 5am to 7pm and the second is on September from 10am to 7am (next day). I would like to take the opportunity to visit a bit of ...
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Should I cancel my trip to Turkey due to the recent protests?

I've been planning a trip to turkey for this July. How easy would it be to avoid the areas where people are demonstrating? If I hadn't already booked my flights, I would probably postpone the trip ...
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How to get from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Çanakkale‎?

The usual way to get from Istanbul to Çanakkale‎ is to take a direct bus from the Büyük or the Harem otogar (bus station). That's especially true if you stay somewhere in the "center" of Istanbul. But ...
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Is there a direct train from Bucharest to Istanbul?

I would like to travel by train to Istanbul via Budapest and Bucharest along the road recommended by the Man in Seat 61. According to that description, there should be a daily direct train between ...
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Paid lounge access at Istanbul Ataturk airport

So I missed my flight and I now have a 23 hour layover at Istanbul Ataturk airport. Is there any lounge I can pay for access to - preferably airside?
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Road journey from Europe to Mecca?

I would like to go by road to Mecca, either by car or by public transport trains, has anyone tried the route? I have got information on how to travel up to Istanbul in Turkey but from there it is not ...
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Which bus terminal in Istanbul for a bus to Bodrum?

My initial plan on arriving in Istanbul was to catch an early morning ferry out of the city and then making my way down by train to Izmir. However, now that I think of it, this plan sounds like an ...
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How to get from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Yenikapi Ferry Terminal by public transport?

My flight lands in Istanbul Ataturk Airport at 2am on a Saturday. There's a ferry from Yenikapi to Bandirma at 7am, which I wanted to catch so that I can then catch an onward train to Izmir the same ...
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Suggestions for cheap accomodation in Turkey?

We're a couple and we'll land in Istanbul on the night of the 10th of August for five days. We'd like to find cheap accommodation (possibly around 30 euros, meaning 15 each) either in the city or in ...
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Is there a bus/coach direct from Batumi, Georgia to Istanbul, Turkey?

I've been doing some online searches for a friend staying in my hostel here in Batumi who wants to travel to Istanbul tomorrow. Now I know there are direct buses from various cities in Turkey to ...
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A quiet holiday around Istanbul

I am planning a long and quiet holiday in Turkey, and looking for a cozy city around Istanbul. Since I arrive at Istanbul airport, I wish to find a nice city around Istanbul (less than 200km far) to ...