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

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Turkey to Europe by car [on hold]

I'm looking to travel across Europe by car, like a crazy road trip with some friends. I'd like to start from Turkey. What is it like to drive from Turkey into Europe because that's where I would like ...
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Is it possible to transit through Istanbul airports on two different tickets while carrying luggage?

I can't seem to get a clear answer to this question, I hope someone can help. My wife is an Iraqi citizen she recently got her visa to Canada (Permanent Residence). I purchased 2 separate tickets ...
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How many bus companies run directly from Switzerland OR nearby places to Istanbul? [closed]

I know Eurolines has a Service from Munich to Istanbul (actually run by Ulusoy). What other companies are there from either Switzerland, or somehwere nearby, directly to Istanbul?
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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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Is it possible to take a direct bus from Tbilisi to Istanbul?

I'd like to go by bus directly from Tbilisi to Istanbul. My questions are: What companies run on the route (please list as many as you know)? What bus Station in Tbilisi does each Company operate ...
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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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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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Mobile Wifi Rental in Turkey?

I was in Japan last summer and rented a pocket wifi device that provides 4G mobile internet. It made my trip much more easier. Now, I will be in Turkey on January and was wondering if there is any ...
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Traveling to Turkey [closed]

Is it safe to travel to Istanbul, Turkey at this time? I am a bit worried about the current events, but still interested to see the wonderful culture.
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Where to buy Schengen insurance in Istanbul?

I am in Istanbul (but not Turkish citizen) and want to apply for a Schengen visa. A mandatory document for the visa application is travel insurance valid for Schengen states. Where can I buy 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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How to explore Istanbul [closed]

I've almost a day of layover in Istanbul, Turkey in late November. I'd like to know whether it is common for people to explore the city by renting a bike or is it popular to walk around the city? If ...
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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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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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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 it safe to drink the tap water in Istanbul?

Is the water from the tap/faucet potable in Istanbul or must I buy bottled water? If not, what are the specific contaminants in it?
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Overnight land-based 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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What currencies can I use in Istanbul?

Besides the Turkish Lira, can I use US dollars and/or Euros in Istanbul? I mean particularly for paying in taxis, groceries and vegetable markets. If this is possible, is there any additional cost ...
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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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Visa for Istanbul trip during layover

I am an Indian (Indian Passport) presently in Kano, Nigeria on a business visa. I am going back to Mumbai on 22 Sept by Turkish Airlines with a 12 hour layover time in Istanbul. We plan to see the ...
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Exchanging South Korean Won for Turkish Lira [duplicate]

Is there anywhere in Istanbul where I can exchange South Korean Won?
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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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As a USA citizen/resident, can I apply for a Chinese visa while in a foreign country?

I'm a USA citizen/resident traveling the world through multiple countries and interested in visiting where a friend of mine lives. Can I apply for a visa from a Chinese embassy/consulate in one of ...
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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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Access to lounge facilities at Istanbul airports?

I have a nine hour layover and an Amex Gold Card. Does the card give me access to lounge facilities at Istanbul airports, even if I have to pay for the facilities?
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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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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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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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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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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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Buses from Plovdiv, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey

A guy in my hostel here in Plovdiv wants to take a bus to Istanbul but finding the info on the net is a bit tricky. This site seems to suggest at least two Turkish bus companies do the trip. One of ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the cheapest transport to get from Ataturk International aiport to the Taksim Square area of Istanbul?

I'm flying to Istanbul tomorrow afternoon and would like to know the cheapest way to get from the airport (Ataturk) to the Taksim Square area. I'm sure there are many options and some will be easier ...
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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 ...