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

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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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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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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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What time do the city buses start running in Istanbul?

I want to get an early start tomorrow morning taking bus 83O from Taksim Square to the Bayrampa┼ča Otogar bus station to the west. I can't find by searching in English what time the Istanbul public ...
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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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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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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 (Atat├╝rk) for over 12 hours. What are we entitled to for this ...