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Municpal bus 96T is probably the cheapest, at 3.00 lira (~$2 USD), but it takes very long (~1.5h at times) and is often packed. Havas bus is faster and costs 10 lira (~$6.50 USD). If you plan to use public transport a lot, buy the Akbil pass (saves a bit of money and you don't need to dig for coins all the time). The trip is also possible via metro, but ...


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You can pay in EUR or USD (cash-only), the price schedule is posted in both currencies (link).


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The primeclass CIP Lounge allows paid access for what appears to be 30 Euro. Access is also available via PriorityPass. It's a long time since I've been in that specific lounge, but I seem to remember that it was one of the nicer airport lounges I've visited. There is also a hotel which offers both airside and landside rooms. If you have the ability to go ...


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There are three public transport options if you are trying to minimise costs. Take the direct bus between Atatürk airport and Taksim square. This bus is a double fare bus and can be slow. In the early hours of the morning, it can be very fast, however. I travelled from Taksim to the airport in about 20 minutes on this bus once. Take the metro to Aksaray ...


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As naive as it sounds, here is my shot: Take a taxi from the airport to the Bakırköy‎ (it's less then 10 km). From there take a ferry to Yenikapı‎ (first stop, Istanbul direction, it should be pretty fast) and then take a ferry to Bandırma, which would take about 1 hour 45 minutes. Here is the timetable for this last part. After arriving to Bandırma take ...


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The visas used to be 15€ or 20$, and paying in Turkish liras was not an option. There was an ATM right next to the visa booth. However, as of the 10th of April this year, visas are now applied- and paid for online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. EU citizens can get the visa at electronic booths in the airport, but getting it online prior to arrival is ...


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Yes. If you want to enter inside Turkey, you'll definitely need a visa prior to your entry i.e. visa on arrival is not applicable (phased out). The situation with the Turkish visa for Nigerian nationals is a little bit more complicated than one might expect. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website reveals, Nigeria: Ordinary and official passport ...


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Money exchange in Turkey has traditionally been so prevalent due to the instability of the lira that the cost of exchanging US dollars and Euros is almost negligible. However, most other currencies are bought and sold at a considerable margin, so even if someone will exchange lira and won, it will be to your disadvantage. Your best course of action is to ...


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You will need an hour with the public transportation, a taxi will do it in 30-40 minutes. VOA line in IST is long sometimes (last time it took 30 minutes for me). Your arrival times (3:40pm-7:35 pm or 2:45pm-6:50pm) is in the rush hours and even if you obtain visa in time and run to the mosque right away it will be time for Asr prayer (around 5:20 pm these ...


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Whether or not you need a transit visa depends on 2 factors: Which country your passport belongs to If you need to leave the airport transit lounge Information for Cuban citizens going to Turkey is provided here. I live in Ottawa (Canada) and as per the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa: Transit visa is valid for up to three months and allows the person to ...


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IST has a sterile transit area and transit desks precisely for this purpose. From the official website: Transfer Passengers:(International Transfer Passengers With An International Connection Flight) A boarding card is issued for the passenger (if not issued in the country of origin) at the transit desk of the relevant handling company on the ...


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You've got three sensible options: taxi, bus, or train. Taxis are taxis, and they're generally fine, although I've heard the occasional horror story; get a regular cab from the rank and use the meter, the fare should be 35-40 TL. Non-stop airport express buses are operated by Havataş, charging a flat fare of 10 TL. They serve a variety of places in the ...


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My experience is that they want visas paid for in the currency used by your country. I know the US visas have to be purchased in dollars not Euros. I have seen lists of currency posted for different countries and their visa costs/currencies, but I don't remember Australia's.


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This Havataş bus appears to be new (it's certainly new to me), so I can't comment on their service. Istanbul's public transit does not run regularly at night but the buses to Atatürk Airport are fortunately one of the exceptions. If you use the clunky (in terms of interface and translation) İETT How to go there? website, you'll find that there is a public ...


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You can take the metro from Ataturk Airport to Esenler "Otogar" (much nearer than Harem). From the public transit website, you can see the timetable, Metro runs until Midnight (00.00). From Esenler Otogar you can get a suitable coach for your travel.


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Since Turkish Airlines offers free tours of Istanbul to passengers with layovers like yours, you're going to want to tell them. You might prefer a free stay in a hotel instead, but I would go for the tour. The FAQ does mention: There is luggage custody office next to Hotel Desk with a service fee. You may check the conditions and prices; ...


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Yes, if you want to leave the airport. However you can transit through the airport without a visa. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Question: I will be flying to Europe. I know that our aircraft will land in İstanbul. I am not planning to leave the transit lounge. Do I need to get transit visa? Answer: If you will not leave the ...


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I'm not sure about Turkish Airlines but my wife had a 23hr stop in Dubai with Emirates and they offered to keep her checked luggages because it was < 24 hours. Airlines rules might differ. If they do offer to keep your luggages then you'd be totally fine since airlines have no way of checking whether you are intending to stay in the airport or leaving ...


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It seems to be No. None of the currency exchange counters listed Korean Won on their boards but I didn't ask either since the rate for US dollars was reasonable I decided to go with SigueSigueBen's advice here. By the way, all of the change counters I could find charge 4% commission though they don't all announce it equally prominently.



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