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As you're traveling with Turkish Airlines and have a long layover, you can ask for a free tour of the city, hosted by Turkish Airlines. Here's some info: http://www.istanbulinhours.com/tour-schedule You should confirm this with the airline beforehand, as what's available depends on your schedule. Depending on the time and duration of your layover, you ...


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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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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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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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Even though I still believe that using WiFi at the airport might be a better solution for your data needs you can a MiFi device from places like: Global WiFi Rental, which is available for pick up and return at the airport. And similar discussion on TripAdvisor. There is also Cell Hire in UK that also offers the MiFi Rental service.


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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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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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Anybody travelling with Turkish Airlines can get a free tour of the city, including lunch and sometimes breakfast. Turkish Airlines can't arrange a visa for you, you must have the right to enter Turkey. Because the tours have fixed departure times, this will only work if you arrive in the morning in Istanbul. If no earlier connection was available, you can ...


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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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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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There is a booth at the arrival terminal of Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The company is called IUGO. They are renting WiFi modems, smartphones, tablets and GPS navigators. The service became available in June 2014. WiFi modems and smartphones cost 6EUR/day to rent. Here's a photo of the location (sourced from IUGO's official Twitter page):


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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 other answers are really awesome. To me it looks a bit like all your asking is are you allowed to leave the airport on this layover? Given that you hold a passport which does not require a visa to enter Turkey You are basically a free person in Turkey, you are not being held in the airport etc, you can go where you like. There are no border ...


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You can check all mobile wifi rental companies by yourself and see the list of companies offering the rental service in Turkey. As your travel plan suggests, buying a SIM card is not the best option to solve the connection problem. According to the new law of duties, cell phones from outside Turkey will be blocked between 7-10 days if they are not ...


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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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According Turkish Airlines's transfer passenger procedures, for all passengers transferring between international flights, there is no passport procedure. This is consistent with the fact that nobody needs a transit visa for Turkey. If the connecting flights are both on Turkish Airlines, a codeshare or an allied (Star Alliance) airline, then you'll have ...


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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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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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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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Yes, if you're traveling on the same ticket, 1:30h is enough for you not to worry about the connection. You may still miss the next flight if the first leg arrives very late, but Turkish Airlines will do everything in their power to deliver you to your final destination and compensate generously for any inconvenience. In case you're traveling on two ...


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The place called IUGO and it was at the Ataturk Airport, Arrival Terminal. We rented a wifi modem and paid tptal of 29 Euro per 5 days.


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No, you will not need special paperwork or to collect your bags. From http://www.ataturkairport.com/en-EN/preflight/Pages/Transfer.aspx : 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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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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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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Just after leaving the airplane, there's passport control, which is long because they're understaffed. It takes 45-60 minutes to get to taksim square, by either shuttle bus or metro. The bus because is easier, the metro is more dependable. A bus leaves every half hour. Hop in, the driver will walk and ask all passengers for money. In Turkey euros and ...


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The last time I went to IST there was no xray customs inspection on the way out of the airport (if there was one I was not selected to go through it), but there is one on the way in at the airport entrance before the check in desk and a second xray scan at the real security check point. Information from July 2014


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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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There is a local company called Rent 'n Connect but as far i know they have no booth at Ataturk Airport however they provide delivering to your hotel and pick up from there. And also they are working with Sabiha Gokcen Airport (booth). Hope it helps you and other travellers.



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