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

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Late night flights from Istanbul

I'm looking at a Turkish Airlines booking from London to Jakarta. I see a one-night stopover in Istanbul, the Istanbul to Jakarta leg leaving at 01:50. So I arrive Monday, get a hotel for the night, ...
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Tipping in Istanbul when there's already a service charge

Turkey is a tipping culture and I understand it's standard to tip 10-15% on sit-down restaurant meals. However, many nicer places also apply an automatic 10% service charge to your bill. Are you ...
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What can I do with an Istanbulkart after I hit the 500 lira monthly loading limit?

When travelling in Istanbul, it's possible for up to 5 people to share one Istanbulkart. However, if you're using the "anonymous" cards you can easily buy from vending machines, for some ...
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Turkish transfer visa for an Egyptian citizen

I am an Egyptian citizen and I am planning a flight from Kazan (Tatarstan) via Istanbul (transfer at the airport 5 hours) to Hurghada, do I need to apply for a Turkish visa for this?
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Lounge access at Istanbul flying Indigo as M&S Elite

I am a Turkish airlines Miles and Smiles Elite member. Next week I have a trip from Berlin to Istanbul flying Turkish and then an Indigo airlines flight to India from Istanbul Would I still be able to ...
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Family-friendly hamam in Istanbul with men's and women's sections open at the same time

There are countless hamams (Turkish baths) in Istanbul, but I'm looking for what is apparently an unusual combination of features: Has men's and women's sections open at the same time (many smaller ...
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Biometric face id at Istanbul airport

Is there a biometric ( face id) based system at Istanbul airport? I know that Star alliance has similar systems at Frankfurt and Zurich ( I had to enrol for those via the Lufthansa app) and I recall ...
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Transit visa for 2 layovers

I am an Indian citizen traveling from Delhi to Milan with layovers in Sharjah and Istanbul. Do I need transit visas for both Sharjah and Istanbul airports? The airline are different from Delhi to ...
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Transiting Sabiha Gökçen Istanbul from the UK for Kazakhstan. Do I need a transit visa as a British citizen? [duplicate]

I will be flying from the UK to Kazakhstan via Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen airport. I'll have an hour layover there, do I need a Turkish transit visa? I am British and I fly both flights with Pegasus on ...
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How can I use cellular phone in Istanbul airport?

Suppose, I am traveling from India to Munich. My friend is traveling from Warsaw to India. Both of our transit is in Istanbul. We arrived at Istanbul airport, and we want to talk via mobile phone. How ...
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Travel with luggage via Metro or Bus from SAW Airport Istanbul to Europe Side of Istanbul

I will be arriving at SAW airport with 30kg luggage. I want to know if its possible to travel to Europe side from the airport using metro/bus? I am planning to buy Istanbulcard Anonymous Card from ...
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Topkapi Palace Tickets

I am visiting Istanbul from 14th - 20th April. I want to visit the Topkapi palace. When I went 6-7 years ago, there was a long waiting line and we paid a local tourist guide to help us skip the line. ...
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I am a Syrian citizen. I am going to Lebanon, transitioning in Istanbul from UK

I am a Syrian citizen holding a Green Card from the USA . I am going to Lebanon, transiting in Istanbul (SAW) from UK on Pegasus flight. Will I need a transit visa to change flight in Instanbul?
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How long should my layover in SAW be

I'm a EU citizen with a German passport. I will be traveling home from Ankara this month and my layover will be at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) in Istanbul. Both my flights are operated ...
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Recognize a place in Istanbul from an old (1890-1900) postcard

This postcard shows allegedly some place in Istanbul (Constantinople) in 1890-1900. Could you help me to find its location on a map?
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Can I open a bank account before traveling in Istanbul?

When I traveled to Australia, I contacted a bank and opened an account, and transferred money, when I got there, I completed the application form and provided the documents. That was so helpful. But ...
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Is it normal for GetTransfer.com carrier scheduled to taking me from Istanbul airport to ask me for fullname, nationality and passport number?

I have scheduled a transfer on GetTransfer.com from Istanbul's Ataturk airport to my hotel for two adults (me and my wife) and two infants under two years old and got the following message from the ...
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Do I need visa for sightseeing in Istanbul, April and May 2021 [duplicate]

Not-so-young but still adventurous American woman traveling alone with two layovers in Istanbul airport: Wednesday April 7, 2021, 4:55 pm to 1:30 am that evening - 8+ hours Tuesday May 4, 4:55 am to 6:...
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I have a flight from Istanbul to Vancouver with overnight layover at Montreal. Where do I need to do my quarantine if I decide to spend night at hotel

I have a flight from Istanbul to Vancouver with long overnight layover at Montreal. Where do I need to do my quarantine if I decide to spend night at hotel? Or can I stay at the airport for a night to ...
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How can I find a big pharmacy in Istanbul?

I'm currently staying in Istanbul and need to buy an over-the-counter medicine that is a little rare. I went around a few pharmacies around my hotel, but they're all relatively small and don't carry ...
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Turkish visa required for layover? [duplicate]

I am an Indian passport holder. I shall land in Istanbul (IST) airport and within next 4 hours from the same airport I shall take another flight to Greece. Airline companies for these two flights ...
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Changing planes (and airlines) in Istanbul

If I (US citizen) come into Istanbul on one airline (Turkish) with a checked bag, and then fly out later to Kazakhstan from the same airport that day on a separate ticket on another airline (Astana), ...
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Can I pay for the Havaist bus with a credit card?

So I'm going to visit Istanbul soon and planning to take a Havaist bus from the airport to the SultanAhmet square. I know I can pay with an IstanbulKart for the ride but I don't want to buy it. So I ...
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Buy Lonely Planet guides in Istanbul

I am in Istanbul and I would like to buy or get the Lonely Planet guidebook of Turkey. Do you have any hint on where I can find it? Thanks
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Denied Boarding

On the 21st of November I had a connecting flight on Turkish Airlines from Lahore (Pakistan) to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) via Istanbul amd Panama City. In Istanbul, when the Panama City ...
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How to get to Sultanahmet from Istanbul New Airport?

Can someone give me instructions on how to get to Sultanahmet from the new airport. I found out about the bus route IST-20 but I couldn't find if it really exists or how much is it and should we buy ...
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Taiwanese traveling to Europe via Istanbul, do I need a transit visa or e-visa? [duplicate]

I am a Taiwanese passport holder , will travel to Europe transit in Istanbul for 2 hours (inside airport only) , do I need to apply for a transit visa or an e-visa?
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What are the places that sell coffee beans called in Turkey?

What should I search for on the google maps for such a store; I already tried "kahve çekirdekleri" and "kahve" but the results seem to be mere coffee shops. I'm in the Beylikduzu zone in Istanbul.
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Can you get two Turkish e-Visa Single Entry Visas within a one month period?

My wife and I are travelling to Istanbul. She has a Pakistani passport and a green card for the US, so we were able to get single entry visa for her. But the issue is that we are planning to travel ...
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Baggage pick up in transit in Istanbul airport [closed]

I will be traveling by Atlasglobal and I'll have a connecting flight with IndiGo. Since these are two separate flights booked, Atlasglobal is not ready to book my checked in baggage directly to ...
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About long layover at Istanbul

We have 13 hours layover at Istanbul while traveling to Europe by Turkish Airlines. We don’t have a transit visa. Can we book a room night at any hotel within the airport premises?
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Do I need a transit visa for Istanbul? [duplicate]

I am planning to fly from Delhi to Dublin-Ireland, transit will be at Istanbul for about 4 hrs. Do I need transit visa for Istanbul?
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Does a Filipino flying from Vietnam to Brazil need a visa or transit visa to layover in Istanbul or Doha Qatar?

Planning to travel from Vietnam to Brazil via Turkish Airlines with a layover in Istanbul, or via Qatar Airways with a layover is in Doha Qatar. Is it possible to layover in Istanbul or Doha without ...
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Transit Visa / Stopover in Istanbul

I am a US citizen traveling on Turkish Airlines I will have an 8-9 hour layover in Istanbul. How do I apply for a transit visa for this stop over?
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Do I need a transit visa for Turkey if I have an onwards flight from IST

I am an Indian citizen flying from Glasgow to New Delhi. I am changing planes in Istanbul Airport, with a layover of about 4 hours before going to New Delhi in India. My issue is that I am using 2 non ...
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Where can i buy propane/ butane gas cylinder for camping in Turkey?

The question pretty much says it; I tried a couple of gas stations and stores but didn't find anything; I'm in Istanbul Buyukcekmece zone/
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How to see the light show at Galata Tower?

I've seen a few videos of light shows being projected onto the Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey. eg. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=158296795064721 I'll be in Istanbul on Nov 25 and Nov 26 of ...
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Transit in Istanbul

I travelled from Philippines to UK transit in Istanbul. I bought some diamonds in Philippines properly declared with customs to bring out and will pay VAT in UK. Q: Do I need to declare in Istanbul ...
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Transit for 19 hours in Istanbul airport, can I go to a hotel [closed]

I will be in airport turkey for 19 hours en route to Bishkek and Mongolia. Can I go to a hotel to sleep?
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Is the M4 extension to Sabiha airport (SAW) open yet?

The promised M4 extension to Sabiha aiport (SAW), in Istanbul, is it open yet? or do we still have to drive to Pendik to get on it? https://www.metro.istanbul/YolcuHizmetleri/AgHaritalari (is out of ...
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When visiting Istanbul, is pre-booking city tours from known web sites better than on arrival?

I am going alone to Istanbul this Saturday for 3 days. I found a website (booking.com) with discounts on activities. For example, "Tour Haga Sofia with a guide" for $15. Or a tour in a city bus and a ...
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Arrival-side amenities at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport for waiting

I had seen more than a few airports having really meagre facilities landside, so I thought I will ask: I will land at 14:55 at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) from Zurich and will ...
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Istanbul: how long and complicated is it to go from ISL to SAW?

Edit: be aware that Istanbul now has a new airport, so what follows can be considered deprecated How long and complicated is it to go from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen ...
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Can I leave airport in 3 hours 15 min transit [closed]

Hi I have a 3 hours 15 minutes stay in Instanbul. Can I go out for an hour to meeting a friend also will I need a visa?
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Transit visa at Istanbul, Turkey

I'm a Bangladeshi citizen, currently studying in Moscow, Russia. Willing to fly to Abu Dhabi by Turkish airlines and get a transit at Istanbul which will be more than 12 hours. I want to take the '...
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Traveling via Turkey

Do I need a transit visa at Istanbul Airport to enter Istanbul for city sightseeing? I am Malaysian citizen and I booked Turkish Airline flights to Malaysia (from Nice to Kuala Lumpur) with a 10-hour ...
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5 hour layover in Istanbul on separate tickets, is it enough time?

I will be traveling from the USA to Istanbul airport. My flight leaves from Denver and I have a connection in Frankfurt, Germany. I will arrive in Istanbul around 1730. I then take a flight to Tunis, ...
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Flying from Stockholm to Paris via Istanbul with French National ID Card

Since I won't have my French passport, I'll have to fly from Stockholm (ARN) to Paris (CDG) via Istanbul (IST) with my French National ID card. I called the Swedish police and Turkish Airlines who ...
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Local markets in Istanbul

We once happen to arrive at a Sunday market in allies while wandering around where locals sell their items from food to kitchenette and clothing. We loved the atmosphere and everything about that ...
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Traveling through Istanbul on two different airlines do I need a visa? [duplicate]

I'm having difficulty figuring out my visa situation going through Istanbul. I'm a US citizen. I'll be traveling from Mumbai, and connecting through Manama, on Gulf Air before changing airlines to ...
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