Questions tagged [istanbul]

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

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Turkish Airlines rules to get free accommodation on long layovers

I've flown a couple of times with Turkish Airlines and, the last time I had a long layover at Istanbul airport I applied to a free tour with Touristanbul. When I was waiting for the tour start at the ...
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Where in Istanbul is this dome people are standing on with views across the city?

I'd like to enjoy the scenery where the following pictures were taken:
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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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Phone companies in Instabul for Travelers [duplicate]

Hi there I will be traveling to Istanbul, Turkey and wanted to know: what is the best mobile carrier service provider for travelers, when it comes to internet data What is the wifi availability in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Identify location of this Dondurma (Turkish Ice Cream) shop

Can someone please help me identify where is this Ice Cream seller's shop located in Sultanahmet Istanbul? Courtesy: Youtube My 3-year old son has seen the video and absolutely wants to get an ice ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Road journey from Europe to Mecca?

I would like to go by road to Mecca, either by car or by public transport trains, has anyone tried the route? I have got information on how to travel up to Istanbul in Turkey but from there it is not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Which companies allow advance, online booking of a bus ticket for travel from Istanbul to Sofia?

I will travel from Istanbul to Sofia in February. Since the direct train route is no longer operational I'm looking to take a bus. Which companies allow purchase of a ticket online in advance?
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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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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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Is free WiFi available in a night train from Istanbul to Sofia?

I wonder whether a night train from Istanbul to Sofia (a train that leaves at 22:40 and arrives at 8:45) offers WiFi. Also, if it is available, does the WiFi work decently? (Since on these types of ...
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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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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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Can I bring a laptop on board a Turkish flight to the US having a connection in Istanbul?

I apologize for asking a question similar to previously asked questions (such as this one), but I've seen conflicting statements on the matter, and wanted to learn from first hand experience. I've ...
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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 ...