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

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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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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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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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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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Train connection from Istanbul to Sofia?

Is it possible to go from Istanbul to Sofia by train? This link suggests there is a train connection between the two cities: https://rail.cc/en/train/sofia-to-istanbul but I can't find it on the ...
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What are Android and/or iOS apps for public transit directions in Istanbul, Turkey?

I found that Google maps doesn't provide public transit functionality in Istanbul, so I'm curious what apps natives use?
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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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Where in Istanbul airport can I rent a portable 3G/LTE Wifi hotspot?

Since Turkey's mobile phone legislation is a pain in the ass, I'm considering renting a 3G/LTE Wifi hotspot on the two stopovers I will have there in February. Is there a company which could rent me ...
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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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Can photographs be taken in Istanbul as of August/September 2016?

I'd like to go visit Istanbul in one of the next weeks; I'm not scared by it (I mean, things can happen anywhere), just concerned about possible consequences of taking photos. I've heard a few third-...
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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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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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Buses from Plovdiv, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey

A guy in my hostel here in Plovdiv wants to take a bus to Istanbul but finding the info on the net is a bit tricky. This site seems to suggest at least two Turkish bus companies do the trip. One of ...
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Trying local Turkish Cuisine in Istanbul

I'll be going to Istanbul in a few days. This is a travel I do because of my job (and no - I'm not involved in any of the jobs listed here). As in this case, I often get ready at the last minute and ...
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Istanbul - Bosphorus at night

Is it possible to do the Bosphorus strait ferry tour at night? I have a 22 hour layover in November this year in Istanbul and was wondering whether one of the things that I would be able to do, could ...
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A quiet holiday around Istanbul

I am planning a long and quiet holiday in Turkey, and looking for a cozy city around Istanbul. Since I arrive at Istanbul airport, I wish to find a nice city around Istanbul (less than 200km far) to ...
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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 Bayrampaşa Otogar bus station to the west. I can't find by searching in English what time the Istanbul public ...
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Transit hotel and visa at Istanbul

We have a 9:30 hour layover at Istanbul airport, traveling from SFA to Dhaka. Will we get a free hotel provided by Turkish Airlines? Do we need transit visa?
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What is the best way to get from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) to the Taksim Square by public transport?

I'm going to visit Istanbul in April, an I'm curious about the best way to get to the Taksim Square from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) by public transport.
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How do I get to Abant Lake from Istanbul?

I'm planning to go to Istanbul and I heard that Abant Lake is nice throughout the year. So, I'm planning to go there for a day as well. What worries me is how to go from Bolu to Abant Lake. I found a ...
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How can I find train departure information for Athens - Istanbul?

OK, only just now did I see this notice: TRAIN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS FROM 13 FEBRUARY 2011 Greece is in a dire economic state, and massive rail cuts are being implemented. All ...
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Is there a bus/coach direct from Batumi, Georgia to Istanbul, Turkey?

I've been doing some online searches for a friend staying in my hostel here in Batumi who wants to travel to Istanbul tomorrow. Now I know there are direct buses from various cities in Turkey to ...
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Is there a direct train from Bucharest to Istanbul?

I would like to travel by train to Istanbul via Budapest and Bucharest along the road recommended by the Man in Seat 61. According to that description, there should be a daily direct train between ...
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What currencies can I use in Istanbul?

Besides the Turkish Lira, can I use US dollars and/or Euros in Istanbul? I mean particularly for paying in taxis, groceries and vegetable markets. If this is possible, is there any additional cost ...
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How do I prove that I arrived at Istanbul airport in time for boarding?

I flew from Egypt to Istanbul in transit to Germany. I was not allowed to board the flight to Germany, the stated reason being that I didn't have the correct visa from the German Consulate. They told ...
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Quickest way from Istanbul to Krakow

I must travel to Krakow for a meeting, but I'm really short on time. I would leave from Istanbul at 8PM and I must be in Krakow by following day, 9AM. There is no direct flight between Istanbul and ...
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Do I need to clear immigration for a layover in IST?

I'm looking at a flight to Europe with Turkish Airlines and a short layover (1.5 hours) in Istanbul (same ticket). Do transiting passengers need to clear Turkish immigration before proceeding? I'm ...
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Paid lounge access at Istanbul Ataturk airport

So I missed my flight and I now have a 23 hour layover at Istanbul Ataturk airport. Is there any lounge I can pay for access to - preferably airside?
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Which bus terminal in Istanbul for a bus to Bodrum?

My initial plan on arriving in Istanbul was to catch an early morning ferry out of the city and then making my way down by train to Izmir. However, now that I think of it, this plan sounds like an ...
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What time does the Tbilisi to Istanbul bus depart?

I know there are buses running between Istanbul Turkey and Tbilisi Georgia. I know they take about 30 hours and cost about $35. What I don't know is what time they depart Tbilisi and what time ...
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Is it possible to take a direct bus from Tbilisi to Istanbul?

I'd like to go by bus directly from Tbilisi to Istanbul. My questions are: What companies run on the route (please list as many as you know)? What bus Station in Tbilisi does each Company operate ...
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Available options to transfer from Ataturk airport to Sultanahmet after midnight!

I will soon arrive to Istanbul Ataturk after midnight. The plane will land 00:45, passport control and bag collection will take at least 40 minutes, which means that I have to catch a bus or metro ...
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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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Printing a (scientific) poster near Boğaziçi University in Istanbul

I have to make a poster presentation at Boğaziçi University in two months and will not be able to bring the poster with me on the airplane. Therefore, I'd like to print it near the University from a ...
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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 possible?...
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Should I cancel my trip to Turkey due to the recent (July 2013) protests?

I've been planning a trip to turkey for this July. How easy would it be to avoid the areas where people are demonstrating? If I hadn't already booked my flights, I would probably postpone the trip ...
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How to get from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Çanakkale‎?

The usual way to get from Istanbul to Çanakkale‎ is to take a direct bus from the Büyük or the Harem otogar (bus station). That's especially true if you stay somewhere in the "center" of Istanbul. But ...
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Istanbul Layover: Guided Tour or Wander by self? [closed]

I am heading back to Europe from India in November and I have a day worth of a layover in Istanbul. I have got my e-Visa for a single entry and really looking forward for spending a day there. I am ...
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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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Two layovers in Istanbul

Next month I have two 1-day layovers at Istanbul. First is on July from 5am to 7pm and the second is on September from 10am to 7am (next day). I would like to take the opportunity to visit a bit of ...
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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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Where to buy Schengen insurance in Istanbul?

I am in Istanbul (but not Turkish citizen) and want to apply for a Schengen visa. A mandatory document for the visa application is travel insurance valid for Schengen states. Where can I buy the ...
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Where can I go and watch Flamenco shows in Istanbul?

Does Istanbul have cafés, bars or theatres where one can go and watch Flamenco shows? I know there are places where they teach Flamenco but I just want to witness the performance.
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to travel from IST to Istanbul?

Is there an airport link or subway which takes you from the IST airport to somewhere close to the Hagia Sophia neighbourhood? I am looking at either taking a cab or the public transit to get to the ...
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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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