Questions tagged [istanbul]

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

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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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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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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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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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Layover in Istanbul

I will be going to Vienna via Istanbul [Turkish airlines] and I have 2 layover options. The first option is a 1-hour 40-minute layover and the second is a 6-hour layover. I am keen on choosing the ...
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Is 1 hour and 30 minutes enough time to catch connecting flight in Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Turkey? [duplicate]

I am traveling from New York City to Skopje and I found cheaper tickets with Turkish Airlines from NYC to Istanbul then I'll have 1 hour and 30 minutes to catch my connecting flight to Skopje. Is ...
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Why did Lufthansa stop flying between Istanbul and Munich?

I had some flights with Lufthansa from Istanbul (IST) to Munich (MUC) about 2 years ago. There were several flights a day, but there isn't any for a while. Why did Lufthansa stop flying between ...
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Transit at Bahrain for Indian Citizen

I have an Indian Passport with valid Schengen Visa. I booked my return flight from Hamburg to Delhi via kiwi.com. Now it's a long multi flight ticket - Hamburg (Pegasus) - Istanbul (Pegasus) - ...
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What is the shortest layover in Istanbul that would let me visit The Blue Mosque?

I am planning a trip that will involve changing planes in Istanbul (IST) airport. This is a routing that a travel agent chose to save my client money, and I've agreed to it because I've never been ...
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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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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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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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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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Moscow to Istanbul by train [closed]

i am in Moscow now fan ID electronic and wants to travel to Istanbul,what document do i need to travel with from Moscow to Istanbul by train?
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Getting to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) airport early in the morning across Bosphorus [closed]

My flight departs at 8:30 from Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul. Can there be any problems getting there in time from a hotel in Fatih? When should I depart from the hotel to get there in time for ...
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Getting out of Istanbul airport during 10-15 hours [duplicate]

I am from India & would be transiting Istanbul with a 10-15 hours layover on way from New Delhi to Copenhagen. I would be having a valid Schengen visa. Can I get out of the airport, or would I ...
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Do I need a transit visa in Istanbul airport if the transfer time is under 4 hours?

I am from Vietnam and intending to fly to Manchester (UK) with Turkish Airways with a layover under 4 hours at the Istanbul Airport (Turkey). Will I require a transit visa for the layover in Istanbul ...
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I have a 2 and a half hour layover in Istanbul, Can I do this?

I only have 2 and a half hours in Istanbul, I was wondering if I can go see the Blue mosque and the Hagia Sophia just to take a couple of pictures and head back. Is this possible? Will I be able to ...
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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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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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Do I need a transit visa for my trip from the US to India via Istanbul? [duplicate]

I have an Indian passport with a US work permit. I am traveling back to india via Istanbul. Do I need a transit visa to enter the city for sightseeing? For how long is a transit visa valid?
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Suggestions for ways to find cheap accommodation in Turkey?

We're a couple and we'll land in Istanbul on the night of the 10th of August for five days. We'd like to find cheap accommodation (possibly around €30, meaning €15 each) either in the city or in a ...
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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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Does a Nigerian require a visa for sightseeing in Turkey? [duplicate]

I am a Nigerian citizen and have booked a Turkish Airlines flight to Nigeria with 12 hours both ways (return) layover at Istanbul Airport. I have a Chinese residence permit. Do I need a transit visa ...
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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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Yemeni Rial exchange in Istanbul

Can I exchange Yemeni Rial into US dollars at the airport in Istanbul at any of the currency exchange desks? I work in Yemen and have a bunch of leftover local notes that I would like to exchange ...
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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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Since train options look bad, is there a direct bus from Bucharest to Istanbul?

Since train options look bad according to a previous answer, is there a direct bus from Bucharest, Romania to Istanbul, Turkey--preferably an express bus?
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Is walking or cycling more popular with tourists in Istanbul? [closed]

I've almost a day of layover in Istanbul, Turkey in late November. Is it common for people to explore the city by renting a bike or more popular to walk around the city, and if it is renting a bike ...
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Two separate tickets for connecting flights

I am a Philippine passport holder. I will be flying from the Philippines to Cluj Napoca, Romania in the next few months. To save money, my employer will be booking two separate tickets for my flight. ...
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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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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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What is required to transit through Istanbul when I need to collect my luggage? [closed]

I am a Nigerian citizen and I traveled to Sofia through Istanbul for a business trip (Turkish Airlines). I have another booking from Istanbul to London. How can I claim my luggage to check in for my ...
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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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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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Turkey to Europe by car [closed]

I'm looking to travel across Europe by car, like a crazy road trip with some friends. I'd like to start from Turkey. What is it like to drive from Turkey into Europe because that's where I would like ...
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Is it possible to transit through Istanbul airports on two different tickets while carrying luggage?

I can't seem to get a clear answer to this question, I hope someone can help. My wife is an Iraqi citizen she recently got her visa to Canada (Permanent Residence). I purchased 2 separate tickets ...
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Istanbul in 3 days; is there an Istanbul Pass?

I'll be staying in Istanbul for three days. Is there any Pass that grants access to most places worth visiting and, perhaps, public transport?
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Traveling to Turkey [closed]

Is it safe to travel to Istanbul, Turkey at this time? I am a bit worried about the current events, but still interested to see the wonderful culture.
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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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Train from Istanbul To Izmit and back

We are traveling to Istanbul, Turkey next month and we would like to take a day to visit Izmit. With that plan in mind what we would like to do is travel from Istanbul (european side) to Izmit in the ...
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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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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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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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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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Visa for Istanbul trip during layover

I am an Indian (Indian Passport) presently in Kano, Nigeria on a business visa. I am going back to Mumbai on 22 Sept by Turkish Airlines with a 12 hour layover time in Istanbul. We plan to see the ...
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Exchanging South Korean Won for Turkish Lira [duplicate]

Is there anywhere in Istanbul where I can exchange South Korean Won?
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As a USA citizen/resident, can I apply for a Chinese visa while in a foreign country?

I'm a USA citizen/resident traveling the world through multiple countries and interested in visiting where a friend of mine lives. Can I apply for a visa from a Chinese embassy/consulate in one of ...
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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 ...