HOW TO GET
By Road : Not
surprisingly, Istanbul is well connected to every part
Buses are frequent and plentiful, and the main coach
station (otogar) is at
Esenler, on the European side.
There are countless
independent bus companies, all of whom have a ticket
the station and the larger ones have offices dotted
around town, especially in areas like
Taksim, Sultanahmed and Besiktas.
Prices vary slightly
regarding quality of the vehicle. There are also
departures from Harem,
on the Asian side. For journeys further afield, there
buses to Greece, Macedonia, Germany,
France, Austria, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Syria,
Iran, Russia, Georgia, Romania,
Bulgaria and Jordan.
Bus Station Tel:
(+90-212) 658 05 05, 658 10 10, 333 37 63, 310 63 63.
Within the city,
public transport is a good way of getting around.
There are minibuses, buses, taxis, trams (from Aksaray)
a new subway
(between Taskim and Levent) and a tiny electric
tramcar (Beyoğlu to Taksim).
By Rail : Not
as popular a mode of transport as buses, with a much
there are rail connections from Istanbul to Ankara,
Izmir and Eastern Anatolian cities.
Most of the services are slower than buses, although
between the three main cities
there are the mavi tren, mototren or ekspresi, which
are fast and comfortable.
essential for these journeys, and there are several
classes of seats and
sleepers. International services from Sirkeci (on the
European side) and Haydarpasa
(Asian side) stations include Vienna, Munich,
Budapest, Salonica, (via Eskisehir, Konya,
and Gaziantep), Aleppo, (via Tatvan and Van), Tehran,
Moscow and Bucharest.
Trains heading west leave from Sirkeci, and east from
Tel: (+90-212) 527 0050/51. Reservations Tel:
(+90-212) 520 6575
İnformation Tel: (+90-216) 336 0475/2063.
Reservations Tel: (+90-216) 336 4470, 337 8724.
By Boat :
Maritime Lines run both the urban and national
Marinas also have connections with European ports.
Transportation runs ships which operate between the
within Istanbul: Kadikoy – Haydarpasa – Karakoy;
Eminonu – Uskudar; Eminonu – Kadikoy;
Bridge – Yenikoy; Beykoz – Kavaklar; Sirkeci -
Bostanci, Bridge – Prince’s Islands; Bridge –
Yalova; Kabatas – Cinarcik; Bostanci - Cinarcik.
Boats operate from
Istanbul to the following Black Sea towns:
Zonguldak, Sinop, Samsun, Giresun, Trabzon, Rize, as
well as Izmir.
Marmara Lines run to Marmara Island, Bandirma and
Port Tel : (+90-212)
245 53 66/249 71 78/249 18 96.
Address: TDY Maritime Lines Agency, Rihtim Cad.
Head Office Tel: (+90-212) 245 53 66/249 71 78/249 18
Reservation Tel: (+90-212) 249 92 22/293 74 54
Information Tel: (+90-212) 244 25 02/244 02 07
By Air :
Ataturk International Airport is 20 km from city
centre. The new airport is the
biggest in the country, with the most international
There are direct flights to every European capital,
and many to Asia, USA and the Middle East.
The domestic terminal
has flights to every domestic airport in the country,
with several a
day to major cities like Ankara and Izmir. Turkish
Airlines (THY) is the national carrier.
Atatürk International Airport
THY Head Office: +90 212 663 63 00 71 (5
THY Reservations: +90 212 663 63 63
Domestic flights: +90 212 663 63 00
International flights: +90 212 663 63 00
Cargo Reservation: +90-212 663 63 00