Finding your way around

By Plane
Ataturk International Airport (Atatürk Hava Limani) is located 25km west of downtown Istanbul (tel. 212.663.64.00, and 200m from the Iç Hatlar domestic terminal.

By Bus
The buses that travel the international roads and between the country’s various cities pass through the International Istanbul Bus Station (Uluslararasi Istanbul Otogari, tel. 212.658.05.05).

By Train
Visitors travelling to Istanbul by train from European destinations arrive at Sirkeci Station (Istasyon Caddesi Eminönü, tel. 212.520.65.75), while those arriving from Asian and Middle Eastern destinations pass through Haydarpasa Station (Haydarpasa Istasyon Caddesi Kadiköy, tel. 216.336.44.70).

By Public Transportation
Istanbul offers a wide selection of public transportation (bus, metro, tramway and ferry); however, the bus remains the least expensive. The sign on the front left-hand side of the buses shows where they are headed. The Dolmus is a minibus that only leaves its departure point when it is full (dolmus means “full” in Turkish).

By Taxi
Istanbul’s relatively affordable taxis are yellow, like in New York. They offer the most convenient way to travel throughout the city. Make sure you set a price for your ride before you even set foot in a taxi, and remember that daytime and nighttime rates differ.