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Travel to Istanbul

Istanbul is ranked as the world's most popular travel destination

Its strategic location between Europe and Asia, multiple international airports, wide range of hotels and vibrant centre makes Istanbul the favourite destination of many business travelers.

Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Istanbul's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it also one of the largest in Europe and the world.

Most planes arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IATA: IST), 20 km west of the city centre. From the airport, there are various options for getting into Istanbul:

  • By taxi it's about 35-40 TL to Taksim. There is no longer a night fare in Istanbul - the price is the same at midnight or midday. About the same to Sultanahmet),
  • By the express bus service run by the local airport service called "Havataş" which departs half-hourly between 4AM-midnight and costs 10 TL to Taksim and Aksaray,
  • By public bus (line #96T) run by İETT costing 5 TL(3.5 with İstanbulKart), which has fewer departure times now, due to Havatas, which is also a municipality engaged bus service.

Istanbul also has a second airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW), located in the Anatolian side of the city.

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Visa Information

Some foreigners travelling to Istanbul may need a tourist visas. Apply and pay for your visa the via the e-Visa system . Remember to print it before you travel to avoid queues on arrival. If you are unsure about whether you need a visa click here to check. 

If you need a Visa letter, please make use of our Visa Application Generator by clicking here, which will aid your visa application. 

If you need a Visa Invitation, please download it by clicking here

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Travel Arrangements

Istanbul has over 60,000 guestrooms and hundreds of hotels to choose from. If you need help with accomodation arrangements, our official travel agency Casali Tour are ready to help.

For information regarding hotel rates in Istanbul, please download Casali Tour's price list here (please note this is an indicator and subject to change; prices may vary).