Some useful information
The city water is not drinkable:
The tab water in Istanbul is not drinkable. You can buy any kind
of water (mineral, natural etc.) from markets or kiosks that you can find
in every corners of the city. Those waters are usually sold in plastic bottles.
In Turkey you should get used to zeros in Turkish Lira.
There are currently 3 kind of coins:
And 6 kind of banknotes:
Transportation: (The prices given below are in USD currency)
Istanbul as a metropolitan and has many alternatif ways to travel
In the city, there are two different busses. One is the public busses (I.E.T.T.
busses) and the other is the orange busses (Halk Otobusu). To get on the
public busses, you have to buy ticket (coast about 45 cents) from ticket
windows in the bus stations before taking the bus. In the orange busses
(Halk Otobusu) you have to pay the ticket price in cash to the ticket seller
in the bus. The ticket prices are same in both busses.
There are 2 kinds of tram. The modern one is running throughout the historical
Peninsula and some suburbs of the city. Tokens which you can buy in ticket
windows in the stations are used and coasts about 45 cents. The other nostalgic
one runs throughout Istiklal Street which is famous for its old buildings
and night life in Beyoglu. The ticket of public bus could also be used
for this tram.
Metro has started to run in one line only. The construction of other lines
are still going on. The line is running between Taksim Square and Levent.
Token for metro coasts about 50 cents.
Boats are the significant aspect of Istanbul. Boats are running to many points
from the ports such as Eminonu, Karakoy, Besiktas, Kadikoy, Uskudar and
so on. Before you take the boat you should get token which coasts about
Taxi (yellow cabs)
There are over 25.000 taxis in Istanbul which you will realize as soon as
you arrive. Taxis have two kind of tariffs; day time (06:00-00:00) and
night time (00:00-06:00).
Transport from the airport to the city center
On arrival at lstanbul Ataturk Airport there is a rapidly improving bus service
(HAVAS) to take you through Aksaray, where you can take tram to reach our
hotel, to Taksim Square and other central points of the city. Your second
alternative is Airport taxi to reach the city center.
Istanbul has two telephone codes:
216 is the code for the telephones for Asian side and 212 for European side.
If you want to make a phone call between two sides, you should dial 0 212 from
Asian part to European part and 0 216 from European part to the Asian part.
The dialing system and the number of digits for telephone numbers are in international
Some emergency phone numbers:
Some useful words and phrases:
How are you?: Nasilsiniz?
Goodnight: Iyi geceler
How much?: Kac para?
10000 On bin
100000 Yuz bin
1000000 Bir milyon
10000000 On milyon
1100110 Bir milyon yuz bin yuz on