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    • Yesilyurt & Istanbul Kart

      Istanbul May 13, 2015 at 6:34 AM

      I'll be staying one night near the airport and want to visit a lighthouse near the waterfront that looks to be near a train stop named "Yesilyurt." Is there a commuter train stop there? If so, where would I have to go to get on it, either coming from Sultanahmet area, or from the airport? Do I need a separate ticket for that, or will the Istanbul Kart cover that?
      Is there a bus that goes close to there? I didn't have much luck with the ulism (spelling?) web site in determining how to get there.

      In terms of taking the train or metro across to Asia, is that covered by the Kart? I know ferries aren't but wasn't sure about Marmaray line, which might be different from the metro and trams.

      Finally, is it possible to buy the Istanbul Kart with a credit card? I know you have to go to certain stations to get one (can't get one at just any tram stop) but what I'm not sure about is exactly how to purchase one. For example, at the Eminonu location, will it be obvious as to where I go to purchase it? Are they just available from machines or is there a real person there to help me if needed? Do they take credit cards?

      Thanks.

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    • How get to the Pamuk Museum?

      Istanbul May 16, 2015 at 2:55 AM

      Hello everybody!
      I really love Orhan Pamuk books and at this holiday I will be in Istanbul. I find on youtube that film (eng subtitles):

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxp8M42pcYE

      My question is how can I get here from Taksim square?

      Regards ;)

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      Buses Terminal at Taksim Square

      Istanbul May 14, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      The buses was used to be at taksim square next to gezi park, but after the renovation of the square they said that it was moved under the square. but there is only a high way downside and no bus stops like eminonu or the previous one next to the square ... Any answers ?

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    • security situation - 01 may 15

      Istanbul May 1, 2015 at 5:49 AM

      I am scheduled to land at ata turk istanbul on 02 may along with my family. Later in evening we would take a bus to Cappadocia. I just saw on TV that mass riots / protest are being held in taksim square and situation doesn't look good as per TV. 10,000 policemen have been deployed. any local turkish resident to please apprise about the situation. i really wanna visit....

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      One day in Istanbul

      Istanbul May 7, 2015 at 8:16 AM

      Hi I have a full day in Istanbul before flying out to Tbilisi and want to make the most of it.

      What should I do and where should I go? Is is easy to get to and from Ataturk Airport?

      Thanks

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      Best place to buy a Kilim?

      Istanbul May 6, 2015 at 12:25 AM

      Hi will be in Istanbul in few weeks. Any suggestion on where to find a good/authentic Kilim? I am looking for a typical hallway size around 3x5. Nothing exorbitant.

      Thanks in advance.

      BTW welcome any tips on how to make most of 3 days :)

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    • Gift for someone traveling to Istanbul (from US)

      Istanbul May 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      Hi -

      A family friend will be traveling to Istanbul in a few days with his family. His birthday will occur during his travels. Was trying to think of something fun that he would have to do in Istanbul - was thinking of Turkish currency but read that it's best to just use card/ATM while there.

      Any thoughts/suggestions of what could maybe be something fun for his family while there?

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      From cruise terminal to international airport

      Istanbul May 12, 2015 at 1:20 AM

      I shall be arriving in Istanbul on 12 June by Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas. I have only one suitcase although there are the 2 of us travelling. My husband is not so mobile but he can walk very slowly so we intend to take the public transport back to Attaturk airport.
      From surfing the internet,I understand that the old cruise terminal is no longer in use and I will be leaving from Salıpazarı docks. From there , I read that the nearest tram station is Tophanes and i change to Zeytinburnu and there change to a metro to the airport.
      Please could you tell me if what I have written above is correct and
      1) How far is the dock from Tophanes? I heard 10 min. (I assume for a healthy mobile person) but in terms of distance?
      2) I do not think I need an Istanbulkart as I am only going straight to the airport. How do I buy my tokens from Tophane tram stop and how much will it cost to get to Zeytinburnu per person?
      3) Do I buy the next stretch from Zeytinburnu to the airport? And how much? Or can I buy a ticket that will get me straight from Tophane to the airport?
      Thank you very much.

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    • Gift for someone traveling to Istanbul (from US)

      Istanbul May 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      Hi -

      A family friend will be traveling to Istanbul in a few days with his family. His birthday will occur during his travels. Was trying to think of something fun that he would have to do in Istanbul - was thinking of Turkish currency but read that it's best to just use card/ATM while there.

      Any thoughts/suggestions of what could maybe be something fun for his family while there?

      10 Answers May 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM
    • How get to the Pamuk Museum?

      Istanbul May 16, 2015 at 2:55 AM

      Hello everybody!
      I really love Orhan Pamuk books and at this holiday I will be in Istanbul. I find on youtube that film (eng subtitles):

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxp8M42pcYE

      My question is how can I get here from Taksim square?

      Regards ;)

      3 Answers May 19, 2015 at 9:38 AM
    • Zah's Profile Photo

      Buses Terminal at Taksim Square

      Istanbul May 14, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      The buses was used to be at taksim square next to gezi park, but after the renovation of the square they said that it was moved under the square. but there is only a high way downside and no bus stops like eminonu or the previous one next to the square ... Any answers ?

      3 Answers May 15, 2015 at 5:51 PM
    • Yesilyurt & Istanbul Kart

      Istanbul May 13, 2015 at 6:34 AM

      I'll be staying one night near the airport and want to visit a lighthouse near the waterfront that looks to be near a train stop named "Yesilyurt." Is there a commuter train stop there? If so, where would I have to go to get on it, either coming from Sultanahmet area, or from the airport? Do I need a separate ticket for that, or will the Istanbul Kart cover that?
      Is there a bus that goes close to there? I didn't have much luck with the ulism (spelling?) web site in determining how to get there.

      In terms of taking the train or metro across to Asia, is that covered by the Kart? I know ferries aren't but wasn't sure about Marmaray line, which might be different from the metro and trams.

      Finally, is it possible to buy the Istanbul Kart with a credit card? I know you have to go to certain stations to get one (can't get one at just any tram stop) but what I'm not sure about is exactly how to purchase one. For example, at the Eminonu location, will it be obvious as to where I go to purchase it? Are they just available from machines or is there a real person there to help me if needed? Do they take credit cards?

      Thanks.

      1 Answer May 13, 2015 at 8:43 AM
    • pepemorris11's Profile Photo

      From cruise terminal to international airport

      Istanbul May 12, 2015 at 1:20 AM

      I shall be arriving in Istanbul on 12 June by Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas. I have only one suitcase although there are the 2 of us travelling. My husband is not so mobile but he can walk very slowly so we intend to take the public transport back to Attaturk airport.
      From surfing the internet,I understand that the old cruise terminal is no longer in use and I will be leaving from Salıpazarı docks. From there , I read that the nearest tram station is Tophanes and i change to Zeytinburnu and there change to a metro to the airport.
      Please could you tell me if what I have written above is correct and
      1) How far is the dock from Tophanes? I heard 10 min. (I assume for a healthy mobile person) but in terms of distance?
      2) I do not think I need an Istanbulkart as I am only going straight to the airport. How do I buy my tokens from Tophane tram stop and how much will it cost to get to Zeytinburnu per person?
      3) Do I buy the next stretch from Zeytinburnu to the airport? And how much? Or can I buy a ticket that will get me straight from Tophane to the airport?
      Thank you very much.

      10 Answers May 14, 2015 at 4:03 AM
    • robertopele's Profile Photo

      One day in Istanbul

      Istanbul May 7, 2015 at 8:16 AM

      Hi I have a full day in Istanbul before flying out to Tbilisi and want to make the most of it.

      What should I do and where should I go? Is is easy to get to and from Ataturk Airport?

      Thanks

      8 Answers May 19, 2015 at 2:06 AM
    • Gorkhali's Profile Photo

      Best place to buy a Kilim?

      Istanbul May 6, 2015 at 12:25 AM

      Hi will be in Istanbul in few weeks. Any suggestion on where to find a good/authentic Kilim? I am looking for a typical hallway size around 3x5. Nothing exorbitant.

      Thanks in advance.

      BTW welcome any tips on how to make most of 3 days :)

      7 Answers May 12, 2015 at 12:18 AM
    • security situation - 01 may 15

      Istanbul May 1, 2015 at 5:49 AM

      I am scheduled to land at ata turk istanbul on 02 may along with my family. Later in evening we would take a bus to Cappadocia. I just saw on TV that mass riots / protest are being held in taksim square and situation doesn't look good as per TV. 10,000 policemen have been deployed. any local turkish resident to please apprise about the situation. i really wanna visit....

      6 Answers May 1, 2015 at 1:19 PM
    • Using Miles for traveling

      Istanbul Apr 26, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      Been saving United Mileage plus miles 300K for years, in hopes of using them to travel to Turkey class, I'm a big boy. Turkish air won't accept them.

      I wonder if we can use the miles to travel is a major European city miles for business class, then purchase another flight to Istanbul.

      Any thoughts? Advise?

      6 Answers Apr 27, 2015 at 7:00 AM
    • 8 hours in Istanbul. Is my itinerary doable?

      Istanbul Apr 24, 2015 at 1:56 AM

      Hi everyone!
      Our ship arrives in Istanbul 7.30 and leaves 16.30. I definitely want to see Agia Sophia, Basilica Cinstern, Topkapi, and maybe the blue mosque and the spice bazaar. Can they fit in one day? How far are these attractions from the port? Do they open early in the morning? I'm worried about wasting time in endless queues.

      I want to get the feel of the city -in such a limited time unfortunately- by walking mostly.

      8 Answers Apr 28, 2015 at 7:38 AM
    • Bosphorus boat trip

      Istanbul Apr 23, 2015 at 7:53 AM

      Having explored Istanbul on foot for the last three days, we would like to take the highly recommended boat trip up the Bosphorus to end our stay on Saturday. The boats look very big and crowded and I am wondering if there is an alternative to the ferry that anyone can suggest? Thank you for any suggestions you may have :-)

      2 Answers Apr 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM
    • Is it safe to travel to istanbul now

      Istanbul Apr 21, 2015 at 2:37 AM

      Hi,can you please advise is it safe now to travel to Istanbul now as I am all set to come to Istanbul with my family .i heard the tensions with Syria .. Is it safe

      9 Answers Apr 25, 2015 at 3:27 AM
    • Recommendations for stay

      Istanbul Apr 19, 2015 at 8:12 AM

      My wife and I will be travelling to Istanbul for 4 nights before moving on to Spain. We will be there between May 7 and May 11. That will give us 3 full days and one half day to enjoy the area.

      Any recommendations on which area we should stay and what we must not miss and restaurants to visit? Thanks.

      12 Answers Apr 26, 2015 at 9:02 AM
    • Pendik marina

      Istanbul Apr 15, 2015 at 1:50 AM

      I have heard about pendik marina it's very beautiful .i am staying at radisson blu hotel Tuzla and planning to go there..how long is from
      Radisson Tuzla and how much taxi will cost me ..also which restaurant are good in pendik .also do I get a taxi back to hotel at night after dinner

      3 Answers Apr 15, 2015 at 2:28 AM
    • Distance from tuzla to pendik

      Pendik Apr 15, 2015 at 1:41 AM

      Hi,I will be staying in radisson hotel tuzla and want to go to pendik Marina for dinner ..how long is it from radisson hotel and how much a taxi will cost me ..also which restaurants are good there ..also do I get a taxi at night to return back from pendik to tuzla

      3 Answers Apr 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM
    • Travel to Istanbul

      Istanbul Apr 13, 2015 at 6:36 AM

      I want to go to Istanbul with my husband between 13-19 May 2015. We intend to mainly stay in Istanbul but cross to the asian side with a ferry as well. Is it safe to travel to Istanbul in May?

      12 Answers May 4, 2015 at 4:25 AM
    • Travel to Istanbul between 2nd June till 10th June 2015

      Istanbul Apr 7, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      Hi! Heard in the news that that Parliamentary Elections will be held on the 7th June 2015. I'm planning to travel to Istanbul during that period with my family. Is it safe to travel to Istanbul during that time?

      4 Answers Apr 14, 2015 at 9:51 AM
    • istambul bazaar

      Istanbul Apr 6, 2015 at 5:22 AM

      The Grand bazaar will be opening on May 1 ?? :)

      4 Answers Apr 6, 2015 at 10:23 AM
    • Grand bazar

      Istanbul Apr 6, 2015 at 5:19 AM

      Hy. The grand bazaar will be open on May 1 ??

      2 Answers Apr 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM
    • Istanbul Hop on Hop Off

      Istanbul Apr 2, 2015 at 4:20 AM

      On a cruise that will be in Istanbul for 1 day. I have been thinking about using the Hop on bus. Has anyone used it before and is it worth while. I understand there is 2 different lines, would we have time to do both lines? Any help or advice would be appreciated.

      6 Answers Apr 2, 2015 at 10:25 AM
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      Ataturk Airport to Aksaray Tram Station

      Istanbul Mar 31, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      How to reach Aksaray Tram Station from Ataturk Airport by public transport?

      Many thanks!

      3 Answers Apr 1, 2015 at 1:45 AM
    • Taxi from airport

      Istanbul Mar 30, 2015 at 11:01 AM

      Hi..I am arriving at sabiha airport next month with my wife ..my flight arriving late at night around 1220am..I staying at radisson blu hotel and spa Tuzla and my hotel advised that I have to take a taxi to go to hotel as they don't jave shuttle.is it safe to take a taxi to go to hotel as it is just 5minutes away..I am afraid that the taxi driver should not take you for a ride and what currency they except..

      20 Answers Apr 8, 2015 at 3:17 AM
    • From SAW airport Istanbul

      Istanbul Mar 25, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      We are arriving at SAW Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 7pm. What is the easiest and safest way to get to our hotel in Sultanhamet district. We do not want to take a taxi.

      2 Answers Mar 26, 2015 at 7:10 AM
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      Best Location for 1 week stay

      Istanbul Mar 19, 2015 at 6:59 AM

      Hello Folks,

      In September, I'll be visiting Istanbul with my wife, baby and two other friends. We'll be renting an apartment during our stay and I'd like to get your advice on the best location. Because we're with a baby we're a little slower and less mobile, so I'd like to stay somewhere that is beautiful (views, surroundings) and that is convenient to shops, pedestrian areas etc. Gone are the days of flopping out anywhere and ranging far and wide.

      My question is: What is the ideal place to rent an apartment for a week's stay in Istanbul?

      Thank you!

      Giampiero

      16 Answers Mar 21, 2015 at 2:58 PM
    • Bab-i Ali Gate - Sublime Porte

      Istanbul Mar 17, 2015 at 1:56 AM

      How to arrive by train from Besiktas to Fatih (Bab-i Ali Gate - Sublime Porte)?
      Thank you.

      3 Answers Mar 20, 2015 at 4:13 PM
    • Travelling alone to Istanbul

      Istanbul Mar 13, 2015 at 5:01 AM

      Hello I will be travelling to Istanbul for work alone from April 8 to April 13 2015..I have never been there and would like to hit the bars and clubs but have never done that alone..so if theres anyone travelling on similar dates..please send me a message and we can plan something up.
      27 year old guy.Also is it safe to hit the clubs alone at night?

      Thanks

      6 Answers Mar 26, 2015 at 8:45 AM
    • Non-touristy day activities.

      Istanbul Mar 8, 2015 at 11:57 AM

      So far, I;ve planned to take french class after training for 2 hours at gym in the morning. That's not enough activity. however. I want more. Any suggestions?
      It's a 2 months tour.

      20 Answers Mar 25, 2015 at 7:03 AM
    • Where is the Main Bus Terminal in Istanbul.

      Istanbul Mar 8, 2015 at 9:09 AM

      We are a senior couple who want to travel from Istanbul to Bodrum - and then on to Rhodes.
      We are staying at the Star Holiday Hotel in the Sultanahmet and will need to get to the Istanbul Otgar on that side of town. Is it affordable to get there by taxi? We will be travelling just on the night before Ramadam Wed 17th June 2015 and are wondering if that is going to affect out trip. Also I'm not sure if we can get the hotel to book the bus ticket or whether to do that on the internet.
      Any suggestions or information re bus companies etc would be greatly appreciated. I have read some of the posts on the VT website but some of them are a bit older and I am not sure if the information is still relevant.

      8 Answers Mar 13, 2015 at 1:03 PM
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      24 hour visit

      Istanbul Mar 8, 2015 at 12:37 AM

      In June I will be in Istanbul for just 24 hours, midday Wednesday to midday Thursday, between flights (Tashkent to New Zealand via Istanbul). Can anyone please recommend a comfy & safe place to stay, with easy public transport access from the airport, and a couple of interesting places to visit nearby?
      Thankyou to Nita300 for the Airport Baggage Service recommendation.
      And thankyou to all you wonderful people out there who read and respond to so many queries.
      As I plan my first travels in 2 years I look forward to both asking and answering questions

      6 Answers Apr 17, 2015 at 9:53 AM
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      Safe to walk streets in Istanbul?

      Istanbul Feb 28, 2015 at 6:31 AM

      Is it safe to walk from your hotel in the old city to the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque for example?

      14 Answers May 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM