İstanbul, which is a bridge connecting East and West with Asia and Europe, is one of the oldest and richest cities in the world.İstanbul, which has been the capital of three major empires, including the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires at different times, has a very rich historical-cultural structure.
İstanbul, which is a bridge connecting Europe and Asia, is an important city among religions and includes important places of worship belonging to different religions.İstanbul with ease of transportation, rich history, tens of activity choices, fairs, art festivals, dining and nightlife, hosts visitors 12 months a year and it is also Turkey’s largest and most populous city. There are historical buildings, historical monuments, mosques, churches, parks, museums, pavilions and palaces to be seen in İstanbul with its rich historical and cultural texture.
It is recommended that those who want to visit İstanbul should spend at least one week and learn about the places they want to visit in order to make their visits more colourful.
Distances to Istanbul:
How to get to İstanbul?
Turkey’s most populous province, İstanbul many transportation options which makes it really easy to go there. Domestic and direct flights from abroad, direct bus and train rides from all over Turkey and ferry transport directly from some cities are organized.
Transportation to İstanbul by plane:
Transportation to İstanbul by plane is provided through İstanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport, which are open to domestic and international flights
Transportation to İstanbul by land:
Buses are another means of transportation preferred by those who do not prefer to reach İstanbul by plane. Every day from every corner of Turkey, more than 200 bus companies serve those who want to go to İstanbul. For those coming to İstanbul by bus, the companies they come to have free shuttles into the city.
Transportation to İstanbul by train:
Another way to reach İstanbul is by trains. Trains and fast trains depart daily to İstanbul from numerous places of Turkey Those who want to go to İstanbul from different points are advised to buy their tickets in advance.
Transportation to İstanbul by sea:
There are sea buses to İstanbul from some cities and settlements around İstanbul. Bandırma, Yalova, Bursa, Avşa and Marmara Island are among the points where sea bus services are organized. Ferries with cars are also available for sea transportation. Those who wish to come to İstanbul by sea are advised to buy their tickets on the İstanbul sea bus website in advance.
İstanbul city transport:
In İstanbul, city transportation is provided by public transportation (by bus, metrobus, minibus and taxis), rail system (train, tram and metro), while transportation between Asia and Europe and the Princes’ Islands is provided by ferry services. The minibuses and buses that are used in İstanbul city transportation start at 05:30 in the morning Trams and metro start at 06:00 in the morning and the metro buses run 24 hours a day.
How to get to İstanbul from airports
Transportation to İstanbul’s airports is provided by metro, airbus buses and taxis. Transportation to Sabiha Gökçen Airport is provided after an approximately 1-hour journey by Havabus and airport buses that depart regularly from Kadıköy and Taksim. The first trip of Havabus and Airport buses start at 04:15 and the ends at 01:00. Bus numbers for those who want to go to Sabiha Gokcen airport by municipal buses include E3-E9-E10-E11-130H-122H-132H.
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