Travel to Istanbul
Spreading across two continents, the city of Istanbul is globally reckoned for its geographic location and unique character. Historically known as the Constantinople, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city in the world. Istanbul offers ample opportunities to tourists to see and do in the city. The city is home to some of the important historic buildings and exciting art galleries along with magnificent museums, which leave the visitors awe-struck.
To witness the charming beauty of this city, tourists can travel to Istanbul from different cities across the world by means of air, rail and road. Vacationers travelling to Istanbul from distant countries often prefer air transportation as it is convenient and time-saving. For tourists coming from nearby cities and towns, trains and buses are more convenient and pocket-friendly travelling option.
Istanbul is well-served by two airports, namely Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Most of the flights, including the official carrier Turkish Airlines, land at the city’s main airport, the Ataturk International Airport. All the charter flights and European low cost carriers operate from the Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Tourists can find several transportation modes such as metro, tram, airport bus, city bus, taxi, shuttle van and private vehicles to travel to city centre from the major international airport. Special Havas service buses also operate from the airport to Taksim, stopping en route at Pendik, Bostanci, Kadikoy and Harem. The bus takes around 40 minutes to reach Taksim from the airport.
Some of the flights operating from various countries are directly connected to the city, while few flights stopover at one or two places en route. Travellers taking an indirect flight can travel to Istanbul via Ankara, the capital of Turkey. There are several trains and buses, which operate from Ankara to the city of Istanbul. This ancient city is connected to different cities in Europe and Asia, including the capital city Ankara, by excellent railway network. Trains to Istanbul stop at either of the two railway stations, namely Istanbul (Sirkeci) Gari and Haydarpasa Gari.
Tourists travelling to Istanbul from short distances can opt for buses, with the journey ending at one of the three intercity bus terminals. Istanbul International Bus Terminal (Buyuk Otogar), Emniyet Garaji and Harem Otogar are the names of the intercity bus terminals of this historic city. From these bus terminals, tourist can choose from various public transportation modes like IETT buses, taxis, trams and metro trains to reach central Istanbul.