We are still gathering practical infos for your stay in Istanbul …
In general hotels are not really cheap and the once close to the venues usually all easily booked. Airbnb is a nice alternative for finding apartments or rooms, booking.com has sometimes really cheap specials. Hotels recommended by friends and festivals in Istanbul are Londra Hotel, Vardar Palace, Hotel Troya, Subkarakoy, Hotel Au Pera. We are still talking …..
Eating and Dining – coming soon!
Surviving Istanbul … Istanbul 101
Some useful information:
You are allowed to buy things at the Duty Free shop on arrival, e.g. 3 boxes of cigarettes. The Duty Free in Istanbul is in general cheaper than the ones in Western Europe.
Citizens of some countries are required to obtain a visa before arrival. You can find the most updated visa information on the website www.mfa.gov.tr/mfa
Turkey is 2 (two) hours ahead of GMT.
The electric current is 220V AC with a frequency of 50 Hertz. European standard plugs with two round pins are used.
Turkish Telecom Inc. is the only telecom service provider. Turkey has 3 GSM operators (Avea, Vodafone, Turkcell). Please consult to your local GSM operator to find out if they have a roaming agreement with Turkish Operators. The cheaper way is to buy a Turkish SIM card (prepaid card) for your mobile phone, and then recharge it regularly.
Transportation From the Airport to the Hotel
Havataş shuttle buses frequently travel between the airports and Taksim. The shuttles from Ataturk Airport (European side) to Taksim cost 10TL and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (Asian Side) to Taksim cost 13TL and take off every half an hour. (www.havatas.com.tr)