How to Reach Istanbul
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Travel to Istanbul
The major Turkish city, Istanbul, is unique not only because of its literally age-old history, but also because of where it is situated. Istanbul location spreads evenly over two continents – Asia and Europe, with the Bosphorus Strait in between. The European side of Istanbul is much more popular as a tourist haunt than the Asian side. So, let’s find out how to reach Istanbul.
Istanbul has two airports. The main one is called Istanbul Ataturk Airport, which is located 24 km west of the city centre towards the Europe side. Ataturk has always been one of the busiest airports of Europe, being located at an important geographical junction. To relieve Ataturk from being overloaded with international traffic, Sabiha Gokcen Airport was opened in 2001 towards the southeast, in the Asian side. Flights to Istanbul from India mostly go to Ataturk airport, since the other one is less used for pleasure trips and more for business or diplomatic trips. From Ataturk airport, one can take Havatas – the airport shuttle service that leave every half an hour, or take the subway to Taksim Station where most of the hotels are changing cars at Otogar Station. The easiest but not so cheap option would be taking a cab. Depending on the time of the day and traffic, it should take you 30 minutes and cost you 50 TRY.
In case, you are flying from Asia, and want to know how to reach Istanbul from India, then, there is only one direct flight operating between India and Turkey, i.e. Turkish airlines that provides flights from Mumbai and Delhi. However, you can also board plane from other international airports like Etihad Airways, Oman Air and more, which have connecting flights to Istanbul.
The only company to have direct tickets from India to Istanbul is Turkish Airlines. There are two flights per day on every day of the week operated by Turkish airlines, one from Delhi and another from Mumbai. India to Istanbul flight duration for both the routes is 7 hours 5 minutes, which is the fastest one can travel between India and Turkey. If you do not live in Delhi or Mumbai, then there are connecting flights run by carriers like Emirates, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and Etihad with reasonable flight duration. To get cheap flights to Istanbul from India, travel during the off seasons when there is lesser crowd. In case you are on a larger trip and are in any part of Western Europe, then there are more than one daily nonstop flight to Istanbul from cities like Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Lisbon and more.
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Sankalp's 8 days trip to IstanbulVery well managed and quality services provided. I am frequent user of travel triangle and as always the services are up to mark.
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Bhavna's 6 days trip to IstanbulWhile going across through the holiday blogs we were attracted to some of the most surreal pictures of Turkey and thats when we decided to plan our next holiday to Turkey rather than going to the usual holiday destinations closer to India. We explored the beautiful cities of Istanbul and Cappadocia and the experience was beyond words. The travel agent SVS Travels shortlisted through Traveltriangle made sure we had a smooth and hasslefree holiday which infact turned out to be as things were all well planned and well coordinated as soon as we landed in Turkey. Right from the hotel arrangements to the daily tours, everything was well planned and details were shared in advance without any followup or reminders. Though we couldn't do the hot air balloon due to weather conditions but instead the travel agent made sure we experience the ATV ride which was also quite adventurous. Great work Santosh and team and Ria traveltriangle partner.
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Rohan's 8 days trip to IstanbulIt was suppose to be Honeymoon, but after spending INR 2.2 Lakhs didn't get Honeymoon experience in Hotels. I was expecting to be lil special for honeymoon couples but they (Agent & Hotel) had to be told. The bed in Cappadocia Suite hotel were twin beds with no drinking water initial given. Also the experience was more sort of travel but not as special for Honeymoon from Travel Triangle/Vendors - Dorganizerscom Pammukale, Efes City and Cappadocia trip.
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March-April and September-October is the best time to visit Istanbul. June-August is too hot and crowded, while the winter months get a lot of rainfall.
Turkish Lira or TRY is the official currency of Turkey. It comes in notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.
The Marmaray Commuter Rail is the most commonly used transportation to travel across Bosphorus from Asia to Europe and vice-versa. There are cruisers and Catamaran ferries as well, if you want to travel above the water surface.
For a packed itinerary 3-5 days is enough to see the prime attractions of Istanbul. If you want a more relaxed vacation, take a week off.
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