What to take care of when traveling to Istanbul?
Are you thinking about traveling to Istanbul or your trip is coming up very soon? Then you are at the right place! Here is a lot of valuable information that will simplify your Istanbul vacation and make it an unforgettable experience. As beautiful as Istanbul is, it must also be said that it can become a big challenge for tourists if certain things are not regulated. Do you know how to get from the airport to the city center, when is the best time to travel, and how to use public transportation in the city? Here are answers to all these questions and much much more information!
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Getting around in Istanbul for first-time visitors
The best month to travel to Istanbul depends on your expectations. We recommend avoiding Istanbul during the high season between June and August as well as in the cold winter months between December and February. April-May has pleasant temperatures, the city starts to blossom and it is sunny but not as hot as in summer. Also, September-October is a good time to visit Istanbul with mild weather, less precipitation than in November, romantic autumn views, and pleasant walking with light jackets
There are many means of transportation from Istanbul Airport. Taxis, private shuttle busses, and public transportation is running between Istanbul Airport and the frequently visited destinations. Read here more about how to go from the airport to Taksim or Sultanahmet with the shuttle bus.
The easiest way to go to the city center from Sabiha Gökcen Airport in Istanbul is by using a taxi. There are also possibilities to use the newly opened metro line to Kadiköy or the Havabus shuttle bus to Taksim. Read here more about transportation from the airport.
The most popular areas to stay for tourists are among others Sultanahmet, Taksim, Galata, Sirkeci, and Ortaköy. Tourists and locals like these places for their hospitality, connection to famous sights, and the variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes in the area. Read more about the top 5 places in Istanbul to stay for first-time visitors.
There are many hotels throughout the city that will welcome you with traditional Turkish hospitality. The most important factors for choosing a hotel in Istanbul are the location and the connection to public transport. Istanbul is known for traffic jams all day long, therefore pay attention to a good connection to the top sights and public transport. Istanbul is also a demanding city, a comfortable room will be essential for rest between adventurous days. Take a look at the guide about the best places to stay in Istanbul and the best-rated hotels in Istanbul.
For first-time visitors, the historical sights, like the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar, and Maiden’s Tower as well as popular districts like Taksim, Balat, Galata, Ortaköy, and Sultanahmet should be high on the list. Read more about the top things to do during your trip to Istanbul.
Public transport and transportation in Istanbul
- Airport Shuttle
- Private Transfer
Please note that you will need Turkish currency or a pre-paid Istanbul card for many means of transportation. Learn more about public transportation, how to use it, and everything about airport transfers!