Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural and historical center. The population of almost 15 million lives in Istanbul's vast area of 5,343 square kilometers. Istanbul is situated at the Bosphorus – one of the world's busiest waterways – in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives on the Asian side. Tourist information can be found here
The today currency between TL and Euro is 1€ = 6.5 Turkish Lira (TL) (it is not stable, it will be updated before the meeting).
Please don't change your money in the airport exchange office, use bank ATM or bank office in the airport.
It is strongly recommended to use always Turkish Lira (TL) for taxi, restaurant, etc...
There are two airports in the Istanbul which are called Sabiha Gökçen Airport and İstanbul Airport. You can find the information about the airports in the below.
All taxis are official in Turkey. You can find three three types of taxi (yellow, turquoise and black). Yellow cap is the cheapest option. For example turquoise one is 15% expensive than yellow one. Black one is the most expensive one.
The meeting will take place at the Marmara University SultanAhmet Campus
We will organize guest access for internet.
Tram line T1 is the closest public transportation to the university. Go out Sultanahmet stop.
From Sultanahmet region Hotels to the university:
In brief, the university is maximumly 10-15 minutes tram line T1 ride or walk.
Public Transport in Istanbul
The city has a decent bus network, provided by the IETT. You can find route/station search and route planner link for bus/metro/ferry/train in the web or on android/apple applications. All public transportation can be paid by Istanbul Card. You can buy it from vending machines on metro/bus/ferry stops or small kiosk, where you can also refill it. It costs 6 TL (~ 1 €).
The regular cost is 2.60 TL (~ 0.40 €) per ride (no time limit and not including bus/metro/ferry changes). The price increases/decreases by distance and type of transportation.
Google maps does a good job with public transport.
Getting from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport to Sultanahmet Region
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is in Asian part. You can find cheap flights from Europe to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport by Pegasus Airlines. Also Turkish Airlines has flights from Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Option 1: Take the public bus
- From Sabiha Gökçen to Kadiköy bus line E10 (nonstop- every one hour) and then take a ferry from Kadiköy to Eminönü then take a tram line T1 and go out Sultanahmet stop. It is 5 minutes walk to the university. Taxi price from Kadiköy to the university is around 75 TL (~ 12 Euros)
Option 2: With HAVABUS Shuttles you can travel to and from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, to Kadıköy and Taksim.
The shuttles are white colored and parked in front of the arrivals terminal building, at exit level, ready to take you to Kadıköy for a fee of 10 TL. Kadıköy departure point is the pier. Shuttles work between 03:30 am and 01:00 am hours. You can find the information how to reach the university on the above.
From Taksim to Karaköy take the Funicular line F1 the take a tram line T1 and go out Sultanahmet stop. It is 5 minutes walk to the university. Taxi price from Taksim to the university is around 35 TL (~ 6 Euros)
Option 3: Take a taxi. Taxi price from airport to the university is around 115 TL (~ 20 Euros)
Getting from Istanbul International Airport to Tuzla
Option 1: From Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet/Eminönü: Havaist. Havaist, IETT and Istanbul Seyahat offer services to passengers who are looking to access Istanbul Airport via public transportation. Havaist carries out luxury passenger and luggage transportation services on 20 different lines, 65 stations and 150 buses. Ensuring full time city integration from Istanbul Airport.
Option 2: Take a taxi. Taxi price from airport to the university is around 120 TL (~ 20 Euros)
Please don't use private transportation!!! It will be very expensive to go to Sultanahmet by private transportation!!!