Welcome to our exclusive Istanbul guide for IGEXX attendees!

Explore the rich history, stunning landmarks, and vibrant culture of this magnificent city. From the iconic Hagia Sophia to the bustling Grand Bazaar, discover the best of Istanbul while you’re here for IGEXX. Let this guide enhance your visit with top recommendations and insider tips to make your experience unforgettable.

Transportation Information

Flights to Istanbul: Istanbul has two major international airports: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW). There are direct flights to these airports from all around the world.

Information Sources: For flight information, you can visit the official websites of Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Transportation from the Airport to the City Center

Metro: You can reach the city center from Istanbul Airport (via M2 metro line to Yenikapı) and from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Pendik (via M4 metro line).

Bus: Airport shuttle buses (Havaist and IETT) run regular services to the city center.

Taxi: Taxis located at the airport exits can easily take you to the city center.

Private Transfer Services: Airport transfer services can be booked in advance.

Urban Transportation

Metro: Istanbul has an extensive metro network (lines M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M9).

Tram: T1 (Bağcılar-Kabataş) and T3 (Kadıköy-Moda) tram lines are popular.

Ferry: City lines and private ferries provide transportation to the Bosphorus and the Islands.

Ticket Systems: Istanbulkart is an electronic ticket system used in all public transport. Istanbulkart can be obtained from vending machines at airports, metro, and bus stations, as well as many markets.


Luxury Hotels: Hotels with Bosphorus views, hotels in the Historical Peninsula, and modern city hotels in areas like Şişli and Beşiktaş.

Mid-Range Hotels: Affordable and centrally located hotels are available in Taksim, Şişli, and Kadıköy areas.

Budget Accommodation: Boutique hotels and hostels in Beyoğlu, Galata, and Kadıköy offer affordable and safe accommodation options.

Turkish Cuisine

Kebab Restaurants: Traditional kebabs and mezes are staples of Turkish cuisine.

Fish Restaurants: You can easily find places offering fresh seafood by the Bosphorus.

Lokantas: Numerous places to visit for home-cooked meals and traditional Turkish cuisine.

International Cuisine

You can find various international cuisine options like Italian, French, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants all around Istanbul.

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Traditional Shopping Places

Grand Bazaar

Ideal for shopping for carpets, jewelry, antiques, and souvenirs.

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Spice Bazaar

For spices, Turkish delight, and other traditional Turkish products.

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Modern Shopping Malls

Istinye Park, Zorlu Center, Kanyon

Modern shopping centers with luxury brands.

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Bağdat Street, Istiklal Street

Popular shopping streets.

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Language and Communication

Basic Turkish Phrases

  • Merhaba: Hello
  • Teşekkür ederim: Thank you
  • Lütfen: Please
  • Nasılsınız?: How are you?
  • Evet / Hayır: Yes / No
  • Günaydın: Good morning!
  • Anlamıyorum: I don’t understand.

Places Where English is Spoken

English is widely spoken in tourist areas and major hotels.

Practical Information

Basic Information

  • Electric Outlets: European type plugs (220V, 50Hz).
  • Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY).
  • Time Zone: GMT+3.

Currency Exchange Offices

Currency exchange offices can be found at airports, large shopping centers, and tourist areas.

Emergency Numbers

112: Emergency call center.