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While you plan your visit to Turkey, you may need some beneficial, life-saving tips. It is always wise to have these information before you arrive.

If you know where to go, what to look for and where to call before your travel to Turkey, you can both save more time for exploring the city and save the day.

You can scroll down to start exploring or go to the exact title via the slide show above. 

Gift Ideas

Don't forget your family and friends

While you are visiting the most popular places in Istanbul, you can also find the perfect gift for your beloved ones... Here are some useful tips for your perfect gift!

  1. Good Luck Eye

  2. Handmade Jewelry

  3. Turkish Coffee and Coffee Mugs

  4. Sun-Dried Fruits

  5. Turkish Delight & Baklava

  6. Magnets (Galata Tower, Maiden's Tower, Bosphorus Bridge, etc.)

  7. Backgammon Sets

  8. Traditional/Handmade Carpets and Rugs

  9. Hookah Set

  10. Turkish Bath Set (with towel and soap)

  11. Notebooks with Istanbul Pictures on Them

You can also visit our Blog to learn more about The Places For The Perfect Gifts In Istanbul.

Emergency Numbers

In case of an emergency...

We hope you will never need those numbers but if you want to write them to your notebook or somewhere in a place that is easy to reach, here are Turkey's top emergency numbers.

  • The Police Department: ​155

  • Emergency Medical Service (Ambulance): 112

  • The Fire Department: 110

  • Foreigners Contact Center: 157

Transportation Tips

Transportation Tips in Istanbul

Istanbul, as a megacity, has a lot of different transportation options. You may need to use different means of transportation at different hours of the day and at different days of the week. For this reason, we have prepared a transportation plan including traffic tips for you. Have a nice trip!


  • Bus​: There are many bus lines to almost every part of the city. You can search and create a route via the webpage of IETT - Istanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel General Management (

  • Metro: Istanbul's metro network is also a good option if you want to get rid of the traffic. There is plenty of lines that you can use to arrive almost all tourist attraction points.  You can also use the visit metro Istanbul webpage (

  • Metro-bus: This is an alternative transportation method to bus and metro lines if you want to cross to the opposite side of Istanbul as soon as possible. (

  • Tramway: There are not many tramway lines in Istanbul but if you want to take a nostalgic trip with an old cable car, you can visit Taksim or Moda parts of Istanbul. Also, you can search for the tramway lines via the same webpage. ( If you want to learn more about nostalgic tramways you can also visit

  • Tunnel: Istanbul has the world's second subway in Taksim Tunel. You can learn more about lines and history of the tunnel here &

  • Train: Istanbul has also a train line called Marmaray which is connected to the High-Speed Train from Istanbul to Ankara and Eskisehir. You can learn more about from webpages below (

  • City Line Ferry: There are also many ferry lines connects two continents and helps to decrease pressure of traffic. You can enjoy the beauty of the city while you travel via city line ferries. For more information 

  • Taxi: Istanbul is full of taxi cars that you can always choose as a transportation method in the city.  Just raise your hand and take one!

  • Private Rental Car: There are lots of car rental companies in the city. Here is a reliable company that you can rent a private car easily ...

Tastes of Istanbul

Unique Tastes of The City

Are you ready to discover local tastes prepared with thousands of years of experience? If your answer is yes, get ready for a colorful feast!

Here is a list of Turkish tastes that you must try.

  • Turkish Delight

  • Spice Feast

  • King of Sweets: Baklava

  • Stuffed Mussels

  • Turkish Coffee/Tea

  • Baked Potato

  • Kokorec (Grilled Sheep's Intestines)

  • Simit

You can also visit our Blog to learn more about the tastes of Istanbul, Turkey.

Airport Transportation

Airport Transportation

There are two airports in Istanbul.  Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is located in the Anatolian (Asian) side and Istanbul Airport (IST) is located on the European side of the city.

There are many public bus lines and semi-private bus lines to both airports.


City Buses

There are many public bus lines from many different parts of Istanbul.Also, semi-private buses has lots of lines with several stops (HavaIst - Istanbul Airport-IST, Havabus - Sabiha Gokcen Airport-SAW.

You can find out more about the city bus lines on


You can also take a taxi to arrive at the airports or your hotel. Please note that it will cost around 4 Turkish Liras per km.


Metro (under construction)

In the future, you will be able to use Metro lines as the way of transportation to both airports.

Carpets and Rugs

A Colorful World: Turkish Carpets and Rugs

Throughout history, Turkish people are good at weaving carpets and rugs.

Rugs can be used at homes as floor coverings, blankets, tablecloths, and decorations (on the wall). 



According to scientific researches, "rug weaving must have originated in the dry steppe regions where the nomadic tribes lived. Central Asia was a suitable location for the first rug-weaving center because of the availability of land for herding sheep and because of the climate of the region."



You can find 100% hand-made carpets and rugs in the market. In Istanbul, there are several different shops but if you want to buy the most original and high-quality, colorful, hand-made rugs and carpets, you are highly recommended to visit Onur Rug Store in Sultanahmet. 

Shopping Malls


Shopping Malls 

There are lots of shopping malls in Istanbul. Every mall has its own style and price scale. Here is a list of malls on both sides of Istanbul.

European Side

  • Cevahir Shopping Mall (Mecidiyekoy)

  • Kanyon Shopping Mall (Levent)

  • Istinye Park (Istinye)

  • Zorlu Center (Besiktas)

  • Ozdilek Shopping Center (Levent)

  • City's Nisantasi (Sisli)

  • Mall of Istanbul (Basaksehir)

  • Forum Istanbul (Bayrampasa)

Anatolian Side

  • Emaar Squere Mall (Uskudar)

  • Akasya Shopping Mall (Uskudar)

  • Palladium (Atasehir)

  • Capitol Shopping Center (Uskudar)

  • Viaport Asia Shopping Center (Pendik, Near Sabiha Gokcen Airport)

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