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Getting to Istanbul/Turkey....

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By Air...

The most modern, easiest and colourful gateway to istanbul which has always been a mosaic of cultures throughout history is Atatürk Airport international terminal. this building which was built in a very short time but with state-of-the-art technology is ready to welcome you with its large array of shopping areas and experienced personnel.

Ataturk Airport is located in Yesilkoy, on the European side of Istanbul. It is 28 kilometers to the city center (Sirkeci) and only 4 - 4 ½ kilometers from the sea.

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By Rail...

In Istanbul there are two railway stations, Sirkeci station, is also known as the last stop of Orient express. Trains bound for Thessaloniki, Athens, Sofia, Belgrade, Bucharest and Budapest (with transfers to Munich and Vienna) leave from Sirkeci. Trains for Turkish destinations, Iran and Syria leave from Haydarpasa Station on the asian side.

There are trains to Istanbul from the following destinations, From Europe; Kishinev (Mol), Budapest (Hun), Beograd (Ser), Bucharest (Rom), Athens, Thessalonica (Gre) and Sofia (Bul); From Middle East; Tehran, Tebriz (Irn), Aleppo (Syr) and Baghdad (Irq). Baghdad line is temporarily closed.

There are connections from Cologne to Istanbul on the "Istanbul Express", which also carries cars from several other European cities. There is a weekly sleeper from Moscow. InterRail tickets are available in the European part of Turkey as far as Istanbul.

By Road...

Istanbul has a quiet big bus terminal, "International Istanbul Intercity Bus Terminal", is at Esenler. (10 Km to Sultanahmed). With 168 ticket offices and gates, its own Metro station, shops, restaurants, police station, clinic and mosque, the Esenler Otogar is virtually a town in itself. . Almost all international buses first visit the Bus terminal. There are regular Coach (Bus) services between Turkey and Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldovia and Switzerland as well as Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

Buses from Europe are following the Greece and Bulgaria routes mainly. The two main routes are like this; Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria - Turkey and Germany, Italy, Ferry to Greece - Turkey.

International Istanbul intercity Bus terminal tel: +90-212 658 05 05 - 658 10 10
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