Published on February 4, 2008
SOME HINTS ABOUTLIFE IN ISTANBUL: SOME HINTS ABOUT LIFE IN ISTANBUL International Student Office ISTANBUL: ISTANBUL International Student Office HAGIA SOFIA: HAGIA SOFIA International Student Office DOLMABAHCE PALACE: DOLMABAHCE PALACE International Student Office TOPKAPI PALACE AND YEREBATAN CISTERN: TOPKAPI PALACE AND YEREBATAN CISTERN International Student Office BOSPHORUS: BOSPHORUS International Student Office THE BLUE MOSQUE: THE BLUE MOSQUE International Student Office MAIDEN’S TOWER: MAIDEN’S TOWER International Student Office GRAND BAZAR AND SPICE MARKET: GRAND BAZAR AND SPICE MARKET International Student Office OTHER PICTURES: OTHER PICTURES International Student Office Working Hours and Holidays: Working Hours and Holidays Banks are open weekdays from 8:30 AM until noon or 12:30 PM, depending on the bank, and from 1:30 PM until 5.00 PM. However, there are some banks which continue to serve during lunch breaks. Museums are generally open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 AM until 5.00 PM or 5:30 PM and closed on Monday. Palaces are open at the same hours but they are closed on Thursday. Shops and bazaars are normally open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1.00 PM and from 2.00 PM to 7.00 PM, and closed all day on Sunday. But most stores in shopping malls and crowded streets are open seven days a week, including lunch breaks. You can find restaurants or cafes open virtually at any time of the day or night. International Student Office OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS IN 2006 : OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS IN 2006 International Student Office THE MONEY: THE MONEY The monetary unit is the New Turkish Lira (YTL), which comes in banknotes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100. Smaller denominations come in coins of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50. In Istanbul, traveler's checks are rarely accepted. ATMs can be found in even the smallest Turkish towns. Most accept international credit cards or bank cards (a strip of logos is usually displayed above the ATM). Almost all ATMs have a language key to enable you to read the instructions in English. MAIL Post offices are painted bright yellow and have Türk Telekom (Post, Telegraph, and Telephone) signs on the front. The central Post office is open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 9 PM, Sunday from 9 AM to 7PM. Smaller ones are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 5.00 PM. International Student Office VAT: VAT The value-added tax, here called KDV, is 18%. Hotels typically combine it with a service charge of 10% to 15%, and restaurants usually add a 15% service charge. Value-added tax is nearly always included in quoted prices. Certain shops are authorized to refund the tax (ask). ELECTRICITY The electrical current in Turkey is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC); wall outlets take Continental-type plugs, with two or three round prongs. TELEPHONE International code for Turkey: 90, Istanbul area codes: European side 212 Asian side 216. Local numbers on the European side begin with 2, 5 or 6 those on the Asian side with 3 or 4. For intercity calls within Turkey first dial "0", then the area code, and then the local number. For intemational calls first dial "00". International Student Office IMPORTANT PHONES: IMPORTANT PHONES International Student Office CLIMATE: CLIMATE It is not possible to put into one type the climate of region where Istanbul is completely located. The city has different climate conditions from many areas of inhabitance because of its geographical location and physical geography. Three types of climate is dominant in Istanbul throughout the year. These are north and south entering climates and mild climate. The climates dependent on west and east directional winds are trivial. The most frequent of the three is the climate observed when northern winds are dominant. There are four phases according to the seasons; cold, hot, and two transitional phases: One of which is long and the other is short… International Student Office The average temperatures in Istanbul broken down to months is as follows: : The average temperatures in Istanbul broken down to months is as follows: EMERGENCY: EMERGENCY CONSULATES : CONSULATES State Hospitals and Telephone Numbers: State Hospitals and Telephone Numbers Private Hospitals and Telephone Numbers: Private Hospitals and Telephone Numbers STUDENT LIFE IN ISTANBUL: STUDENT LIFE IN ISTANBUL Transportation in the Country by Sea : Transportation in the Country by Sea Turkish Maritime Lines has several coastal services providing excellent opportunities for sightseeing. They leave Istanbul from the Galata Bridge (Karakoy side), Sirkeci an Eminonu. It is advisable to make early reservations for tourist cruises. There are also organized tours on both sides of the Bosphorus. Transportation in the Country by Air : Transportation in the Country by Air Turkish Airlines (THY) provides an important network of domestic flights from the international airports of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Trabzon, Dalaman and Antalya to all of the major Turkish cities. Transportation in the Country by Rail : Transportation in the Country by Rail The extensive network of the Turkish State Railways connects to most major cities. The trains have couchettes, sleeping cars, restaurants, and lounge cars offering first and second class service. Motoring and car hire : Motoring and car hire Turkey has an extensive network of well maintained roads linking its towns, cities, and popular tourist areas. When arriving from Europe, the Bosphorus crossing to Asia has been greatly facilitated by the completion of the Istanbul- bypass and the two Bosphorus (Bogazici) bridges which lead to the Istanbul - Ankara Expressway. The E80 and E90 are the two main roads leading to Turkey from European borders; they also connect the Iranian and Iraqi borders. These expressways have been constructed according to Asian and Middle Eastern international road network standards. Inter-city coaches : Inter-city coaches Many private companies provide frequent day and night services between all Turkish cities. Coaches depart from the bus station (otogar) in large towns, and from the center of town in smaller cities Taxis and dolmuş : Taxis and dolmuş Taxis are numerous, in all Turkish cities and are recognizable by their yellow color. The fare shown on the meter reads according to distance travelled Public Transportation Vehicles : Public Transportation Vehicles Bus Metro Tramway Light Railway Nostalgic Tramway Tunnel Passenger Transport Prices: Passenger Transport Prices İETT`s Fare. (BUS) Akbil The AKBİL (Smart Ticket) application that the Metropolitan Municipality has commenced in Istanbul Sea Buses and in Transportation Corp in April of 1995, has been tested in double-floored IETT buses in September of 1995 and usage of this ticket system has been made widespread in 1996-1997 covering all the IETT buses, the Tünel, the tramcar and some of the Private Public Buses and Marine Lines' city lines. Slide39: Religious Sites Churches St.Helena’s Chapel (Anglican) British Consulate Grounds, Galatasaray Phone: (212) 244 42 28 German Protestant Church (Protestant) Emin Cami Sok. 40, Beyoglu Phone: (212) 250 30 40 Aya Triada (Orthodox) Meselik Sok. 11/1, Taksim Phone: (212) 244 13 58 Slide40: St. Antonie (Catholic) Istiklal Cad. 325, Beyoglu Phonel: (212) 244 09 35 Synagogues New Shalom Synagogue Büyük Hendek Cad. no:61 Şişhane-İstanbul Phone: (212) 244 75 66 INTER-CITY COACHES : INTER-CITY COACHES Inter-city Coach Telephone Number Kamil Koç (212) 252 72 23/24 Pamukkale (212) 249 27 91 Ulusoy Seyahat (212) 249 43 73 Varan (212) 251 74 81 TRAINS : TRAINS Train Station Telephone Number Haydarpaşa Station 336 0475 & 348 8020 Sirkeci Station 527 0051/50 FERRY BOATS : FERRY BOATS Ferry Boat Telephone Turkish Maritime Lines (212) 249 92 22 Sea Buses (0216) 336 88 19 348 80 20 Marine Taxi (Bebek) (212) 287 11 21 AIRLINES : AIRLINES ISTANBUL MAP: ISTANBUL MAP You can find an Istanbul map on web page http://english.istanbul.com/maps.asp Shopping Malls: Shopping Malls Asian side Bauhaus- içerenköy (216) 416 85 90 www.bauhaus.com.tr Capitol – Altunizade (216) 651 33 33 www.capitol.com.tr Tepe Nautilus- Kadıköy (216) 339 39 29 Carrefour- Kozyatağı (216) 448 05 05 www.carrefour.com.tr Slide48: European side Akmerkez- Etiler (212) 282 01 70 www.akmerkez.com.tr Carousel- Bakırköy (212) 570 84 30 www.carousel.com.tr Millenuim Metrocity -4. Levent (212) 282 49 51 www.metrocity.com.tr Profilo Alışveriş Merkezi –Mecidiyeköy (212) 216 44 00 www.profiloalisverismerkezi.com.tr Where is Dogus?: Where is Dogus?